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    by Published on 09-14-2012 03:18 PM
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    For those who don't know, FFXIV's changes have been addressed by the producer many times in the past. Once before doing a question answer session!



    He's back at it again! This thread in their official forums is being used to ask the producer questions which he will answer! Anyone with a Square Enix account can ask producer Yoshida questions about FFXIV and a Realm Reborn! Yoshida's answers will be posted to their live youtube and twitter! Get in there and ask questions!

    When the Q&A is over, EoFF will have complete coverage of what was asked and answered! For a summary of what was asked, see comments below! ...
    by Published on 09-13-2012 02:22 PM
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    Square Enix has announced a timeline regarding the shutdown of the current version of Final Fantasy XIV and the release of 2.0! Starting on September 29th 11:59 PM (PDT) SE will be suspending billing procedures for FFXIV until the release of a realm reborn. New accounts and registration will not be available during this time, nor will activation of any special item codes. The simultaneous subscription bonus for FFXI and FFXIV will be ended at this time as well.

    Accounts can still be registered until September 29th! If you are looking to get a free month of the current version register now while you still can!

    The timeline breaks for a month until November 1st, when all character data including in-game saves, will not be recorded. This will last until midnight November 11th, when FFXIV service will shut down and Letter from the Producer LIVE Part III webcast will be released two hours later. This timeline brings gives an insight to the last days of the original release of Final Fantasy ...
    by Published on 09-08-2012 12:21 PM
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    Yoshi P and the gang did a live steam information session dubbed the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary: FINAL FANTASY XIV Special Talk Session, giving players a chance to learn a little more about the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The hour-long clip is on Youtube already - and will be shown at the bottom of the article - but for the time poor, some of the major points will be summarised here for you!

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    Lead Battle Designer Akihiko Matsui wanted to remind everyone that A Realm Reborn was being rebuilt from the ground up - including the battle system. "It's completely different from the current system," he said. The changes in battle will mostly relate to TP and timers, however. In the current version of FFXIV, TP builds up by hitting things with the standard attack. But in A Realm Reborn, TP will function more like MP - characters will have a full bar at the start of a fight with it being depleted as the battle wears on. Abilities will still have similar timers to the current system, but spells (which use MP) and weaponskills (which use TP) will have ...
    by Published on 09-01-2012 09:08 PM
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    Its 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. Its fairly long, so Ill 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 were fully satisfied with the content before sending it out into the big, wide world. Beta wont start until Im 100% happy things are ready for that stage, and we wont go live with the final version until after weve 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. Well 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 08-26-2012 06:24 AM
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    Final Fantasy XIV got a rocky start but has recently made waves on the 2.0 version or what they are calling " A Realm Reborn." Who knew they really did plan on ditching all the old to bring in the new.



    A retailer posted on the NeoGaf forums that he was issued a field destroy on the original Final fantasy XIV games. They say the Rep for Square Enix told them they'd credit $16 for each game. If you don't know, Field Destroy means to physically get rid of the games in retail stores. When questioned, Square had this to say originally ignoring the rumor.

    "We haven't announced pricing and launch time for the title yet. However, we have publicly stated that beta will begin at the end of this year."
    When pressed further they released this statement:

    "In anticipation of the upcoming Alpha and Beta tests for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix, in coordination with our retail partners, has decided to discontinue sales of the current version of Final Fantasy XIV. This move was done
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    by Published on 08-16-2012 09:27 PM
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    I'll start with the pretty stuff rather than a wall of text, because if you're anything like me, you want the goodies.



    Screenshots: XNGjAGamescom 2012ɂāuFFXIV: VGI[AvŐVSSJ - GAME Watch

    For those who don't know, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (aka Final Fantasy XIV 2.0) is basically a sequel to Final Fantasy XIV, but your character from Final Fantasy XIV (the original/current one) gets imported into the game and Final Fantasy XIV (original/current) will cease to exist. It is, in effect, a completely new game. It has a new graphics engine, new server system, new features, new battle system, new gathering system... all the stuff from the current game, such as storyline and maps? The story will be 'in the past', the maps will be completely redesigned.

    Something big and bad is coming to Eorzea, and it will involve all characters being sent to a 'timeless zone' and then dropped back into the game in A Realm Reborn, to explore the new maps, the new storyline, ...
    by Published on 08-16-2012 09:25 PM
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    Outside of the whole screenshots and gameplay footage found in the other thread, there is a lot being said on the internets about what is being said at Gamescom. Expect some things to be lost in translation (Japanese to German to English to Occasional Poor Journalist Putting Words In People's Mouths to ...me!)...

