Category: Final Fantasy XIV Official

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

Grim Grinning Gourds

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here, straight from Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas to share a few frights with you! That’s right, All Saints’ Wake is nearly upon us!

The Continental Circus will be returning to Eorzea and spreading mischief around the realm. As always, the city-states get decked out for the event! Here’s a peek at some of the decorations.









What’s that? You want to know where some of those images were taken? Well, hang tight until October 19 to find out!

Next up, let’s get a look at some of the rewards that adventurers can earn this year!

The “Continental Eye” minion!

A delicious looking “Pumpkin Stew” furnishing!

Don’t eat it too fast, though! (Effect: Increases CP and GP)

The stylish “Vampire’s Vest” makes its debut!

You won’t want to leave your room without the Magicked Prism: Pumpkin either! (Is it okay to wear something that looks so heavy…?)

There are also two Orchestrion rolls that you can get your hands on: All Saints’ Wake and Up at Dawn! You’ll also be able to enjoy these songs by visiting certain places during the event.

Get ready to join the All Saints’ Wake!

– Bayohne

Delivering the Festival Straight to the Fans

Greetings, everyone!

We are nearly a week away from kicking off our second Fan Festival, and the teams are flying at Mach speeds to put the finishing touches on all the fun and exciting activities we have planned. Fan Festival will be taking place globally in three different cities around the world and Las Vegas is the first stop for the tour bus followed by Tokyo, Japan and then Frankfurt, Germany!

For those of you who are not able to make it to any of these events, rest assured that we’ve got you covered so you can still take part in the fun! Each event will have their own unique live stream experience, and I’d like to use this opportunity to answer some of the more frequently asked questions we have been seeing around the internets.

Is there a free version of the stream to watch?
No, the only way to enjoy the Fan Festival live stream will be to purchase it.

Where can I purchase the stream?
The stream for Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas can be purchased from the official live stream site.

When does the stream start and end?
We’ll be hosting the stream from the following times:
-Friday, October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT
-Saturday, October 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PDT

What can I see during the stream?
Even though you are watching from the comfort of your own home, we will be doing our best to bring the total experience of Fan Festival straight to you. That means we’ll be streaming all of the panels, both the piano concert and the Primals concert, we’ll be taking a look at some special gameplay, and we will also be roaming around the venue showing off the various activities we have available.

Can I purchase this if I don’t live in the US?
Of course! Whether you live across the Atlantic or across the Pacific you will be able to purchase each region’s stream, enjoy the show, and receive the in-game items available with each event.

What do I need in order to buy the stream?
If you have a Facebook, Google, or Cleeng account, then you’re all set. In the event that you don’t, you can easily make any one of the three.

I heard there are bonuses? There are bonuses, right?
Yes! Each stream will include two different bonus in-game items.

First, you will receive the “Dream of the Fayth” item, which when given to a special NPC will allow you to select either the Abes Attire (left) or the High Summoner’s Attire (right). (*Please note that the Abes Attire is male-specific and the High Summoner’s Attire is female-specific.)

The second depends on the region’s stream that your purchase. Each region will feature their own exclusive minion.

-Fan Festival in Las Vegas
Minion: Rikku

-Fan Festival in Tokyo
Minion: Lulu

-Fan Festival in Frankfurt
Minion: Yuna

The attire will become available to obtain at the conclusion of Fan Festival 2016 in Frankfurt; however, each minion will be available immediately after each event.

Can I get all the minions?
Yes, definitely. If you purchase the stream for each region you will be able to receive all three of the above minions. The in-game item codes for each stream are not region-locked.

If I pick the Abes Attire and then Fantasia from a male character to a female character, will I be able to exchange it for the High Summoner’s Attire?
No, this will not be possible.

I want both outfits! How can I do this?
Each region’s stream will include a “Dream of the Fayth” item, and purchasing streams for multiple regions will allow you to pick another outfit.

For more details on the full purchasing process or how to redeem in-game item codes included with the stream, please visit the following pages:

How to Purchase and View the Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas Live Stream
How to Redeem the Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas Item Code

Fan Festival 2016 will have some amazing announcements on the future of FFXIV and tons of other information that you won’t want to miss. The fun is just a week away and the countdown has begun. You can set your watch and warrant on it!

See you all during the broadcast!

-Camate

Surrender Your Souls

Happy patch day, everyone!

Patch 3.4 – Soul Surrender is here in all of its glory, and the list of additions and changes spans the length of Alabathia’s Spine. For those of you working through all the great new content right now, we wish you luck on all your endeavors! If you can’t log in just yet and need something to tide you over (in addition to watching our great streamers tackle the content!), feel free to loop the Patch 3.4 trailer in each language over and over.

