Category: Final Fantasy XIV Official

EU Fan Fest: Creating the Samurai Costume and Moghome

Hello fellow FFXIV lovers! Strongly caffeinated lakukisu reporting in.

Remember the crazy cool samurai costume Yoshi-P was wearing at the Fan Festival in Frankfurt? We have a making of video about it! Defcon Unlimited is providing us a glimpse behind the scenes to show how the masterpiece was created!

What are moogles made of? That was a rhetorical question, but if you want to see how the moogles and the statues at the Moghome relaxation area were made, check out the video below to see how Lightning Cosplay made the cuties come to life!

I have only three words left for you: this is art.

See you in Eorzea!
-lakukisu

Going Back for Fourths

Greetings!

Zhexos from the North America Community Team reporting in from the Wolves’ Den Pier.

With the Feast Season Three having concluded on Tuesday we want to share a heartfelt “congratulations!” to everyone who made into the top ranks! I’ve been participating in 4v4 solo matches myself, so my fellow PvPers may have seen me around. Good job, and good game to all of you!

Ride your Hellhoud mount with pride!
(Just make sure to train them not to eat other players outside of the Den.)

Now that Season Three has concluded, we’re in the midst of a pre-season before Season Four commences.
Pre-season will not affect your rankings, so you’re able to try it out worry-free!

If you’re new to PvP, or haven’t given the Feast a try, now is your chance to jump in! (The ratings from the pre-season will reset at the start of Season Four.)

We introduced a new map, supply kit, and Sudden Death rule to the Feast in Patch 3.55a, so be sure to give them a whirl!

I’m sure some of you are anxious to find out what the Season Four rewards are going to be. Ranked rewards for the Feast changes every two seasons, so Season Four will introduce another flying mount with a slightly different design from those in Season Three. Without further ado, feast your eyes on the Season Four mounts!


They looks beastly and terrifying – great for chasing your friends around!

If you weren’t able to rank in Season Three, now is a great chance to sharpen your fangs and claws in preparation. Those who successfully earned these mounts will also be able to earn these new ones as well, so be sure to give it all you got, and good luck!

We’ll see you on the battle field!

– Zhexos
Community Team

Of the Grand Finale of the Fan Festivals!

Hello everyone!

It’s lakukisu here, taking you to a trip down the memory lane of the best weekend this year – The Fan Festival in Frankfurt. Even if you didn’t manage to be there yourself or “only” watched the stream, read on, there are good things ahead.

Let’s start with the magical moment when Yoshi-P took the stage:

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That second when his silhouette appeared on the screens… my heartbeat went from 70 to 200 bpm in seconds! I’m pretty sure the crowd and the people watching the stream felt the same way! All in all, the keynote was spectacular and it feels so good to say ‘samurai’, ‘Othard’ and ‘Doma’ aloud. Let’s shout those words from the rooftops together!

I met a lot of super cool people during the weekend, shared a lot of laughs and most of all – shared the love for FFXIV.

Even the twins found their grandfather!

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Plenty of carnival games were won and lost! I had the privilege to try out and show some of them on the live stream as well.

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Let’s talk about the stage event! Remember the time when… Nobuo Uematsu and Masayoshi Soken wore MATCHING BOWS?!

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… Or when Benyamin Nuss and Susan hit us right in the feels?

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Everything was so much fun, it all went by too fast!

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And as a cherry on top… The Primals rocked our socks off (even Yoshi-P’s it seems)!

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The European Fan Fest might be officially over – and call me a ball of emotions but – these are the memories and friendships that will last through the years.

With love and giggles,

lakukisu

P.S. There are recap pictures on the way to the official Fan Festival site – please look forward to it! And, you can still buy the archived live stream if you want to experience the weekend and get the bonus in-game items!

The Sound of Songbirds

Hello there!

It’s Luxpheras from the North America Community Team with the sweetest sounds of songbirds ringing in my ears.

As you can see here in the official event artwork, our favorite trio from last year’s Little Ladies’ Day will soon be returning to center stage. This year’s event will continue their story, but don’t fret if you missed the Songbirds’ debut! All adventurers can enjoy the sweet sound of music this time around.

If there’s one thing I envy more than the Songbirds’ vocal talent though, it would have to be their excellent fashion sense. Look at those pretty bows and ruffles!

