Square Enix has released their lineup for this years Gamescom event and it looks like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is going to play a major part at Europe’s biggest video game event of the year.
Gamescom will play host to the world first exclusive gameplay presentation of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. There will also be a signing session with Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida on Friday and Saturday.
Gamescom takes place August 15-19 so our first look at 2.0 gameplay is right around the corner! Square Enix will also be showing off Hitman, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, and a large mobile lineup. Check out the full press release after the jump.
FINAL FANTASY XIV fans the world round, the thirty-second Letter from the Producer has arrived for your viewing pleasure!
Pore over the complete letter.
On episode 3 of Aetheryte Radio we cover info released after Gamescom 2009 as well as the small amount of information released at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
More information about the Guildleve system is out, as well as new disciplines in the Armoury System! We get a look at some new monsters that adventurers will encounter in Eorzea, some looking very similar to those found in Vana’diel. Ganiman also joins us for this episode to talk a little bit about Eorzeapedia 2.0, coming soon!
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Have you seen the pictures that came out this week? Thanks to information released through Weekly Famitsu and Famitsu Online, we now have pictures of three more monsters that will feel the business end of our swords in Final Fantasy XIV. Players of FFXI are familiar with Puks and Opo-opos, despite major changes in appearance. The Antelope is a new-comer to the FF Online series.
More about the three of them later as we dig through the collection of clipped out pages scattered on my floor from Japanese magazines over the past two weeks.
VG247 released five mini-articles over the past 24 hours, each identifying one fact they gleaned from their interview with Tanaka at Gamescom (basically they published one “article” per quote). Most of the information is already known, so we’ll just highlight the facts/quotes:
- FFXIV will have a monthly subscription model (link)
- Tanaka was very pleased Nobuo Uematsu was scoring the whole FFXIV soundtrack (link)
- FFXIV will have its own “religion” and the setting will be very unique – borrowing sci-fi and medieval elements (link)
- The new leveling system is based on weapons: “by using the weapon you hold in your hand, you’ll gain skills for that class. So, if you change your weapon you’ll change your class. You can change your class even between the battles; not during the battles.” (link)
- Surnames may be added to help people retain their FFXI character names in XIV. (link)
That’s what VG247 has reported so far. Let’s hope that next time they just interview Square Enix and publish one article with all of the information – rather than try to manufacture pageviews by releasing one quote at a time. :roll:
Every MMO game has a a variety of different content. Some is aimed at beginners, while some is designed for the most experienced of players. However apart from beginning and end game content, there are some parts of the game that are designed to be used by any player, no matter what their experience level. In Final Fantasy XIV, that system is known as Guildleve.
The playable alpha build at Gamescom was designed with the purpose of showing off the Guildleve system. We got our first look at the process of participating in a leve as well as a little more information about teleports in the game.
These big game shows are a lot like Christmas. You get a bunch of really good stuff all at once but there is something of a let down after it’s all over. However, sometimes there are still little treats that come in the mail a bit late.
Once again, Dengeki has delayed the online release of their interview. They also interviewed Final Fantasy XIV Producer Hiromichi Tanaka and Global Online Producer Sage Sundi at gamescom last week and a small portion of their interview was published in yesterday’s Dengeki PlayStation. The full interview was posted on their site today and it is three pages long! It really makes you wonder how much more we’d be able to ask if we could do interviews without the need of a translator.
In general, the interview covers a lot of the things we’ve already heard from other interviews. However, there are a few specifics not mentioned elsewhere so let’s get into it!
On episode 2 of Aetheryte Radio we cover Gamescom 2009!
We talk about the playable alpha build of Final Fantasy XIV at the show, discuss the new action battle system and what we currently know about the Guildleve system.
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