▼English

▼Japanese

▼German

▼French

Sophia…

Alexander…

And much more await!

We’re looking forward to hearing about your new adventures!

-Camate

Of Birds and Books

Greetings, everyone!

Only hours remain until it’s time to surrender our souls to Patch 3.4’s arrival, and then the countdown begins for those challenging to become the world’s first conquers of the new raid content, Alexander: The Creator.

While we wait for the patch to go live, the development team jumped into the new dungeons to perform their final testing, and we grabbed a bunch of screenshots of their adventures together.

Wake up Mr. Goobbue, it’s time to go! Mr. Goobbue?

I guess we’ll go on without him…

First stop: Xelphatol.

The Warriors of Light will be breaking into the Ixal stronghold to halt a ritual to once again summon Garuda!

Climbing up the mountain adventurers will find themselves confronting some of the biggest, baddest monsters yet…

An adorable sounder of baby boars! Perhaps the Ixal have a soft spot for cute? Speaking of which, I’m still worried about Mr. Goobbue–I hope he is okay…

Next destination: The Great Gubal Library (Hard).

School is in session, and it’s time to hit the books again! Quite literally.

There are volumes on volumes of fancy-looking books all around this vault of knowledge like these here–but beware the voidsent!

You’ll be happy to hear that both the background music and the animations are fabulous, and these elements will prove to make your visit back to the library very enjoyable.

We hope you are looking forward to exploring these new dungeons once the servers come up from maintenance. Speaking of which–what do you plan on tackling first when Patch 3.4 hits? We’d love to hear!

-Camate

The Eorzean Aesthetic

Greetings, everyone!

The development team endeavors to give our Warriors of Light as much power as possible when it comes to taking screenshots of their adventures through Eorzea, and they are constantly working on new features to make this possible. In addition to all the amazing new content that is on the way in Patch 3.4, we’ll also be implementing brand-new group pose features.

If you haven’t tried out the group pose feature you are missing out! All you need to do is type /grouppose or /gpose in chat and you’re set to take great group shots. You can also make it even easier by creating a keybind for this!

With that said, let’s explore what’s in store for this fun feature!

We’re adding a new camera settings menu that will allow you to add and adjust various aspects to tune your screenshots to your liking! While in group pose mode, you can access this menu by pressing “R” on your keyboard or by pressing the “X” button (or square on PS3/PS4) on your gamepad.

■Face the camera

Instead of having to press the spacebar key to toggle the way the group faces the camera, this menu will allow you to do this easily.

Now if you forget which key accomplishes this you won’t have to guess and accidentally clutter your screen!

■Let there be light

While many players have already been utilizing the Wind-up Sun minion to add a light source to their screenshots, we’re adding a separate feature that will allow you to add a light source at the current camera position. Sorry Wind-up Sun, you hogged the spotlight for too long and it’s time to share!

In this tranquil ocean shot we added a light source over the water to give it a nice feel.

■Everybody freeze

Stop a character dead in their pose or emote with this handy feature.

Not only will you be able to freeze your entire group, but you can also select a single target to freeze so that you can capture the perfect moment of an emote!

■Pick a filter

Apply a filter from a total of 11 different choices to customize the feel of your screenshot.

■Deeper into the depth of field

You’ll now be able to enable the depth of field effect and modify its strength with a slider.

■Darken those limbs

A limb darkening feature, also known as vignette control for the photography savvy, will allow you to darken the corners of your image.

Both the shape and the color of this darkening can be adjusted, so once it’s released try out a bunch of different combinations in various settings!

Normally I’m not much of a screenshot taker (I hardly take pictures in the real world either!), but with all these cool new features I’m quite excited to find some of my favorite aspects of Eorzea to capture perfectly.

Before I sign off for today, check out some example screenshots taken by our QA team while testing out the features!

While I introduced these new features for group pose, you’ll be happy to know that the filters, limb darkening, and depth of field effect features can also be used for the idling camera as well!

Patch 3.4 is just around the corner so get hyped for the information to come!

-Camate

It's a Celebration, Kupo!

Greetings, everyone!

Last Friday we celebrated the three-year anniversary of FFXIV with a 14-hour live broadcast which featured Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXXI and a ton of different segments with appearances from development team members and other guests. If you weren’t able to tune in, the broadcast was archived on Twitch, so feel free to watch it at your leisure. (It is 14 hours long after all, so go at your own pace!) Even though it’s in Japanese, there’s still a lot of cool segments to check out that don’t require the ability to understand Japanese.

