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The next FFXIV live letter is set for July, and God help us, Yoko Taro's gonna be thereJun 15, 2021 - PCGamesNWe're not expecting a whole lot of new stuff from Final Fantasy XIV in the run up to the Endwalker release date, as the major content patches are already here. But we can expect the Letter from the Producer events to continue, and while it sounds like the next one is gonna be relatively light on new announcements, Yoko Taro's presence is sure to introduce a little chaos. Letter from the Producer Live Part LXV will air on Friday, July 9 at 7:30pm PDT / 10:30pm EDT, or July 10 at 3:30am BST. The official rundown says we're getting a "patch 6.0 digest," "miscellaneous updates," and some "special guests". Mostly, it sounds like this will be a recap of the big announcements from the Fan Fest a month ago, so don't expect much Earth-shattering news. What you should expect, however, is a Q&A session where FFXIV director Naoki Yoshida, Nier series producer Yosuke Saito, and Nier series director Yoko Taro will "look back on the alliance raid series, as well as answer questions from the official forums." This is the greatest collection of chaotic good energy I can imagine. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV is getting bunny boys because artists used their free time making it happen Yoshi-P: "without WoW, FFXIV's recovery wouldn't have been possible" FFXIV 5.55 is out, so the game's 60% off FFXIV is getting bunny boys because artists used their free time making it happenJun 8, 2021 - PCGamesNBack when Final Fantasy XIV's Shadowbringers expansion released, we got the bunny-like Viera and beast-like Hrothgar as new, playable races. The problem, though, was that the Viera race was locked to female characters, and Hrothgars could only be male. Fans - us included! - called for greater customisation options in creating their characters, and Square Enix obliged, revealing that male Viera and female Hrothgar would be coming to FFXIV after all. It turns out, though, that we're getting those options because the game's graphics team used their free time to see if they could make it happen. Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida explains in an interview with PlayStation Blog that adding new races comes with heaps of considerations. You don't just create them - you have to factor in and tweak how they interact with particular environments and armour. "Adding a playable race does not end with just the initial resources needed to create the race (i.e. character modelling; preparations for variations in facial features, hairstyles and head shapes; animations that are unique to each race, etc.)," he explains. "Even following initial implementation, the tasks required with each patch update will multiply. For example, when we implemented the Viera, because their ears are very long, we needed to add a new review flow to check how Viera characters would appear on screen in all cutscenes." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Yoshi-P: "without WoW, FFXIV's recovery wouldn't have been possible" FFXIV 5.55 is out, so the game's 60% off Final Fantasy XIV is still getting new hairstyles from a 2015 fan design contest Yoshi-P: "without WoW, FFXIV's recovery wouldn't have been possible"Jun 6, 2021 - PCGamesNLike many of today's MMORPG monoliths, Final Fantasy XIV is barely recognisable compared to how it looked and played at launch. However, even by MMO standards, few games have undergone a transformation as drastic and important as FFXIV. FFXIV 1.0 was a critical disaster, prompting an official apology from developer Square Enix and standing in infamy as the rockiest launch in the series' history. After replacing the development team, Square Enix relaunched the game as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to commercial and critical acclaim. This success has primarily been attributed to one man - director and producer Naoki Yoshida (or Yoshi-P to his fans). But what does it take to craft one of the best MMOs of the moment? With Realm Reborn now in its eighth year and its eagerly anticipated fourth expansion Endwalker coming out in November, we spoke to Naoki Yoshida about the history of the MMORPG genre, changing player attitudes, and his storied relationship with competitors like World of Warcraft. