FINAL FANTASY XIV Letter from the Producer Part XVI Recap

Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer XIV livestream starts now! It will contain new details about the upcoming patches such as Defenders of Eorzea! Perhaps we will be hearing more about new jobs, marriage system and dungeons. Also, the lead designer of the game, Nobuaki Komoto, will be a special guest and answers fans’ questions as well!

We will update this post as new details are revealed

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LIVE UPDATES

1. Naoki Yoshida and Toshio Murouchi are discussing about PvP modes: They are working on to a feature that allows you to save all actions and traits per job, so you don’t need to constantly re-do them.

2. In Patch 2.35, they will allow players to use glamours with PvP gear, and they will be adjusting the PvP mode in general as well.
More maps coming to Frontline but it will take some time. Japanese players are most active when it comes to this PvP mode!

3. Mob Hunt talk – a new addition which was released alongside patch 2.3 – allows you to hunt big monsters with other players and gain big rewards. The system has been slightly broken and players have found it a bit problematic, and it has been causing some tension because some players may have rushed too much and haven’t left anything for other players. They have adjusted the new mode a bit and will continue until it pleases everyone.

4. Talk about the Syrcus Tower.

5. Talk about the new dungeon called “Hullbreaker”. For now, we are only fighting Kraken’s tentacles but the Kraken itself will make a comeback later on.

6. A new video clip of Ixal Stronghold and an epic scene with different enemy races!

7.Time to talk about future contents!

8. Talk about Lightning and Snow!

9. A fan asked if there will be additional costumes or hairstyle from previous Final Fantasy series characters similar to Light and Snow where the developers answered they can’t say too much, but you will be able to get famous outfits and hairstyles from some quests added with certain patches!

10. Now they are showing the new Ninja job in action!

 

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11.Minfilia is making a special presentation of Eorzea’s Economic Trends and changes between spending and earning gils.

12. No big changes but charts are showing how people earn and spend their gils.

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13. A chart about gil spending on housing .

14. Summary of charts

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15. Gold Saucer concept artwork!

16. More talking with fans and answering their questions. (Check out the comments section)

17. The first anniversary special event announced! 14 hours live broadcast, special fates such as Dragon Quest X, Final Fantasy XI and Lightning Returns will be back! More to come!

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18. Moonfire Faire seasonal event revealed!

19. Free trial program revealed: Players get an opportunity to try FFXIV for two weeks then transfer their characters to the full game once the trial ends. More details announced later.

20. Final Fantasy XIV movie contest revealed! Celebrate the first anniversary of Final Fantasy XIV by creating own movie! The contest will be starting in late July.

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New Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn “Frontline” Artwork [6000x8000]

Square Enix has release a new amazing piece of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The artwork is named as “Frontline” which also is known as a new PvP challenge which engages three teams of adventurers, each team representing one of the three Grand Companies, trying to do battle to claim disputed territory. Teams consist of up to 24 players in an alliance, allowing for a grand total of 72 players in a single battle.

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First Ever European Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival – Get Tickets NOW

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Square Enix has confirmed presale tickets to its first ever FINAL FANTASY® XIV FAN FESTIVAL are now exclusively available to active FINAL FANTASY XIV subscribers across Europe and PAL territories. The European event will be held at London’s Tobacco Dock on 25th October 2014, with similar festivals also being held in Tokyo and Las Vegas on different dates.

FAN FESTIVAL will celebrate everything FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A REALM REBORN™ and will give some of its two million registered fans the chance to meet the game’s developers, participate in in-game events, enjoy live entertainment, bag some exclusive event loot, and much, much more!

Tickets for the London Fan Festival are priced at £65/ €80 per standard ticket, and £85/ €104 per VIP ticket. VIP tickets include access to an exclusive Friday night (24th October) event where you can eat, drink and meet members of the development team. Each Fan Festival ticket will grant access to the main event for 25th October.

How to purchase presale tickets:

1.    This week all players will an active subscription* will be sent an email that includes a unique promotion code to purchase tickets.

2.    On Thursday, 17th July, 2014 at 10 a.m. (BST), advance ticket sales will go live.

3.    Visit the ticket purchase site and enter the unique promotion code found in the email.

4.    Advance ticket sales will be on a first-come, first-served basis and fans may only purchase a maximum of two tickets per order.

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How to purchase general sale tickets:

1.    Starting Thursday, 31st July 2014 at 10 a.m. (BST), any remaining tickets will go on sale.

2.    People will not need a promotion code to access the site and purchase tickets.

3.    Previously provided promotion codes will no longer be valid.

4.    Tickets will remain on sale via the website until Thursday, October 24th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT) or until the event is sold out.

