Final Fantasy XIV players are already having fun with the MMO’s new Adventurer Plate feature. The player card system might’ve just been introduced in patch 6.1 earlier this week, but it’s already bringing out both the weird and wonderful of this gargantuan player base.
Adventurer Plates show off player information, like a Calling Card in Call of Duty, or a Hunter Card in Monster Hunter. You’ll see Adventurer Cards at the beginning of PvP activities in Final Fantasy XIV, including the new Crystalline Conflict activity, for example, to show you the players you’re matched up alongside on your team.
Players can customize these cards by posing their characters, adding effects, and more. And while it’s easy enough to set a simple pose for your character and call it a day, there’s a lot of potential for creative poses that defy the standard templates.
this new Adventure Plate feature is great pic.twitter.com/maiGyur3ss
— Kay Yu (@kaynimatic) April 12, 2022
business (adventure plate) vs casual (pvp portrait) pic.twitter.com/iDl1M2zQnb
— ceo of the nero collective (@ScaevaDeformed) April 12, 2022
— evil HERO homo sexual (@bringbackfsjals) April 12, 2022
The response to the Adventurer Plates has been overwhelmingly positive. Almost as soon as patch 6.1 went live on April 12, Final Fantasy XIV players around the world took to Twitter to show off their customized player cards, complete with photo frames of their characters, their playstyle and weapons, and a simple slogan.
Delving into the Final Fantasy XIV subreddit provides a bounty of customized Adventurer Plates. We can see player photos adorned with the likes of very confused Lalafells, a reference to an ancient anime meme, and even a nod to American Psycho at one point.
Just below is a brilliant example of the sorts of the eclectic collection of Adventurer Cards you’ll be greeted with when playing Final Fantasy XIV’s PvP modes. Sure, you might get five or so completely normal photos of player characters, kitted out in their best gear. Or you could simply get various players being slightly horny.
You can be sure the Final Fantasy XIV player base will only find increasingly creative ways of displaying their player characters over the coming weeks and months. The Adventurer Plates were a big focus in the most recent Letter from the Producer Live from game director Naoki Yoshida, and it seems they’ve already made a big impact.
Check out IGN’s Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker review here. If you’re curious about a Steam Deck, here’s what Final Fantasy XIV looks like running on Valve’s latest handheld. Alternatively, here’s what Final Fantasy XIV taught Hironobu Sakaguchi about the series he helped create.
Hirun Cryer is a freelance writer for IGN.
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