Like the coming and going of Astral Eras and their Umbral counterparts, everything must come to an end. There comes a time when the old warrior has to lay down his blade and his glaives after a long and arduous career fending off against his many adversaries, despite age steadily proving to be a hindrance to his performance. When the old warrior can no longer keep up, that fire in his heart is extinguished, passing on to the next generation, so that the mantle may continue to be wielded.
That old warrior today is the PlayStation 3.
Along with the PC, the PS3 was an integral cog in the Square Enix machine. Would the rebirth of the maligned Final Fantasy XIV have ever risen to its current day stature and success had the PS3 not been around to help carry its flame during those early days? Would this MMO, which has so far been the only one of its kind to have been rebuilt completely at exorbitant expense and a sacrifice of manpower, have become as popular as it today were it not for the PS3 bringing in a console audience that had previously never played an MMORPG before?
In fact, had it not been for the PS3 and Square Enix's continuing support for this aging silicon warrior, perhaps I would have never found the opportunity to try out FFXIV, let alone have lasted as long as I have as a loyal player and a fan, despite my many lengthy periods of absence and irregularity. It is to the company's credit for supporting the PS3 as long as they have that I was able to be a part of the community - to lark about and raid with fellow FFFers and the countless, colourful characters that populate our modest server.
In the words of @Six herself:
Six: Make it its own thread.
Six: It DESERVES IT PS3 MADE THE GAME
So fare thee well, PS3. By no means does this mean that the game will be entirely unplayable on this decade-old war horse (it just means you will not be able to play 4.0 Stormblood on the machine, so the expansion is exclusive to PC and PS4 now), but an era has closed. You have served diligently, despite your many falterings during 3.0. But I have stuck with you until the end and I salute you for making FFXIV possible for me.
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