Final Fantasy 14 devs punish players for using mods

The terms of service for Final Fantasy XIV state that the use of unsupported mods is prohibited, and it looks like the game developers are starting to enforce this on a stricter level. Streamers Hiroro and Bagel Goose can attest to this, as both have been punished by Square Enix over the past few days for using mods that alter the information displayed on the game’s HUD. Hiroro’s character has been teleported to Mordion Gaol on May 9, which is an area where developers can discuss disciplinary action with players who violate the terms of service. The same thing happened on May 10 at Bagel Goose.

As Kotaku points out, Square Enix has often left players alone who use these types of mods, but it seems that is no longer the case following these two public examples. In a blog post shared the same as banning Hiroro, Final Fantasy XIV Director and producer Naoki Yoshida reiterated that the use of any third-party tools is prohibited in the game, as it would be too difficult for Square Enix to assess each mod online. Yoshida’s post specifically refers to UI mods that allow more HUD information to be displayed as an example. Official HUD improvements are currently underway, “although it will take some time.”

Yoshida goes on to state that “it is impossible for us to verify what programs are installed on each player’s PC. This is why we cannot identify and reprimand violators 100% of the time.” However, the company will investigate allegations that players violate these rules, and the public nature of these two streamers likely played a role in their punishment.

For the time being, Final Fantasy XIV players should take these punishments as proof that Square Enix plans to enforce its terms of service, frustrating as that may be. Hopefully, the company will come up with an official HUD improvement soon, so gamers don’t have to rely on third-party software!

Final Fantasy XIV is available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the game here.

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