Category: Final Fantasy XIV Official

Trialing the Trials of Bahamut

Hello, everyone!

Sicycre here to give you some inside details on the Trials of Bahamut Real Escape Game that’s currently touring the U.S.! I had the honor of participating in the game earlier this year, so allow me to give you some background if you’re not aware of the game. [Click each image for a larger view!]

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The Trials of Bahamut is a Real Escape Game created by SCRAP Entertainment in collaboration with FFXIV. Your mission is to form a party of up to six adventurers and attempt to halt the resurrection of the dreadwyrm, Bahamut! Typically in an “Escape Game” you’re inside a small location and are tasked with escaping. However, the Trials of Bahamut is set up inside of a large open space, full of other parties of adventurers, all working independently to stop the resurrection of Bahamut.

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Each job is vital to the party’s success and features a unique set of skills that will be used to help you advance in the trial.

For example, the thief’s Steal ability may be particularly useful during [redacted] or a song from your bard companion to [redacted]! There was some creative license taken with the introduction of the ranger and thief jobs, but you’ll definitely have some fun seeing famous FF jobs and some unique uses of their staple abilities!

The game challenges each party to complete numerous trials that require both critical thinking and good instincts in order to take a step closer towards preventing the resurrection of Bahamut.

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These challenges, themed with tropes, enemies, and items familiar to FINAL FANTASY fans, will leave you wanting to progress further and further to see what’s next!

Do battle against a cactuar, stare into the eyes of a tonberry, venture into the Bowl of Embers, and receive help from a very adorable moogle!

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Travel to various locations, unlock the mysteries that lie ahead, seek out others who will assist you on your journey, and gather items from your foes in order to make your final preparations should you come face to face with the dreadwyrm himself!

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I had a blast tackling the Trials of Bahamut with my friends in June during the Stormblood early access weekend. The game features interesting NPCs (wearing really cool, hand-made costumes designed in the style of FFXIV) to help you on your adventure and the well-designed locations set up throughout the venue!

I totally enjoyed this one specific part where my team and I came acro–
…Oh, right, no spoilers! I highly encourage you to take up the challenge and see for yourself!

One really cool thing I CAN mention is that at the end, one lucky party member will get to go home with a poster signed from one whose presence rivals that of Bahamut, Yoshi-P!

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There are only a few stops left for this amazing event, so be sure and see if it will be making any stops near you!

Houston, Texas
Royal Solaris Reception Hall
August 25 – August 26, 2017
Enter the discount code “FFHOUSTON” for $5 off each ticket for the Houston leg of the tour!

Orlando, Florida
The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
September 22 – September 23, 2017

Chicago, Illinois
Sheraton Grand Chicago
September 29 – September 30, 2017

New York
Metropolitan West
October 20 – October 21, 2017

Further details, ticket purchases, and more can be found on the official website: https://realescapegame.com/ffxiv/

Grab your tickets, form your party, and give it your best for the safety of the realm and all those who reside within it. My hopes go with you Warriors of Light!

– Sicycre
Community Team

Shaved Ice Ice Baby

Greetings adventurers!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself melting in this summer heat as of late. Luckily, the Moonfire Faire is right around the corner!

This year’s key art for the event is making a splash, have you seen it?


Nothing says summer like the cool sea breeze and gentle waters of the La Noscean shoreline. Travel to Limsa Lominsa to begin your Moonfire Faire adventure!

Let’s take a look at what event rewards we have in store this year.


At long last! A dyeable iteration of the popular Joi, Kohakama and Zoi gear found in Shisui of the Violet Tides. Requests for a dyeable set have been pouring in since the dungeon was released in Stormblood, and what better way to celebrate in style? I’m already collecting dyes in anticipation. Currently torn between Celeste Green, Ice Blue and Honey Yellow…

I’m sure Mayaru Moyaru will have us running around in the heat this year, so we’ll also be able to cool off with a new furnishing item: Evercold Shaved Ice.

Disclaimer: It’s called Evercold for a reason! Don’t eat it too fast…

…Or you might get a brain freeze.

Once you recover from that inevitable little headache, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the “Hyper Rainbow Z” Orchestrion Roll. You may recall the tune from a previous summer adventure. And last but not least, a beautiful Moonfire Faire poster will be yours to display wherever you see fit!

With the addition of swimming and diving in Stormblood, this year’s Moonfire Faire event will surely be one to remember. I can’t wait to celebrate with you all, but keep an eye on your Evercold Shaved Ice… I have a bit of a sweet tooth.


The Moonfire Faire begins Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 1:00 a.m. (PDT). Check out the official event page for details on where to begin!

-Luxpheras
Community Team

A Storm of Blood, A Feast for Wolves

Greetings, everyone! Luxpheras here.

Today I’m pleased to announce that a new season of The Feast has been confirmed for Patch 4.06!

This will be the first season since PvP was drastically overhauled in Stormblood. We’re very excited to watch the battle to the top of the ranks unfold and see the latest heroes rise to prominence.