We got a bunch of fun shots from each segment of the 14-hour stream (keep your eyes open for the one taken from a comical moment that is now the new meme of the community), and the pictures clearly show that everyone involved with FFXIV had a blast celebrating the three-year anniversary!












An assortment of foods were sent over to the office, because let’s face it, you can’t celebrate properly without some delectable desserts!

These rolls look cute, but I almost feel bad for that one pair of fat chocobos…

A slice of spriggan cake, anyone?

Welcome to the treasure trove of tarts!

Desserts weren’t all we got though! We also received a bunch of savory treats as well like this fat chocobo bento, which was provided for all of the community site people in attendance to munch on throughout the 14-hours.

A huge thank you once again to all the fans who made this three year anniversary possible! The year ahead is going to be jam packed with a lot of great stuff, which includes the three Fan Festivals taking place across the globe, so buckle in and get ready for a thrilling ride!

-Camate

The Sweetest Chocobo Ever!

Hello everyone, this is Kahuna speaking, straight from the London office!

It’s FINAL FANTASY XIV’s third anniversary!

Everyone knows that anniversaries are amazing and we are celebrating in many ways this year.
There’s The Rising in-game event that started this morning, and our Japanese colleagues in Tokyo are working hard on the 14 hour livestream marathon. But everyone knows that there’s one more reason why anniversaries rock!

FOOD! It’s all about the food! Glorious, scrumptious, delicious, exquisite, delectable, rich, luscious, and all around simply tasty food. You’re invited to dinner, you’re having a big buffet for your party guests – you get the drift.

So, of course we couldn’t just sit still either. We’re office workers in London! The usual sandwich and a pack of crisps just didn’t cut it this time.

This is exactly why we have to share with you – THE FAT CHOCOBO CAKE!

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LOOK AT THIS! I mean, seriously – check out the amazing details! And yes – pretty much all of it is edible!

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Yes – every single feather is edible. And so is the Black Mage on the back, which has been modelled entirely from Marzipan!

Of course, our Fat Chocobo also has a lovely, yummy hiney!

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Just look at that! Those lovely, shiny tail feathers mark a Chocobo of the highest pedigree!

But who are we to judge a book by its cover. We all know it’s what’s inside that counts!

And what an inside it was. The icing feathers on the front hid away a lovely marshmallow and puffed rice layer, covering a scrumptious sponge centre.

And the rear end? Under the feathers hid a most chocolatey layer over a sponge cake – which itself was layered with cream and raspberries!

We actually took photos – but then decided that we want you to remember our delicious Chocobo friend the way he was, without half of him sliced off.

And believe me when I tell you that we appreciated every square centimeter of his magnificent existence. And we can’t wait until next year – we have to top this, somehow!

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All of us (me included, although I’m missing on the picture) are looking forward to the fourth year with the best community we could wish for, on an amazing game.

All the best,
Kahuna

Rise Up and Celebrate

Happy Friday, everyone!

While the sun sets on the Moonfire Faire seasonal event, another one rises in its stead–The Rising returns to the realm tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning to commemorate the third year anniversary of FFXIV!

Though it’s only less than a day away, I wanted to show off what’s going on for The Rising this year and what kind of reward items are available for adventurers.

An epic looking stage has been constructed in Ul’dah-Steps of Nald, and I hear that you can all look forward to a special performance event that will go above and beyond the Eighteenth Floor from last year!

Two new adorable minions to add to your collection are available–Dress-up Y’shtola and Wind-up Krile– and as usual, make sure you check out the help text as the team took their time to make it extra special.

Additionally, you can obtain a Rising Banner and a Rising Pillar to decorate your homes for the celebration!

It’s not a true celebration without proper fireworks, and adventurers will be able to summon their very own meteor by using a Meteor Shower firework. The seasonal shop will also offer Starry Heavens and other fun items as well, so we hope you all have a good time using all of them to create cool celebratory scenes!

Finally, you’ll be able to get your hands on a Heavensward Orchestrion Roll, so it might be time to switch up that Pa-Paya loop (just for a bit, anyway).

This special seasonal event and the fact that we are able to celebrate three years of Eorzea is all due to our amazing Warriors of Light! Thank you all so much for making this possible, and we are looking forward to the adventures ahead!

Don’t forget that we also have a 14-hour broadcast starting tonight, which includes the Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXXI! I’ll see you all then for the hot scoops on Patch 3.4!

-Camate