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    by Published on 09-28-2012 01:02 AM
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    The Final Fantasy XIV development team has dropped some interesting tidbits on the official forums recently. Most noteworthy is that A Realm Reborn will feature new worlds that target new players. Current players will not be able to transfer their characters to the new worlds for a while, but will be able to create new characters there. New players will still be able to choose an existing or non-newbie’d server to join. With the news about regional servers, presumably each region will have at least one sever dedicated to new characters.

    Good idea or bad idea? It looks like Squeenix is trying to allow new worlds for new characters to develop their own economies independent of everything that already exists. Whether that will be successful or not or even whether that’s a good thing remains to be seen. Eventually, it looks like a world transfer system similar to the one used in Final Fantasy XI is planned, where you can pay to transfer a character between servers.

    Additionally, today the subtitled ...
    by Published on 09-20-2012 06:05 AM
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    The Tokyo Game Show has begun, and a new trailer has been released for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Check it out!


    It’s not all gameplay footage like the last awesome trailer, and doesn’t show a whole lot that's really new, which is kind of disappointing. But you can definitely see the massive new environments, the very fast-paced battle system, and, most importantly, chocobos!

    For those of you eagerly awaiting information on the PS3 release: while we were originally promised more details during the TSG, it looks like that announcement will not be made until October. We’ll have more details as they become available. ...
    by Published on 09-19-2012 06:30 AM
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    Recently, we reported on a Q&A session with Producer Naoki Yoshida about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, where he stated that the max gil allowed would be reduced to 10% of the current value (999,999,999 to 99,999,999). Well, it turns out it’s more complicated than that, and Yoshida has issued a clarification on the FFXIV forums.

    It turns out that basically all gil is being reduced to 10% of its current value. This includes the prices of NPC goods, how much NPCs will pay for your items, the amount of gil received as loot and rewards, and, most significantly, the amount of gil currently in players’ possession. If you have 1,000,000 gil in the bank, when ARR is released you will no longer be a millionaire.

    Apparently this major change is, in large part, an attempt to “rectify the increase in cost of items relative to the price of arrows, since archers in A Realm Reborn will no longer need arrows.” All archers will now apparently come with a Time Lord quiver that holds an infinite number of arrows.

    Yoshida tried to assuage all ...
    by Published on 09-13-2012 11:50 AM
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    An aetheryte camp that now costs no anima to visit

    This is a smaller Final Fantasy XIV patch, but it all builds up! A lot of this patch focused on the dangerous creature, Atomos. It appears in the following new areas:

    • Dragonhead, Coerthas Central Highlands
    • Emerald Moss, North Shroud
    • Crimson Bark, West Shroud
    • Black Brush, Central Thanalan
    • Horizon, Western Thanalan

    Additionally, teleporting to certain aetheryte camps (which is where Atomos appears) no longer costs anima. Atomos is said to now behave differently at these locations, but the patch notes are not clear how. You’ll just have to find out! Anyway, the camps are:

    • Camp Brittlebark, Mor Dhona
    • Camp Revenant's Toll, Mor Dhona
    • Camp Ever Lakes, Coerthas Central Lowlands
    • Camp Glory, Coerthas Eastern Lowlands
    • Camp Bluefog, Northern Thanalan

    Some general new stuff has been added, as well, which the patch notes do not specify, such as new monsters and weather conditions have been added (I personally want ...
    by Published on 09-06-2012 03:09 AM
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    Do you currently play Final Fantasy XIV? Would you like the current version to stay live even after the worlds shut down in November in preparation for A Realm Reborn? Well you can have a say!

    In a previous update, Yoshida told fans that the current version of the game might stay up for free if enough players wanted it to. Now Square-Enix has put up the fourth edition of its FFXIV Player’s Poll to ask you about that very issue.

    The poll will close at 7:59 AM PDT on September 18, 2012. Really, I think everyone should vote to keep it open. It certainly doesn’t harm anything, and it allows people who currently enjoy the existing game to keep playing it with their comrades-in-arms. But be warned, in order to take advantage of playing 1.x for free (if it does happen), you need to be an active subscriber as of September 30, 2012. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2012 09:19 PM
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    Are you playing Final Fantasy XIV and are interested in getting a sneak peak at A Realm Reborn? Well the recruitment sites to become an alpha tester are now online and accepting applications.

    Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    - Must currently have an active FINAL FANTASY XIV account
    - Must be at least 18 years of age
    - Must be willing to participate actively and submit bug reports in at least one of the following languages: Japanese, English, French, German
    - Must have a PC that meets the minimum system requirements of the game
    The minimum requirements are similar to FFXIV’s existing requirements, so alpha testers should not have any difficulties if they can already play the game. However, the alpha testing will focus on keypad and mouse mechanics, and so gamepads are not supported.

    North American players can apply here, European players here, and Japanese players here. ...
    by Published on 09-01-2012 09:08 PM
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    It’s the weekend of the Penny Arcade Expo, and that means a lot of stuff is happening in the video game world. Earlier today, Square-Enix released a new trailer of gameplay footage for Final Fantasy XIV that shows off a new ability: Limit Breaks!



    Did you see the mage at the end summoning the massive rock to drop on the dragon? How incredibly badass was that?