Speaking of which, let’s take a look at the gear that can be obtained from this event.


In addition to these classy (and dyeable!) new outfits, a special emote can be obtained from this event– perfect for when you can’t help but move along to the music. I hear those rainbow musical notes will move along with you, too.

Little Ladies’ Day begins on Wednesday, March 1. I hope you’re all as excited as I am!

Check out the Little Ladies’ Day event website!

– Luxpheras
Community Team

Stormblood Sing-along

Greetings, everyone!

With the Fan Festival in Frankfurt taking place last weekend, we have now completed the FFXIV Fan Festival 2016-2017 series! Thank you to everyone that attended, watched the stream, enjoyed the announcements and for plain making this all possible!

During the Fan Festival in Frankfurt keynote, Yoshida revealed samurai, new areas, and other exciting tidbits about Stormblood. In fact, the show began with the full Stormblood trailer! As it began, I’m sure many thought it’d be the same trailer as before, but as soon as the camera pulled out to the world map, you could feel the excitement at the venue (and the reactions from those watching the stream)!

I’m sure you’ve all heard the singing near the end of the trailer, right? Mocchi, from the SE Japan Community team, swears that hears them shouting “Hildi! Hildi! Hildi!” at the very end… What could it mean!?

Mocchi couldn’t let it go, so he decided to ask lore masters Banri Oda and Michael-Christopher Koji Fox about the actual lyrics. So, here they are! Listen along at about the 3 minute, 57 second mark!

Storm of blood
Born from blood
Of our fallen brothers

Borne upon our hands
Cradled in our arms
Swelling in our hearts

Raise your weary head
Heed the call to arms
Ringing in your heart

Loyalty!
Unity!
Liberty!

Now you can impress your friends by singing along with the trailer!

Also, as part of a new Stormblood fan kit, we released wallpapers that feature samurai and red mage, so please be sure to check it out!

– Bayohne
Community Team

My Little Nanamo

Greetings, everyone!

Today we’ll be shedding some light on some brand-new merchandise that will begin shipping out soon! This cute little mascot figure Seated Nanamo is available for pre-order alongside with the Baby Behemoth plush we showed previously!

The finely-detailed figure is about 3.35″ (85mm) tall and has been designed so that the bottom of the figurine so the Sultana can sit elegantly and comfortably on various places such as a desk, or around your PC. Her head, arms, and legs can be adjusted for subtle posing as well!

As you can see below, from behind you can see fine details of her hair and ornaments.

It can even sit on top of plushies comfortably!


*Please note that the Baby Behemoth plush is not a Nanamo-exclusive mount.

Pre-orders for the Seated Nanamo figure are available only the Square Enix Online Store and will begin shipping soon!

But we’re not done! We also have a brand-new art book coming out soon!

Set to release in early March, The Art of Ishgard -The Scars of War- is the third official FFXIV art book!

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The book includes images, and illustrations of characters, fields and various ornaments introduced from Patch 3.1 through 3.5. And for the first time ever, we have included the process that the development team has undergone to making some of the background illustrations. At 320 pages, you can tell this is a tome filled with artwork to drool over!

Let’s take a small peek at some of the images inside the book (be sure to click to enlarge them)!

We have new main character illustrations:
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You can see the dungeon artwork, along with enemies you encounter in these dungeons. I’m sure you’re all intimately familiar with these from running them so many times!

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Weapons, armor, and housing-related artwork galore:
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And we can’t forget the Feast emblem artwork:
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And here’s a sneak peek of the process used in making some of the background illustrations (Japanese version shown)! There are too many things to show in a single blog post…
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Compared to previous art books, we opted to make the illustrations a bit larger for your viewing pleasure.

And last, but certainly not least, we can’t forget that this art book includes a bonus item code for the Wind-up Hraesvelgr minion, which fits in perfectly with the “Art of Ishgard” theme!

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Additionally, the cover design of the previous art book The Art of Ishgard – Stone and Steel – is mirrored to this upcoming art book, so you can place them next each other like so:
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Pre-order your copy of The Scars of War from the Square Enix Online Store!

– Bayohne

Cuteness Overload – Introducing Baby Behemoth Plushes!

Hello everyone! It’s Lakukisu from the EU Community team here.

Let’s get acquainted with the super adorable Baby Behemoth plush! The cutie will make its debut at the European Fan Festival in Frankfurt in 10 days!