    - It is likely that FFXIV's existing players will be given priority placement in the beta for A Realm Reborn.
    - It is likely that, eventually, FFXIV's existing players will be given the ability to transfer their current character into the beta.
    - A Golden Saucer-like place is being worked on where people can gamble away all their gil (economy impact sounds high for that one!). This will not likely be available at launch.
    - The new story will be "very Final Fantasy".
    - They are continuing to work on how best to implement FFVI-styled Magitek Armour (and FFIII's Crystal Tower).
    - The graphics are apparently "the best in MMORPG history" - something that I can imagine some people will put to the test...
    - Summons ...
    by Published on 06-13-2012 05:53 PM
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    So E3 is finally over and polished and everyone had a joly good old time. What about our beloved Final Fantasy series you ask? Well, let's get some quick hits on information!

    Final Fantasy Dimensions


    If you were a fan of the older 2D FF games you're in luck! Coming out for iOS and Android this summer is Final Fantasy Dimensions. E3 showed us some screens as well as gameplay! Old school meets new touch screen technology. The story is completely new and original with all the themes that have held true throughout the series such as darkness, crystals, and light!

    Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy


    You love the Final Fantasy Soundtracks? You've been to Distant Worlds? You just can't get enough? Square Enix has heard your pleas and made an interactive game called Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy. They showed off a trailer with the adorable graphics. It shows off the three different modes of event, field and battle. Events pertain to the story attached to the songs, field takes you to the end of the level and battle is well battles! Get your tapping and swiping skills up to par before this one comes out.

    The Last Story


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    by Published on 04-23-2012 11:53 AM
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    If you did or didn't know (probably did) Final Fantasy XIV has had, well, a rocky start. It came out in 2010, then they proceeded to fire all their devs that December and has since been trying to re-work itself into what they are calling Final Fantasy XIV Version 2.0. And it's about to beta itself up!

    So to get everyone back into playing, Square-Enix is giving those who have spent the time in game, with all the recent patches and what not, something nifty and special through the Legacy Campaign. What special things, you may ask. How about permanently discounted subscription of $9.99 per month and a Chocobo mount when 2.0 releases! How do I get these things? Another valid question. The Legacy Campaign introduces benefits to subscribers active for 90 days (cumulative) or more between Jan 6th up until the launch of Version 2.0.

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    Yupppppp. That's pretty nifty BUT JUST YOU WAIT! They also have a Welcome Back Campaign too! It wants you to recruit your inactive friends who may ...
    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 games 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 games 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 03-06-2012 08:12 AM
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    Song and dance are powerful tools. They can be used to express oneself, used to protest, used as a social activity and used as a career. And, where Final Fantasy is concerned, can be very versatile and valuable weapons. Today we look at the power of song and dance, tools used by Bards and Dancers to combat foes, enhance their allies strength and ultimately have a cracking good time while doing so. Lets take a look at these underrated classes, and some of the characters who embody the power and passion of a performance. Lets start with the humble bard, shall we?

    Sing Me A Song, Piano Man
    Bards are probably best known as the folk who sing tales of heroes and dragons and all sorts of fantastic legends. Thats true enough, but the bards of Final Fantasy do more than just tell tales; they live them. We have a broad line-up, so lets jump straight into it! The Onion Kids show off their bard outfits. Classy, ain't they?

    The Onion Kids (III)
    The original bards, the Onion Kids of Final Fantasy III receive the bard job from the Water Crystal. In the NES version of the game, the bard class is used purely to provide buffs to the party. However, in the DS remake, the bards can also damage enemies by using their Sing command, which changes depending on the harp equipped. In addition to harps, bards can also equip knives, though this limits the effectiveness of their Sing command.
    Prince Edward of Damcyan. Monarch, Musician and, uhh, Lover.
    Edward Chris von Muir (IV)
    While the origins of the bard class lie with the Onion Kids of Final Fantasy III, this is perhaps the first sight that western audiences received of the bard class. Edward, also known as Gilbert and Gilbart in some lands, is the crown prince of Damcyan. As such, he ...
    by Published on 09-27-2011 09:11 PM
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    Oh man, Final Fantasy XIV. We all know that, despite being super pretty, stability and performance issues at launch lead to two extensions of the game's trial period, costing the company what we can assume would be oodles in subscription fees, and one can imagine how many other potential customers were put off from buying the game entirely. Maybe it's stating the obvious a little, but Square Enix's CEO, Yoichi Wada, when asked about the title today at a press conference in Tokyo, responded with "The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged." [source]

    And my heart breaks a little. I know many Americans get a little frowny at the mention the MMORPG Final Fantasy titles, not because they're bad games, but because they resent them for not being another one of the standalone games that they already love (and because most of them are already wrapped up in World of Warcraft, ugh), so to hear one of those rouge Final Fantasys may be doing damage to our beloved series is quite the bummer.

    They're ...
    by Published on 08-31-2010 02:22 PM
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    It starts tonight. Not much else to say! Head over to the official site and you can download the client software installer before the whole thing goes live.

    Square-Enix is changing things up with how they handle the different regions very soon, so make sure you pick the right region.

    Update: The open beta is postponed because they came across 'critical bugs'. No new release is available right now, and the download of the installer will be suspended later today.

    Source: FFXIV Official Site

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