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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 27, 2020 - 16:47.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Don't Worry, Be Hoppy

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, everyone!

The warm and sunny season of spring is slowly rolling in across the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes the return of our spring-themed seasonal event, Hatching-tide! The event that sprouted from the dream of a young girl is about to start once more!

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Seasonal Event Schedule
This time, the Hatching-tide seasonal event is separated into two chapters.

Chapter 1
From Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:59 a.m. (PDT)

Chapter 2
From Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7:59 a.m. (PDT)

How to Participate
Start by cracking down on this year's egg-citing quest, "the Eggth Umbral Calamity," by speaking to the revelrous rabbit in Mih Khetto's Amphitheatre.

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In Chapter 1, adventurers are asked to hop on the case of a chicken on the loose.

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We hope all of you will scramble and capture the Hatching-tide's most wanted--the hard-boiled chicken!

In Chapter 2, with the preparations complete, the seasonal event is ready. I wonder what's going to hoppen this time around.

"What if I missed chapter 1?" you may be thinking. Even if chapter 2 is underway, you'll still be able to capture the chicken from chapter 1, so worry not!

Quest Reward
Adventurers will be rewarded with the rabbit head and suit attire (both of which are dyeable).

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Look at those fluffy hands and feet!

For indoor furnishings, we have the stuffed rabbit (also dyeable) and the Hatching-tide advertisement featuring artwork from the 2018 event.

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That's not all! Once chapter 2 commences, you'll be able to purchase the dapper rabbit suit, which is a rabbit suit adorned with a ribbon! And yes, this is dyeable too!

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We have a few more days until the event begins, and I hope everyone is egg-cited as much as we are!

That's all, yolks!

- Zhexos
Community Team 





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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 23, 2020 - 11:47.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Lyrical Oblivion

From the Dev Blog.

Hi everyone,

Can you believe it's already been a month since Patch 5.2 launched? Time really does fly!

Between the new Eden raid, ocean fishing, and Ishgardian Restoration there's much to experience! Throughout your journeys, do you ever stop and take a moment to get lost in the music?

The latest installment of the Eden raid series introduced a lot of surprises and "familiar" foes! Primals like Ramuh and Shiva were not the only things re-imagined throughout the raid series though, as players were pleasantly surprised to hear re-imagined tracks by Soken himself! There's one song in particular that gives me chills every time I hear it. I'm sure you know which I'm referring to!

Without further ado, let's take a look at the lyrics for Return to Oblivion!

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Return to Oblivion

Wanting, I lie
Too weary to die
Too lost to the ice for saving
My sins claim me, untame me

Eyes wet with tears
Her song in my ears
Broken, faded, how long have I waited
To open my wings?

Turn the light on
And let her in. Won't you
Turn the light on
Turn the light on
You'll never win 'less you
Turn the light on
Turn the light on
The pain won't end 'till you
Turn the light on
The soul longs for oblivion, oblivion

Falling too far for the fear to embrace me
A voice from the past screaming there is no end (no)
A slave to my fate, ever doomed to repeat this
again and again and again and again (yeah, I'm)

Falling too fast, no it won't overtake me
A voice from the past echoes loud like a drum (oh, yes)
no more goodbyes, though my heart is still aching
Now open my eyes, one more time, Here I come

Reason resigned
Dark seasons' design
Spring's promise of sun is honored
When winter's weighed down on us

Visions in white
Raw fury in flight
Clear as diamond, yet fragile as ice
My heart is racing

Turn the light on
And let her in. Won't you
Turn the light on
Turn the light on
You'll never win 'less you
Turn the light on
Turn the light on
The pain won't end 'till you
Turn the light on
The soul longs for oblivion, oblivion

Falling too far for the fear to embrace me
A voice from the past screaming there is no end (no)
A slave to my fate, ever doomed to repeat this
again and again and again and again (yeah, I'm)

Falling too fast, but the fall will not break me
A voice from the past echoes loud like a drum (oh, yes)
no more goodbyes, I am tired of waiting
Now open my eyes, one last time, Here I come (yeah I come)

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There's so much raw emotion in the words!

This song is also available to purchase on the recently released Shadowbringers EP!

Next time you journey into Refulgence, you can sing along and get even more hyped to prevail!

