Back on April 1, Square Enix posted an April Fool’s Day joke for a pet battle game mode in Final Fantasy XIV called Lord of Verminion. Fast forward to now, and this mode is actually being added to the game.
Square Enix announced during its latest Producer Live Letter that the Lord of Verminion mode will be added to Final Fantasy XIV‘s Gold Saucer with the release of patch 3.1.
“We?ll be adding new content known as “Lords of Verminion.”,” the community team wrote. “This was a joke brought up in the past in a Developers? Blog post, but we actually went ahead and made it real.
“Lords of Verminion is an RTS-like battle game where you use minions. You place minions in the field and once you decide where you want them to move they will automatically attack. This is why Minagawa has created a new option for gamepad controls.
“It might be wise to go ahead and collect all the minions you can. However, it?s not like you won?t be able to win if you don?t possess rare minions, so don’t worry. Also, we’ll have a rating system for matching, so you’ll be matched depending on your win rates.”
As well as Lords of Verminion, patch 3.1 also introduces two new dungeons, new story quests, a 24-man raid, expands the Airship Voyage system, and more.