For more information on tickets and ticket T&Cs, please visit the: Lodestone Fan Event Presale Guide and the official event website.

*Subscription must be valid on 9th July 2014

FINAL FANTASY XIV Patch 2.3 – Defenders of Eorzea Trailer

The trailer for Patch 2.3 is here! ‘Defenders of Eorzea’ is scheduled to go live on 8th July.

“Delve into the mystery of Ramuh and learn why he must be faced in combat.”

As well as the latest story content, new dungeon environments and quests ‘Defenders of Eorzea’ also sees the introduction of the three-faction Frontline PvP, Chocobo Raising and much, much more.

Japanese SQEX Members Ultimate Rewards Revealed – New Lightning Returns Artwork Unveiled

The Japanese Square Enix Members have revealed their ultimate rewards for the Japanese members. These rewards can be received by buying new Square Enix titles and by registering the code included with a game on the official website. In 2013, you needed to collect over 2500 points or more to gain the Ultimate Member rank.

New Lightning Returns artwork by Isamu Kamikokuryo (stretched from the thumbnail)

New Lightning Returns artwork by Isamu Kamikokuryo (stretched from the thumbnail)

Year 2013 rewards for ultimate members will be signed artworks from various titles Final Fantasy XIV, Dragon Quest X, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Bravely Default and others. It’s worth noting that the Lightning Returns reward will be a brand new piece of artwork by Isamu Kamikokuryo. Rewards will be delivered for Japanese members during September 2014.

Watch Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s E3 2014 Trailer, Rogue/Ninja Classes Unveiled

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn once again appears in this year’s E3 expo to cover the recently released patch 2.3 Defenders of Eorzea and the upcoming patch 2.4.

During the Letter From The Producer Live @ E3 event producer and director Naoki Yoshida revealed more details about the introduction of the marriage system in patch 2.4 and as we’ve reported yesterday players are allowed to marry regardless of race and gender. Another big reveal is the new damage-dealing class of Rogue -> Ninja, which is also coming at patch 2.4.

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These agile fighters pride themselves on their skills with knives and daggers to make quick work of enemies.

Lurking in the shadows, adhering to no laws but their own, they punish the wicked, pilfering their ill-gotten gains and delivering them to the downtrodden masses. Thought by many to be mere common criminals, some would say they play an unseen hand in maintaining order in the buccaneer’s haven of Limsa Lominsa.

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Hailing from the war-torn lands of the Far East, the secret arts of the ninja were born of necessity, and have since given rise to a unique breed of highly-trained combatants.

Able to manipulate the vital energies of the land, the air, and living beings, they manifest their power through the weaving of signs, unleashing a wide array of attacks against their foes. Master the arts of the ninja and learn to bend the tide of battle to your will.

Via: The Lodestone

Same-Sex Marriage Confirmed for Final Fantasy XIV

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During the live letter from the producer E3 2014 event, Naoki Yoshida confirmed Final Fantasy XIV will be supporting same-sex marriage in the upcoming patch 2.4. He explained that in their vision there is no reason why they should restrict the bond of marriage. This means marriage will be open for all races, genders and creeds.

Read more about marriage system from here.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Will Be At E3 For An In-Depth Look At Patch 2.3 And More

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The Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn team will be present at this year’s E3 which is next week, and will be holding an event where players can battle against a specially modified Leviathan and win some goodies! Players who have triumphed in the event can win t-shirts that say “I BEAT LEVIATHAN” at the front.

10cd9be24f0e4ff92ec85b3383fb2c33e077a9ad_0The Square Enix booth will also be giving out FFXIV-themed bags with the new artwork of the Primals including Shiva so be sure to drop by if you’re attending!

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Visit the following links below for more information about the special live streams that will feature big announcements and a more detailed look at the upcoming patch 2.3.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Letter from the Producer Livestream | Part XIV [Patch 2.3] *Recap Added*

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The fourteenth Final Fantasy XIV livestream event will be starting in less than 1o minutes! [GMT 11.00] This time the letter from the producer will be covering Patch 2.3 content and we get the first look at the new primal, dungeons and features. One of the brand new dungeons is called “Hullbreaker Isle” and in addition to that, hard versions of “Tam-Tara Deepcroft” and “Stone Vigil” will be introduced. Alongside these things, we will be getting new information about “Daily Hunts” and “Item Desynthesis”, a a feature that allows players to break down unwanted items to reclaim crafting materials from them.

The stream is hosted by the lead designer, Takeo Suzuki, and he will be answering to questions as well.

E: We have added a recap with details and pictures to the comments section.

New Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Wallpapers Featuring Gaius and Bahamut

Square Enix has released new amazing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn wallpapers! This time they are featuring Gaius and Bahamut, who are main villains in the game. The overall theme is very dark compared to the earlier ones as well! Please, check out Lodestone for different sizes. There are other cool icons, wallpapers and ringtones too!!!

Global Fan Festivals for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Announced

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In celebration and recognition of the growing community of players, Square Enix has proudly proud announced a fan festival for FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A REALM REBORN. The European event will be held in London with similar festivals in Tokyo and Las Vegas. More information will be revealed later this June.

With over 2 million registered user accounts, FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn takes place in the land of Eorzea, five years after the god-like Primal, Bahamut, awoke and ravaged the land. Players can explore the world and experience the game’s storyline, hone their class skills with the flexible armory System and participate in a variety of quests, including story quests, instanced dungeons and FATEs: unique events that allow for dynamic open world battles and adventures with other players.

Famitsu also rewarded Final Fantasy XIV with a special excellence award making it the PC game of the year!

Related Links

The Lodestone:  http://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/
Official Website: www.finalfantasyxiv.com
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIV
Official YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FINALFANTASYXIV
Official Twitter: @FF_XIV_EN

 

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Marriage System On Its Way | No Same-Sex Marriage?

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Last night, another Final Fantasy XIV Producer Letter was broadcasted live. During the event, Famitsu got a chance to interview the producer Naoki Yoshida and the assistant director Hiroshi Takai. As they talked about the upcoming updates, Famitsu asked about the promised marriage system, which was teased for the game back in 2012.

The marriage system has been a very hot topic among the developers, said Hiroshi Takai. Weddings will be taking place at the “Sanctum of the Twelwe”, cathedral near Gridania. Currently the team is finalizing the system, and bride outfits and such are still in the works, added Yoshida. He also promised players will be soon able to marry their loved ones in-game, but the service won’t be available in the Patch 2.3, but perhaps soon after it.

The divorce system was also discussed: according to Yoshida, the player has 24 hours to cancel his/her decision. It will be as simple as deleting the ring.

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There wasn’t any talk about same-sex marriage or possible limits of the system during the interview. However, in an earlier producer live letter it was stated that the same-sex marriage would be “extremely controversial topic”. We have to note that those comments were from 2012. After it, the same-sex marriage has been legalized in some states of US, France and UK. According to the official statement, it’s up to players and their feedback will there be changes to the system.

As for same-sex marriage, this is an extremely controversial topic that has been under discussion in the MMO world for the past few years. First we would like to start out with opposite-sex marriage, and then consider the feedback from our players in order to make a careful decision. I can’t say whether or not it will be possible at this point in time. I’d like to keep dialog open with our players as we deliberate the matter.  -A statement from 2012, Source.

What do you think about this? Should there be a possibility for everyone to get married in the game? Yes or no? Why not? Why yes?

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Patch 2.25 Contains PvP Updates And More

Square Enix released a small update for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn which adventurers of Eorzea will surely appreciate. Players can expect new quests, achievements, and fixes for various issues which can be read extensively in the official site. Information about the updates in the Binding Coil of Bahamut and the new Materia Transmutation system are also detailed in the page so be sure to check it out!

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One of the highlights of this update is the modifications done with the PvP’s battle system. The PvP rank can now be increased until 40, and new gear (as shown by the pretty gears demonstrated in the image above) can be purchased from the Storm Private and Storm Sergeant NPCs at Wolves’ Den Pier (X:6 Y:5). A list of the equipments can also be found in the aforementioned site link.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Tops as the Best-Selling PS4 Game as It Launches in Japan

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The new-gen version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 last week. Media Create has shared the latest sale figures from last week, which show Final Fantasy XIV topped as the best-selling PS4 game as it launched on 14th April. Square Enix managed to sell over 31 000 copies of the game, which led to great increase in subscribes. Actually, when combined the Western and Japanese sales, the increase was that huge that the game managed to break a milestone of 2 000 000 active players.