-Ridrina
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 04, 2020 - 01:32.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Aetheryte Attuned: PAX East 2020

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, everyone!

Bayohne here, back at the office after four days of PAX East! We had a blast seeing the community and interacting with everyone that came by!

Don't worry if you weren't able to visit, because today we'll be exploring the various festivities we had on tap.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Booth
This year we had our own booth to contain all the excitement we had to showcase! The booth was packed with multiple things for attendees to do - grab some exciting giveaway items, challenge the Ruby Weapon Battle challenge, or try the New Player Experience, or participate in a photo opportunity featuring Shadowbringers weapon props (and our special guest Namazu)!

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Let's take a closer look at each of the activities.

Fun Giveaways for Attendees
This year, we gave away some warm FFXIV-themed scarves as it was still quite cold in Boston during the event! These went quickly each time they appeared during the show, but it was great to see so many people keeping warm! In addition, we gave away double-sided posters featuring the job artwork by Mogi. We also had the FFXIV-themed lanyards available for all PAX East attendees!

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Photo Op with Shadowbringers Props (and Namazu!)
This year we had an expansive backdrop featuring the Crystarium aetheryte where attendees could snap a photo with our three Shadowbringers weapon props: the Shadowbringer great sword, the Lion Heart gunblade, and Y'sthola's staff, Nightseeker.

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But that's not all! Throughout the show, a friendly Namazu would come by and visit the photo area as well (including sporting several different outfit changes).

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The Ruby Weapon Battle Challenge
The ever-popular battle challenge series continued at PAX East with the Ruby Weapon making its terrifying debut! Attendees were quick to line up and challenge the fearsome foe. Veterans and newcomers alike (with some strong guidance from staff) were able to defeat the fearsome foe and earn their rewards!

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New Player Experience
The new player experience area was back, expanded and more packed than ever! Potential new players could queue up, get a brief demo on the jobs and combat system and test their strength against Ifrit in the main scenario story mode. Winners would then receive a free copy of the FFXIV Starter Edition for PC! We hope to see you all in Eorzea soon!

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The Art of FFXIV Live Stream
Originally planned as a panel for PAX East, after we made some adjustments to our plans, we instead reconfigured the content as a live stream from the SE Japan audiences so that fans could still experience the content. Naoki Yoshida and Yusuke Mogi were joined by members of the localization team and held a nearly three-hour long stream showcasing the work that goes into creating the artwork of FFXIV by lead character concept artist Yusuke Mogi!

If you couldn't watch it live, you should check out the archived video on our Twitch channel!

Amazing Cosplay
Each event we attend, we're always floored by the amazing effort that players put into their cosplay outfits. Here are a few of the costumes we were able to grab pictures of during the show!

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That wraps up this brief look behind the scenes at PAX East 2020! We hope to see you all again soon!

- Bayohne
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Feb 28, 2020 - 09:21.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Flowers In Her Hair

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, adventurers! I'm sure everyone is busy enjoying all that Patch 5.2 has to offer right now. Perhaps you're sailing out on the Endeavor, catching up with the Qitari, or battling familiar foes in Eden's Verse!

I hope you are having fun no matter the activity, but I wanted to take a moment to preview one of FFXIV's signature seasonal events for you, Little Ladies' Day!

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Event Period   
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. (PST) to Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7:59 a.m. (PDT)

How To Participate
Head over to Ul'dah - Steps of Nald.(X:10.5 Y:18.6. The royal seneschal will be waiting for your aid!

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Reward Items
This year, you'll be able to walk away in style! The dev. team created head accessories for little ladies and seneschals alike. There are also themed housing items to get your place ready for the festivities!

Headgear - "Princess's Peach Corsage"

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Isn't this hair corsage just lovely? ✿
Best of all, it is dyeable, so you can change the flowers color to your liking and match any outfit!

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The yellow blooms compliment her hair and robe nicely, don't you think? (´▽`*) What color would you dye it?

Headgear - Seneschal's Monocle

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This monocle gives an intellectual impression♪ I think it would look great with the /spectacles emote in group pose (╭ರ_⊙ ). Both of these head pieces are rewarded upon completing the event quest!

Furthermore, you can also purchase 2 kinds of indoor furnishing items at the Seasonal Shop in Ul'Dah (X:10.4 Y:8.6)!

