Final Fantasy XIV FanFest @ Tokyo – Day 2

December 20th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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The Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Tokyo kicks continues today — part two of a two day event that will bring us new information about the game. Today, we’ll get more scoops on A Realm Rebon‘s upcoming Patch 2.5 in Letter from the Producer Live XIX, including more on the final tier of Crystal Tower, new dungeons, and Gold Saucer.

Developer panels will give us additional insight into the team making Final Fantasy XIV, and composer Masayoshi Soken will return with The Primals for a concert.

We’ll be covering all the major details in this post, or you can follow us on twitter @finalfantasynet for live updates. Stay tuned to Final Fantasy Network!


Letter from the Producer Live XIX
• Why’s Ragnarok a Warrior axe? Well, the Final Fantasy series has a lot of classic sword and they didn’t want to skip it because it’s typically a sword. Thus, its weapon type changed. Now future Final Fantasy titles have an excuse to use it as an axe.
• Patch 2.5 is titled Before the Fall. It will be split into two parts.
• The team shows a video of The World of Darkness — the final stage of the Crystal Tower.
The World of Darkness will drop materials to create crafted items, rather than weekly item lockout.
• No additional fees will be required to use the content in the Manderville Gold Saucer.
• The team shows off a video of the Manderville Gold Saucer. It’s huge — and a remix of Final Fantasy VII‘s Gold Saucer theme plays.
• You can see various minigames like Super Dunk and a Gilgamesh punching mini-game.
Chocobo Racing will have you level up your chocobo seperately for racing-related stats, feeding it stuff changes its stats.
Triple Triad returns! You can challenge NPCs or buy them (for gil) at Gold Saucer. You can challenge other players and the team is planning tournaments. You can obtain cards from battle content too!
The Keeper of the Lake dungeon is shown.
The Wanderer’s Palace (Hard) dungeon is shown.
Amdapor Keep (Hard) dungeon is shown.
• The team shows pictures and a video of DirectX 11 compared to the game now — it’s a considerable improvement to shadows, reflections, and the game’s floor textures.
• Composer and sound director Masayoshi Soken takes the stage to talk about developing music for the game.


Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Tokyo Stream Schedule:

• Fan Festival in Tokyo Stage Schedule — Day 2
Dec. 20th 5:00 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 1:00 (GMT): Opening Showcase
Dec. 20th 5:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 1:30 (GMT): Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XIX
Dec. 20th 7:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 3:30 (GMT): Ultima Quiz
Dec. 20th 9:00 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 5:00 (GMT): Dev Panel Part 2
Dec. 20th 10:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 6:30 (GMT): Welcome to Naoki’s Room Part 2
Dec. 21st 1:30 a.m. (PST) / 9:30 (GMT): Special Concert (THE PRIMALS) *Premium stream only
The free stream will end on Dec. 21st at 1:00 a.m. (PST) / 9:00 (GMT)

For viewing instructions through NicoNico, hit up the Lodestone here.

Curtain Call Gets More Square Enix DLC in Japan

December 20th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix will support Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call even with more DLC in Japan, it is revealed at Jump Festa today. This new set will not only include new songs from the Final Fantasy series, but other popular titles from Square Enix’s library. Previously, Square Enix added Romancing SaGa series DLC (which came to overseas audiences) and Bravely Default DLC (which did not).

The two Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn songs will be available for free in Japan for a limited time. It’s unclear if Square Enix will continue to support Curtain Call overseas.

BMS Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — “Ultima”
BMS Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — “Hard to Miss”
BMS Final Fantasy Type-0 — “Zero (Bump of Chicken)”

BMS Chrono Trigger — “Chrono Trigger”
FMS Romancing SaGa 2 — “Opening Titles”
FMS Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- — “Passionate Rhythm”
BMS SaGa Frontier — “Battle #4″
BMS Secret of Mana — “Meridian Dance”

Final Fantasy Explorers Jump Festa 2015 Trailer

December 20th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy Explorers releases on December 18th in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS. Localization plans for North America and Europe have not been announced.

Active Time Report @ Jump Festa 2015

December 20th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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During Square Enix’s Active Time Report at Jump Festa 2015, Hajime Tabata had more to share about Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be getting a custom PlayStation 4 model in Japan, designed by the game’s art director Yusuke Naora.

On to the Final Fantasy XV section of the report, we learn that the large golem-like creature in the trailer is Titan. Cor Leonis, who has been missing from game footage recently, is still a party member — but only joins as a guest. The team implies that other characters may join as guests. Entering and leaving towns is seamless, but the town in the trailer won’t be available in the demo though.

Camping is important — if you don’t rest up it’ll wear on your party members. Experience points are tied to sleeping/camping. If you don’t sleep you won’t level up. Tabata implies you can do a low level run by not sleeping. Day to night cycles have been increased to an hour, but it still hasn’t been finalized. Noctis can stay awake for three days straight before feeling adverse effects. You can ride trains to travel between destinations and also walk around and explore a train as you’re riding it. Summons are still in the game, and they’ve had a higher development priorty than magic. Since Titan won’t be in the demo, another summon will be…

Cindy, a new female character we see in the trailer (she’ll be in the demo too), plays less of a role in the overarcing plot but is integral in your journey. She’s a mechanic, and we think she’ll be in charge of looking after your car. A video was shown of Noctis and company driving through a town. To show that it wasn’t merely a corridor you drive through, the team made Noctis exit the car and wander around the city. The team used a “Dog Cam” featuring a dog to explore more of the town. Some areas were unfinished with no textures and exposed wireframe, but the team wanted to show the size regardless. There are larger towns than the one shown off too.

Only first print copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will have a voucher for Episode Duscae. As an apology, Tabata is looking into releasing a tech demo you can play/mess around with – the one that was at Tokyo Game Show with the behemoth.

