Final Fantasy XIV Las Vegas Fan Festival Day 2

October 19th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Today is the second day of the North American Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival! Highlights will include the Letter from the Producer Live which will answer fans’ questions about upcoming features in the game, a costume contest, and a closing ceremony featuring a concert by The Primals! You won’t want to miss it! We’ll be covering all the major details in this post!

Stream Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 (Times in PDT)
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Letter from the Producer LIVE in Las Vegas

• Patch 2.4 Dreams of Ice arrives on October 28th, 2014!
• Yoshi-P showed a picture of Chocobo Racing, coming with Gold Saucer in the future.
• The team plays Shiva’s theme “Oblivion”.
• Patch 2.45/2.5 may see a removal of the attempt lockout, but may have adjusted rewards.
• The Final Coil of Bahamut will have four turns.
• Ninja-specific Allagan/High Allagan/Primal weapons are in, they can equip Monk gear.
• Dexterity is the Ninja’s primary stat.
• Gear from patch 2.4 (likely tome gear) will be enough to clear Turn 1 of Final Coil, but Turn 2 might be tricky.
• Gilgamesh Extreme in Patch 2.5!
• Hildibrand story in Version 3.0? It depends if fans want it — looks like the audience wants it! Looks like his mother may appear at some time? Please look forward to it!
• The new Allagan tomestone is “Allagan Tomestone of Poetics”; Mythology tomestones are being phased out.
• New high level equipment and accessories will come for gatherers and crafters. More in 2.45.
• Ninja will require Lv. 30 Rogue / Lv. 15 Pugilist, and have access to Pugilist and Lancer cross-class skills.
• Will Yugiri reveal her face in the next patch? No! Maybe 2.5. She’s part of the new race.
• There are no permissions for Eternal Bond partners for housing, but they will consider it.
• You apply through the Lodestone for an Eternal Bond, and will receive a bracelet. When you do this you can talk to an NPC to plan the ceremony. A ring is made after, and there are restrictions to how many ceremonies can be done. You reserve a date and time and can send out invitations to anyone, they will be received as an in-game letter.
• 2.4 will increase the drop rate of Atma by more than double. Fewer Soldiery tomes will be needed for Trials of the Braves books.
• No plans to remove the cooldown by changing jobs, since it can be exploited, but sanctuaries may be considered for this.
• The team wants to consider party-wide Stoneskin while disengaged from combat.
• You’ll be able to place your free company crest on your chocobo in the future.
• Extreme Primal drop rates will increase in Patch 2.4, the Leviathan mirror drop rate will increased too.
• Turn 2 of the Second Coil of Bahamut may be adjusted where Voice petrification is no longer a one-hit-kill.
• You’ll be able to control your own chocobo in Chocobo racing.
• Gold Saucer will be a part of Patch 2.5 part 2, including Triple Triad.
• Previous seasonal event items will be on sale, Yoshida iterates no pay to win stuff.
• Sleipnir mount and Scion minions will be available.
• New PvP updates: 2.4 will see an increase in rank cap, new rewards. Later, new maps are planned.

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Costume Contest
6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: Special Guest: Professional Cosplayers
7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.: Show Floor Showcase
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: Closing Ceremony/The Primals Concert (Premium Stream only)
10:15 p.m.: Stream Ends
*Schedule is subject to change.

Fans Discover Secret FFXIII Area and Boss

October 19th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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People have been poking and prodding the Final Fantasy XIII PC port since its release, trying to maximize its potential for the platform. GeDoSato by Durante, for example, unlocks the game’s resolution so that it may be run above 720p — through 60 frames-per-second has so far been elusive.

It seems in all of that poking around fans have discovered a hidden and unfinished area called the Seventh Ark that may have intended to be post-launch DLC back in the day. A Nemesis boss was also added, much resembling the Anima fal’Cie you encounter on the Pulse Vestige in the early parts of the game. The arena was later used in Final Fantasy XIII-2 against the proto-fal’Cie Adam.

What are your thoughts on this reveal? Do you think Square Enix will ever finish and release this as a DLC? Leave us your thoughts in a comment below!

Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward Expansion Revealed

October 19th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Revealed at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival yesterday, Heavensward is the name of the game’s first expansion, which will release in Spring 2015. After showing a teaser trailer, director/producer Naoki Yoshida and English localization lead Michael-Christopher Koji Fox detailed what we can expect in Heavensward.

