Final Fantasy XIV prepares for a sheep-filled year


Every year, Final Fantasy XIV rings in the new year with a new animal-themed kabuto, and this year is no exception. With the Year of the Ram swiftly approaching, it’s time for that most humble of Eorzean denizens to grace the helm, the diminutive sheep dotting the landscape and bleating all over. That means a new sheep-themed hat, a new sheep minion, and the usual assortment of housing decorations for those who want them.

Coming hot on the heels of the rather involved Starlight Celebration, this event has a quest chain which kicks off in Limsa Lominsa to unlock the various seasonal rewards. Players will also be able to purchase additional decorations and the like through seasonal vendors, as is tradition. So ring in the new year with visitors from the Far East and get ready for your own personal woolgathering sessions.

Final Fantasy XIV Gets Flying Mounts in Heavensward Expansion


MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will get flying mounts in its Heavensward Expansion, Square Enix has announced at its London Fan Festival.

The Game’s director Naoki Yoshida said that the Black Chocobo you can see in the image to the right will probably be the first flying mount players will be able to get, but that Square Enix is currently developing six flying mounts, with one supposedly playing an important role in the story. Yoshida also said that eventually players will be able to own their own airship. You’ll be able to take off, fly, and land anywhere you want in the new Heavensward zones, but not in older areas.

Yoshida said one of the new jobs in the expansion is called Dark Knight, which is meant to tank for a party and can wield a two-handed greatsword. Players will have access to the Dark Knight job as soon as they buy the expansion, and it won’t require a base class.

Yoshida also revealed two new beast tribes: the Vanu Vanu and the Gnath.

Square Enix announced Heavensward last week at the Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest event in Las Vegas, where it revealed the it will raise the level cap to 60, and introduce new Primals, dungeons, high end raids, and jobs. The expansion will release in spring 2015.


Final Fantasy XIV announces its first expansion, Heavensward


The Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival is currently underway in Las Vegas, and the keynote speech brought with it the big announcement many people were waiting for: The game’s first expansions has been announced for spring 2015. Heavensward will focus on the city-state of Ishgard, as seen in the trailer embedded just past the break.

Gamer Escape’s liveblog of the keynote notes that the expansion will feature a level cap increase to level 60, new jobs, a new race (albeit with an as-yet-unconfirmed identity), new primals, and new high-end content. More information will be available at the London fanfest taking place next week. For now, players will just have to speculate a bit on what the future holds.

Final Fantasy XIV offers more details on the Hunt system


Are you looking forward to stalking and destroying the rarest beasts across the land of Eorzea? Then you’ll want to read the latest Final Fantasy XIV letter from Producer Naoki Yoshida, who takes the time to talk in a little more depth about the Hunt system. The basics have already been established, but how will Elite Marks avoid horror stories of players camping spawns and only one person getting any reward for all of the effort?

Yoshida explains that the Elite Marks are meant to offer rewards to everyone who takes part in killing them, meaning that multiple players or parties taking down the monster will just result in more people getting the rewards. Some of the Marks are even meant to provide a challenge for multiple parties, anot several do not respawn in the same places, providing more incentive to wander, search, and help out. Check out the full letter for more details, and get ready to experience the system yourself when patch 2.3 goes live tomorrow.

FFXIV Release Set PC And PS3 In This Summer

News out of the Square Enix camp seems to be that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (FFXIV) beta testing is going well. In fact, the testing is going so well that the FFXIV release for both the PC and PS3 versions is publicly set for this summer. While Square Enix didn’t supply a hard date, this “Summer” announcement is very much in line previous speculation from when Yoshi-P released the FFXIV beta roadmap.

FFXIV has now completed 2 closed beta phases with the third closed beta set to get underway in June. This upcoming closed beta will be the first time PS3 players will get a chance to take FFXIV through its paces on the console alongside their PC counterparts, though the release announcement would lead you to believe that Square Enix is already very confident in the game’s console performance.

Sticking with the previously released roadmap, if Closed Beta Phase 3 and Open Beta stick to their projected timelines and a Summer release is the plan, this means you’ll likely be playing the FFXIV release for real by mid July to early August.

Square Enix is still accepting applications for beta tests over at the FFXIV official site (linked above) but make sure you register for the right area since applications differ by global location.

It would seem the day of reckoning for Square Enix is quickly approaching. Since so much of the company’s future rides on the success or failure of this FFXIV release, fans and detractors are likely to get their answers very soon.