ffxivbook | It's The Little Things That Make Final Fantasy XIV's 4.2 Update Great

New story quests, side missions, dungeons and raids are always nice, but the coolest changes coming in January’s “Rise of a New Sun” update to Final Fantasy XIV involve more inventory space, new ways to store special outfits and new ways for Bards to rock out.

As excited as I am for fresh content coming to my favorite massively multiplayer online role-playing game, I’m also dreading the idea of having to clean out my bags every couple of hours as I work through it all. Two big changes to inventory space announced this morning during the game’s “Letter from the Producer” presentation made me feel a lot better. First off, the amount of items players can stack in one inventory spot has been increased 10 times over. Previously you could only have 99 of a single item in any one inventory space. Now you can have 999. That’s 999 fish. 999 health potions. 999 bits of lumber for crafting. It’s going to make crafting and gathering so much easier.

Second, note the bottom item there. Player mounts will now have saddlebags, adding an additional 70 inventory slots. These won’t be accessible from within instanced dungeons, but they’ll be a boon for wandering the wilds of Hydaelen, picking up random crap.

Final Fantasy XIV has a ton of amazing outfits for players to wear, but transforming ugly-but-fictional armor into something stylish is a bit of a chore. It involves something called glamour prisms, which must be crafted and of the correct type and…ugh, I’m getting a headache just thinking about it.

Update 4.2 makes things easier with Glamour Commodes, which is a filthy-sounding term for a good thing. Players will be able to convert items into glamour more directly using these Glamour commodes, storing up to two different looks for each item type—weapon, chest, hat, etc cetera. Players will be able to save ensembles, ready to apply. Dressing how I want to dress will finally be simple. I might cry.

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Finally, we have great news for Bards. Following the introduction of Performance Actions last month and the wonderful music players have been creating, Bards are getting a brand-new interface for composing their masterpieces.

The piano-style layout will be accompanied by four new instrument sounds, bringing those dreams of a Final Fantasy XIV in-game symphony closer to fruition.

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All this, plus more housing (thank goodness), PVP changes and a duty recorder that allows players to record their dungeon runs and play them back using the game engine. Oh, and all of that questy, raidy stuff. You can watch the entire presentation below, or hit up The Lodestone for the Cliffs notes.

ffxivbook | Romancing SaGa 3 announced for PS Vita and smartphones

A remastered version of Romancing SaGa 3 is making its way to PlayStation Vita and smartphones in Japan, Square Enix announced today. Originally released in 1995, this remaster will sport renewed visuals in the character, menu and background department along with controls optimized for Vita and smartphone operation.

According to series creator Akitoshi Kawazu, an English version of Romancing SaGa 2‘s Vita port is also still in the works.

ffxivbook | Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood's Second New Job Is Samurai

The Stormblood expansion for Square Enix’s MMORPG will introduce a new continent to the game as well as two new character classes. We knew the first was Red Mage and now we know the second: Samurai.

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The crimson-clad, katana-wielding warriors will be a damage-based class aimed at unloading on enemies on the front lines of fights and will favor STR gear. Samurai will not have a base class and will start at level 50. Best of all, the character looks to share at least a passing resemblance to Final Fantasy X’s Auron, unquestionably the series’ most bad ass swordsman.

The news was also accompanied by a trailer for the expansion’s opening cinematic (above) which shows off the look and feel of Othard, one of the game’s three main continents where Stormblood will take place, as well as both a Red Mage and Samurai tearing shit up. The new player hub will be the port town of Kugane, with a new residential area called Shirogane. And of course there will be new dungeons in areas called Yanaxia and The Azim Steppe.

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The team behind Stormblood is reportedly also working on a version of Bliztball, the aquatic mini-game from FFX, as well. At one point in the opening cinematic there’s a giant floating sphere filling up with water, only further bolstering the expansion’s spiritual connection to Spira.

Square Enix announced the class and other details about the upcoming expansion at a keynote during the Final Fantasy XIV FanFest being held in Frankfurt this weekend. Among other things, the company said it will double the capacity of estates going forward.

But before the event could conclude, Square Enix brought out Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu to introduce the main them for Stormblood which he composed. The song is called “Revolutions” will be sung by the familiar voice of Susan Calloway.