I know what you’re all thinking: a new season of The Feast must mean new rewards! Are you as curious as I am? Let’s take a peek.

Our first sneak preview is the reward for placing in the top 100. This time around, the players ferocious enough to break into the top 100 will earn a full set of armor as a reward. This equipment won’t be available anywhere else, so start sharpening your claws and fangs!

Take a look at the concept art for the armor below:

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Note: The concept art features a work in progress.

By the Twelve, I need that armor set… But wait, there’s more!

In the new season, some highly anticipated weapons will be added to the line-up of rewards. Naturally, we’ve created these exciting new weapons for all jobs.

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So how do you get your hands on these intriguing new weapons? The weapons will be purchasable with special ticket items earned through PvP. All players who finish this season of The Feast in the top 10 will be rewarded with enough tickets to exchange for the weapon of their choice. A daunting task, but trust me: they’ll be worth it.

In addition to this, players can also earn these tickets for placing in Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond rankings by the end of the season. The number of ticket items earned will vary depending on rank.

In short, the most bloodthirsty and skilled players who manage to make it into the top 10 this season will be duly rewarded for their efforts by getting the weapon of their choice right away. Those who came close but did not quite make it will have the chance to save up these tickets and earn their weapon by continuing to participate in ranked matches!

Feeling up to the task? Be sure to start training now to prepare for this exciting new season of The Feast! Keep an eye out for updates on even more prizes that will be available in the future.

Now that PvP has been re-launched with the release of Stormblood, I highly recommend giving it a go. Even if you’ve never participated in a ranked match of The Feast, there’s no time like now to jump in and see what you’ve been missing. You won’t be disappointed!

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Speaking of PvP, be sure to tune in this Friday, August 4th at 5:30 PM PDT / 8:30 PM EDT for the North American Community Team’s PvP Special Broadcast: Culling Time. We’ll be live from Behemoth on the Primal data center, ready to tackle some content and discuss the recent changes made to PvP in Stormblood. Visit the Lodestone for details!

I’ll see you all at the Wolves’ Den Pier!
Luxpheras
Community Team

A Feast in the East

Hi, everyone!

In celebration of the Eorzea Café’s 3rd anniversary in Tokyo, the Yokohama branch returned once more for a limited time with lots of new items on the menu. The team in Japan had sent in light party to get a taste of the scrumptious culinary creations!

To start off, let’s take a look at some of the drinks! Paladins won’t want to miss the Passage of Arms beverage, shown off with its unique feather décor (just like the real thing!).

Now for what I’ve been waiting to delve into: the food!
▼Primal Cones

This tasty lineup was available last year but it seems this time, Susano and Lakshmi are part of this delicious dish!

▼ Primal Bahamut Spicy Megaflare – Chilled Capellini

Do you enjoy turning up the heat? With this dish you’ll be able to adjust the “difficulty” with the two spicy sauces offered! It’s pretty extreme, so we recommend adding them little-by-little…

▼Tonberry Seafood Genovese Pasta

This decadent omelet on top can be sliced open with your very own knife! Everyone’s Grudge? More like everyone’s delight. Am I right?

▼Midare Setsugekka Crepe

Inspired by the new samurai job, this dessert had so many tasty elements built up for some sweet flavor. You could say the potency for this dessert was super high!

And last, but certainly not least, the team definitely had to order this next one.

▼The Three-nation Girls’ Secret Girls-only Meeting

My personal favorite among the items! The three nations’ flavors coming together to sate your appetite. Could you ask for more? Also, check out that Ifrit Pizza on the right!

All that food looked super yummy but I think it’s time we took a tour around the café itself!
On the walls, there was a lot of artwork to check out but we thought we’d like to show this one off in particular.

Looks like T’kebbe, Khloe, and Zhloe had an exciting feast of their own! (Finally, they can eat…)

Have some commendations that you’d like to leave the café? They had a message board ready for patrons to share their thanks for a delectable experience.

Also, if you wanted to check up on anything in-game during your trip to Yokohama’s Eorzea Café, they had a cozy PC space set up just for that purpose. Totally convenient and comfortable~

This was quite the culinary experience and we hope you enjoyed all the amazing feasts… I mean feats, as much as I have.

Thanks for joining me~!

– Sicycre
Community Team

Hamamatsu FATE Complete

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here with a report on the recent “FATE in HAMAMATSU” event that the team in Japan held over the weekend! These “FATE” events are a series of touring events that visit the various cities in Japan, and host things like gaming areas, merchandise sales, meet & greet opportunities and so forth! Take a look at some photos of what the attendees were able to experience!


Here’s a look at the Warriors of Light anxiously waiting for the Letter from the Producer LIVE to start!

Yoshida was joined by Art Director Hiroshi Minagawa!

■ Gaming Area
The attendees tackled Susano (normal) at the event! I’m sure these Warriors of Light didn’t have any trouble!

■ Developer Signing Area (Do not feed!)