The two major themes of the Heavensward story are the 1000-year Dragonsong War that has raged between the city-state of Ishgard and the Dravanian Horde, and Thordan’s twelve Knights of the Round. We’ll be going to Ishgard proper in the expansion, as it will be the fourth city-state in the game, aside Limsa Lominsa, Gridania, and Ul’dah. It’s a city ruled by an archbishop and four noble houses, and the city is full of pious people that worship Halone, the Fury — one of the Twelve Eorzean gods the Scions revere.

Divided between the noble and commonfolk, the color palette of Ishgard is very muted and shows a lot of contrast between light and shadow — a different look then we’ve seen thusfar in A Realm Reborn.

Beyond Ishgard, and beyond and above the Sea of Clouds is where we’ll adventure to in the north — specifically the Dravanian Forelands, the Floating Continent, and other skyward locations. These areas were described by the team as “massive”. Airship accessibility is obviously important, so Free Companies will be able to band together and build them.

The level cap for all classes and jobs (including gatherers and crafters) will rise to 60 in Heavensward, with new abilities for existing classes. The team strongly hinted at one of the jobs being Dark Knight at the Fan Festival yesterday, but it looks like more details will have to wait until the London Fan Festival this weekend.

More Primals (based on classic Final Fantasy summons) will debut in the expansion, including a new one unique to the Final Fantasy XIV universe. Many, and the emphasis was on many, new dungeons will also be added — and new endgame raids similar to The Binding Coil of Bahamut and Crystal Tower in the works, said to evoke a strong Final Fantasy feeling.

A new race will be available to play in the expansion — the same Lady Yugiri belongs to. They have lizard-like features such as a tail, but their true appearance is still something of a mystery.

Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward will release in Spring 2015.

Via: Game Watch

Final Fantasy XIV Las Vegas Fan Festival Day 1

October 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Stream Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 (Times in PDT)
► 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Keynote (Premium Stream only)
• Camate and Grekumah are our hosts for the Fan Festival stream!
• Trailer for FINAL FANTASY XIV HEAVENSWARD • Yoshitaka Amano created the logo.
• "Heavensward" is a key word to think about with the expansion, as there are multiple heavens.
• Onward to Ishgard!
• The Dragonsong War between Ishgard and the Dravanian Horde is a major theme of the expansion and what is the Warrior of Light's role? Can you help the war come to an end?
• "The Wyrmking vs Thordan and his Knights Twelve"
• Thordan's Knights of the Round!

• Level Cap goes from 50 to 60 for all Jobs!
• New race! It's not Viangaa!
• MULTIPLE New Jobs!
• All new Primals! One is unique to Final Fantasy XIV!
• Challenging new dungeons, and new high-end raids that will have a Final Fantasy theme!
• Free Companies will be able to build their own airships, will be supported in 3.0 and beyond.
• The fourth city-state is the Holy See of Ishgard. It's ruled by the archbishop and is home to four noble houses. The city is trapped in "and endless more of war" referring to the Dragonsong War. The city has been attacked many times and is in a constant state of repair. Ishgard has two levels where the poor and privileged are segregated.
• Heavensward will have a changed art style that is "dark and mature" and higlights the contrast between light and shadow.
• New areas include The Dravanian Forelands, beyond the Coerthas Highlands. There are floating landmasses above and beyond the Sea of Clouds, including a Floating Continent. The Dravanian Horde and beast tribes inhabit this land.
• Chocobo Forest?
• Odin to be a future primal trial.
• New Jobs will be discussed at the London Fan Festival!

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► 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Duty Commenced: Fan Festival Edition
• Fans face off against the Odin trial. Shin-Zantetsuken wipes them at the last second!

► 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Music Panel
• Soken talks about creating songs for Final Fantasy XIV, he made over 140 songs in a 8 month period.
• He uses a SEAD engine to make music for the game, and takes orders from the dev team including “Yoshi-Primal”!
• Soken was asked by Yoshi-P to change the Leviathan music one day before it finalized, so Soken did the vocals himself.

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► 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Lore Panel
• Our special guest is Michael-Christopher Koji Fox!
• Koji Fox and five others work on the localization side-by-side with the dev team.
• The size of dialogue in a patch is comparable to a Kingdom Hearts game.

► 7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.: Show Floor Showcase
• Atma drop rate will be buffed in Patch 2.4.
• The team heavily hints at… Dark Knight as a new job in Heavensward!

► 8:30 p.m.: Stream ends
*Schedule is subject to change.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Kicks Off

October 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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The inaugural Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival kicks off today in Las Vegas, part of a worldwide tour that will head to London and back to Tokyo. Throngs of fans showed up for registration yesterday, with the festival proper beginning today and running through tomorrow.