    Limit Breaks are just one of the many planned new abilities and features for A Realm Reborn. This is not just an individual ability, but an entirely new feature that emphasizes group dynamics. A party can build up a shared group limit break by their collective actions, and utilize them for devastating results.

    This video was first shown live at the 25th Anniversary event last night, where an SE rep held a brief content presentation on changes to FFXIV. This was supposed to be streamed, but I can only find this recording of it. It’s fairly long, so I’ll break down some highlights of the changes discussed (minus the Limit Break info discussed above):

    • Reworking combat ...
    by Published on 08-30-2012 05:01 PM
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    Final Fantasy XIV Producer Naoki Yoshida released another letter today to discuss the game, focusing on the upcoming alpha test and “grand finale” for this version of FFXIV. For starters, Yoshida has assured us that this time, they plan to get things right:

    The alpha test has yet to begin, and the beta is still a bit further down the track. This time around, we want to make sure we’re fully satisfied with the content before sending it out into the big, wide world. Beta won’t start until I’m 100% happy things are ready for that stage, and we won’t go live with the final version until after we’ve had the chance to consider and implement feedback from the beta.
    The development team will be looking for alpha testers soon, and they will put up a tester recruitment site with all of the details. We’ll be sure to update you when that goes live.

    As for the grand finale of FFXIV 1.x, Yoshida informs us that the last save maintenance for current character data is scheduled for November 1, 2012, with the downtime of all Worlds starting ...
    by Published on 03-26-2012 09:59 PM
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    This morning Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XIV, issued an announcement regarding current ongoing changes and patch 1.22, which has a targeted release date of late April. He first discussed this month’s patch 1.21, saying how hard his team worked on developing the job quests, and that he had personally involved himself in writing some of the text. Two NPCs from the monk quests, Professor Erik and Widargelt, appear to have especially popular.

    The bulk of the article is a list of changes that are ongoing or set for patch 1.22. This includes new quests, new enemies, and additions to the crafting systems. Also planned for patch 1.22 is the development of entirely new gameplay systems, such as the Hamlet defense, a cooperative system whereby players work to defend local areas. All in all, exciting changes are afoot.

    In additional FFXIV news, the world merge is starting tomorrow, March 27. The link describes which worlds are merging and the new names. In some cases, two or more characters on the newly-minted ...
    by Published on 03-22-2012 07:47 PM
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    With Heroes of Ruin, Square-Enix’s latest action-RPG for the 3DS, coming out late next week, the hype is building up. Last week saw the release of a new customization trailer, and just today the Heroes of Ruin website announced a giveaway for an Astro Gaming headset.




    In case you missed it, you definitely need to check out the previous trailer. The story seems fairly simple: the game takes place in the world of Veil, where a Lord is stricken by a curse. You play one of four mercenaries, each with their own strengths and style of fighting, who undergo a quest to save the kingdom. In order to do so, you must explore a dynamic world full of magic, build your skills, and battle monsters. The trailers and screenshots show a number of diverse environments to traverse and creatures to fight.




    The gameplay is a major draw, especially for multiplayer. Heroes of Ruin allows you drop in-and-out of others’ games over Wifi or online, with up to four players per game. Additionally, the developer has promised daily DLC in the form of new gameplay challenges and quests. How much the DLC will add to the game is still an open question, but really, what more could you ask for post-release? ...
    by Published on 03-21-2012 06:06 AM
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    Since Square-Enix acquired Eidos a couple of years ago, it has developed reboots to several old titles that were widely popular a decade ago, from Deus Ex to the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Now, there’s a rumor going around that the next major reboot will be Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, an action-adventure series that started in the mid-90s on the Playstation.

    The Legacy of Kain series was most known for its dark atmosphere and story-telling, highlighted by its anti-hero protagonists. It was widely regarded as a successful and enjoyable series, so a reboot would not be terribly shocking. Look for further information to come out later this year (possibly at E3), and – for fans of the series – keep your fingers crossed.

    Additionally, some of the original series has been rereleased on the PSN, so those who have never played the games before should definitely try them out! ...
    by Published on 03-19-2012 08:01 AM
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    MMORPG.com recently interviewed Naoki Yoshida, one of the leading producers on the Final Fantasy XIV team, regarding the game’s future. This interview mainly regarding patch 1.21 (released earlier this month) and the upcoming re-launch, aka patch 2.0. The interview also covered upcoming developments in housing and Hamlet Defense, a planned feature involving cooperative strategy.

    According to Yoshida, patch 1.21 is the final main step in the game’s development before the big relaunch, and that he is proud of the current developments. He claimed that players would have been much more satisfied had the game been in its current form on original release, though he admits that there is much more to do (mentioning a guild system).

    While the player satisfaction issue may be true, it says a lot that it took over a year to get to that point. Still, it looks like there are a lot of major developments going on and that the re-launch will involve a much different and more polished game than ...
    by Published on 03-19-2012 12:30 AM
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    On the Amazon Deals page, I stumbled across this deal where you can buy FFXIII-2 for the PS3 or 360 and get a copy of XIII for free. The offer expires on March 31, so I figured it warranted a post.

    For you lazy people who haven't played XIII yet, it's a pretty good deal. ...
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