■ Carbuncle Origami Area
The carbuncle origami challenge first debuted at the Hamburg media tour, and was said to be “extremely difficult”! Both Yoshi-P and Minagawa gave up on it soon after this photo was taken…

■ Art Area
The attendees were challenged to draw FFXIV-related things from memory, without looking them up. Check out the results!

■ “Real Treasure Hunt” Capsule Machines

■ The Latest “Dev. Team Message Board”
The team places these sign boards in their dev. area so they can always be reminded of the encouragement from the players.

We also debuted an E3 recap video! Take a look at some of the excitement of E3…in video form!

Everyone really wants to get ahold of Yoshi-P’s new t-shirt (for various reasons).

– Bayohne
Community Team

It Belongs in an Aquarium

Greetings, adventurers!

Luxpheras here previewing The Lost Canals of Uznair, scheduled for release with Patch 4.05 on Tuesday!

The basic gameplay of The Lost Canals is the same as the Aquapolis, but the arenas and foes that appear inside are all new and fresh. We plan to upgrade this new content even further after Patch 4.1 as well!
Can we reach the final floor? Let’s give it a go! (Be sure to click the pictures for larger versions, too!)

First things first: Like Aquapolis, you must use a certain map to discover treasure chests and defeat the emerging monsters. Shall we?



Wow, that’s a big shark!


A portal on our first try? It’s like all my namedays have come at once!


Let’s head in.


A somewhat dubious atmosphere…


But let’s keep fighting! How far can we go?

This door looks different from the ones we found in The Aquapolis… I wonder how it works.


Success!


Well, that was unexpected. Things are getting a little slippery here.


We’ll defeat various enemies as we go.


Could it be? Did we reach the final floor? It’s so shiny!


And do my ears deceive me, or is this some new music on the final floor? It’s exquisite!
Thanks for coming along for the adventure! Patch 4.05 will introduce Omega: Deltascape (Savage), but don’t forget to visit The Lost Canals of Uznair as well!

Wondrous treasures will surely be waiting for you.
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By the Twelve, that Namazu is cute. Hey there, little buddy!

-Luxpheras
Community Team

The Light in My Mirai

Greetings, adventurers!

Luxpheras here, very excited to share with you some exciting news from the team in Japan!

On Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, the FINAL FANTASY XIV team had the delight of performing some projection mapping at Yokohama Minato Mirai.

Many Warriors of Light came out to Yokohama to see the array of FINAL FANTASY XIV related images and movies on display against the various buildings of Minato Mirai. Thank you all so much for the support!

While there was a space prepared as viewing area for visitors to enjoy the sight, you could still see the projection mapping from various parts of the city.

Here we see the vengeful Bahamut arriving sea-side in Yokohama.

A view from the water, over the sky dock.

You could even see it from the Ferris wheel if you got the timing right!

It took the team two years of planning to make this production a reality. There were so many people gathered around at this event that we couldn’t even fit the whole crowd on camera! Thank you so much to the FINAL FANTASY XIV community for helping us record the in-game footage for the ending, as it would not have been possible without your participation!

Watching this unfold live was an emotional experience for the team that put this event together, and they were warmed by the happiness and support of the community that has made this all possible.

Take a look at the official video for this dazzling event!

We’re planning to release some behind-the-scenes footage as well as more in-game footage that we couldn’t fit into the video, so please look forward to it!

– Luxpheras
Community Team

Out of the E3, Into the EA

Greetings, everyone!
Bayohne here, back at the office for the final day of E3 and I wanted to share a quick report of the excitement at the event!

As soon as you enter the South Hall, you’re greeted by a huge Stormblood banner featuring Zenos yae Galvus!

Here you can see a wide shot of the Square Enix booth, plastered with Stormblood!

The FFXIV area had the debut of the Susano Battle Challenge, the first chance in the world to battle the new primal before launch!

Attendees able to defeat the Lord of Revel were rewarded with an “I BEAT SUSANO” t-shirt.

The Zenos yae Galvus figure from the Collector’s Edition was also on display inside an enclosure that featured hologram projection effects! It was really awesome and I’m sure you’ll see a lot of videos on social media of the display.

While the Warriors of Light were busy tackling Susano on the show floor, Yoshida could often be found inside the interview chair. (Each time we heard loud cheers, we knew that a team had taken down Susano!)

In between interviews, Yoshida would spend some time chatting with the players on the NA data center Worlds.

Of course, we held another “Letter from the Producer LIVE at E3” (what a mouthful)! There I am on the left, with Yoshida, and of course, everyone’s favorite translator Aimi! (She had a “Thank you Aimi!” thread on the FFXIV subreddit!)

When we said that E3 would be packed with Stormblood, we meant it! Check this out! It’s the “StormbloodDrive” bus in partnership with the American Red Cross!

The StormbloodDrive Bus won’t be just at E3, it’s actually going to be touring around various schools in California. We hope that the Warriors of Light out there continue to help out as much as they are able. So far the Red Cross was able to gather 30 pints of blood in two days at E3, which equates to saving 90 lives! Truly humbling. You can learn more on the StormbloodDrive website.