Arriving on the scene, director/producer Naoki Yoshida walked a victory lap through the halls of the Rio Hotel with the rest of the staff. Famitsu captures all of this from Yoshi-P’s perspective in the video above. The man who saved Final Fantasy XIV spent time high-fiving and hugging, and engaged in a performance of /mandervilledance with a few inebriated, yet jolly fans.

Both today and tomorrow Square Enix will be streaming events from the festival through two different streams: one is a free SD-quality stream, the other is a $20 HD-quality stream that include the opening keynote and closing ceremony. The latter of which will also get you a Moogle Attire outfit redeemable in the game.

The following is a schedule of streamed events, though it may be subject to change:

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 (Times in PDT)
9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Stream begins
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Keynote (Premium Stream only)
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Introduction
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Show Floor Showcase
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Duty Commenced: Fan Festival Edition
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Music Panel
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Lore Panel
5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Special Guest: Michael-Christopher Koji Fox
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Show Floor Showcase
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Developers Panel
7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.: Show Floor Showcase
8:30 p.m.: Stream ends

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 (Times in PDT)
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Stream begins
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Show Floor Showcase
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Special Guest: To be announced!
12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.: Show Floor Showcase
12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Special Guest: Lead GM
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Letter from the Producer LIVE in Las Vegas
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Costume Contest
6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: Special Guest: Professional Cosplayers
7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.: Show Floor Showcase
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: Closing Ceremony (Premium Stream only)
10:15 p.m.: Stream Ends

Final Fantasy Type-0/XV Presentation Subtitled

October 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has released an official English subtitle version of the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD & Final Fantasy XV presentation that was live streamed last month. Here, we got a first look at the English version of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD with director Hajime Tabata, as well as an elaboration on the battle system features we’ll see in Final Fantasy XV.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases on March 17th, 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Purchase of the game includes a voucher for the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo.

All Saints’ Wake Returns to Bewitch Eorzea

October 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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The harvest season returns to Eorzea, and that can only mean that All Saints’ Wake is nigh. The Contintental Circus is holding a costume parade in Ul’dah seeking to make this seasonal event one for Eorzeans to remember, led by the legendary Great Gourd.

Havak Alvak of the Mythril Eye has more elaborates here.

Rewards for participation include the Eerie set of seasonal gear, which resembles that of a witch. You’ll also get Pumpkin Earrings, Eerie Barding for your chocobo, and two All Saints’ Wake-themed face paint options.

Begins: Monday, October 20 @ 1am PDT
Ends: Monday, November 3, @ 7am PST (Daylight Savings Time reminder!)

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Tabata To Show Type-0 HD in Paris Oct 30

October 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, will be in Paris on October 30th for a presentation to show more of the game to fans. It’s being held at the Max Linder Panorama at 20:00, and the event has a capacity of 500 people — you can register for the event by clicking here. Tabata comments, roughly translated:

“The French public is passionate and has always been true to the Final Fantasy series,” said Hajime Tabata. “I look forward to presenting Final Fantasy Type-0 HD to French fans in Paris at the end of the month!”

Tabata has previously hinted that a playable demo of the game will available (perhaps for Paris Games Week) and that he may talk more about Final Fantasy XV at this presentation.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases on March 17th, 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Purchase of the game includes a voucher for the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 2.4: Dreams of Ice

October 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s fourth major post-release patch “Dreams of Ice” will go live soon, and Square Enix has just put up a brand-new trailer. In this update, the game will introduce the Rogue class and Ninja job to the game. Shiva will make her debut appearance as the sixth elementally-aspected Primal, new dungeons, and a trip to the Final Coil of Bahamut are in store.

We’re expecting a release date announcement at this weekend’s Fan Festival.

What are your impressions on Patch 2.4? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

Explorers Introduces Red Mage & Machinist

October 16th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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This week’s issue of Jump features two new classic Jobs and Summons that will appear in Final Fantasy Explorers. The Red Mage is dressed in a signature red outfit, including a plumed hat and sword. They also have use of spells to make them versatile. The Machinist, pictured below, uses firearms in battle and can attack rapidly.

Also pictured are Odin, upon his six-legged Sleipnir, and Amaterasu, new to the Final Fantasy series summon pantheon. You’ll be able to fight them in battle, including Ifrit, Shiva, Ramuh, Fenrir, and others.

Final Fantasy Explorers releases on December 18th for the 3DS in Japan. A special broadcast featuring more information about the game will air in Japan on October 24th; stay tuned to Final Fantasy Network for developments!

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Via: Jump
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