‘Father of Final Fantasy’ Hironobu Sakaguchi is tackling Dragonsong’s Reprise (Ultimate)–the hardest encounter in Final Fantasy 14.
In late April, Final Fantasy 14 introduced a new high-difficulty raid called the Dragonsong’s Reprise (Ultimate). Just recently, Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the final-fantasy series, announced he would be challenging the newest Final Fantasy 14 Ultimate raid alongside his raid group.
During his time at Square Enix, Sakaguchi was heavily involved in every final-fantasy game it released all the way through Final Fantasy 10-2. He later went on to found mistwalkerthe studio responsible for the diorama adventure RPG Fantasy.
Final Fantasy 14’s new Ultimate raid is a massive, seven-phase fight that reprises many of the battles across heavenward and cranks them up to maximum difficulty. Now that some players have begun to clear the difficult battle, Sakaguchi is stepping up to try the battle himself.
Sakaguchi has yet to say how the fight has gone for him and his team, but it will likely take some time before he completes it. Dragonsong’s Reprise is the most difficult Ultimate raid in Final Fantasy 14 so far, and it took teams of hardcore raiders over a week to clear it for the first time. However, Sakaguchi has already defeated the Pandaemonium (Savage) raids, so with enough time and practice, he should be able to conquer the challenge.
Sakaguchi began Final Fantasy 14 at the end of September last year. In just over a month, he had blazed a trail through the Main Scenario up through Shadowbringersallowing him to play through Endwalker with the rest of the community. From there, he began branching out and experiencing other content in Final Fantasy 14, from raids and dungeons to side quests. He even began leveling his crafters from him and created an in-game faux-fashion brand comically called “sakaGUCCI.”
Sakaguchi’s fans and followers on Twitter immediately showered him with praise and wishes of good luck in Dragonsong’s Reprise (Ultimate). Some fans recounted their own failed attempts at the raid and asserted they knew Sakaguchi could succeed where they had failed. These fans eagerly await word of Sakaguchi’s success, be it in a couple of weeks or months.
Final Fantasy 14 has recently seen a fair bit of controversy surrounding endgame content like Dragonsong’s Reprise. FF14 has a strict zero-tolerance policy on third-party tools and add-ons, and several teams who cleared the recent Ultimate had done so while streaming with mods, leading to suspensions and bans. However, this has also prompted Final Fantasy 14 to commit to improving its own UI in the future with the hope it might eventually make mods unnecessary.
Final Fantasy 14 is available now for PC, PS4, and PS5.
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