Some time has passed since the 14-hour broadcast we hosted in celebration of FINAL FANTASY XIV's 5th anniversary, but we hope you caught some of the action!
A while back, we called out to our Warriors of Light with a request to cast votes in the Fan Favorite Music Poll. If you recall, players had to narrow down to a top ten out of 393 songs across A Realm Reborn, Heavensward and Stormblood. This proved to be quite a challenge for many! The votes were cast and tallied, and we were pleased to announce the results during the anniversary broadcast!
Let's go over the top ranked songs, in case you missed it.
Number 1: Wayward Daughter
Number 2: Dragonsong
Number 3 (Tie): The Worm's Tail
Number 3 (Tie): Rise
Number 5: Heroes
We found it quite surprising that out of all the votes we received, The Worm's Tail and Rise still managed to tie for third place!
Check out the voting results here to see the rest of the rankings for the top 50 songs.
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the poll, and we hope you find your favorites among the top 50. (Meanwhile, I'll be over here grumbling that Ultima should have been higher than 13. I love Ultima!!)
But that's not all! Sound Director Masayoshi Soken has done it again, deciding that he would arrange some of the top ranked music into chiptune versions. He actually arranged three of them live during the broadcast!
(He had to put his headphones on so that he could focus amidst the celebration in the background!)
If you missed the broadcast, don't fret. These tracks aren't lost!
We're pleased to announce that the top 50 tracks selected by Warriors of Light across the realm will be compiled into a brand-new compilation album:
FINAL FANTASY XIV - The Best (Blu-ray Disc Music)
In addition to these top 50 tunes, you'll find Soken's chiptune versions of Wayward Daughter, The Worm's Tail and Rise & Heroes Medley (tentative name) as bonus tracks. And of course, we had to include the beloved Answers as a bonus track too! (*Answers itself was not listed in the music poll.)
Release Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Pre-Order URL: https://sqex.to/fZt
This compilation album will be a perfect place to start if you're looking to collect some of the most iconic sounds of FFXIV! What better than a selection of favorites, hand-picked by the community?
As a first-run bonus, players will receive an item code for both "Orchestrion Roll: Wayward Daughter (Chiptune Version)" and "Orchestrion Roll: The Worm's Tail (Chiptune Version)" in-game items!
We're accepting pre-orders now, so be sure to secure your copy today!
Be sure to pay special attention to the booklet included in this album :)
The Tokyo Game Show 2018 (TGS) has officially begun and the FFXIV team is there once again at the Square Enix booth, to showcase some exciting content and potential goodies attendees can take home, too.
If you're there and having trouble finding the booth, just look for the gigantic Moogle balloon, kupo!
This year, the King of the Skies, Rathalos, awaits the players at the booth!
Warriors of Light who answer the call will be challenging Rathalos in the Great Hunt (Normal) and the Great Hunt (Extreme), too!
Those who are victorious in normal mode will receive an "I BEAT LIOLAEUS" sticker.
*Oh! Just for reference, in the Japanese version, Rathalos is called Liolaeus.
The Great Hunt (Extreme) seems to be one of the harder challenges brought to TGS so far since we're already seeing Rathalos rush through many Warriors of Light. Those who are waiting in line are even studying players before them in order to form better strategies.
Those who complete this most extreme challenge are rewarded with an "I BEAT LIOLAEUS" shirt!
However, due to the difficulty of this challenge, this shirt may very well become a rare item!
At TGS, there is also a section for aspiring adventurers to experience FFXIV for the first time. In this specific area, players will learn how to play on a gamepad, go through character creation, and even go up against Ifrit!
If you're at TGS this year, be sure to bring your friends over to check it out!
Among all the goodies thus far, there are also Namazu Fans being given out!
If you stop by the booth, be sure to pick one up from one of our companions.
Another event to keep in mind this TGS is the Stroll with Yoshi-P at Messe stage event on Sunday, September 23rd at 1:50 p.m. (JST) / Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 4:50 (GMT) / 5:50 (BST) where Yoshi-P will visit one of the public worlds and play alongside fellow Warriors of Light.
I hope you enjoyed this small tour of the FFXIV booth at TGS!
*Please bear in mind that we will end the distribution of physical items once we run out of stock so come by and grab them while they're still hot!
Tokyo Game Show 2018 Schedule
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no entry after 4:00 p.m.) (JST)
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no entry after 4:00 p.m.) (JST)
For more details, check out here.
Thanks so much for taking the time to go through what the team has to offer at TGS 2018 and for those of you attending, please enjoy yourselves!
The Feast Regional Championship (FRC) Semifinals have concluded! Thank you to the over 8000 of you who joined us for the broadcast on Sunday alone!
The matches were intense, the commentary was epic, and now four teams stand triumphant in their victories. We want to take a moment to introduce all six teams that competed in the semifinals and thank them for an amazing performance!
bUrself - Primal Data Center - Rank 1 in Preliminaries, 2:0 result in Semifinals (qualified)
Synergy SiXX - Aether Data Center - Rank 1 in Preliminaries, 2:0 result in Semifinals (qualified)
AMP - Primal Data Center - Rank 2 in Preliminaries, 1:1 result in Semifinals (qualified)
Trash Tears - Aether Data Center- Rank 3 in Preliminaries - 1:1 result in Semifinals (qualified)
Culling 420 - Primal Data Center - Rank 3 in Preliminaries - 0:2 result in Semifinals (out)
This Isnt 3x - Aether Data Center- Rank 2 in Preliminaries - 0:2 result in Semifinals (out)
Congratulations to bUrself, Synergy SiXX, AMP and Trash Tears for qualifying into the FRC 2018 Finals! You have two months to prepare. I have a feeling the competition is going to be fierce, and cannot wait to see what strategies you all bring to the table!