Final Fantasy XV is currently announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can obtain a voucher to play the game’s first demo called Episode Duscae with purchase of first print copies Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Final Fantasy XV Jump Festa 2015 Trailer

December 20th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has released the Final Fantasy XV Jump Festa 2015 trailer. In it we see key new scenes including bits revealed in Jump. The trailer opens with Noctis and his party camping out. We also see King Regis negoatiating with a man in a white coat. At the end, we see Noctis fight a huge colossus of a monster: Titan — he is nearly crushed in the battle. Then, the logo.

The trailer concludes with “Now in Development”, which confirms no release date to announce.

Final Fantasy XV is currently announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can obtain a voucher to play the game’s first demo called Episode Duscae with purchase of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Jump Festa ’15 Trailer

December 20th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release on March 17th (North America), March 19th (Japan), and March 20th (Europe) for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Details on a Collector’s Edition can be found here.

Final Fantasy XIV FanFest @ Tokyo

December 19th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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The Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Tokyo kicks off today — part of a two day event that will bring us new information about the game’s first expansion: Heavensward. We’ll also get more on patches for A Realm Rebon in lead-up to Version 3.0 through Letter from the Producer Live XIX and more. Developer panels will give us additional insight into the team making Final Fantasy XIV, and composer Masayoshi Soken will return with The Primals for a concert.

We’ll be covering all the major details in this post — stay tuned to Final Fantasy Network!


Keynote
• The teaser trailer to Heavensward plays.
• Producer/director Naoki Yoshida takes the stage. He begins with a recap of announcements and footage at the Las Vegas and London — footage of Ishgard, the Dravanian Forelands, flying mounts.
• Nobuo Uematsu will compose the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, a message recorded from him plays. He says it will differ from “Answers”.
• The sixth playable race is revealed: the Au Ra. The Au Ra have curved horns growing from their heads and partially covered in scales. Males are muscular and females are elegant, mysterious.
• Video footage of an Au Ra Dark Knight is shown — the team is happy with how it looks.
• Alexander is the new raid for Heavensward. The goblins have summoned it as a primal. The tiers will have normal and hard mode versions. You will not need to complete the Binding Coil of Bahamut to do Alexander.
• New Job: Astrologian. It is a healer/support class that uses a star globe and cards in battle. No base class involved.
• New Job: Machnist. It’s an acrobatic ranged DPS class. Its main arm is a firearm, no base class involved either. It involves mechanical attachements to your weapon and mechanical turrets. A new angle on ranged DPS.
• The Collector’s Edition includes a dragon mount figurine, griffin mount, cover by Yoshitaka Amano, and in-game items including a Cecil themed Dark Knight helm and Wind-up Kain.


Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Tokyo Stream Schedule:

• Fan Festival in Tokyo Stage Schedule — Day 1
Dec. 19th 5:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 20th 1:30 (GMT): Opening Showcase (Only available live)
Dec. 19th 6:00 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 20th 2:00 (GMT): Keynote *Premium stream only
Dec. 19th 7:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 20th 3:30 (GMT): Dev Panel Part 1
Dec. 19th 9:00 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 20th 5:00 (GMT): Welcome to Naoki’s Room Part 1
Dec. 19th 11:00 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 20th 7:00 (GMT): Costume Contest
Dec. 20th 12:30 a.m. (PST) / 8:30 (GMT): Yoshi-P, Hear This!
Dec. 20th 2:30 a.m. (PST) / 10:00 (GMT): Special Concert (Piano) *Premium stream only
The free stream will end on Dec. 20th at 2:00 a.m. (PST) / 10:00 (GMT)

• Fan Festival in Tokyo Stage Schedule — Day 2
Dec. 20th 5:00 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 1:00 (GMT): Opening Showcase
Dec. 20th 5:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 1:30 (GMT): Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XIX
Dec. 20th 7:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 3:30 (GMT): Ultima Quiz
Dec. 20th 9:00 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 5:00 (GMT): Dev Panel Part 2
Dec. 20th 10:30 p.m. (PST) / Dec. 21st 6:30 (GMT): Welcome to Naoki’s Room Part 2
Dec. 21st 1:30 a.m. (PST) / 9:30 (GMT): Special Concert (THE PRIMALS) *Premium stream only
The free stream will end on Dec. 21st at 1:00 a.m. (PST) / 9:00 (GMT)

For viewing instructions through NicoNico, hit up the Lodestone here.

Final Fantasy XV Featured in VJump

December 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Jump Festa is nearly upon us, and this week’s VJump has new information on Final Fantasy XV. So far, reports (rumors) of its contents tell of a new female character. She looks to be something like an engineer or mechanic, but it’s not known if she’s playable or not. We also see Noctis encountering a large humanoid enemy creature, something that looks like it could crush him underfoot.

Final Fantasy XV will also make an appearance at Jump Festa, taking place between December 20th and 21st in Japan.

Stay tuned to Final Fantasy Network this story as it develops.

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Type-0 HD Traitors of Orience Trailer

December 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has released a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD entitled “Traitors of Orience”. Here, we’re introduced to Class Zero yet again — featuring more of the English voice cast.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release on March 17th (North America), March 19th (Japan), and March 20th (Europe) for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Details on a Collector’s Edition can be found here.

Starlight Celebration Returns to FFXIV

December 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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It’s time once again for the return of the Starlight Celebration in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Starting today, you can participate in various dailies in the three major city-states of Eorzea to earn fallen stars — which can be used to redeem various Starlight Celebration seasonal items. To initiate the holiday event, talk to Xavalien representing The Raven in Old Gridania.

Start: Thursday, December 18 @ 12AM PST
End: Wednesday, December 31 @ 7AM PST

You can visit the event’s page on the Lodestone here for more information.

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