This stuffed toy is giving us a cuteness overload, just look at its nose and big eyes!

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Oh, zoomed in a bit too much… Alright, let’s take a better look with the whole stuffed toy.

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This cutie-pie comes with an in-game item code for ‘Baby Behemoth Plushie’ that is a dedicated housing item. So, you can enjoy its company even in your home in Eorzea!

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The Baby Behemoth will premier in Frankfurt – this is the first time it’ll be sold anywhere! Of course, after the event, it’ll be available for others as well. If you have a ticket to the grand finale of the Fan Festivals, you can already buy it from the pre-purchase website. Keep in mind that pre-purchasing ends on Friday 10th February!

All I want in life is to hug a Baby Behemoth,
Lakukisu

Eorzean Hearts Aflutter

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here to bring you a look at the upcoming Valentione’s Day seasonal event!


Love is in the air in Eorzea, and now is the perfect chance to show it!

This year, the Valentione’s Day seasonal event will introduce a lovey-dovey new emote for adventurers to use on their friends, lovers, or enemies! Get a gander at the “dote” emote:

Shower your loved ones in a wave of hearts and send their hearts aflutter in return!

Take a gander at the variances of the emote being performed by various characters:






The animation before the hearts appear is slightly different for each race as well, so look forward to trying these out with other races!
Make sure to use the emote often and spread the love throughout Eorzea!

Let’s take a look at the other rewards we have planned:

Minion: Angel of Mercy

Maybe it’ll help point you in the direction of that special someone?

There’s also a tabletop furnishing, the charming “Paramour Vase” flower pot.


Here you can see them adorned with the pink cherry blossoms that were added in Patch 3.5.

Enjoy the soothing sounds of the event with “The Kiss” orchestrion roll.

Not long left until the festivities begin! “Please look forward to it!”
Read more about Valentione’s Day event page.

EU Fan Fest Is Almost Here!

Hello, Lakukisu from the EU Community Team here.

Holy guacamole! There’s less than 3 weeks until the European Fan Fest and things are a bit manic over here for both the development and operations teams.

In the middle of all the hassle and final preparations, stream tickets for the EU Fan Fest stream have gone on sale!

While a lot of Warriors of Light will be travelling from far and wide to Frankfurt to attend in person, if you’ll be busy with work or the like, you can still join via the live stream! You don’t have to miss out on the excitement and awesomeness of the EU Fan Fest.

Details on the stream can be found here.

As you can see below, players had a blast at the Las Vegas event in October:

… and at the Tokyo event in December:

The European event on the 18th and 19th February is shaping up to be a grand finale with Nobuo Uematsu attending, amazing contests and more details of Stormblood being revealed! Please look forward to it!

Find out more about the European event here.

See you all in Frankfurt!
– lakukisu

Mere Weeks until the Fan Festival in Frankfurt!

Mere Weeks until the Fan Festival in Frankfurt!

Greetings everyone,

It’s now less than a month before the start of the European Fan Festival in Frankfurt, Germany and we’re can’t wait to see you all!

Loads of information has been revealed so far and it can be a bit hard to keep track of all the goodness that awaits. Today, we’ll take a look at the upcoming event and what has been revealed so far!

On Stage

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The Fan Festival will open with the customary keynotes from Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida!

Don’t miss this, as Yoshi-P will be sure to reveal some juicy secret about the upcoming expansion FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood! He will also hold a special Letter from the Producer LIVE from the stage on Sunday! Post yours questions on the official forums for a chance to have it answered during the show.

Yoshi-P won’t be the only one taking to the stage during the two days of the event, we have a stage schedule packed with special guests and content!

Special guests

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FINAL FANTASY super star Nobuo Uematsu will be with us during the event! He will host several signing sessions and will appear on stage for a special discussion with fellow composer Masayoshi Soken!

You have all seen the amazing artwork of Lead Character Concept Artist Yusuke Mogi, but might not even have known it! The talented artist behind the patch illustrations in the 3.x series, as well as other great pieces of FFXIV artwork, will be on stage for a special panel as well as on the show floor for a very special live art demonstration over the course of the event!

Michael-Christopher Koji Fox will also be joining the team in Frankfurt,on stage interpreting during the various presentations and panels!

That’s not all, while he won’t be physically present, Character Designer Toshiyuki Itahana has prepared a stage event where you will learn how to draw an emblematic Final Fantasy creature!

