4Gamer Updates Fans on the Alpha Test and Guildleves

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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 started.  People had trouble just being able to log into the servers.  Even if they got in, some had troubles doing anything due to lag.  …

Andriasang leaks Famitsu information

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Andriasang, a Japanese gaming blog, is reporting that the next Famitsu will feature an interview with the Final Fantasy XIV team.  Their bullet point summary, which came from another gaming blog, Game Jouhou, is as follows: The alpha test had bad tempo with insufficient explanations. They’ve made some revisions to the beta, resulting in a completely different system. It will be easier to save up Gil. You remember that amazing comparison shot showing how much better the beta looks compared …

Famitsu Developer Q/A from April 9th

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Pop quiz! 1)  What’s the name of the server Final Fantasy XIV testers are currently playing on? 2)  How are FFXIV surnames and FFXI character names related? 3)  Can players level up in FFXIV? You don’t need to be an alpha tester to know the answer to these questions although knowing some Japanese would help. It’s a little old but a few weeks Famitsu released a developer Q/A on their website.  If you don’t know the answer to these questions, …

This Week in the Magazines: Famitsu Interviews Tanaka and Komoto

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I’m back!  I’ve moved into a brand new apartment that is much nicer than my old place.  It’s also not flooded out and molding which is a plus.  Sadly, moving meant no Internet access for awhile.  I’ve been wondering about what’s been happening in the world of FFXIV and it seems like a ton of alpha news has been released through the Japanese media this week! We’ll start with Weekly Famitsu who had a chance to sit down with Final …

Alpha Test Leaks (an Op-Ed)

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If there’s one thing worse than not enough information provided to Final Fantasy XIV fans, it’s too much information provided to Final Fantasy XIV fans. In our quest for knowledge about this exciting new game, it’s easy to forget that we’re only a small part of the potential player base and that the consequences of leaked Alpha test information may have a greater impact than it first appears. Human beings erect statues to honor four main groups of people: religious …

Dengeki Games Vol. 7: Keep Your Name?!

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Surprise!  While Weekly Famitsu and Dengeki PlayStation are the two biggest sources of information we have for FFXIV when it comes to magazines, there are a few other publications out there that cover FFXIV as well.  It is rare to see additional articles so close to some major announcements, but Dengeki Games decided to give everybody a little treat. Dengeki Games is a relatively new monthly publication that started up last fall.  It runs gaming information for all platforms whether …

Famitsu Interview with Developers Okada, Sato, and Iwao

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Another day, another article.  Today’s information is also courtesy of Famitsu.  Along with the developer comments they had for the various classes, they also had a short one page interview with the three developers.  Once again, let’s take a look at what Battle Director Atsushi Okada, Planner Sei Sato, and Planner Kenichi Iwao had to say about their game. Famitsu: For starters, could you give us a basic idea of how combat works? Okada: While you can play solo as …

Famitsu (via Andriasang) Clairifies Alpha/Beta Timing (a bit)

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Perhaps not surprisingly, the release of information at VanaFest 2010 about the upcoming FFXIV beta testing has caused quite a stir in the community.  But many (including us) may have jumped the gun in proclaiming beta to be starting on March 11.  Well in a Q&A session after the event, Famitsu attempted to clarify the global confusion caused by Square Enix’s less than precise language – and here is what they were able to come up with (as translated and …

This Week in Magazines: Part 2 (Dengeki PlayStation)

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We are now just one week away from Tokyo Game Show, the biggest video game expo of the year in Japan.  A trailer will be shown in the Open Mega Theatre but we won’t know until the event starts whether it’s just an old one or not.  Japanese fans are likely to feel slighted if there isn’t anything new though so I’m hoping for at least a little something different from what has been shown at E3 or gamescom.  In …

Dengeki: Interview with Tanaka and Sundi

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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 …