One of the coolest new features introduced in Final Fantasy XIV’s Stormblood expansion is the ability to swim and dive, exploring exotic underwater locales. Anyone can tread water, but to go deep you’ve got to talk to some turtles. Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood Spoilers Follow Just like learning to fly in the Heavensward expansion, gaining the ability to survive underwater environments without drowning in Stormblood takes a bit of work. The quest to unlock the ability is located in the game’s new Ruby Sea zone, which is only accessed after players complete the opening Ala Mhigo quests and take their first steps into the Far Eastern land of Doma. Initially landing in the island city of Kugane, players eventually find passage to the mainland with a lengthy layover in the Ruby Sea, an area featuring small settlements, volcanic islands and the underground city of Tamamizu, home of the turtle people. Cowabunga, dude. In order to end an age-old feud between the green turtle people and the red turtle people (they have a name, but they are turtle people), the player must be granted the ability to breathe and move underwater. A whole new world? For me? A quick fetch quest…
If you picked up Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood and have been having problems accessing the game, Square Enix revealed that the game has been the target of several DDoS attacks over the last few days. They explained: We have confirmed that since Jun. 16th, we have been experiencing DDoS attacks from an anonymous third-party targeting the Final Fantasy XIV game servers on the NA data center. Our technical staff is taking every possible measure to address this issue but the attack is still continuing to take place by changing their methods at every moment. We will continue to monitor and work on recovery from every possible angle. Due to the DDoS attack, which attempts to flood the network, players will experience disconnects and login difficulties. Square Enix says their “technical staff is continuing to work on countermeasures for this issue,” and add: However, with the attack we are currently experiencing, only a massive number of access attempts are being made, so character data and personal information registered to our customers’ accounts are not in danger of being exposed. While these issues are taking place, Square Enix has released a new Final Fantasy XIV hotfix designed to fix several other problems: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
The latest expansion for MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, Stormblood, has just launched and, as expected, the game saw a large influx of both new and returning players. As a result, logging into the game has not been easy as servers (called Worlds) have been at full capacity since the expansion launched, with the login queue going up to as high as 5,000 players. In response, FFXIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida has gone on the game’s website to issue an apology for the login problems players are experiencing. Yoshida explains that the player limit for Worlds is placed to prevent them from crashing. Yoshida also reveals that the Worlds experiencing the highest traffic include: Japan Data CenterTonberryBahamut North America Data CenterBalmungGilgameshLeviathan Europe Data CenterRagnarokOdinCerberusMoogleShiva Yoshida suggests that players who want to login should stay in their spot in the queue as they will be able to login quicker compared to those who decide to cancel and restart the queue. He also reveals that the studio is working on ways to address the player capacity. We are continuing to assess and work on ways we can increase the number of players that are able to log in READ FULL STORY AT…
Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy and founder of game studio Mistwalker, announced that he’s currently working on another Terra Battle role-playing game. It’s called Terra Battle 2. Sakaguchi discusses the sequel in the upcoming issue of Famitsu, which won’t be officially published until later this week. Reportedly, Sakaguchi said that he’s created a larger “Terra World” brand, enabling different entries in the series to co-exist as individual titles like in Final Fantasy. According to Hachima, Terra Battle 2 is slated for a 2017 release on PC, iOS, and Android. The game is free-to-play with in-game purchases. No word yet on an international release. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[embedded content] The Episode Prompto DLC for Final Fantasy XV is releasing worldwide on June 27, and Square Enix brought out the official trailer today. If you don’t own the Season Pass, it should cost $4.99 USD on its own. “Separated from the group and alone in an arctic environment, experience an untold story as Prompto fights to discover the truth behind his origins and to take control of his own fate,” the description says. “Shoot down enemies, ride the snowmobile, and snap selfies along the way as you play as Prompto for the very first time!” [embedded content] As a reminder, the in-game survey will only be available until the next update arrives alongside Episode Prompto on June 27. The update will also let you drive the Regalia off-road through various environments. During E3, Square Enix offered a preview of some of the FFXV content coming in the future: Xbox One X support, the Episode Ignis and Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades DLC packs, and the Monster of the Deep PlayStation VR game. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
The Stormblood expansion for Final Fantasy XIV introduces two new jobs to the massively multiplayer RPG—Red Mage and Samurai. To access them you don’t have to rush through days of story quests and journey to new lands. You just have to be level 50 and talk to the right people. Rather than lock the new jobs away in the expansion’s new lands, which can only be accessed by players who’ve reached level 60 and completed the main story, both of Stormblood’s new additions are accessed via quests found in Ul’dah, one of the game’s three starting cities. Any character level 50 or above can start down the path to becoming a Red Mage or Samurai. The process is pretty painless. Red Mage The quest to take the red begins in the Steps of Thal area of Ul’dah, just inside the Gate of Thal. A distraught young girl seeks help rescuing her sister from a band of kidnappers. Sounds like a job for whatever random adventurer happens along. The kidnappers haven’t gotten far. Step outside the Gate of Thal and you’re a 10 second run to where a confrontation is going down. Who’s the guy READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[embedded content] Ahead of its June 27 launch, a new gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy XV‘s “Episode Prompto” DLC has been released. It features six minutes of corridor-shooting action, as Prompto channels his inner Solid Snake. Season pass owners will get this DLC at no additional cost, while those without a pass will have to pay $4.99. This marks the second “Episode” DLC released for Final Fantasy XV. The season pass summary offers details on what’s to come: Get access to three original episodes, an online co-op multiplayer mode and more. Gladio, Ignis and Prompto will become playable characters and a co-op mode for up to 4 players will be added to the game. FFXV will continue to expand with these new gameplay experiences. Those yearning for more Prompto action can check out the second trailer, which contains even more corridors and even more shooting! It’s embedded just below. [embedded content] What do you make of this Final Fantasy XV Prompto DLC? Let us know in the comments. Oh, and be sure to take a look at the new Regalia Type-D vehicle that’s also coming to the game this month. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