Concerts

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Of course, music will be an important part of our event and is definitely not to be missed! On Saturday, German pianist Benyamin Nuss will take up the stage with the talented vocalist Susan Calloway for a special piano concert. On Sunday, Masayoshi Soken will be back on stage to close the event with his rock band The Primals!

Show Floor

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It’s not all about the stage! The show floor will be buzzing with live activities for you to take part in and obtain some fabulous prizes! Whether you need your gaming fix while away from home or you prefer to walk around, relax and take part in carnival activities, we have something for everyone!

Contests 

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While the Art Contest submission period has ended, you will be able to vote for the winners amongst the selection of finalists that will be displayed at Fan Fest!

Get your costume ready! Registrations for the Cosplay Contest will be open on Saturday from 11:30 to 14:30, giving finalists their moment of fame on stage while the judges deliberate and vote on the winners!

PvP Tournament

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Our fiercest players will be delighted to see that they will have a chance to participate in our special The Feast (4vs4) PvP tournament! Register now to secure your place in the first round of knock outs! 

Merchandise

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Fan Fest attendees will be able to get their hands on some very special items! In fact, they already can thanks to our pre-purchase page! If you want to plan ahead or simply browse through the selection of items, don’t waste a minute and head over to the pre-purchase special page!

Keep in mind that you can only purchase your items in one unique transaction so choose wisely!

Tickets

While the Fan Festival in Frankfurt sold out last week, we put a limited amount of tickets back on sale! Get yours now!

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For all the general information and the finer details on the European Fan Festival, head over to the official website!

We can’t wait to see you there!

The EU Community Team

 

Gung Ho for GARO

Greetings, everyone!

Next week is not only the much awaited release of Patch 3.5–The Far Edge of Fate, it is also the start of the collaboration with GARO!

The collaboration features weapons and armor for each job, and they will be introduced as PvP equipment. To get started, you’ll want to head to the Wolves’ Den Pier and find this black-clad NPC. She’ll offer you the GARO goods for a price!

If you’ve yet to give PvP a shot, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Not only because of the collaboration, but because we also are making a ton of adjustments to PvP in Patch 3.5 to make it easier than ever to hop in and enjoy the content!


★You can now register as a freelancer for Frontline and participate without worrying about Grand Company allegiance.
★It’s now possible to chat with FC and LS members during Frontline.
★Chat has been disabled for both the Feast and the Fold.

The last bullet point above about chatting in the Feast and the Fold is a major change, and as a replacement for not being able to chat we will be implementing a quick chat system.

You’ll be able to select from 22 different quick chat words and phrases that range from simple greetings to warnings and other orders. These are being added as PvP actions, so it will be possible to add them to your hotbars for quick access.

If PvP really just isn’t your cup of tea and you are still interested in this awesome looking equipment, you’ll be able to purchase it from the Gold Saucer with MGP. However, this version of the equipment will not be dyeable.

Finally, while the equipment is most certainly exciting, there’s more–mounts!

In GARO, the protagonist of the series, has the duty of eliminating demons known as “Horrors,” and for slaying 100 of these, he is given a magical horse to ride! Which means in FFXIV you’ll have to…

Well I won’t spoil it, but don’t worry–It won’t involve racking up a 100 score kill count in PvP!

The wait is almost over for Patch 3.5, and I hope you are all looking forward to the amazing content that is on the way!

In the meantime, I will be dreaming about fancy armor materializing on my body while I walk around slowly.

-Camate

Photo Synthesis

Greetings, everyone!

There’s only one week left until we can all experience Patch 3.5 – The Far Edge of Fate, and while the main scenario and new battles are at the forefront of the hype train, there are a ton of exciting features being added that make Patch 3.5 even more epic.

Our shutterbug Warriors of Light will be much enthused to hear that the group pose feature will be receiving a vast amount of additions, and while this was introduced briefly during the Letter from the Producer LIVE that took place at Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo, let’s dive in and check out what’s possible with these new features!

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■New Group Pose Features
・Addition of extra commands
・Addition of color settings and expansion to the number of light positions
・Addition of color filter patterns
・Addition of screen effects
・Addition of angle of view and roll angle adjustments
・Addition of a frame feature
・Addition of status expression
・Group pose support for certain NPCs
・Loop support for certain emotes
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■Group Pose Recap
If you feel like you’re in the dark room thinking, “I don’t even know how to use group pose,” all you need to do it type “/grouppose” or “/gpose” into the chat box.

