Even Final Fantasy XIV’s Director Can’t Escape the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Hype

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom is getting attention from everywhere!

by Gordon Bicker
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Final Fantasy XIV has a highly appreciated game director who always takes players’ comments into consideration and his passion for the craft is greatly shown — a passion for Zelda it seems too. During the latest Live Letter stream, there was an unexpected appearance from a Nintendo Switch on show and we all started to realize why very quickly.

Some eagle-eyed viewers were quick to spot that Naoki Yoshida was paying a lot of attention to the Nintendo Switch during this particular stream and it was no surprise as to why. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom hype has been getting to everyone and it seems that Yoshida has been captivated to an equal extent — why wouldn’t anyone be? At one point Naoki even showcased the screen to the viewers of the stream which was greatly received by people watching who got their thoughts confirmed.

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Tears of the Kingdom has been the conversational piece for fans today: getting mentioned with great praise throughout. When there is a game that brings people together, it highlights just how special games can be for all of us. It feels only fitting that Yoshida (the person who has formed an incredible community game with the Final Fantasy XIV team) is experiencing Tears of the Kingdom on launch day.

With the Patch 6.4 FFXIV trailer showcased today, it is the perfect time to dive into what awaits you in Final Fantasy XIV. However, of course, many people will be more occupied perhaps by the little-known title of Tears of the Kingdom. No matter what you decide to play throughout the week there is always a chance for you to be a part of the Final Fantasy XIV community.

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For the time being, Zelda seems to await not just the fans of the series but also Naoki Yoshida. It’s time to get back on a horse to ride through Hyrule once again.

- This article was updated on May 12th, 2023

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Gordon is a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy, a Games Design (BA) Honours student, and a Video Game Ambassador. He has been writing at AOTF for over a year and a half, with four years of games writing experience for outlets like Green Man Gaming. When he's not busy, he'll no doubt be experiencing games, writing poetry, playing guitar, adventuring, or happily starting a new Skyrim playthrough! As an avid Final Fantasy XIV player, he also hopes that you'll gain a warm feeling from his community stories. Gordon has reported on Fallout 4 and Destiny 2, whose favorite genres include action RPGs, MMORPG's and First Person Shooters but is always experimenting with many other types of games.