If you missed all the action live, worry not, the VOD's are available on the official Final Fantasy XIV Twitch channel, be sure to check them out!
At Fan Festival we will see the culmination of it all, who will be crowned champions of North America in a battle between Primal and Aether? Join us and cheer for your favorite team to find out!
See you in Las Vegas!
Luxpheras here, daydreaming about moogles, Patch 4.4, and romance - in no particular order. Ah, the bonds of true love, constant companionship, and the unforgettable memory of swearing one's heart to another forever... Isn't it beautiful? The luckiest of Eorzeans have found themselves joined, body and soul, in the Ceremony of Eternal Bonding.
If you've yet to find that special someone, perhaps you've had the pleasure of bearing witness to such a bond being made at the Sanctum of the Twelve... and perhaps you look forward to finding your own partner! Perhaps, like Magnai, you're still searching for your Nhaama.
Betrothed or not, Patch 4.4—Prelude in Violet will bring exciting updates for all to the Ceremony of Eternal Bonding.
Additional Ceremony Options
There are a plethora of new ceremony options in store, from lighting effects, decoration color choices, and even a new gondola type for the procession!
The newly added lightning effects will be perfect for those looking to create an emotional atmosphere.
The decoration color options will allow you to customize the drapery and fabrics hung on the doors, altars and around the chapel, in addition to selecting the colors for the flowers and the carpets. Coordinate your perfect wedding with your favored color combinations!
Two new types of procession gondolas will also be added. Travel down the aisle in the most charming way possible with a carriage of ribbons and lace!
In addition to all these new ceremony options, guests will soon be able to purchase balloons and souvenir minions at the venue to celebrate your happy day!
The Eternal Anniversary
"But I've already been bonded!" you say, "How can I appreciate all of these new features?"
You're in luck! The brand-new Eternal Anniversary feature arrives with Patch 4.4 as well.
Players who held their Ceremony of Eternal Bonding one year or more ago will be eligible to celebrate their lasting bond once more. Partners may speak to an NPC in front of the Sanctum of the Twelve in the East Shroud to register for their anniversary ceremony.
After accepting the quest from the Anniversary Registrar, players will be able to go straight in to choosing the settings for their desired ceremony and booking the venue.
Keep in mind that this re-enactment does not have to follow your original ceremony plans, and you'll be able to select all the new options, equivalent to the platinum plan in the ceremony settings menu!
While there are "thank you" gifts for invited guests, you will not receive the ceremony attire, Jandelaine's Token or a Ceremony Chocobo from an Eternal Anniversary.
So what will it be? Will you relive your ceremony exactly as it was, celebrating the memory with exact detail? Or will you create new memories with your partner by enjoying the myriad of new options?
Whatever your choice... I'll be waiting for my invitation!
Patch 4.4—Prelude in Violet is coming next week on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. In the name of love... Please look forward to it!
Until next time,
The Feast Regional Championship (FRC) begins tomorrow, September 7th!
In the wake of the most exciting Feast competition to date, we are here to share some details with you regarding the FRC semifinals, and also PvP-related updates that are scheduled for Patch 4.4!
Let's begin with the FRC semifinals!
The FRC semifinals will kick off on Friday, September 7th and goes through Sunday, September 9th. The entire show will be streamed live on our Twitch channel! Top top three teams from preliminaries will compete against each other to decide which teams will move up to the finals in Las Vegas!
We're bringing over Frosty and +ONE as guest commentators for the show, so be sure to check out the stream!
Let's check out which teams made it to the semifinals!
■ Aether Data Center
■Primal Data Center
Teams that make it through the semifinals will move onto the finals which will take place at the Fan Festival 2018 in Las Vegas this November! Both the semifinals and finals will be streamed live, so be sure to tune in and join the excitement!
Here's the schedule for the semifinals:
Saturday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
Sunday, September 9 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
FRC Website: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/ranking/thefeast/championship/
While we're all hyped up with the FRC semifinals, we also have PvP-related updates coming in Patch 4.4!
■ Adjust PvP-specific HUD elements from the Wolves' Den Pier PvP!
We've received a lot of feedback requesting to be able to adjust PvP-specific HUD elements outside of a match, and this will become available from Patch 4.4! While you will only see the border layout of the HUD element, you can now adjust them outside of a match, so take your time to get the perfect setup!
■ Quick Chat: Focus Attack
Since the Feast was first implemented, many strategies have been born by the players! The most popular however, a countdown used to focus attack on a single target to deal burst damage* has been implemented as a quick chat feature.
With this, new players won't have to prepare a macro, and the sound and visuals make it easier to focus attack on a target. We also have a quick chat to cancel the focus target as well.
These quick chat options can be executed by a text command as well, so you could include it as part of your macro as well!
*Burst damage is a method used to knock out a player by having all team members focus their buffs and ability at the same timing.
And that wraps up the 4.4 updates for PvP!
Hope to see you join us in the semifinals stream in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
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