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To access the special camera setting window that was added last patch, you can press the following buttons during the group pose.

-How to use the camera setting window-
Keyboard: “R” key or “*” on the 10-key pad
Gamepad: “X” or the square button

■Addition of Extra Commands
Now, I know I just got done telling you that you need to use a text command to use this feature, but both “Group Pose” and “Idle Camera” will be added to the “Extra” category of the action list window. This will remove the need to type in each of the text commands, and you’ll be able to take these kind of screenshots easily just by pressing the actions on your hotbar!

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(All the images below can be enlarged by clicking on each of them.)

■Addition of color settings and expansion to the number of light positions
Though we feel a bit sorry for our bright minion buddy, Wind-up Sun, we’re expanding the amount of light sources that can be placed at the same time, and you’ll be able to set up to 3 sources! Additionally, you’ll be able to change the color and amount of each of the light sources. Now regardless of where you are or what you are doing, you can adjust the lighting to be just right!

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■Addition of color filter patterns
Change up your screenshots with seven new filters and color variations!

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■Addition of screen effects
Spice up your screenshots even more with 10 different layer effects!

Focus lines:
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Polka dots:
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■ Addition of angle of view and roll angle adjustments
The angle of view for the group pose feature is breaking through the limitations, and it will be possible to zoom in and out more than ever before.

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Extreme close up!

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We’ve zoomed out so far, you almost forget about the tiny Lalafell standing on the ship’s bow!

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Adjustments to the roll angle make for some fancy screenshots!

■Addition of a frame feature
We’re adding a picture frame and torn paper frame, and the size of the frames can be modified by adjusting the angle of view and other combinations, so try out various settings to frame your picture just right!

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■Addition of status expression
Whether you’re frozen in place, petrified of the camera, or confused about why you’re in the shot, it will now be possible to capture these statuses as emotes for group poses.

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■Group pose support for certain NPCs
While limited to only certain NPCs, you’ll be able to include them in your group poses. Setting dear old Rowena or the loveable Khloe as your target will make them the focus of your group pose shot, and of course you can have them face towards the camera!

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■Loop support for certain emotes
This feature will allow you to loop your favorite poses and emotes to make it even easier to capture the perfect moment!

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Whew–that was a lot of new features for group pose!

Oh wait, there is actually one more…

■Bonus feature
There have been a lot of requests to toggle the display of the chat log during group pose, and the team managed to do this for Patch 3.5!

To display the chat log all you’ll need to do is hit the “Enter” key or the “Back/Select/touch pad” button while in group pose mode.

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By right clicking or accessing the sub-command menu on the chat tab and selecting “hide log window”, the window will disappear. Easy!

Between going through the main scenario, unlocking the new dungeons, challenging Zurvan, playing with the new party finder additions, going on wacky adventures with Hildibrand, exploring Dun Scaith–the list goes on–be sure to check out the new camera features at some point as we’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creativity!

-Camate

Countdown to Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here, about to start my journey to Tokyo! That’s right, the Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo kicks off next week and the North American and European community teams will be working hard to bring you all the excitement straight from the show floor!

How do I Watch the Live Stream?


The Fan Festival in Tokyo begins on the evening of December 23 and continues on December 24, ending early morning on the 25th!

Our main goal is to provide everyone the chance to see the exciting stage events as they happen and to cover the content through English-language summaries after each segment. We’ll also have some guests join us! (Could THE Ben from Square Enix Europe be making an appearance…?)

Those who purchase the live stream will receive the Tokyo Fan Festival-exclusive Wind-up Lulu minion and their choice between the Abes attire for male characters (fashioned after FFX’s Tidus) or the High Summoner attire for female characters (designed to mimic Yuna’s outfit)!

Stage Program

Day 1: Friday, Dec. 23 starting at 5:00 p.m. (PT)

   • 5:00 p.m. (PT): Stream opening
   • 5:30 p.m. (PT): Keynote by Naoki Yoshida
   • 7:30 p.m. (PT): The Ultima Quiz Returns
   • 9:00 p.m. (PT): Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXXIV *)
   • 11:00 p.m. (PT): Costume Contest
   • 1:30 a.m. (PT): Special Concert (Piano)

* The Letter from the Producer LIVE will be available for free.

