Hello again, adventurers!
We've got a new pal joining the FFXIV plushie parade soon... Can you guess who it is?
Of course! It's none other than the Odder Otter!
Is there anything odder than an otter who lives out of water? Maybe not, but is there also anything cuter? I mean, just look at him!
He's got his hat on, his lantern at the ready, and he's ready to accompany you on any adventure!
As if that face wasn't enough to convince you to take this little guy home, the Odder Otter plushie also comes with a bonus item code for the "Odder Otter Round Andon Lamp", an in-game furnishing item!
Perfect for any Odder Otter enthusiast! (Yes, that's a thing... Or is it just me? No, it can't be! There are plenty of Odder Otter enthusiasts out there... Right?)
The gang's all here!
This furry little fella will be making his debut at the Fan Festival 2018 in Las Vegas, and will go on sale on the Square Enix Store in Japan and Europe in November. Then he'll make his debut in the NA Store sometime following that, so please look forward to it! A quick disclaimer before I go: this otter plush may or may not be able to beat you in Triple Triad.
Until next time!
Hello again, adventurers!
Yesterday, we shared the celebration of the 3 year anniversary of the Korean version of FFXIV. Today, we're going to celebrate even more-- the Chinese version of FFXIV will celebrate its fourth anniversary on August 25, 2018!
On August 4th, Yoshi-P travelled to Shanghai, China for a special anniversary broadcast, live from the SQUARE ENIX Cafe which opened there last December.
On stream, the FFXIV China operations team shared information on topics like the distribution of jobs and races for the Chinese version of the game, and shared the results of a "most popular minion" poll!
The winner of the poll was none other than the Mameshiba!
In the Chinese version, he's called Mame-mameshiba... which is almost even cuter, isn't it?
During the Q&A segment, Yoshida was joined by Lead Item Designer Hayashi, so there were lots of questions related to in-game items!
A reoccurring question from Chinese players was "When can we get an umbrella that our characters can hold?" - Hayashi had some trouble with this one!
They're trying very hard to get a usable umbrella implemented with each patch, but it's proving to be quite complex. Please hang in there!
Next up was some PvP!
As the Feast Regional Championship 2018 is currently underway for North America, Europe and Japan, the Chinese version also held their own competition!
Yoshi-P enjoyed watching the competing teams claw their way to victory.
Next up on the stream, they had an interview with the Chinese localization team. They went over the flow of translating from Japanese to Chinese, and how their localization policies work.
As a gift to the players, they revealed the lyrics to The Garlean Territorial Anthem or Gyr Abania and Surrounding States - The Measure of Our Reach.
The translator mentioned that he's looking forward to hearing more Chinese players sing along!
Then it was time to introduce the content of Patch 4.3, which is the next release for the Chinese version of FFXIV.
We think the Chinese players love the Namazu just as much as everyone else has so far!
We also announced the FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival 2019 in Shanghai!
After some exciting announcements, it was time for Yoshi-P to challenge some content with Chinese players. They took on Omega: Sigmascape V4.0 (Savage)!
It proved challenging, given that they were playing on the Chinese client (everything was in Chinese!) and the strategies were different between Japan and China... It also seemed like the party members were nervous to be playing on a live broadcast.
They kept trying, though! Kefka was merciless...
And finally, sweet victory!
I think Yoshi-P might have been crying in relief... Thanks to everyone who played with us!
And finally, we reached the conclusion of the stream.
Yoshida and the rest of the Chinese team members came together to celebrate the 4th anniversary in the best way possible: with cake!
As a surprise gift from the Chinese management team, Yoshi-P was presented with a beautiful hanging scroll in a traditional Chinese style of painting by a famous local painter!
After taking a commemorative photo, the broadcast was successfully complete! Thank you so much to our Chinese Warriors of Light who have made this fourth anniversary possible with their support of the game!
We look forward to our continued work with the Chinese management team so that you can play more and more FFXIV in the future.
Until next time!
Hello again, adventurers!
Did you know that the Korean version of FINAL FANTASY XIV launched three years ago?
In celebration of the momentous occasion, large advertisements were posted in the subway stations of Seoul and Busan, two of the largest cities in Korea! These ads were planned and spearheaded by the Korean players through crowd funding. This was a very special surprise for the development team! Yoshida was very moved by this act as well!
The upper and lower rows you see on the advertisement are a chronological list of the patch release dates for the Korean version of FFXIV. It also included warm messages from Korean players who participated in this project!
We are incredibly grateful for the appreciation and encouragement from our Korean Warriors of Light as they celebrate three years of FINAL FANTASY XIV.
To wrap up, we'd like to share the winning entries from a fan art contest held in commemoration of the anniversary.
Happy Anniversary, FFXIV Korea!
The Feast Regional Championship (FRC) preliminaries end tonight at 10 pm (PDT)! Teams have been battling it out for weeks for a chance to earn a coveted spot in the FRC finals at this year's Fan Festival! Get those last minute matches in and claw your way to the top!
After the preliminaries conclude, the top three teams from the NA data centers will battle it out live on the FRC semifinals that we'll be streaming on September 8th & 9th at 4 pm (PDT). Not only that, but we'll be joined by guest commentators from the community, Frosty and +One, so you won't want to miss it! The semis will conclude with two teams from each data center advancing to the finals in Las Vegas.
For more details, check out the FRC website!
But that's not all! The ninth season of the Feast is set to begin immediately following tonight's maintenance! Since we're talking about a new season, we're sure you're excited to hear about new rewards. So let's take a look shall we?
This time, top 100 ranked players will receive...
This shiny new gear set!
Check out this cool, ominous looking gear! Even the head gear looks menacing!
And as you probably guessed, it is indeed dyeable, so change the dye to match your style!
The player who secures Rank 1 at the end of the season will receive the following trophy!
Even if you don't rank in the top 100, players will still receive items which can be used to exchange for the Feast-specific weapons, so why not give it a try?
The Feast season nine is scheduled to take place from August 14 until the release of Patch 4.4.
We'll see you in the field!
Hello again, Warriors of Light!
Luxpheras here, excited to showcase one of our favorite new friends on the Square Enix Store: the Spriggan Plushie!
If you've yet to order your very own fuzzy friend, allow me to offer you some Spriggan Facts.
Spriggan Fact #1: Spriggans travel in packs, as witnessed here.
Spriggan Fact #2: Spriggans are neither sprites nor faeries, though they share similarities with both.
Spriggan Fact #3: These soulkin are known for carrying a gem or chunk of ore with them at all times. This may explain the popularly held belief within the mining fraternity that Spriggans are bringers of good fortune.
Spriggan Fact #4: If you take adopt a Spriggan Plushie IRL, you'll also receive a code for an equally adorable Stuffed Spriggan in-game furnishing item!
You are now subscribed to Spriggan Facts. To unsubscribe, please find the nearest rock, gemstone, or chunk of ore and carry it with you for eternity.
Take home your very own Spriggan Plushie today! The fluffy little soulkin is waiting for you now at the Square Enix Store.
Until next time!
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