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV is getting bunny boys because artists used their free time making it happen FFXIV 5.55 is out, so the game's 60% off Final Fantasy XIV is still getting new hairstyles from a 2015 fan design contest Letter from the Producer LIVE Part LXIV Digest ReleasedMay 27, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4459756/433af58f112125b69eb004de6ed1d0d50ff9ad54.png We’re pleased to announce that the Letter from the Producer LIVE Part LXIV event digest has been released! If you weren’t able to watch the live stream, or if you just want to watch it again, be sure to check it out! Proceed to the thread.FFXIV 5.55 is out, so the game's 60% offMay 26, 2021 - PCGamesNHave you tried the expanded free trial of the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV? You can play through the entirety of A Realm Reborn and the award-winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60 for free with - wait. I'm not sure if I'm doing memes or marketing right now, but if you have gotten your fill of the free trial and are looking to upgrade to the full game, Square Enix is making it cheap to get ready for the Endwalker release date. Alongside the launch of patch 5.55 (the last big one before the new expansion), Final Fantasy XIV is now 60% off via the official store. That brings the price of the complete collection down to $23.99, which includes 30 days of subscription time - typically $14.99 by itself. The offer ends on Wednesday, June 9. Bear in mind, though, that once you activate your purchase, you will lose access to the free trial. So if you've been working your way up to level 60, you might want to get the rest of the way there before you pull the trigger on this deal. Two weeks is plenty of time, right? Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Final Fantasy XIV is still getting new hairstyles from a 2015 fan design contest FFXIV players are gathering to pay respects to Berserk creator Kentaro Miura Female Hrothgar "will" come to FFXIV, but not in Endwalker Final Fantasy XIV is still getting new hairstyles from a 2015 fan design contestMay 25, 2021 - PCGamesNFinal Fantasy XIV players are constantly looking for new ways to look good, and that means there's a constant desire for new hairstyles. The devs are obliging, at least occasionally, and one source of new looks has been the FFXIV Hairstyle Design Contest - an event that took place way back in 2015, just after the launch of Heavensward. Patch 5.55 has just landed, and with it, a new hairstyle pulled out of the old design contest. Called Both Ways, it's collectable from Zadnor lockboxes and it's a cute little side ponytail without any gender restrictions - though it, uh, tends to look a bit more flattering on female characters. (Shout out to the Roegadyn dude rocking the style in the FFXIV Collect preview, though. Exquisite.) So, yeah, the FFXIV Hairstyle Design Contest ran back in 2015, and promised to add the two grand prize winners - both male and female styles - to the game in patch 3.1. That happened on schedule, but ever since then, many of the runners-up, including today's new addition, have continued to be slowly added to the game, too. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV 5.55 is out, so the game's 60% off FFXIV players are gathering to pay respects to Berserk creator Kentaro Miura Female Hrothgar "will" come to FFXIV, but not in Endwalker Final Fantasy XIV's patch 5.55 inches closer to the release of EndwalkerMay 25, 2021 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunFinal Fantasy 14 continues to prep for the launch of the climactic Endwalker expansion. The latest update, patch 5.55, is apparently the last planned before the expansion's launch. Much like update 5.5, it adds additions to the main quest, more story in the Nier: Automata crossover quest, and a bunch of smaller tweaks and fixes. Read more Patch 5.55 NotesMay 25, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4459756/d7703e06e0a828c3b68bc852b714b599901f9128.png Patch 5.55 brings a multitude of additions and refinements to the realm, including the fourth installment of Save the Queen and a new Bozjan battlefield─Zadnor. Read the patch notes on The Lodestone here.FFXIV players are gathering to pay respects to Berserk creator Kentaro MiuraMay 20, 2021 - PCGamesNFans are gathering en masse in Final Fantasy XIV to honour Berserk creator Kentaro Miura, who tragically passed away recently at the age of 54. From Mateus to Balmung (below), players have gathered on different servers to pay their respects by lining up in their Black Knight gear, as the influence of Miura's work can be seen in its appearance. One particular player is going viral on Twitter for highlighting a line of Dark Knights in Ul'dah that spans from the Thaumaturge's guild to the entrance of the Steps of Thal. As of six hours ago, another line was starting to form. Other players are taking to the tweet to share celebrations from their servers, like this full circle over in Limsa Lominsa on the Behemoth server or another line forming in Ul'dah on the Midgardsormr server. Players are also handing out fires to lend some ambience to each celebration. Word of Miura's passing reached Twitter earlier today through the Beserk Twitter page, with an open letter confirming that the manga artist passed on May 6, 2021, which it says was due to acute aortic dissection. