Greetings, Warriors of Light!
Luxpheras here, ready to regale you with tales from PAX East 2018! The FINAL FANTASY XIV team took to Boston, Massachusetts a little over a week ago now, leaving our LA sunshine behind for some brisk, chilly weather!
PAX East is a massive, four-day long gaming and entertainment convention that takes place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) each year. This year had some particular FFXIV flavor, with these sweet lanyards given to each attendee with their convention badge:
It wouldn't be PAX without a classic FFXIV Battle Challenge. We faced attendees up against Byakko of the Four Lords. Adventurers who were able to withstand their time in The Jade Stoa and quell Byakko's rage were able to obtain an "I BEAT BYAKKO" t-shirt!
Our special guests this year were Main Scenario Writer Natsuko Ishikawa and English Localization Lead John Crow, who presented The Writing of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood panel on Saturday, April 7th.
Check out the view from the back of the Albatross Theatre where the panel took place for an idea at just how massive the room was--we had a nearly full house once doors opened! I'm sure that Ishikawa and Crow weren't the least bit intimidated, even though it was their first time hosting a panel!
Our first 100 panel attendees got a special bonus: tickets to a signing event with Natsuko Ishikawa and John Crow. They signed beautiful double sided posters for everyone, and had a great time meeting all the players and fans.
Apparently while we were away, LA was experiencing a bit of a heat wave. We got the whole spectrum of East Coast weather instead: rain, wind, and even some snow! Wait... was this Boston, or Ishgard?
While attendees on the show floor were busy taking on the Byakko Battle Challenge, Bayohne and the dev. crew were hard at work behind the scenes, preparing for the panel and interviews. Speaking of interviews, it seemed like they had an entirely packed day on Friday and part of Saturday! We've been sharing a lot of the articles that came from the event on our social channels so be sure and keep your eyes out for them!
Ishikawa also brought along some travel companions: Gosetsu, Zenos and Yotsuyu. These were giveaways during a special promotion at the Eorzea Café in Japan.
Oh... oh dear.
If you weren't able to catch the panel livestream, you can still watch it here on the official PAX Twitch channel!
At the end of the panel, we revealed a surprise: the male Bunny Attire is coming soon!
On the final day of the show just before wrap-up, Ishikawa and Foxclon decided to take on the Byakko Battle Challenge themselves with the help of our booth staff!
Ishikawa played as bard, while Foxclon played as white mage... wait a minute...
Foxclon! You were supposed to be healing her!! (She's trying to hide her KO'd character behind her hands... Whoops.)
All in all, PAX East 2018 was a great success. A huge thank you to all of the FINAL FANTASY XIV fans who attended the panel, took on Byakko, and stopped by our booth!
Until next time!
Join us for this special livestream event where Naoki Yoshida will be playing with the community live for the first time from the North American data center! Yoshida will also be joined by special guest Masayoshi Soken as the two challenge content related to the upcoming EORZEAN SYMPHONY concert!
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (PT) / 9:00 p.m. (ET)
It has been over a week since we announced the awesome gathering app, FINAL FANTASY XIV GO - Gathering Outdoors. It's also been over a week - minus one day - since we broke a few hearts by announcing that it was just an April Fools' Day joke.
Let's take a peek at some pictures from behind the scenes, and maybe we'll even find a few hidden Easter eggs!
We had an amazing crew to work with. All the inside scenes of the video were actually filmed in the same (small) building!
Did you happen to notice anything fishy about these employees' names? Any little Miner details, at least?
If you blinked, you would have probably missed it; but Lallalingo and Lakukisu made a cameo in the video.
Kaposhipi also made an appearance as well (on the left, the man with the beanie).
Getting a dog to do exactly what you want isn't always an easy task, but who could resist this fluff-face? Luckily, our four-legged friend was a total professional and really, really fun to work with!
Until next time! See you in Hydaelyn!
P.S. Please do not sue us.
It is our pleasure to announce the URLs for the upcoming Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XLIII set to take place on Saturday, April 14.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:30 a.m. (PDT)
* Starting time is subject to change.
* Please note that the audio will be in Japanese only.
Read on for details.
We are happy to introduce the fourth episode of the European PvP Stream! Dive once again into the Wolves’ Den with the EU Community Team, come play The Feast and try your luck for some amazing prizes!
Read on for details.
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