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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Sep 12, 2019 - 03:04.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Sounds from the Shadows

From the Dev Blog.

Hello, this is Voltenyne from the community team!
 
The long awaited SHADOWBRINGERS: FINAL FANTASY XIV Original Soundtrack is available for purchase! Now we can take the Rak'tika Greatwood theme with us anywhere!

Let's take a look at some of the details.

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Product: 1 Blu-Ray Disc
Price: $49.99 (+tax)
 
This soundtrack includes tracks from Shadowbringers, as well as the tracks featured in Patch 4.4 - 4.5 of Stormblood, for a total of 88 tracks!

The audio is recorded on a Blu-Ray disc at a high quality 96kHz/24bit, and is accompanied by visuals! Great care was taken to emphasize the world and music of FFXIV, going as far as to select specific scenes and weather effects to achieve the perfect mood. The impact of the powerful audio and visual combination might just strike you with the force of a Stonecrusher and cause Tidal Waves to gush forth from your eyes!

Okay, not really... but we hope that these amazing tracks will bring back precious memories of your experiences in Shadowbringers.

The disc also includes 320kbps high-quality MP3 files. Load them into your phone and listen to FFXIV's soundtrack wherever you go! Check out the special site for the album's tracklist and details on how to obtain the MP3 files.
 
With 88 tracks, the total playback time is over 6 hours long! That's a lot of music!
Take a look at the following digest videos, which feature 3-second snippets of each track!

Tracks from Patch 4.4 ~ 4.5
 

Tracks from Patch 5.0


And now for the bonus content!
We've included footage of the THE PRIMALS performing Locus, as well as the infamous "I play Yanxia" otomatone performance of A Father's Pride by Sound Director Masayoshi Soken!
Not sure what you're in for? Have another sneak peek at the video below:

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The disc also includes the "Soken's Comment" section, as well as notes from Yoshi-P and Soken in the booklet.
Both are definitely worth a look! 

And finally, the soundtrack comes with an in-game item code for the wind-up Suzaku minion as an initial print run bonus!

"Please, my love... if only you would listen... to the Shadowbringers soundtrack!"
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As a side note, we've recently announced the sale date for FINAL FANTASY XIV Orchestral Arrangement Album Vol. 2, going on sale on September 18! You'll want to keep your eyes (ears?) peeled for that as well!

La hee!

- Voltenyne
Community Team





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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Sep 06, 2019 - 00:38.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Shadowbringin' it at PAX West

From the Dev Blog.

Hello, adventurers!

Okieeomi here, back from my very first PAX West with the community team!

This PAX was particularly exciting, because we were joined by Art Team Lead Takeo Suzuki and Main Scenario Writer Natsuko Ishikawa, who hosted a panel on Sunday. There was so much going on and the event went by quickly, but I'd love to recap some of that excitement with all of you!

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Over at the booth, we had the classic battle challenge featuring Titania, as well as something new! We debuted a New Player Experience where aspiring adventures took on the story-mode Ifrit battle to get a taste of FFXIV. So many enthusiastic newcomers came along, and we sent them off with a free Starter Edition to begin their journey! I'm looking forward to seeing more sprouts in Eorzea! :)

We also gave out these cool dark knight foam swords! We especially loved seeing kids come by for them, even if they whacked their parents with it afterwards (sorry!)

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The booth was always packed with both new and old adventurers!

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Media Interviews

The media interviews were held in a separate room away from the bustling booth. Our dev. team guests answered so many questions over the course of two days despite battling jet lag! We were very thankful that so many media groups wanted to feature us!

By the way, the media suite was in the same hotel that our guests were staying in. They ate breakfast and lunch in there too, so for those few days, they didn't have a chance to step outside from morning until night!

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On day three, we finally got to do more exploring and headed to the Paramount Theater for the panel!

Both Suzuki and Ishikawa were overwhelmed by the extravagance of the hall and mentioned that it reminded them of Eulmore.

Many Warriors of Light came to the panel, and we concluded it with our hearts warmed by all the encouragement the dev. team received. They even received a standing ovation!

If you missed the panel, you can watch the archive on our official Twitch channel!

Signing Session

We also hosted signing sessions before and after the panel, where attendees had a chance to meet and speak with Suzuki and Ishikawa. There were many attendees that came in costume, and we truly felt everyone's passion for FFXIV!

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This about covers everything for PAX West! Whether you were there, or watching our stream, we wanted to say thank you very much for the support!

- Okieeomi
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Aug 24, 2019 - 03:03.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Six Years All the Richer

From the Dev Blog.

Hi there, adventurers! Ridrina here, still climbing the tower in Costa del Sol for the Moonfire Faire! The summer festivities are winding down and will end on Monday, August 26, at 7:59 a.m. (PDT), so be sure to participate while you still can!

Once the Moonfire Faire concludes, it'll be time for The Rising! This year, we commemorate 6 years of FINAL FANTASY XIV and a look back on our journey.

The Rising: August 26, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. to September 17, 2019 at 7:59 a.m. (PDT)


This year's illustration has a lot of warm colors, which is perfect for this year's theme. I won't spoil too much, but let's go over some of the event details and rewards!

The quest begins on the island near Costa del Sol. The Moonfire Faire attendant P'obyano appears to be cleaning up after the faire, and that's where you come in!


Looks like she'll need help cleaning up the shore! One of the items you come across turns out to be a message in a bottle, which unravels the story for this year's event.