Eastern Stage and Little Ladies' Day Banner Furnishings

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Check out this big eastern themed stage, complimented with peach blossom flair! This would work perfectly for your next fashion show as a runway. The banners are bright and colorful and certainly have a spring feeling to them.

We look forward to the different kinds of arrangements you come up with! (*'▽')

That's all there is to show for now! If your reserves have run out since last year, you can grab more Peach Confetti and Cherry Confetti to celebrate Little Ladies' Day!

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Please look forward to the event! As always, we hope to see your screenshots and glamours on the forums and social media!❤

-Ridrina
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Feb 14, 2020 - 03:50.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Blue and Yellow, Blue and Yellow, Blue and Yellow

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings & Salutations everyone,

Okieeomi here to bring you a special Valentione's Day event update. I hope you've been able to experience all the exciting activities the event has to offer!

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, this seasonal event was segmented into two phases; the voting phase and the suspenseful result phase.

During the voting period, adventurers across Eorzea were tasked with listening to the advice each of the protégés offered to lovesick individuals. After which, they were asked to cast a vote on whom they felt most fit to assume the role of emissary of love for this year's festival!

We had hoped for a fierce clash of blue, red, and yellow, but one individual shone beyond the rest and all Worlds ended up being dyed red! Astrid received an overwhelming number of votes from her adoring fans, granting her a clear victory!

The support for Astrid was far greater than we could have ever imagined, but we'd like to thank every single adventurer who cast a vote for their beloved protégés.

But hold onto your gaelicaps, I can hear your fingertips ferociously typing from beyond the rift:
"But Okieeomie... I wanted Rodrigault to win! I wanted to see the town doused in blue!"
"Oh, Okieeomie! I voted for Bert, and I love yellow. Please let me see the yellow décor!"

With a quick /flex and a flick of the wrists, I've taken a peek at what that would've looked like and have brought the images to share with you all!

First off, let's see a World doused in blue!

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The beautiful blue cool tones give off the sense of a serene environment. Those that resonated with Rodrigault's advice to meditate and turn towards nature by focusing on themselves would have experienced this option had the votes swayed in his favor.

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During the quest, adventurers head over to the Conjurers' Guild to meet up with the client.

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While thoroughly explaining the situation to Guildmaster E-Sumi-Yan...

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Sylphie appears! The guildmaster's apprentice proceeds to give us all quite a comprehensive lecture on the importance of personal hygiene and the need for a strong fashion sense. Presumably thwarted by the young girl, Rodrigault reveals it to be all simply part of the plan, and the meditation session was never to be carried out in the first place! Rodrigault admits he would rather set the pendulum in motion and let fate carry out the rest.

I guess you could say Rodrigault really knows how to plan ahead!

Moving on, let's see what a World dressed in Yellow would've looked like!

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The color theme matches Bert's playful and hot-blooded personality. This is how things would've appeared had the vote been cast in favor at Bert's request to take up woodworking and find true love alongside your own hobbies.

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Adventurers meet up with the client at the Carpenters' Guild. He's not overly thrilled to take up the task of woodworking, but Bert eagerly manages to convince him otherwise and the requestor joins the guild.

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Upon entering, we're greeted by the guildmaster, Beatin. Astonished, Beatin asks Bert if he is joking...
Why on earth he would want the Carpenters' Guild to entertain warriors at woodworking?!

The client hesitantly tells Beatin he is quite serious about joining the guild and would like to better understand l-o-v-e when...

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Wait, I'm not sure that's what our client said...

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Gods forfend, Beatin is at it again! He's deafly misheard our client's word of "love" for "lumber"!
At the request of Beatin, the client is forced into the forest to meticulously memorize all trees types and their locations found in the Twelveswood!

"Man, woman, wood...in matters of the heart, I daresay the difference is immaterial," said Bert.

Valentione's Day is ongoing until Monday, February 17. If you haven't had a chance to obtain the glamour rewards or the new fancy chocolate fountain furnishing items, you still have some time!

And since we're on the topic of the fountain, it was actually one of the winning entries from the furnishing design contest!

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Here's the cute design that was submitted during the contest~

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The best part is that you can even dye it to match whatever type of chocolate your heart desires .

Alright then, that's all the ardor and affection we have in store for today! Until we meet again~

Okieeomi
- Community Team



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