Next up we have… Zenos on the side of the Luxe City Center Hotel!

A lot of people thought it was just a printed wrap of some kind, but if you watch this video, I think you’ll be quite shocked!

#FFXIV #Stormblood takes over the LUXE City Center Hotel in downtown LA during E3! Check out the amazing work that went into the mural! pic.twitter.com/sc6VoWpiDl— FINAL FANTASY XIV (@FF_XIV_EN) 2017年6月12日

Last but not least, we have the E3 staple of “giant FFXIV bags that people go crazy for”! We found two random attendees that were willing to show off both sides of the bug. Very lucky.

E3 may be at an end, but we’re mere hours away from early access! Read over the preliminary patch notes and prepare for launch!

WAR IS COMING!

– Bayohne
Community Team

The Sabotender's Stash

Greetings adventurers!

Luxpheras here, reporting live from the Manderville Gold Saucer during the Make It Rain Campaign! As you may know, the Gold Saucer is the place to be these days. For a limited time only, rewards for all attractions including GATEs, mini-games and the Cactpot have been increased by 50 percent!

Some exciting new prizes were added as well! Get all the details at the Make It Rain Campaign website!

The Make It Rain Campaign ends on Monday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m. (PDT) but worry not, because shortly after is Stormblood Early Access! That starts on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. (PDT), and I’m so excited I can barely contain myself.

As if you didn’t have enough to look forward to in Stormblood, we’ll be introducing a new series of weapons to the Gold Saucer in Patch 4.0 themed after Senor Sabotender! Are you a fan of this prickly pal? Of course you are. Let’s take a look at some of these new prizes!

Click the images to enlarge them!
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For the warrior who likes to Fell Cleave (six times) in Sabotender Style: The Senor Sabotender’s Labrys

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Inspire your party with star-tipped arrows and songs of dawn, bards! The Senor Sabotender’s Longbow

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Every dragoon knows that a sharp lance is of vital importance. What better than the sharpened needles of The Senor Sabotender’s Trident?

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Astrologians can call upon the luck of the Gold Saucer while they draw their cards from The Senor Sabotender’s Planisphere!

Are you as excited as I am? Good news! Sabotender weapons for each job will be available to purchase immediately in 4.0, so be sure to take advantage of the Make It Rain Campaign, and save up your MGP now!

– Luxpheras
Community Team

PvP on the Horizon

Greetings, everyone!

Zhexos here. Now that the media tour embargo has been lifted, the floodgates of information have been released. I’m sure everyone is as excited as I am and preparing to take back Ala Mhigo in Stormblood, which is coming in less than two weeks now!

However, I’m not here to talk about that today! Today, I will be delivering information related to P-v-P!

As Yoshi-P mentioned in the last Letter from the Producer LIVE, we’re going to see big changes coming to PvP in Patch 4.0.

Here’s a recap of the upcoming major changes:


As you can see from the above, PvP will be majorly revamped in Patch 4.0.
I’m sure it’s hard to grasp everything with just the above information, so let’s go over some of the changes to give you all a better idea!

PvP Specific Hotbar
First up is the PvP hotbar mode! When you enter PvP content, or areas like the Wolves’ Den Pier, your hotbar will now automatically switch to the new PvP hotbar mode. With this new feature, we don’t need to place PvP actions into our PvE hotbars, or copy over from hidden hotbars to switch between PvE and PvP anymore. This is definitely a nice feature!

Here’s how it’ll actually look in-game.

First, let’s teleport from Kugane to the Wolves’ Den Pier.

And voila! The hotbar is automatically switched to PvP mode!

Job Actions
As we saw in the revamp details, PvP will have nine PvP-specific actions per job, two selectable actions, and Adrenaline Rush.

Just as an example, let’s go over white mage job actions!

List of White Mage Actions
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Just from looking at the action names and icons, they look like our standard spells; however, they are actually quite different. For example, let’s check out Protect.

In PvP, Protect has been changed to an ability which can be used instantly. If you use this at the right timing, you’ll be able to protect your team member right before they’re hit by burst damage and KO’d.

The new job gauge system will also have unique effects in PvP as well. For white mage, the healing lilies will reduce the recast time for some of the actions.
(Please note this is different in PvE!)

Using Cure II will grant a lily 100% of the time, so you’ll need to decide if you want to stack the lilies, or use one of the abilities while having a certain stack of lilies to be able to use it again quicker.

The recast reduction from healing lilies doesn’t only affect Protect, but will also affect actions such as Benediction and Fluid Aura as well.



White mages will need to strategize and decide when to use each of their actions to help maintain or change the outcome of the match.

As you can see from above, although they share the same action name as those used in PvE, they have completely different effects for PvP. To some, it may even feel like they’re playing a different job.

PvP-specific Additional Actions
Next, let’s check out the additional actions for PvP.
There is a total of seven additional PvP-specific actions shared by all roles, and players can select up to two actions.