The expansion is due out on PS4 and PC this summer on June 30.

ffxivbook | First Look At The Final Fantasy XIV Themed TV Show's Opening Credits 

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In Japan, there’s an upcoming TV drama centered around Final Fantasy XIV. Previously, all we’ve seen were stills from the show. Now, we have the show’s intro sequence.

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Called Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy Of Light, the show follows the bond that develops between a son and a father while playing the popular MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV.

Seems interesting, no? 

Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy Of Light debuts this April in Japan.


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ffxivbook – Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.55a detailed in new screenshots

Square Enix has shared the latest screenshots for Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.55a, revealed last week during Frankfurt’s Fan Festival activities to launch on February 28.

These images give us a look at a new PvP map for The Feast, custom deliveries with Zhloe Aliapoh, the final chapter of the Anima weapon quest line and the new 24-man trial featuring Proto Ultima.

As for why this Patch is “3.55a”, Yoshida explained that they had originally planned to include the Diadem’s new Exploratory Missions, but there was a critical bug at the last minute. This content will be released in Patch 3.55b in early March.

Players will also be able to redeem the Tidus and Yuna outfits available from purchasing the Fan Festival live streams, GARO collaboration gear can be reclaimed from the Calamity Salvager, and buffs will be put on the drop rates of the Sophia and Zurvan lanner whistles.

ffxivbook | Final Fantasy XIV's Interface Made Futuristic Thanks To HoloLens

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We’ve already seen what Microsoft’s HoloLens can do to Portal. Now, let’s picture what it can do to Final Fantasy XIV.

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Japanese Twitter user Tanufuku created this mock-up to see how it could handle the MMORPG’s interface. 

Tanufuku thinks this actually might make the game even more immersive as well as make it possible to play the game on a smaller monitor, thanks to the spread out UI. 

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Square Enix hasn’t yet implement this feature, so for the time being, Tanufuku will have to be satisfied with fielding Twitter requests.


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ffxivbook | I Am Setsuna for Nintendo Switch gets an exclusive PvP mode

The Nintendo Switch release of I Am Setsuna will see an exclusive player versus player (PvP) mode added to it when it releases on March 3 in Japan. This mode will be available as a piece of free downloadable content.

The “Arena of Time” as it’s called will let you battle against other players and their parties after advancing the main quest to a certain part of the game. The Arena of Time will feature character customization options meant to really push the PvP aspect of I Am Setsuna.

I Am Setsuna is due out for Nintendo Switch on March 3 in Japan and a general March time period for North America and Europe. The game is available now on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Via: Square Enix.

Final Fantasy XV: New Legacies video shares fan stories on ffxivbook

Square Enix has shared a new video to celebrate the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XVFinal Fantasy XV: New Legacies – a piece that captures the impact the series has made on the lives of several fans.

In the five-minute video, fans are invited to listen to different stories including that of a young couple who fell in love due over their mutual appreciation for Final Fantasy VIII, professional wrestler Xavier Woods and his admiration of the series, as well as video game developers recounting the lasting effect of several key titles.

Share your own Final Fantasy legacy by using the hashtag #FFLegacies.

We want to see your Final Fantasy legacy as well! Feel free to post in the comments, or check out the dedicated thread over at our forum Mognet Central.

45 minutes of Final Fantasy XV’s latest build – ffxivbook.com

Polygon has gone up with 45 minutes from the latest build of Final Fantasy XV on PlayStation 4. Once again we’re treated to a look at the beginning portion of the game, featuring sidequests, exploration and a general feel for the game’s open spaces. Have a look at the upgraded and likely final visual quality below.

Final Fantasy XV is due out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 29.

ffxivbook – World of Final Fantasy details Rikku, female Ramuh and more in Weekly Jump

Final Fantasy X‘s Rikku is the latest legacy character to join the cast of World of Final Fantasy. As featured in Weekly Jump, she’ll be sporting her outfit from Final Fantasy X-2.

According to the scan, Rikku (voiced by Marika Matsumoto) is somewhat of a free spirited girl with a bright personality. She’s been working as a treasure hunter at sea.

Additionally, the magazine details several new Mirage types including Phoenix, Imp and Ramyuh. Ramyuh is actually the granddaughter of Ramuh and can use powerful thunder magic just like him.

World of Final Fantasy is due out for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on October 25 in North America, October 27 in Japan and October 28 in Europe.

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