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Female Hrothgar "will" come to FFXIV, but not in Endwalker FFXIV Reaper class - everything you need to know about the next job Final Fantasy XIV roadmap details the return of the FFXV event, patch 5.57 and 5.58 dates Female Hrothgar "will" come to FFXIV, but not in EndwalkerMay 19, 2021 - PCGamesNFinal Fantasy XIV's incoming bunny boys have garnered a lot of attention since the big Endwalker blowout over the weekend - for good reason - but FFXIV's other big gender barrier is coming down, too. Female Hrothgar won't arrive in time for the Endwalker release date, but director and producer Naoki Yoshida has committed to bringing them to the game. We don't yet know when they'll arrive, but for context, here's the full quote. "Of course, we did consider adding female Hrothgar as well," Yoshida says via translator at the FFXIV Fan Fest. "But again, we had our hands full with doing the male Viera, as well as the game. However - that said - we do plan to find an opportunity to add them in the future. We will be bringing the female Hrothgar. They will not come at the same time as the male Viera in 6.0, but it is coming. "There was the option for us to wait until both were finished before releasing both of them at the same time, but we decided instead to release them one at a time, as they were finished." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV players are gathering to pay respects to Berserk creator Kentaro Miura FFXIV Reaper class - everything you need to know about the next job Final Fantasy XIV roadmap details the return of the FFXV event, patch 5.57 and 5.58 dates Final Fantasy XIV roadmap details the return of the FFXV event, patch 5.57 and 5.58 datesMay 17, 2021 - PCGamesNFinal Fantasy XIV is on the eve of patch 5.55, which will set the stage for the Endwalker release date in November. Between those two dates it's looking like a long, mostly empty path - plenty of time for levelling that alt class, at least - but the roadmap from the FFXIV Fan Festival has details on a few notable events to help fill the time until Endwalker. Of course, that roadmap starts with the launch of patch 5.55 on May 25. This is the big one, with a new set of story quests setting the stage for Endwalker as well as as an epilogue for the Nier raid series. We already broke down plenty of details about this patch in an earlier story, but you're going to want to savour this update, because it's the biggest one you're getting for a while. In June or July, we're getting patch 5.57, and in July or August, we'll get patch 5.58. While there are no details on these patches just yet, in previous expansion cycles these sorts of updates have typically been focused on bug fixes and technical changes. In other words, don't expect much in the way of new content. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Female Hrothgar "will" come to FFXIV, but not in Endwalker FFXIV Reaper class - everything you need to know about the next job Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids FFXIV patch 5.55 bringing Nier: Automata crossover epilogue, Endwalker preludeMay 16, 2021 - PCGamesNThe next update for Final Fantasy XIV, patch 5.55, launches in a little over a week, and Square Enix has revealed some of what's coming. On top of main scenario quests, the Nier: Automata crossover is getting an epilogue, and Save the Queen is being updated. Keeping with its title, patch 5.55 is bringing part two of Death Unto Dawn, the lead-in to Endwalker, the next proper expansion of the MMORPG game. Details are still hush-hush, but expect some context on what's going on with the moon, and probably some Final Fantasy IV-related hints and references. YoRha: Dark Apocalypse, then, has some "epilogue quests" on the way, for anyone who was left wanting more, or who played the Nier Replicant remaster, and would like to spend a little more time in the vicinity of that universe. Save the Queen, the questline involving Final Fantasy Tactics writer Yasumi Matsuno, is getting "new skirmishes, critical engagements, duels, and more". These missions were introduced in 2020 as an engine for obtaining, and testing, new weapons, and it sounds like there'll be more to test your mettle with here. Finally, if you collect all the cards for Triple Triad - yes, all - you'll get a special reward. Maybe it's more cards? Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV Reaper class - everything you need to know about the next job Final Fantasy XIV roadmap details the return of the FFXV event, patch 5.57 and 5.58 dates Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids FFXIV Reaper class - everything you need to know about the next jobMay 18, 2021 - PCGamesNThe second job coming to the FFXIV Endwalker expansion has been confirmed as the Reaper class. This sinister, scythe wielding character can summon a demon avatar from the Void to aid in battle and arrives this November alongside the FFXIV Sage job. As well as these two jobs, the FFXIV Endwalker release date adds a bunch of new features to the game including raids, gear, systems, and new dungeons - as well as a male Viera as a new playable race, and a new tribe called Loporrits. There's also new areas to explore, a lunar landscape, Mare Lamentorum, and a new training ground for the Warriors of Light called Labyrinthos. If you're keen to know more about the Reaper, though, expect a job that's a lot darker than the Sage class and unlike current FFXIV classes. The recent FFXIV Fan Fest gave us a first look at the Reaper in action, so let's take a look at their abilities, what the Reaper can do with the avatar, and how to get the most out of this new class. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Female Hrothgar "will" come to FFXIV, but not in Endwalker Final Fantasy XIV roadmap details the return of the FFXV event, patch 5.57 and 5.58 dates Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids FFXIV Endwalker releases NovemberMay 15, 2021 - PCGamesNSquare Enix has just hosted this year's Final Fantasy 14 FanFest, and with it came a full trailer for Endwalker, the MMORPG game's next expansion. Alongside ominously teasing some of the new features, we now know exactly when FF14 is taking us to the moon. The six minutes of footage has a number of characters ominously chatting about things are "as we feared", asking if "our hero will deign to play their part", and so on. Among the locations visited is Old Sharlayan, the next city, where it's said that "the stars still have secrets to tell". Subtlety isn't one of Square Enix's strong suits. We already knew Endwalker has a strong lunar angle, keeping with Final Fantasy tradition, and the trailer starts and finishes there. One of the moon-based locales you'll be able to visit, Mare Lamentorum, was given a standalone tour, its caves and structures surrounded by ominous cosmos. In the video itself, it says we can expect Endwalker in the fall, but director Naoki Yoshida confirmed on stream that November 23 will be when you can buy a ticket for Final Fantasy 14's tour of the moon. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV is getting space bunnies, new Reaper class Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest schedule - where to watch for Endwalker and patch 5.55 news What Final Fantasy's lunar history could mean for FFXIV: Endwalker Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker will launch on November 23rdMay 15, 2021 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunIt's Final Fantasy's Digital Fan Fest this weekend, and last night's streams brought a series of new details about Endwalker, Final Fantasy 14's next big expansion. Chief among them, the news that it will launch on November 23rd. Hop below for an extremely melodramatic extended CG trailer. Read more Endwalker Full Trailer and Pre-order DetailsMay 14, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4459756/0a6af148746c9d00c8371d5f3b59fcccb0631dc4.png It gives us great pleasure to announce the release date and pre-order details for FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker! Release Date Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Those who redeem a pre-order bonus registration code may play FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker during the early access period. Early Access Start Date Friday, November 19, 2021 You can pre-order Endwalker NOW on Steam! Visit the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker special site for details regarding pre-ordering and other bonuses. View the full trailer: Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest schedule - where to watch for Endwalker and patch 5.55 newsMay 10, 2021 - PCGamesNHere's your PSA, Final Fantasy XIV fans: the 2021 Fan Festival kicks off this week, and it's going to bring a whole lot more information on what to expect from the MMORPG ahead of the launch of its big Endwalker expansion. The event takes place over two days, and there's quite a bit to keep track of - so here's what to pay special attention to during the show. The Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest starts on Friday, May 14 at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT, or May 15 at 2am GMT. The show will open with a keynote address where director Naoki Yoshia "reveals new information" - expect this to be the part where the biggest Endwalker features are discussed, including more details on the new Sage class and story content. The other big event will be on day two: the next Letter from the Producer stream. This will take place on Saturday, May 15 at 6:50pm PDT / 9:50pm EDT, or May 16 at 2:50am GMT, and will feature a preview of patch 5.55, and a Q&A session with lead writer Natsuko Ishikawa. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: What Final Fantasy's lunar history could mean for FFXIV: Endwalker FFXIV Sage class - the next job coming to the FFXIV Endwalker expansion Square Enix shoots down acquisition rumours What Final Fantasy's lunar history could mean for FFXIV: EndwalkerMay 4, 2021 - PCGamesNThe Final Fantasy series is filled with mechanics and ideas that have been reused for decades, from the job system to crystals. One of its more obscure recurring motifs is the moon. Since the early '90s, Final Fantasy games have turned to the moon for everything from world-ending antagonists to cuddly new critters. Final Fantasy XIV's new expansion, Endwalker, continues the series' lunar fixation, taking players to the surface of the moon as it wraps the free MMO's nearly decade-long story arc. Fan theories abound as to what to expect when the Endwalker release date arrives, and we think past uses of the moon could provide some clues. Before we kick off, it's worth noting that there are some major story spoilers for a bunch of games in the series, including Final Fantasy IV, VIII, IX, XI, XIV, and XV. So read on with caution. The first proper use of the moon is in Final Fantasy IV, which establishes the existence of a second, red moon with a race of moon folk called the Lunarians. As well as Lunarians, the moon is home to a rabbit-like race known as the Hummingway and is also the resting place of Bahamut, Lord of the Eidolons. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV Sage class - the next job coming to the FFXIV Endwalker expansion Square Enix shoots down acquisition rumours Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids FFXIV Sage class - the next job coming to FFXIV EndwalkerMay 17, 2021 - PCGamesNWant to find out more about the upcoming Sage class in Final Fantasy 14? The FFXIV Endwalker expansion is out later this year, adding new dungeons, raids, gear, and systems. Alongside the many new features, we're getting a new class - the Sage job. First introduced in Final Fantasy III and seen again in Final Fantasy Tactics, players have been long anticipating the arrival of the Sage class. The Sage job in FFXIV is a vastly different take on the job we've seen in previous games; instead of using powerful white and black magic or inflicting status hindering attacks, the Sage is a barrier healer, similar to the Scholar. This is the fourth healer to be added to Final Fantasy 14, to sit alongside the White Mage, Scholar, and Astrologian. While there isn't much out there about the Sage class, we do know it's one of two new jobs arriving when the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date rolls around, alongside the newly announced Reaper class. So, let's take a look at what we currently know about the Sage, the prerequisites to unlock the class, and how the Sage performs in combat. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: FFXIV Reaper class - everything you need to know about the next job Final Fantasy XIV roadmap details the return of the FFXV event, patch 5.57 and 5.58 dates Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids Square Enix shoots down acquisition rumoursApr 16, 2021 - PCGamesNSquare Enix has poured cold water over reports that multiple parties are currently and actively looking to acquire it. The company posted a short, to-the-point post on its investor relations website explaining that it isn't considering selling off the company or even part of its business, nor has it had any offers or invites to do so. "Bloomberg has reported today that there is interest from several buyers to acquire Square Enix," the post reads. "However, this report is not based on any announcement by Square Enix. We do not consider selling off the company or any part of its businesses, nor have we received any offer from any third party to acquire the company or any part of its businesses." As Square Enix's post alludes to, chatter began to swirl when Bloomberg reported that several buyers had shown interest in the company. Bloomberg's report points to a separate story from CTFN, which says that "Square Enix is said to have received recent interest, according to two bankers following digital gaming deals". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids FFXIV patch 5.5 release time - when server maintenance ends in your time zone How Final Fantasy XIV kept us clubbing through lockdown