Day 2: Saturday, Dec. 24 starting at 5:00 p.m. (PT)

   • 5:00 p.m. (PT): Opening
   • 5:30 p.m. (PT): Welcome to Naoki’s Room
   • 7:30 p.m. (PT): Costume Runway
   • 8:15 p.m. (PT): Development Panel
   • 10:00 p.m. (PT): Adrenaline Rush TV PVP Tournament
   • 2:00 a.m. (PT): Special Concert (THE PRIMALS)

How to Purchase the Live Stream
Simply visit the Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo live stream website to purchase! It’s simple, but we’ve written up detailed instructions if you’d like to read a more step-by-step approach.

Can’t watch it live?
Don’t worry, you’ll be able to watch the archived videos! You’ll also have access to them until August 31, 2017!

In-game Item Bonuses
• Wind-up Lulu minion
• “Dream of the Fayth” token items (Used to exchange for the Abes or High Summoner attire)

Redeeming your In-Game Items
Purchase the live stream.

②You’ll immediately receive the bonus item code in your purchase receipt (delivered to your e-mail address). Please note that the codes will become redeemable on the Mog Station starting on December 23, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. (PT).

③ Visit the Mog Station and log into your Square Enix account.

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④ Select the service account you want to redeem the code on.

⑤ Choose the “Enter Item Code” option from the menu.

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⑥ Enter the item code and follow the steps to redeem the code!

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⑦ The items will be delivered via the Moogle delivery service starting on December 25, 2016 at 7:01 a.m. (PT).

*The Dream of the Fayth items will be available to exchange for the Abes or High Summoner attire after the conclusion of the European Fan Festival on February 18-19.

“I want both attires!”
While it will only be possible to obtain a single attire for purchasing access to the Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo live stream, you can still purchase access to the archived stream for Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas for another item code, or you can wait and purchase the live stream for the Fan Festival 2017 in Frankfurt that will take place in February!


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It’s going to be a show filled with excitement, and we can’t wait to talk about it live. See you all during the stream!

-Bayohne

Sprinting Through the Starlight

Season’s greetings, everyone!

We are just 10 days away from Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo, and the North American community team is packing their bags and getting ready to take the long sleigh ride over to Japan. You can count on their being a ton of fun surprises, so be sure to grab a virtual ticket and tune in!

But before all of that, the Starlight Celebration is coming to Eorzea tomorrow to set the stage for the holiday season! This year’s reward items are as fancy as ever, and the new Starlight Robe takes the spotlight as the main spectacle.

I hear Tokyo is quite cold at the moment, and I wouldn’t mind one of these robes to keep me warm and toasty while streaming from Fan Festival!

Naturally, all the city-states will be decked out in holiday decorations, and there may just be some hidden fun elements to search out to add some seasonal spice to the event.

All of the details for the seasonal event can be found on the Starlight Celebration site.

Enjoy the Starlight Celebration as we put on the finishing touches for Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo, and we will see you all during the live stream!

-Camate

The Duality of Adventure

Greetings, everyone!

The second arrangement album, FINAL FANTASY XIV: Duality, is out today!

This album features a collection of soothing piano tracks as well as hard hitting rock arrangements by THE PRIMALS making it perfect for any mood!

The soundtrack is packed with bonuses, which includes a code for two in-game Orchestrion rolls. All of the details can be found by visiting the official site.

By the way, the “secret” song is amazing, and I recommend checking out it. Interestingly enough, the Japanese television station NHK is now using it for the theme song of their News Check 11 show!

If the words “THE PRIMALS” don’t hype you up enough to pick up the new album, I’m quite sure that a music video of Locus will do the trick!

All of the songs are also available on iTunes now, so if you prefer digital, that route is available as well!

Now then, time to put on my headphones and continue the work week with this album on loop!

-Camate (dreaming of being a member of THE PRIMALS…)

A Shocking Pop Culture Celebration

Greetings, everyone!

Last weekend the team took a trip to Fukuoka, Japan for the Kita Kyushu Pop Culture Festival 2016, otherwise known as KKPCF2016 (Try saying that 10 times fast!)! Just as the name implies, this is a gathering to celebrate and share pop culture from around Japan, and more than 100,000 people were in attendance!