List of PvP-specific Additional Actions
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From Patch 4.0, the Sprint ability will no longer be available in PvP. Instead, players will need to decide if they would like to set the new Bolt ability, which functions similarly.

Will you set the Bolt ability so you can chase your running opponents, or will you use it to fall back from being KO’d? Maybe, it will be better to pick up other skills, which may benefit more depending on the opponent, or the type of match you’re going to engage in. Figuring out which abilities will be best for the situation, and trying to figure out what the opponent team have on their skillset will be the key to winning.

PvP-specific Traits
Next up is the PvP traits! These are also shared by all roles. There is a total of nine traits available, and players can select up to three traits.

List of PvP-specific Traits
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Every one of these traits looks useful, so it’s going to be difficult to decide which three to take with you.

Here are some of the traits:


If I was playing WHM, I would probably want to take…
Increased MP Regeneration, which will give me a stable MP regeneration,
then Increased Action Speed, so I will be able to cast spells faster,
and finally take the Increased Resistance Duration so I would be more resistant overall.
This is my setup, so you may bring in different traits for a different build.
(Please note that in PvP the resistance system has also been adjusted as well.)

I hope that gave you a good idea of how the PvP has been changed in Patch 4.0! By simplifying PvP actions, not only did we lower the hurdle required to start participating in PvP, but now we’ll be able to adjust each of the actions so they fit in better with PvP. It is now more important to decide which actions and traits you will want to select, and also strategizing when to use them.

I’ve been told by our teams in Japan that PvP is much more fun, and I can’t wait to get into the new PvP with all of you!

Oh, and I almost forgot, beginning in Patch 4.0, players will be able to earn PvE experience points in PvP! Yes, you read that correctly, PvE experience points in PvP! So now you can hop into PvP while leveling your PvE jobs!

Before I go, here’s a peek at some new PvP gear coming in Patch 4.0!
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– Zhexos
Community Team

Previewing the Storm in Hamburg

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here, reading over dispatches from Project Manager M directly from the field on the next leg of the Stormblood media tour!

With the San Francisco event in the books, Yoshida, Foxclon, and Project Manager M headed to Hamburg, Germany for the European leg of the tour!

She told me it was sunny and “very green” there (a stark difference to our overcast San Francisco adventure!).

The European media tour was held in this very Doma-like location!

Here’s the setting of the most recent Letter from the Producer LIVE! With as much as Yoshida had to convey, I’m sure it was really tough on our translator, Aimi (pictured left). I bet players around the globe would like to say thank you for all your hard work, Aimi!

Once again, Yoshida started each morning with a presentation.

After that, the media could go hands-on with the game and play to their hearts’ content (within the tour areas)!

Interviews with Yoshida were also peppered throughout the event as well, just like in San Francisco. The samurai outfit that made its debut at the Frankfurt Fan Festival is also on display.

Since the event lasted so long, we had a few other activities for media to do if they wanted to take a break. For instance, they could practice Japanese calligraphy.

Here you see Foxclon writing “Morbol” in Japanese and trying to look cool. (He looks very proud of his work!)

They could also enjoy some tea together.

Or they could challenge “Carbuncle Origami (Savage)”! (It wasn’t meant to be “Savage” but it seems that’s the feedback we received the most…)

That’s a wrap on two weeks of the Stormblood global media tour!

We hope you’re looking forward to the articles from the media!

– Bayohne
Community Team

Previewing the Storm in San Francisco

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here, about to board a flight back to HQ after we’ve wrapped the first leg of the Stormblood media tour! We’ve been in San Francisco for the past several days showing the expansion to media, and letting them go hands-on with it. We’d love to share some of the experience of the U.S. leg of the tour with you all, so grab a snack and enjoy a look behind the scenes!

From the outside, the venue looks pretty normal, and you wouldn’t know about the excitement happening within.

But when you step inside…

…you’re transported into a space inspired by Kugane!

We would kick off each day with a presentation from Yoshi-P discussing Stormblood-related additions, adjustments, and the hands-on demo. (Project Manager M seemed to have hidden among the trees to grab this stealthy shot…)

After the presentation, the media were able to go hands-on with Stormblood!

They were able to try out all the jobs, including red mage and samurai, the new actions, and the swimming and diving features!

Between interviews, Yoshi-P would (secretly?) watch the media play the new content!

We had a lot of interviews during the event in this room! (Keep an eye out for this artwork in Stormblood!)

During the interviews, Yoshi-P could be seen holding onto this new Fat Chocobo head cushion. It was seriously the softest, squishiest, most comfortable thing. I grabbed it and did my best producer impression when he took a break. I volunteered to handle the next interview, but was quickly shooed out of his seat.

The venue also featured two special guests making their debut in origami form: red mage and samurai!

We also prepared a goody bag for each of the attendees as well!

We’ve wrapped up the U.S. leg of the tour, but now the team is headed to Europe for the next stop! Let’s all keep Yoshi-P in our thoughts as he also has the Letter from the Producer LIVE on Monday too!

