As gamers become busier in real life or just plain sick of sitting around trying to make parties (I’m looking at you FFXI!), Blizzard’s revolutionary addition of the World of Warcraft Dungeon and Raid Finder years ago made it so that player matching became a norm in most MMOs. While the WoW community have always been split regarding the finder tool, we can’t deny that it’s really really nice to find parties in a minute or less while also engaging in other things like crafting or questing etc.
Square announced last year that one of the main features of FFXIV: ARR will be it’s Duty Finder. The cross server capabilities mean that players will never have issues finding people to play with no matter what time of day it is. I have a few concerns about Duty Finder which I will cover in more detail once I’ve had a chance to actually use it. These points I have may be moot by the time the feature is available for testing. In the mean time the Devs released a 14 minute commentary video for Duty Finder and it’s a great watch!