Let’s take a look at what kind of presence FFXIV had at the show.

The FFXIV booth drew quite the crowd!

There was a lot of great artwork placed in front of the booth space to welcome attendees, including the Stormblood artwork that was revealed at Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas.

■Battle challenge

Though slightly different from the roulette that many are used to, the battle challenge area still featured an aspect of luck, and attendees had to roll a large die to determine if they would face off against the hard version of Ifrit, Titan, Garuda, Leviathan, Ramuh, or Shiva.

Attendees were handsomely rewarded with an “I Beat Ramuh” t-shirt for emerging victorious from a fated battle against a randomly chosen primal.

Well, color my beard purple!

Foxclon was also in attendance and cheered attendees on who participated in the battle challenge.

■FFXIV for starters

For those new to the game, the team explained about the lore and world of FFXIV before they jumped in to give it a try.

Afterwards, attendees could pull up a chair and make a character, listen to a lecture about battling in FFXIV, and then try a battle against Ifrit–the story version, of course! Even though there were many new to the game, everyone emerged victorious. The number of up and coming Warriors of Light was staggering! All of the character data was placed on USBs for everyone so they could take it home and continue the adventure with the characters that they made.

■Merchandise area

Those hungry for merchandise were welcomed with an assortment of items to purchase, and it’s no surprise that everything sold out!

A Lalafell and Roegadyn joined the show as well, and it was their first time making an appearance at an event outside of the Kanto area.

And speaking of other areas, there were many who travelled quite the distance to attend the show. Truly dedicated Warriors of Light! Even brave, young Warriors of Light joined as well!

The two days of the show were a blast, and it was great to see so many people enthusiastic about pop-culture and FFXIV!

The team is looking forward to the next opportunity to mingle with our awesome Warriors of Light!

-Camate

Story Time with Sophia

Greetings, everyone!

We’re a week into November and we’re already hard at work planning for the end of the year, and getting set for the Tokyo and Frankfurt Fan Festivals!

Speaking of Fan Festival, during the Lore & Localization panel at the Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas we revealed the lyrics for the Sophia battle. Since there have been a lot of requests to share them beyond the show, we decided we’d introduce them here as well!

Equilibrium
The sigh of the shifting sea
The kiss of the salt-sweet breeze
The white of her silken dress stained in red

A memory fading fast,
Her mother sits, eyes downcast
A torn uniform in hand, farewells unsaid

That once a certainty, lost in grief
A daughter’s desperate cries, unheard pleas
Forsaken, beaten, tried, on her knees
A prayer passes from her lips
Into her soul the Goddess whispers:

“A heartbeat without harmony
Is moonlight without dark
The heart beat seeketh equilibrium
With balance will your worry part,

“So still this broken melody
And therewith shoulder thee
One last step only leaving
An empty hearth dawn by the sea
An empty hearth dawn by the sea”

During the Lore & Localization panel Michael-Christopher Koji Fox, who wrote the lyrics for Equilibrium, explained a bit of the meaning behind the song.

A long time ago, there was a family made up of a father, mother and daughter that lived on the southern continent of Meracydia. Sadly, the father was killed in battle during the war between the Meracydians and the invading Allagan forces. The mother received her husband’s tattered uniform but was wrought with grief over his death.

There was a sudden change with the mother from this point forward and she became very violent towards her daughter. The daughter suffered through this, when finally her prayers for help reached the ears of the Goddess.

The Goddess spoke to her and told her that balance has been lost with the death of your father. You need to restore this delicate balance in life. If you want to restore balance you’ll need to… kill your mother.

Of course, once she did that, the Goddess told her that her life was still unbalanced. The Goddess suggested that to restore the equilibrium she should kill herself. Pretty harsh!

Despite Sophia being all about balance and equilibrium, she sounds kind of extreme, no? Koji did mention that Sophia herself is neither good nor bad, and instead places balance above all else. If there’s too much evil in the world, then she may act benevolent to tip the balance towards good. But, if there’s too much good in the world…then she may act against it as well.

– Bayohne

Mount Up for the Feast Season 3

Greetings, everyone!

As you may know, the Feast Season 2 will be coming to a close on Tuesday, November 1 alongside the release of Patch 3.45. There are still few days before the season closes, so get those precious final battles in while you still can!

Of course, the end of Season 2 marks the start of Season 3!