The patch notes for the next major expansion of Final Fantasy XIV, Stormblood, has finally been released, detailing all of the new additions and changes the update will be bringing to the game including new areas, new jobs, new quests, and more. The patch notes include both updates that are coming with and exclusive to Patch 4.0 Stormblood, which is locked away if you don’t own the expansion, as well as updates relevant to either Patch 2.x or Patch 3.x as the latter is locked away with the previous Heavensward expansion. Some of the notable additions that Patch 4.0 Stormblood is bringing include the new Red Mage and Samurai jobs and their accompanying quests, a new scenario called “Beyond the Great Wall,” the addition of Grade VI materia, and more. The patch notes are incredibly massive and will definitely take a while to read through. Those who are planning to play Stormblood will want to at latest gloss through them. The full patch notes can be read here. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is scheduled to launch on June 20, 2017, although those who pre-ordered the expansion will get early access starting on June 16, 2017. [Source: Final Fantasy XIV READ…
Blitzball is coming to Final Fantasy XIV, but director Naoki Yoshida doesn’t know how to make it happen. He’s torn between two options, he says, and both of them sound pretty good. Blitzball, which is sort of like underwater soccer except players can poison one another, is both a minigame and significant plot point in the PlayStation 2 game Final Fantasy X. Back in February, Yoshida told fans that he hoped to add blitzball to Final Fantasy XIV, where it would join other iconic mini-games like Triple Triad (FFVIII) and the Gold Saucer (FFVII). Problem is, he doesn’t know how to implement it. Advertisement “There are two different ideas that have been in the pipeline,” Yoshida told me during an interview in Los Angeles yesterday, speaking through a translator. One of those ideas is implementing Final Fantasy X’s blitzball as a sport you can play directly in Final Fantasy XIV. “[If we did] that, the fans that are especially familiar with blitzball would be excited—they’d be like, ‘Here’s the blitzball that we’ve been waiting for,’” Yoshida said. “But looking at it as an element within an MMORPG might not be appropriate. It might not READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[embedded content] Square Enix has released a new trailer showcasing all of the current and some of the upcoming content for the Final Fantasy XV universe, including gameplay of the upcoming Episode Prompto and Regalia Type-D DLCs. Basing off of the trailer, it looks like Episode Prompto is going to feature both third-person and first-person shooter gameplay as it shows the titular character Prompto firing off an automatic rifle as well as a sniper rifle. We also get to see what Prompto will look like in the DLC, although it’s not sure if he’ll be wearing the same outfit all throughout or if players will be allowed to change it like in the base game. The trailer also showed off the new Type-D mode of the Regalia, the vehicles off-road version complete with gigantic wheels and tires. The new mode will allow players to leave the game’s roads entirely and explore more of its map. Both Episode Prompto and the Regalia Type-D will be coming to Final Fantasy XV in its June update scheduled for release on June 27, 2017. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
[embedded content] Sony has officially announced Final Fantasy XV Monster of the Deep, a new PSVR fishing game on the PS4 coming out sometime in September 2017. The standalone game, set in the world of Final Fantasy XV, lets players experience one of the most popular mini-games in Final Fantasy XV in virtual reality. As previously mentioned, Final Fantasy XV Monster of the Deep will be available for PSVR on PS4 sometime in September 2017 at a yet to be disclosed price. No other details were released on the game aside from the trailer but we’ll keep updating this post as new information becomes available. In the meantime, check out all our E3 coverage here. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT was announced for PlayStation 4 last week, and IGN was able to do the full gameplay reveal this week. In the below videos, you’ll hear Senior Project Manager Mat Kishimoto talk about Dissidia and show off some gameplay beginning at 4:00, and see three to four minute clips focusing on Lightning, Tidus, Warrior of Light, and Cloud: [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] Discussing the 3v3 battles, Kishimoto said, “It’s six players. It’s not you controlling three characters, it’s you and two other buddies going against three people.” Asked what happens if you’re playing by yourself, he said, “There will be an offline mode that you can play by yourself that’ll have five CPUs.” Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is scheduled for release in early 2018. You can learn more about the roster and stages on the official website. [Source: IGN] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!
To mark Final Fantasy’s 30th anniversary, the side of a Yokohama hotel was turned into a FF spectacular thanks to projection mapping. This was how the InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel looked over the weekend during the special two-day event. Cool, huh? Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Square Enix gave a pretty nifty thank-you gift to the developers of A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV—a replica Super Nintendo cartridge with the game’s art and logo. It even includes the box. It’s a thematically appropriate gift, since A King’s Tale is a (free) game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that’s styled after a Super Nintendo game. It’s a side-scrolling beat-em-up with pixel art and a chiptune-esque soundtrack that tells an early story of King Regis’ adventures. No, the cartridge doesn’t actually do anything. A King’s Tale may be a retro-styled game, but it wouldn’t play on an SNES. This is purely for decoration, and for staring at while dreaming of a past that never happened. Advertisement While only a few of these were produced and only shared with the game’s development team at San Diego-based Empty Clip Studios, the copy pictured was obtained by game publisher Limited Run Games’ CEO Josh Fairhurst, and shared on Reddit. “I was gifted this by the guy who owns the studio,” he wrote. Fairhurst, who confirmed the cart’s veracity to Kotaku on Saturday, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!