– Bayohne
Community Team

Smooth Sailing

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here live from the Stormblood Media Tour taking place in San Francisco! While we’re busy showing off Stormblood goodness to the press here, it seems that Project Manager U in Japan is gathering a list of some nice quality of life changes coming to FFXIV! Today we’ll be focusing on scratching some itches that have been itching for our adventurers for some time now.

You can now drag and drop menu items onto your hotbars!
It’s always looked like this was possible, so I’m sure a lot of people tried it not knowing they couldn’t do this!

So you now take this…

And you grab it like so…

And then…

You can finally put it on the bar!

How many of you have tried doing this before? (Many of us at SE are guilty of this actually.)

When flying…
It will soon be possible to access targets/objects when flying if you are below a certain altitude, automatically landing and initiating the interaction!

I’m sure many players will be happy to hear about this one. Also, the bounding movement when jumping down is pretty cute.

Detrimental effects that can be removed
A mark will now be shown at the top of the detrimental effect icon for effects that can be removed using esuna and the like.

Detrimental effects that cannot be removed will retain the same icon as before.

This change will be applied to the icons on the party list as well.

Minion tweaks
If you have a minion summoned when logging out, the same minion will now automatically return to your side when you log back in!

I don’t have to worry about keeping my wind-up Titan by my side at all times.

Lounging Around
From now on, when going into an instance while sitting or lying down…

…you’ll return in that state as well.

Finally, I don’t have to sit back down when returning from a duty. This’ll save me hours!

This was just a taste of some of the quality of life changes appearing in Stormblood! We’ll continue to bring you new information via various channels, so keep on looking forward to the day it hits in just over a month!

– Bayohne
Community Team

It's a Pose Off

Hello, everyone!

Luxpheras here to share some news from Project Manager Iwamiya about updates planned for the Group Pose function in Stormblood! Remember, you can enlarge the screenshots posted here by clicking on the image.
Let’s get started, shall we?

What is Group Pose?
“Group Pose” is the screenshot expansion function that can be used in-game. When in Group Pose mode you can change your character and camera in ways not normally possible, as well as edit images in a variety of different ways.

This screenshot was taking using Group Pose. Nothing has been done to it outside of the game! Our cute piggy-fell looks to be doing her best impression of Lyse from the Stormblood logo here.
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How to use Group Pose
Enter “/grouppose” or “/gpose” into the chat bar. If you’re not a fan of typing out the command every time, you can also add the icon from the Action List to your hotbar, or set up a keybind in Game Options!

Using the Camera Settings Window
For the Camera Settings Window press the following button when in Group Pose mode.
Keyboard: [R] or [Numerical Keypad: *]
Gamepad: [X (□) button]

These are the default settings for using Group Pose, but for anyone who has already changed the above buttons to something else, press the buttons in use in [Autorun] or [Subcommand].

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into the fun stuff! Here are some of the updated Group Pose functions coming in Stormblood that Project Manager Iwamiya shared with us.

▼Additional Action Support
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Any action used directly before entering Group Pose will be looped while you remain in /gpose. This will work for battle actions, limits breaks, mount actions and item actions for food or fireworks, etc. With most actions, pausing /gpose will also pause the action effects displayed at the same time!

This was probably the most highly requested feature to be added to /gpose. Thank you so much for the feedback you all provided us!

▼Additional Color Filters
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You may recall that the Group Pose feature was originally developed in secret by dev. team members calling themselves the Screenshot Alliance.
In truth, the Screenshot Alliance was also responsible for various other tasks in the development of Stormblood. Because the scale of adding Action Support to Group Pose was so large, the team was supposed to stop adding any additional features after it was ready, but…

There’s more!
・[Bright 4]
・[Pastel 3]
・[Colored Marker 2]
・[Monotone 1-3]
A total of six new Color Filters have been added.
“What can I say… we just can’t help ourselves!” – Project Manager Iwamiya

▼Additional Screen Effects
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As you can see, the Screenshot Alliance loves this feature just as much as we do. Which means…
>>More of these too!
・[Frosted Glass]
・[Polka Dot 2]
・[Pencil 1-2]
・[Particle]
・[Sakura]
The above have also been added as screen effects.
Project Manager Iwamiya personally recommends the Particle effect! It’s beautiful the way the lights glisten.

▼Additional Frame Patterns
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Now they couldn’t very well go ahead and increase the Color Filters and the Screen Effects without adding more of these, right?

Here are some of the new frames being added:
・[Instant Camera]
・[Ukiyo-e]
・[Ornamental Borders 1-2]
・[Wall Frame]
・[Cinema]
The point of these frames was to capture the flavor of the new Stormblood expansion in the traditional Japanese style.

As Stormblood approaches, the dev. team is excited to start releasing new details about 4.0.
Yoshi-P may be posting his sneaky screenshots on the Official Forums every night, but Project Manager Iwamiya wants to introduce even more on the dev. blog from now on. Keep an eye out!