In a previous episode of the official Japanese PvP stream “Adrenaline Rush TV” Yoshida mentioned that the rewards for the Feast will drastically change every two seasons. This means the reward for Season 3 would be something different…

Thankfully, we were able to grab hold of an image that hints at the Season 3 reward!

What the…!
While I can’t offer any details just yet, I am able to say that this mount can fly!

Whether you’re a seasoned PvPer or stepping into the Feast for the first time in Season 3, now is a great opportunity to battle it out with your fellow adventurers and strive for amazing rewards!

We’ll be waiting for you on the field of battle!
– Bayohne

Heart of the Cosplayer

Greetings, everyone!

Fan Festival is always a prime opportunity for fans to express their creativity, and between the entrants for the costume contest and the die-hard fans who created costumes for fun, the display of unique craftsmanship from all of the cosplay at Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas was incredible! While we weren’t able to capture every single person wearing a costume at the venue, we still managed to get a lot of great pictures, so check out some of the amazing creations!














We were all extremely cautious around Titan as to not anger him to the point of a Mountain Buster, but he did end up tearing an “I Beat Titan” shirt in half! (I guess he was a bit upset about the defeat…)

It was a ton of fun walking around the venue and seeing all the wonderful, high-quality costumes, and we are all looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us at the other Fan Festivals this year and next!

-Camate

Best. Fan. Festival. Ever!

Greetings, everyone!

Camate here soaking up the (slightly higher) humidity of Los Angeles after a week-long trip drying out in the Sagolii Desert-like climate of Las Vegas.

Though the road to Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas was by no means an easy one, the show was a blast and seeing the enjoyment on everyone’s faces during the event made it all worth it in the end. The entire FFXIV team is still coming down from the excitement rush that persisted through the weekend as we settle back into our cubicles (I’ve been listening to Locus on loop while I work all day…).

The second Fan Festival was bigger than the first in nearly every way, and the amount of unforgettable memories could span pages–volumes even–of the thickest grimoires. We were able to capture roughly 2000 photos over the course of the two days, and though it was difficult to sort through them all to extract highlights to showoff, we hope that the special collection we organized will suffice to stimulate your memories, or at least give you a good taste of what was experienced at Fan Festival!
(Click the thumbnails for the full size images!)

■Keynote
We announced our second expansion pack, FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood!

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And the crowd went wild!

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Everyone summoned their inner Posing Rangers as well to kick off Fan Festival properly!

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■Stage events
Battle Content Designer Masaki Nakagawa shared some insight into how high-level content is created.

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Koji Fox’s Lore and Localization panel was nothing short of hilarious (and of course very informative!).

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Naturally, Yoshida teased new elements for the future during Letter from the Producer LIVE, and the paissa housing decorations got a huge reaction!

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Joeneverfails and Bayohne hosted an exhilarating Feast exhibition tournament!

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■In-game challenges
Adventurers did battle with a brand-new Proto Ultima 24-man alliance battle that debuted at Fan Festival!

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They also spun the wheel of fate to see what kind of challenge they would be pitted against in the Trial Roulette.

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■Live stream
Many guests joined us in the streaming booth for various FFXIV-related discussions.

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Sicycre was also roaming the show floor talking to attendees at each of the activities.

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■Mini-games
Hungry goobbues were fed mandragoras.

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Attendees struck their favorite pose or dance while participating in a real-life rendition of Any Way the Wind Blows.

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Everyone became a dragoon and threw their javelins to defeat Nidhogg!

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All adventurers did a magnificent job stopping the Illuminati that invaded Fan Festival.

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■Concerts
The piano concert featuring Susan Calloway ended the first day of Fan Fest with an elegant tone.

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Soken also surprised the crowd with a special performance on his toy piano!

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The Primals rocked the socks off everyone in attendance and closed out the second day of Fan Festival with an unforgettable finale!

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On behalf of the entire team, I would like to give a big heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended or tuned in. It’s with all of your support that this was made possible! There is truly nothing else in this realm that matches the feeling of seeing passionate fans enjoy themselves at shows like this. The energy at Fan Festival was unparalleled and once again proves that the FFXIV community is the best!

I’ll leave you all with some bonus pictures:

This shrine dedicated to Haurchefant grew quite a bit after this picture…

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Cuteness overwhelming!

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Party on, Yoshida!

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-Camate