Naoki Yoshida, producer and game director Final Fantasy XIV, published another letter to gamers. This time he answered the question about what third-party programs can be used in the game.
The answer is none at all:
We have received requests from players to determine which tools are and are not valid, but this requires an evaluation of all third-party tools available on the Internet, as well as all gaming devices and their functionality. Unfortunately, such an event is physically impossible, so we decided to simply ban all third-party tools and software.
Even interface mods are banned. But Yoshida paid special attention to data mining. According to him, the search and publication of hidden in-game data is unacceptable, as it can ruin all the fun for gamers:
From now on, whether it is graphic resources or something else, extracting private data illegally in order to make it public can have legal consequences. We see sites that openly publish extracted graphic data. I have made this request before and I am making it again: please refrain from disseminating the extracted data.
Naoki Yoshida also said that simultaneously with the release of patch 6.11, game screenshots were leaked with locations that gamers could not physically reach at that time. The developers believe that some insider leaked the footage:
We believe an insider is responsible for the leak and are currently investigating it thoroughly. We refrained from reporting this earlier as the suspect would have known about it, which would have made the investigation more difficult.
Yoshida recalled the leak of the release times of the Shadowbringers add-on – then the studio filed a lawsuit against the culprit. Most likely, the same fate awaits this “insider”.
Final Fantasy XIV available on PC and PlayStation. When the MMORPG will get to the Xbox and whether it will get at all is unknown.