Blitzball will make a comeback in Final Fantasy XIV’s Stormblood expansion By Tony Garsow on February 18, 2017 at 3:47 PM

At the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Frankfurt, Germany, director/producer Naoki Yoshida fielded questions from the press about the upcoming Stormblood expansion. Since the expansion would feature swimming and diving for the first time, would there be a chance that Blitzball cound return?

The answer: Yoshida confirmed that the team is currently planning the addition of the minigame, however, it may not look and play exactly like you remember from Final Fantasy X. He went on to say that there are a lot of challenges the team must take on to make it work. Yoshida says he believes that players grew bored quickly in the FFX version, and FFXIV’s version will include MMORPG elements. The end result might be something that’s further away from what peoples’ current image of Blitzball is.

(Note: In a previous update we cited that the minigame was being “deliberated” but we can now share the team has concrete plans to add the game. Yoshida says the team is trying to find a good balance between what people remember and something that works well within the MMORPG genre.)

Blitzball, as some of you may already know, is an underwater sport that marries soccer, rugby, and water polo. Players on a team can move the ball up and down the field using a variety of turn-based commands. Team members can level up with experience earned in matches to get better in their various positions and learn new techniques.

FFXIV has reintroduced several classic minigames in the past, including Final Fantasy VIII‘s Triple Triad and Final Fantasy VII‘s chocobo racing — all with a twist that makes them a bit different than their original counterparts.

Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood will release on June 20th (tentative) for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Mac.

Check out more of our Fan Festival coverage, including the full Stormblood opening and the keynote summary, here.

  • D.3ND

    Looking forward to it.

  • •december

    NO NO NO NO.jpg NO.jpg NO.jpg NO.jpg
    well IF they change everything about blitzball maybe…
    An updated version would be kinda cool

  • Yuntu

    Wait really? Fucking HYPE. I loved Blitzball … hope it´s not like in X-2 but how it was in X.

  • Randy Marsh

    I’m predicting a Lord of Vermillion 2.0 in situation here.

  • DairyQueen_DQ

    i love blitzball. I remember my tidus being overpowered vs kilika beast, I was able to score from my goal to their goal.

  • Codes McGodes

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this. I’ve always really liked Blitzball as a concept, but I always hated its gameplay mechanics. So playing it in an MMO setting could definitely be fun.

    Also, am I the only one that feels like FFXIV goes a little over-the-top with selling itself out to the rest of the series? I appreciate a good crossover allusion as much as the next, but I feel like the game has a bit of an identity crisis sometimes. What with the Crystal Tower, the Gold Saucer, Triple Triad, the Warring Triad, Matoya, Blitzball, the borrowed races from FFXI, all of that clashes a little bit with the amazingly unique FFXIVean world they’ve built. It’s almost like Square-Enix desperately tries to milk the rest of the series in an attempt to keep us engaged, when the game by itself is already excellent.

  • Samuel

    what about snowboard? the goat FF minigame?

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