In honor of the upcoming release of Final Fantasy 14’s Island Sanctuary, the devs teamed up with a London farm to air a week-long livestream featuring real animals, and the community immediately became obsessed with a rooster. whom they identified as Zenos in bird form.
The official Final Fantasy 14 Twitch account (opens in a new tab) is currently in the middle of a week-long stream leading up to the launch of Patch 6.2 and the Island Sanctuary on August 23. The streams will feature a variety of animals over the course of the week, but the first stage focuses on a chicken coop, complete with a golden and black rooster that the community has collectively decided to look like Zenos.
I absolutely lose it in the ffxiv farm live stream where everyone decided that this bird was Zenos pic.twitter.com/OqjZu2yrIUAugust 15, 2022
The Zenos rooster became an immediate obsession – worthy of its namesake. We are talking about complete fan art here.
Lyse trying to sleep while Zenos keeps fighting#FFXIV #FFXIVStream #Chicken #MogchuteFarm #Zenos #Lyse #ZenosChicken #LyseChicken pic.twitter.com/UEAUzSazdXAugust 15, 2022
this is the first thing i draw after a major artblock huh#FFXIV #FFXIVART #Zenos #ZENOSTHEROOSTER pic.twitter.com/a0D1epesGiAugust 16, 2022
The memes tested our reflexes so much that the farm officially renamed the bird Zenos the Rooster.
IT’S OFFICIAL ! Everyone meets Zenos the Rooster! Zenos will really appreciate any donation to him: https://t.co/gtLt111tvq#ZENOSTHEROOSTER@FF_XIV_EN pic.twitter.com/F1mq1ZRhZrAugust 16, 2022
Mudfall Farm (opens in a new tab) is a British charity dedicated to protecting the environment, so all of these memes are ultimately supporting a good cause. The Twitch stream is still focused on chickens at press time, and as I write this, Zenos is sitting on a high perch watching all the lesser birds, as they should.
Along with previewing the contents of the upcoming patch, FF14 Producer Naoki Yoshida also talked about what to expect from the next major story step in recent interviews. It looks like we’ll see the seeds of the next major expansion’s story planted much later than usual this time around.
Maybe the best farm games and the best MMORPGs are one and the same, after all.