One more thing!
Here are some of the screenshots taken by the QA team as they were testing:
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As some of you may know, I’m a huge /gpose enthusiast. With all these new additions coming in Stormblood, I fear for the state of my Screenshot folder…

-Luxpheras
Community Team

Release the D

Greetings, everyone!
Project Manager M shared a few additional sneak peeks before taking off for the weekend!

First up is a photo of…Cup Noodles!? The mountain of noodles were brought over to the dev. team to fuel their hunger while they work to finalize Stormblood. I highly recommend trying out the curry flavored Cup Noodle if you ever have the chance!

Project Manager M was also able to catch a glimpse of Yoshi-P’s character looking…very calm. She said it was so rare that she had to share it!

And she was also able to take a screenshot of a feature which I’m sure a lot of people have been waiting for!


The days of asking for the “D” are over!

– Zhexos
Community Team

Storming the Dungeons

Greetings, everyone!

Recently, Yoshi-P and the team have been running gameplay tests on the new dungeons releasing in Stormblood. We tasked Project Manager M in Japan to report on the tests, and to grab some screenshots during the experience so we could share them on the Developers’ Blog! Let’s take a look!

Dungeon checks were once again conducted by the following members:
Paladin: Lead Designer Takeo Suzuki
Dragoon: Everyone’s Favorite “Rare Item Hunter” Hiroshi Takai
Black Mage: Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida
White Mage: Project Manager M

As you know, Stormblood will introduce numerous battle system changes, such as the shift to role-based actions, and many revisions to existing actions. She mentioned that none of the other party members explained the minute details beforehand, so she instantly noticed these differences. However, she was able to adjust to the changes over the course of the session.

Project Manager M also commented that she wasn’t able to grab screenshots of combat because she was so focused on battle this time! (I imagine she was busy healing their black mage tank…)

Yoshi-P was also testing out the extremely flashy new black magic spells! While he was pleased with the new spell, it was so flashy that he actually told them to make some adjustments in the end.

Aside from new black mage spells, I wanted to let you know that cleric stance is [Message deleted by some unseen force…] and esuna has [Message deleted by some unseen force…]!

[Message deleted by some unseen force…]

Alright! I get it! It looks like something is preventing me from revealing information, so all I can say is that we’re planning the next Letter from the Producer Letter LIVE for mid/late-May! “Please look forward to it!”

– Zhexos
Community Team

FFXIV and Amazon.com® DLC Campaign

Greetings, everyone!

Zhexos here, checking in to remind everyone that the North American FFXIV and Amazon.com® Free DLC Giveaway campaign is coming to an end next Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT).

Don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to learn the details of the campaign because I’m here to help! Let’s take a look at the in-game items you can get, and step-by-step instructions on how to redeem the Amazon promotional code.
Please note that you must have a North American FINAL FANTASY XIV service account to redeem these item codes.

Campaign In-Game Items
First, let’s go over the in-game items you can get from the campaign!

Eastern Journey Battle Staff and Eastern Attire

Indulge in the local fashions with this outfit, and wield a battle staff for fending off any unruly monsters on your journey to the East.

As a bonus here’s another screenshot of the gear dyed to give all you glamour enthusiasts an idea!

Flying Cumulus Mount
Take to the cloud-filled skies by riding atop one.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to have a pure heart to ride this cloud!

50 Aetheryte Tickets
You will also receive 50 aetheryte tickets which will help save you some gil when traveling to the far East!

How to Participate
First, you will need to make a qualifying purchase of $19.99 or more on video games (purchase or pre-order) from the Amazon.com videogames department to receive a promotional code. Items that qualify for the promotion will have a note on the store listing. Customers who pre-order digital or physical video games will receive their redemption code once the game is live or ships.
Please note that the codes will be sent by e-mail within 48 hours after purchase.

Your e-mail from Amazon.com will look similar to the above. (Be sure to check your Spam/Junk/Promotions folders in your e-mail just in case!)

Once you receive your code, head on over to the redemption website and enter your promotional code along with a valid e-mail address.

After you redeem your promotional code, you’ll receive an e-mail from SQUARE ENIX with the subject “Your FFXIV Amazon DLC Codes” that will include the in-game items codes which can be redeemed on the Mog Station!

For additional details, you can read the official announcement.

Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of these Eastern-themed items!
Time to take my cumulus cloud and get back to work.

– Zhexos
Community team

Shut Up and Take My Gil

Greetings, adventurers!
Zhexos reporting in after a nice weekend testing out the Stormblood benchmark a few dozen times at home. Were you able to spot all the cool teasers the benchmark contained? I’ve been enjoying the discoveries everyone has been making!

Now that May is upon us, we have little over a month left for the release of Stormblood! While we eagerly wait for the launch, let’s go over the pre-order bonuses to fuel the Stormblood hype meter!

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood Pre-order Bonuses
Wind-up Red Mage Minion
First up, we have the wind-up red mage minion, designed after the FFI red mage joining the minion collection!

This red mage minion has an amazing pose in-game, but I’ll keep that a secret for now! Here’s a screenshot of the minion in-game.

