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16 Jun 2010
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A Look At Beta Character Creation

Earlier we had a look at the new Beta user interface. Now we can check out some screen shots of the character customization that will be available in the beta client. It looks like there will be several options that players can choose from to create their character.
16 Jun 2010
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A Look At The Beta User Interface

We had quite a lot of into on the site yesterday from E3 and no doubt we have lots of new information to put up today as well! Let’s take a look at some new screen shots showing Final Fantasy XIV in its beta form. Looking pretty good isn’t it? Lets take a closer look
16 Jun 2010
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Disecting The E3 2010 Trailer

The trailer released yesterday has quite a bit packed into its three minutes. Now that we’ve had the time to watch it and re-watch it, let’s see what kind of things we’re able to pick out of it! First and foremost we get what appears to be the first in-game footage of Gridania– one of
16 Jun 2010
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E3 Wrap-up (Day 1)

So day one (for us) of E3 is behind us – and given that the demo and interview are scheduled for tomorrow, today was something of a bonus day for us.  For those following our E3 tweets some, or most, of this might be repetitive, but here’s what we learned. Character Creation We didn’t get
10 Jun 2010
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The Twelve… revealed!

With the release of the “Mission Impossible” video, Square Enix has also, presumably intentionally, also released information on almost all of The  Twelve.  Not only do we see their icons (left), but we get full descriptions of each – complete with elemental affinities, city-state affiliations, and relationships.  So for those not willing to go frame-by-frame
29 Apr 2010
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An Analysis of Racial and Clan Distribution

Clan (Race) Votes Percentage Dunesfolk (Lalafell) 542 18% Midlanders (Hyur) 401 14% Keepers of the Moon (Miqo’te) 369 13% Seekers of the Sun (Miqo’te) 313 11% Highlanders (Hyur) 284 10% Wildwood (Elezen) 272 9% Duskwight (Elezen) 250 8% Sea Wolves (Roegadyn) 192 7% Plainsfolk (Lalafell) 178 6% Hellsguard (Roegadyn) 148 4% We’ve been running a
13 Mar 2010
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Lost (and Gained) in Translation – Abilities and Weapon Skills

It’s time for a Lost in Translation check!  We have new official information in English but it doesn’t match up with everything that is out in Japanese.  Let’s do a quick comparison of abilities and weapon skills and see what’s changed. Archer Ability Replenish: [J] Use up all of your arrows to be able to
12 Mar 2010
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User Interface Gets A Makeover

After some screen shots were released from the playable Guildleve build at Gamescom, we  jumped in and gave them an in depth analysis and even went as far as re-creating the image in English! With the release of a new image showing off the upgraded user interface, we figured it was time to do it
27 Feb 2010
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Countdown to information?

VanaFest 2010: [fergcorp_cdt_single date=”Sun, 28 Feb 2010 02:00:00 -500″] Well the good news is that VanaFest 2010 is around the corner.  The bad news is that this is VanaFest and not EorzeaFest.  As we’ve noted, it has been so long since we’ve had significant news from Square Enix – and now we’re getting a bit
12 Feb 2010
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Square Enix and Social Networks v. 2

Back in December we reported on Square Enix using Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about the upcoming release of FFXIII, and hoped that similar measures would be taken with FFXIV.  Well, we are not fully there yet, but it looks like Square Enix is embracing social media more and more as we go
11 Feb 2010
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How would you like your news? Scrambled or sunny-side up?

By my count, we had four major official site updates in 2009 (August 6, October 7, November 11 and December 23).  Not surprisingly, the largest gap between updates was earliest, where 8 weeks went by without an update.  But – this was not 8 weeks without news, as Gamescom was nestled in the middle of
23 Dec 2009
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Update on New Images

Another day another tidbit of news.  I could get used to this… First off, as we showed yesterday, there were a number of  new images leaked, one of which looked to be some additional backstory.  Well, a trusty forum member Kayne has come through for the community and translated the story. Overture It was approximately
22 Dec 2009
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Analysis of New Character Creation Images

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or asleep) for the past 8 hours,  you know that there are some new leaked images out there showing the FFXIV character creation.   So here they are: But anyone can just upload images – let’s dig at least a little deeper shall we?
15 Dec 2009
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Square Enix and Social Networks

So given our prior (and current) experience with Square Enix, we all know that getting information out of them can be difficult at times.  But SE has been making strides lately (or so it seems), and there seems to be a concerted effort to increase the developer’s visibility in the social networks.  The latest was
13 Dec 2009
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Thoughts on Distant Worlds Chicago

December 12th, 2009. On that day, the world was changed forever. Or at least that was the feeling in the room as the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and the Elmhurst College Concert Choir performed the premier of the new arrangement of Dancing Mad from Final Fantasy VI, as scenes from both FFVI and Dissidia were played
9 Oct 2009
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Analysis of (and some speculation from) the Official Website Update

Now that we have all digested the new information released by Square Enix on Wednesday, it is about time we took a look at exactly what information was released – both explicitly and implicitly.  While some implications are obviously, some might be better labeled as speculation.  Remember, while SE loves lore, they are very strict
3 Sep 2009
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Cartography 101: Eorzea

A lot of facts have been released about the land of Eorzea that we will all occupy in the near future, and while eventually we will almost certainly see some official images from Square Enix, right now the best we can do is piece together what we do know and engage in some Cartography 101. 
29 Aug 2009
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A Closer Look At Guildleves

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.
24 Aug 2009
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A Closer Look At The Alpha User Interface

Last week during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany we got our very first look at Final Fantasy XIV as Square Enix revealed a playable version of the game’s alpha build. During the event, several images were released showing off the new user interface. We’ve gone ahead and translated the images so that those of you who
16 Aug 2009
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Speculation on Guildleves, Advancement and Gameplay

While the receipt of the information that was released over the last few weeks was greatly appreciated by all, the speculation about what it all means is perhaps even more interesting.  Methusaleh, one of our community members, has come up with a theory that ties together a lot of otherwise disjointed statements made by Squre