The Western sale figures still remain unknown but below you can software sales from Japan:

Software Sales
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  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 34,690 (754,910)
  2. [PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen (Bandai Namco, 04/10/14) – 31,724 (174,156)
  3. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix, 04/14/14) – 31,326 (New)
  4. [3DS] Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection (04/17/14, Capcom) – 26,925 (New)
  5. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) – 18,848 (304,835)
  6. [PSV] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen (Bandai Namco, 04/10/14) – 17,755 (145,991)
  7. [3DS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen! Tokimeki Up! (Nintendo, 04/17/14) – 12,315 (New)
  8. [PSP] Juusanshi Engi Engetsu Sangokuden 2 (Idea Factory, 04/17/14) – 8,499 (New)
  9. [3DS] Meitantei Conan: Phantom Kyoushikyoku (Bandai Namco, 04/17/14) – 8,336 (New)
  10. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 8,018 (198,054)

Also read: Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Won “Excellence” Awards at Famitsu Awards 2013

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Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Won “Excellence” Awards at Famitsu Awards 2013

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This week, the famous Japanese magazine Famitsu arranged their own “Famitsu Award 2013″ show where they rewarded the best games of 2013. It was no surprise Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn were both nominated alongside other successful titles such as The Last of Us and Monster Hunter 4.

While Monster Hunter 4 managed to snatch the game of the year award, both Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn received “Excellence” awards from the “general” category. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn also won an additional “Excellence” rewards from PC/Mobile category, making it the best PC game of the year, according to Famitsu.

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It’s rather crazy and amazing to see such a great recognition given to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We aren’t only talking about these awards, but the good reception it received from the fans and critics in general. And the fact, the very first version of Final Fantasy XIV was pretty much a huge failure, makes this even more awesome. It’s great to see that fans’ feedback really hit Square Enix, who decided to rebuild the game from the very beginning and release it again. That’s something insane and nearly impossible, not all game companies would be ready to do or could even deliver.

As we saw last Fall, Final Fantasy XIV was revived in style and rise like a phoenix from the ashes by gaining great sales and good review scores. And the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn continues as Square Enix just announced the game has over 2 000 000 subscribers / players worldwide! This is a great example and lesson in life that after a failure you shouldn’t immediately give up even though others may doubt you. Listening to feedback, believing in yourself and focusing on things you are good at, can lead to amazing results.

Don’t you think that it’s a good time to jump in one of the coolest MMOs around, and experience how a true Final Fantasy multiplayer game feels like? Especially, when you can use PS4′s party chat to communicate with your friends during the gameplay!

Happy Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 Day! The Launch Trailer Is Out Now!

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Happy Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 Launch Day! Square Enix Japan has uploaded the Japanese launch trailer to celebrate the release of the game! Are you ready to step in the world of Eorzea and face new challenges!?

Remember if you own the PS3 version of the game, you can update it for free to the PS4 version. Here is our guide how it happens.

Final Fantasy XIV PS3 -> PS4 Upgrade Campaign Details & Guide | Play Today!

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released for PlayStation 4 next week, making it to be the first new-gen Final Fantasy release! As promised, all PlayStation 3 owners can upgrade their previous client to PlayStation 4 one for FREE. Note that you will lose access to the PlayStation 3 version once you have completed the upgrade. Once upgraded, you gain an early access and you can start to play it TODAY!

UPGRADE CAMPAIGN DETAILS

From Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1:00 a.m. until Wednesday, December 31 2014, users will have the option to upgrade from the PlayStation®3 version to the PlayStation®4 version free of charge.

Please be reminded of the following before upgrading to the PlayStation®4 version:

  1. Upgrading should not be confused with registering a PlayStation®4 license in addition to the PlayStation®3 version. After upgrading, you will no longer be able to access FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn using your PlayStation®3.
  2. Upon completing the upgrade process, a PlayStation®4 system will be required to play FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
  3. Please note that after completion, the upgrade process cannot be undone.
  4. Users must first register the PlayStation®3 version to their FINAL FANTASY XIV service account before upgrading.
  5. All FINAL FANTASY XIV service account data including characters and in-game items will be carried over upon upgrading to the PlayStation®4 version.
  6. * Users will also have the option to transfer macro and hotbar settings from the PlayStation®3 version.
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  8. Users who wish to play using both the PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 are required to purchase the PlayStation®4 version separately.

HOW TO UPGRADE?

1. Please proceed to the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Mog Station to begin the upgrade process. (http://sqex.to/Msp)

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2. Log in and you will see “PlayStation 4 Upgrade” if you own PlayStation 3 version of the game. Click it.

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3. Now you will see additional information. Accept the terms and press “next”.

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4. Now you see a reminder what the upgrading means to your service account. After upgrading, you cannot go back to use the PS3 client.

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5. BAM! Now you have your very unique code which allows you to download the game! Redeem it on PlayStation 4 or head to the PS store website.

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6. Congrats! You have redeemed your code! If you downloaded the beta client from last week, you are ready to go! Just turn it on and complete all updates!

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7. GET READY FOR NEW ADVENTURES AND EXPERIENCES IN THE WORLD OF EORZEA! PLAY FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN ON YOUR PS4, STARTING TODAY!