We've got whosits and whatsits galore! I'm sure it'll be an easy enough feat, but you'll need to wait for the event to learn what exactly you'll be looking for.

After completing the initial quest, you may find more bottled messages scattered on the sands. You can deliver them to P'obyano to receive rising tokens!

As always, let's check out this year's event rewards!

Brave New Y'shtola
A new minion of Y'shtola featuring her outfit from the First will be available for completing the event! I love this outfit and hope I can wear it someday; I think Yoshida said he will make it happen!

Up next are the items you can exchange for with the rising tokens.

Patch 4.1 - 4.5 Artwork Oil Paintings
From Liberation to Requiem for Heroes, you can display your favorite patch art pieces in your home! Be sure to collect them all!

Fireworks from Previous Years
Now's a great time to pop a bottle of Realm Reborn Red! Celebrate Eorzea's 6th anniversary with fireworks from years past!

The theme of this year's event is "From someone somewhere, to all adventurers..." Hmm, I wonder what kind of story awaits!

Thank you for being part of our world, and we hope you enjoy The Rising! :)

Ridrina
- Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Aug 16, 2019 - 00:15.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Center Stage at Fan Festival 2019 in Shanghai

From the Dev Blog.

Hello, this is Sicycre giving you the lowdown on the Shanghai Fan Festival that took place on August 10! We were lucky to receive updates from Project Manager A who was on site at the show to share a lot of details (and photos!) from the massive event!

...However, there was SO much they wanted to cover, so for this blog, they actually preferred it to be called the Stage Report! That said, let's focus on the stage shows!

On the day of, there was a hurricane reported around the Shanghai area, which stopped many flights and bullet trains. But that didn't stop the show! There were still over 6,000 Warriors of Light who had gathered from all over China!

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When the clock hit 10:00 in their local time, the team opened with the full Shadowbringers trailer, complete with Chinese voice acting! Everyone's eyes were glued to the screens and would loudly cheer each time a familiar character made their appearance.

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After the trailer, Yoshi-P stood in front of the audience to introduce some of the information regarding Shadowbringers.

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And finally, they revealed the release date for China!

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It will be released on Tuesday, October 15! Only two months to go!

Moving on to the developer panel, the team introduced Lead Item Designer Hayashi to talk about how items are developed for the game.

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Cheers resounded throughout the hall when they revealed surprise peacock-themed outfits and mount!

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As always, please look forward to them!

Next, Project Manager A shared a ton about the cosplay contest that featured many truly high-quality cosplays! From the 41 high-level cosplayers, the following four were chosen as winners:

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The whole audience was charmed by the beautiful cosplays~!! ♡
And not just because Lakshmi was there, haha!
The team also took a commemorative photo at the end with all the cosplayers! There are so many people...!

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We've posted photos of individual cosplayers at the end of this blog, so please take a look! Their craftsmanship is truly something to behold.

Next up, The Feast Regional Championship finals was held between the two teams that valiantly fought their way through to the preliminaries!

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The raging battle concluded, and Team 给你两刀 was crowned the champions!
Congratulations to the victors!

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Soon after, it was time for THE PRIMALS to perform their first ever concert in China!
The convention center's hype was at its absolute peak!

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Yoshi-P also took to the stage and performed Amatsu Kaze once more. In fact, a player presented him with a very cool Byakko-themed umbrella, so he brought it with him for his performance! Thank you for the awesome gift!

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The concert concluded with performances for the 5th anniversary celebration and a special ending.

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The team showcased an anniversary cake, which was made quick work of on stage.

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It's really amazing that the Chinese version of FFXIV has reached their 5th anniversary... time flies when you're having fun!
Though the Shanghai Fan Festival was held only for one day, the Warriors of Light of China were every bit as passionate about FFXIV as our Warriors of Light around the globe!

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In the next blog, we'll be sure to check on Project Manager A's findings and go over the various activities and photo sessions in their Show Floor Report!

So now, for the final part of this exciting coverage, we proudly present all the individual cosplayers who entered the contest!

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We'll see you in the next blog!

- Sicycre
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Aug 06, 2019 - 13:11.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: FFXIV Fan Gathering at Loading Bar in London

From the Dev Blog.

Hi, everyone!

Lakukisu here with pictures to show and stories to tell of the FFXIV Fan Gathering we had in London last weekend!

We La HEE'd it up at Loading Bar in Shepherd's Bush with circa 200 attendees! But let's get into the good stuff; pictures!

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There were familiar faces in the crowd! Yes, yes.

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We even had FinalFantasheen cupcakes! Tonpurries, Mewgles, Catcutars and Meowcobos were the stars of the show.

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And as a mega special surprise, Loading Bar's bartenders created some FFXIV drinks for us; LA HEE iced tea and the Great Serpent of Ronka! Spoiler alert: both were really, really... really delicious!

Now imagine this, you walk up to a bartender and you say: "May I have a--" *clears throat* "--a La HEE, please?" What a great time to be alive.

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As our Fan Gathering tradition stands, we held a raffle with cool prizes!

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One of the most memorable moments of the evening was when we gave the chance for Free Company leaders to do a "recruitment ad" for their FCs. A big thank you to everyone who took the mic and talked about their FC - meal deals or not! 

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The evening was simply spectacular! Thank you to everyone who joined, thank you to our amazing photographer, Catberry Photography for capturing the event and thank you to Loading Bar for hosting us!

See you in the Source or the First!

Lakukisu

Community Team

P.S. Here's a Namazu enjoying a La HEE. You're welcome!

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