31 Mar 2022

More Interviews With FFXIV’s Naoki Yoshida Drop Ahead of Patch 6.1

As we get ready for the second part of the Patch 6.1 Letter From the Producer LIVE, several Japanese media outlets published new interviews with Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida. Chief among them is another interview by Famitsu, as well as pieces from Game Watch and 4Gamer. As with the last Famitsu
27 Jun 2011

4Gamer Interview- June 2011

4Gamer recently got the chance to sit down with Naoki Yoshida, Akihiko Matsui and Mitsutoshi Gondai to talk about the changes that have been made to Final Fantasy XIV and the kinds of reactions they’ve gotten from the community on the official forums. They also talk about some of the changes coming to the battle
25 Nov 2010

New Retainer Costumes, Monsters, and More

Famitsu and 4Gamer have released a few images from Square Enix on their websites. The images are of things we can expect to see in the future, however, the articles don’t specify exactly when. Some of it could be for November or December. Some of it could be included in version updates later down the
14 Nov 2010

4Gamer.net Email Interview with Square Enix

After Square Enix posted a general outline of some of the things they hoped to include in the November and December updates, fans wrote into Japanese gaming site 4Gamer with their opinions.  Namely, why weren’t some of these issues fixed before the game was officially released?  4Gamer decided to see if Square Enix would give
18 Sep 2010

Final Fantasy XIV in 3D? Think again…

News has been floating around on the forums about a trailer for Final Fantasy XIV being shown in 3D as part of Sony’s press conference at Tokyo Game Show this week. That news hasn’t appeared on the front page because there hasn’t been any way to confirm what people were saying, that FFXIV was going
24 Jun 2010

E3 2010 FFXIV Information Compilation

Eorzeapedia wasn’t the only website attending this year’s E3 with an eye on the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV. Several other media sites were there, and they also got some hands on time with the latest build of the game as well as a chance to sit down with FFXIV Producer Hiromichi Tanaka. Now that everyone
24 Jun 2010

4Gamer E3 Interview

As always, I have a lot of appreciation for the people at 4Gamer.  Their articles feel more informative and gamer-friendly compared to the magazine powerhouses of Famitsu and Dengeki.  The interaction between their staff and FFXIV producer Hiromichi Tanaka also seems much more relaxed.  What follows is our translation of 4Gamer’s E3 interview. I highly
17 Jun 2010

HP Japan Gives Out 1000 FFXIV Beta Passes w/Purchase of New PC

Sales have started in Japan for HP’s newest summer line of desktop PCs.  In particular, today started sales for a special version of the HP Pavilion Desktop PC HPE 290jp/CT.  This bad boy is also being touted as a “Final Fantasy XIV Adventure Ready PC” despite the fact that the game isn’t even out yet. 
13 Jun 2010

4Gamer Updates Fans on the Alpha Test and Guildleves

Alpha testing continues for Final Fantasy XIV at the rate of one to three testing windows per region per week.  This week, we have 4Gamer’s take on how the alpha is progressing. The report starts with a general warning to visitors of the site.  Things in the alpha build have vastly improved from how they
18 Apr 2010

4Gamer (again) comes through with new Lalafell images

For the Lalafell lovers out there, 4Gamer has posted a host of new images for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!
17 Apr 2010

Famitsu and 4Gamer take another look at alpha build

Over the past few days Famitsu and 4Gamer released new looks at the alpha build – and since both are still there, we’ll take a look at what they discussed.  Together the articles looked at the user interface, menu items, emotes,  trading and the leveling system.  Since they overlap in a of areas we’ll look
11 Mar 2010

Detailed Class Info from Famitsu and 4Gamer

The day of the FFXIV Beta Test Site opening is upon us.  Many people are anxiously awaiting a chance to play the alpha build and test out game play.  What better time than today for Square Enix to give us more detailed information about some of the classes people will be playing around with!  Both
11 Mar 2010

A Glimpse of the new Trailer and a Familiar Face

A couple weeks ago at VanaFest, attendees were lucky enough to get a showing of the latest CG video that was teased in screen shots with the last Final Fantasy XIV site update. 4Gamer has posted several images from the trailer on their website. We also have our first look at what appears to be
10 Oct 2009

This Week in the Magazines (and more!)

Going between two languages, it is easy for things to get lost in translation. Not only that, but for Final Fantasy XIV, the sites for each region are also presented in entirely different ways. That means sometimes there can be pictures or text in one that doesn't show up in the either. At the moment, we have extensive text on the NA site about some of the beast families like Aldgoats and Antelopes. However, the Japanese site does not contain any additional text, just the pictures that were released to the Japanese media as well. For those in Japan, they have to get their information from the magazines released this weekend or one of the several gaming news websites like GAME Watch or 4gamer. Let's check out what was in the magazines that isn't on the NA site as well as what things may have been lost along the way.
22 Aug 2009

4Gamer Interview with Tanaka and Sundi (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of our coverage of 4Gamer’s interview with Hiromichi Tanaka and Sage Sundi. In it, we learn about the battle system in FFXIV and get some more hints relating to character creation. (You can find part 1 here.) How to play FFXIV People attending gamescom had the chance to try out a
22 Aug 2009

4Gamer Interview with Tanaka and Sundi (Part 1)

One thing you can count on is that the Japanese press are given access and interviews even at foreign events. It could be a big event like E3 or a small event like Fan Festival for FFXI. The next website to publish their interview with Final Fantasy XIV Producer Hiromichi Tanaka and Global Online Producer
4 Jun 2009

Japanese Media Covers Final Fantasy XIV at E3

Elmer over at ZAM has written up a summary from three popular Japanese news sources (GameWatch, 4Gamer, Famitsu) who all got the chance to sit down with Hiromichi Tanaka and Nobuaki Komoto after the Square Enix E3 press conference on Wednesday. In the information given, Tanaka mentions that initially, they wanted to add a second