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2 May 2010
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This Week in the Magazines: Famitsu Interviews Tanaka and Komoto

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
9 Apr 2010
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Famitsu and Dengeki Interviews Regarding Alpha

Two articles have recently surfaced in the Japanese Press over the last few days. Unfortunately our trusty translator Corinth is in the process of moving into a new apartment due to some unexpected issues regarding water. I worked a bit with Elmer from ZAM to clean up the images from the Famitsu article and as
28 Feb 2010
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Famitsu (via Andriasang) Clairifies Alpha/Beta Timing (a bit)

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
4 Feb 2010
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To start? Or not to start? That is the question.

With beta applications now 6 weeks old, the chatter is all about (for some) when Square Enix will pull the trigger on the first round of beta testing, or (for others) how Square Enix started a beta test that nobody knows about.  With this chatter comes speculation, and with speculation comes speculation about Japanese interviews
7 Oct 2009
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First Glimpse of Surnames?

The official NA website was updated today with new information.  There are also new screenshots as well.  Most of them are from the trailer we saw at Tokyo Game Show.  However, the first image of a Blacksmith and Lancer is very curious. There is a space in the middle of Azagba X’s name.  Is this
28 Sep 2009
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GAME Watch Interviews Tanaka and Komoto at TGS

A surprise interview!  GAME Watch got to spend a little bit of time with both Producer Hiromichi Tanaka and Director Nobuaki Komoto at Tokyo Game Show this past week.  The two dropped by Makuhari Messe for the interview, which was conducted in the public lobby area.  They talked about the trailer and the upcoming beta
26 Sep 2009
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Final Fantasy XIV and Tokyo Game Show

So by now you’ve realized that there really isn’t any new information about FFXIV coming out of Tokyo Game Show.  There is a lovely new trailer that directs people to sign up if they want to receive information in the future about beta testing.  This is the same newsletter people have been able to sign
21 Sep 2009
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This Week in the Magazines

Now in Tokyo!  Very tired but I can’t turn off the computer until I tell you some of the nifty things from this week in the magazines.  For example….  where does the music for the trailer come from?  Tanaka reveals the answer in the full length version of the interview done with Enterbrain’s Hamamura.  And
17 Sep 2009
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This Week in Magazines: Part 2 (Dengeki PlayStation)

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
2 Sep 2009
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Gametrailers Video Interview

Gamestrailer.com has released a two-part video interview with Tanaka and Sundi. Not a whole lot of new information here, but always nice to get some video shots of the game and Tanaka and Sundi themselves. They are able to deny some speculations and confirm that there will be no PvP nor voice chat at launch
31 Aug 2009
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VG247 Gamescom “coverage”

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
31 Aug 2009
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Famitsu WaveDVD: Hiro and Hama’s Little Chat

Last month we learned that Final Fantasy XIV would be the cover title for this month’s issue of Famitsu WaveDVD magazine.  Despite not having anything from the recent gamescom, the DVD contains over 12 minutes of footage for FFXIV.  Most of it is between Producer Hiromichi Tanaka and Enterbrain CEO Hirokazu Hamamura.  A few comments
29 Aug 2009
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Dengeki: Interview with Tanaka and Sundi

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
27 Aug 2009
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Playstation Blog Interview

Another day another Gamescom interview report.  This one is from the Playstation blog.  Not much new in this one except some hints at beta timing from Tanaka. PSB: Are you still planning a spring 2010 beta? Tanaka: We can’t really say any certain timing, because the launch is planned to release is 2010. So that
26 Aug 2009
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One Last Continue: Interview with Tanaka and Sundi

One Last Continue, an alternative gaming news site, has posted their interview with Hiromichi Tanaka and Sage Sundi.  There are some interesting tidbits not found in other interviews so make sure you visit their site and read through it. Interview highlights: The game was built for the PC first and then ported to PS3 The
24 Aug 2009
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[Op-Ed] Hands on at Gamescom: A detailed report

Hello everybody! I hardly have any new information, but I decided to give you a report of most of my Gamescom experience and go into detail when it comes to FFXIV.  I’m not a native English speaker, but I still hope you have a decent read. Grab a snack because I’m not going to skip
24 Aug 2009
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ZAM and PlayStation Blog: Interview with Tanaka

Gamescom is over but the information and interviews are still coming out. We’ve seen interviews from sites like Famitsu and 4Gamer. Dengeki has not published their interview but chances are they are leaving it for Dengeki PlayStation magazine. Now we have a joint interview done by Thayos from ZAM and Chris Morell from PlayStation Blog.  
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
23 Aug 2009
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Tanaka makes presentation at Intel booth

Final Fantasy XIV Producer Hiromichi Tanaka along with another member of Square Enix’s staff gave a presentation on FFXIV using chip-maker Intel’s presentation stage located in their booth. This isn’t the first time Intel has partnered up with SE. Back at Vanafest 2008, a large number of the ads on the screens prior to the
22 Aug 2009
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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