Ala Mhigan Earrings
Next up, show your support of the rebellion with this pair of earrings emblazoned with the image of the Ala Mhigan standard.

Here’s a look at the pair of earrings on our model.

Do you have any jobs you’ve been waiting to level? These will help with that, because they can be worn from level one. They look great for glamour, but they feature the following attributes to help with leveling!

———–
VIT+5
STR+5
DEX+5
MND+5
INT+5
Increases EXP earned by 30% when level 50 and below.
———–

And of course, the pre-order comes with the early access bonus, which grants users the ability to play Stormblood from Friday, June 16, a few days before the official release date!

Furthermore, during the recent Letter from the Producer LIVE, we gave a sneak peek of the exclusive PS4 dynamic theme which comes as an additional bonus for pre-ordering FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood from the PlayStation®Store.

PlayStation®Store Theme
This is a dynamic theme that features key characters from Stormblood moving around on various backgrounds!



* Dynamic themes are themes which can be set as a background for the Home screen of the PS4.
* Please note, this theme is exclusive to users who pre-order from the PlayStation®Store.

Check out the Allagan tomestone icon and the mini Gosetsu!

If you haven’t pre-ordered Stormblood yet, be sure to check out the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood page for more details!

– Zhexos
Community team

Oh hi, Benchmark

Greetings, adventurers!
Zhexos here, still awake after the early morning Letter from the Producer LIVE. We hope you enjoyed it!

As previewed on the stream, the Stormblood benchmark software is now available! Check out the trailer below if you haven’t seen it yet!

Being able to check out new locales and jobs ahead of launch is one of best parts about the benchmark. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of speculation from the community after watching it!

We introduced a new feature where you can load the system configuration from your version of FFXIV. Please note that the benchmark is only available in DirectX®11, so users who play FFXIV in DirectX®11 will be able to use this feature.

It’s also possible to load saved character appearance data from the standard or free trial versions of the game. Doing so will show your character starring as the protagonist in the benchmark. You’ll also be able create a character in the benchmark, save the appearance data, and load into the actual game as well. Be sure to give it a try!

There are also new hairstyles that made their debut in the benchmark.
Here’s the first one! This is the hairstyle worn by the samurai in the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood trailer. It looks great on both male and female characters.

The second hairstyle available to both male and female characters is the new monk hairstyle seen in the trailer. Maybe you’ll run into some fierce Auri in the Azim Steppe?

Compared to the Heavensward benchmark, the number of equipment available to try out in the benchmark has also been expanded. You will also be able to try out the veteran reward outfits!

Players will be able to select from 24 different gear sets, which includes the new monk job specific gear. Before you tackle the benchmark score, I recommend trying out the character creator first!

I ran the benchmark on my PC and…not too bad for my work PC!

Download the benchmark and experience a taste of Stormblood!

– Zhexos
Community Team

FFXIV & WWE Form Epic Tag Team

Greetings, everyone!

Ash here, reporting in from the Square Enix America marketing team for FFXIV! I’ve taken over the blog to share some of the exciting moments you may have missed during our recent WWE WrestleMania collaboration!

WrestleMania 33 took place at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on April 2, and was hosted by WWE Superstars Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods, members of “The New Day”! For those not in the know, the New Day are known for their stylish outfits and outlandish intros and WrestleMania 33 was no different! We teamed with the guys to kick off the event with Big E dressed as a samurai, Xavier Woods as a monk, and Kofi as the red mage and they entered riding their “POP-cycle” bike, which was styled with FINAL FANTASY XIV moogles and chocobos!

WWE’s UpUpDownDown gaming YouTube channel posted an awesome behind the scenes look into the epic entrance recently. Check it out!

The WWE Network also posted an awesome “360” panorama version of the video from a camera mounted on the bike! Move the camera around to see the cool details on the outfits, cart, and the huge crowd!

The New Day had a wonderful time cosplaying. I was able to catch up with them backstage before their big entrance (I didn’t look as cool though…):

Throughout WrestleMania weekend, fans were also able to meet & greet multiple WWE Superstars at the WWE Axxess signing booth that we sponsored. After fans received their favorite WWE Superstar’s signature they were also able to choose either a Fat Chocobo or Moogle hat to show their FFXIV pride to the WWE Universe!


There will be additional behind the scenes content centered around creating the epic WrestleMania entrance will be available to watch on the official WWE YouTube channel and the UpUpDownDown gaming channel. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes video content such as the making of the amazing costumes, WWE Superstar reactions and coming soon – a live let’s play of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online with The New Day!

Overall, the FFXIV partnership went really well with the WWE and I had a blast working with them. Fans from both the WWE Universe and our community loved the entrance. The outreach was incredible with a hilarious combination of sports blogs and gaming news websites all buzzing about it.

If you’re reading this – I hope you enjoyed it too. On behalf of the whole FFXIV team and The New Day – thank you for your support and look forward to more in the coming months!

– Ash
SE America Marketing