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As a self-professed Final Fantasy fan, Erren created Nova Crystallis in 2009 as a place to collect the latest information on her favorite series. As owner and Editor-in-Chief, she also spends her time writing for RPG Site as Senior US Editor.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.5 out now; adds new main scenario, dungeons, alliance raid and more


Final Fantasy XIV‘s latest major content update is here with the arrival of Patch 3.5. The new patch brings with it a wealth of additions including the continuation of the main scenario, new sidequests, high-end dungeons, an alliance raid and more.

Today’s release marks the first part of Patch 3.5 with the second part due out in March to wrap up Heavensward as we ready for the game’s next expansion, Stormblood. Here’s a look at what you can expect:

  • Main Scenario Quests: With the threat of the Warriors of Darkness vanquished, the Scions of the Seventh Dawn set their feet upon fate’s path and gaze upon distant horizons.
  • New Alliance Raid: The hunt for Diablos continues in Dun Scaith, the latest 24-man raid and follow up to The Weeping City of Mhach. Players will venture to this island created by Mhachi sorcerers, now transformed into a haven for voidsent, with the hopes of vanquishing this powerful foe.
  • Containment Bay Z1T9: Adventurers will be able to confront Zurvan, the Demon—the final pillar of the Warring Triad—in both normal and extreme difficulties.
  • New High-Level Dungeons: Two new dungeons have been added for adventurers to challenge. Heroes can scale the towering Baelsar’s Wall that separates the Garlean-controlled Ala Mhigo from the rest of Eorzea, and also revisit the sacred grounds of the dragons in Sohm Al (Hard), now in disarray following the defeat of Nidhogg.
  • New Side Quests: Hildibrand—agent of enquiry, inspector extraordinaire—returns for further adventures as he clashes with the Grand Sers to rescue the young Gigi. Additionally, new mysteries confront the students of Saint Endalim’s Scholasticate—players must work with Inspector Briardien to uncover the culprit behind chaos that plagues the student body.
  • Garo Collaboration and PvP Updates: New PvP gear and mounts, modeled after character designs from the hit Japanese TV series Garo, will make their debut. Furthermore, new changes to PvP gameplay will allow players to duel opponents with synced item levels, as well as participate in the massive Frontline battles without being restricted to their Grand Company’s allegiance.
  • Party Finder Updates: Adventurers will now be able to join forces with adventurers from other Worlds to take down the foes of Eorzea® using the expanded Party Finder. Additionally, the system will allow players to create parties which their friends can join using a special password.
  • Egi Glamours: Through completion of a new quest, summoners will now be able to change the appearance of their egi through a special text command. This initial update includes Emerald, Topaz, and Ruby Carbuncle models as glamour options, with more scheduled for future patches.

Additionally, players can enjoy numerous updates to housing – including new housing exteriors, additions to the aquarium, and a number of new paintings to add that special touch to any room. Finally, new hairstyles, minions, emotes, and mounts will add even more to the ever-growing realm of Eorzea.

Fore more on Patch 3.5, you can check out the full patch notes release here.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Europe sells out


Tickets sales for Final Fantasy XIV‘s Fan Festival in Europe have officialy sold out, Square Enix announced today. The final Fan Festival event is set to take place in Frankfurt, Germany from February 18 through February 19.

In October last year, producer/director Naoki Yoshida kicked off festivities in Las Vegas with the unveiling of the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion – Stormblood. Then in December, fans in Japan got a taste of the new Red Mage job along with the ability to swim, the next high end raid and other exciting features. Also announced was that Nobuo Uematsu would return to compose the main theme for Stormblood.

With the European Fan Festival on the horizon, fans can expect even more announcements as we near the expansion’s tentative release date of June 20. During the event attendees can take part in game challenges, developer panels, concerts and of course exclusive merchandise. For more information on Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival, head here.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is due out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Mac on June 20, 2017. Pre-orders for the game go live on January 24.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood pre-order announcement broadcast set for January 20


Square Enix is preparing a special broadcast set for January 20 featuring Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. Starting at 7AM EST (4AM PST), fans can tune in for a detailed look at the Collector’s Edition and other pre-order bonuses.

Pre-orders for the Stormblood Collector’s Edition go on sale starting January 24. The team will also cover various points to keep in mind when pre-ordering so be sure to check it out.

To recap: the Collector’s Edition will include the game, special packaging featuring Yoshitaka Amano artwork, a high quality figure of Zenos – Stormblood‘s main antagonist, an artbook, a cloth map of Eorzea and an original decal.

A digital CE will also be available and include an exclusive Syldra mount, a Bartz (FFV) minion and a Chicken Knife weapon for Red Mage.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is due out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Mac on June 20, 2017.

Via: The Lodestone.

Yoshida wants to go all out for Final Fantasy XIV’s collaboration with FFXV


Final Fantasy XIV is no stranger to collaborating with other games – especially those nestled within the Final Fantasy series itself. Since the launch of A Realm Reborn fans have enjoyed events featuring Final Fantasy XI, XIII, and items from throughout the mainline series. So what about Final Fantasy XV?

Speaking with 4Gamer (via Gamer Escape), producer/director Naoki Yoshida shared a few words on how such a collaboration could work out.

“The development team had a rough time developing the game,” said Yoshida. “To that extent that they had to delay it. So I don’t really think it’s smart to barge in with a collaboration all of a sudden.

“Besides, when we do collaborations in FFXIV, we really do big events. We can put in Noctis’ costume in the game anytime, but if we were to do a collaboration, I think it would be best if we did a big one. And to do that, the planners have to play the game thoroughly to get the grasp of the characters, their habits, the scenario, and so on.”

With Final Fantasy XV‘s downloadable content on the way and the game having just released, Yoshida notes that now would be the best time to do a collaboration with the game – but he isn’t really considering it in that way. “It wouldn’t be fun if the characters don’t visit Eorzea in some way or the other like Lightning did. When we do the collaboration, we will go all out.”

Here’s what Dragon Quest Heroes I•II looks like on Nintendo Switch


Square Enix has shared a new video detailing Dragon Quest Heroes I•II for Nintendo Switch, due out in Japan on March 3. Priced at 8,800 yen, this bundle includes both Dragon Quest Heroes games which saw a release on PlayStation platforms in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The Switch version will include a few extras, including playable Ragnar McRyan from Dragon Quest IV, all of the downloadable content from the original versions and improved gameplay controls.

Catch the full trailer below.

I am Setsuna announced for Nintendo Switch


I am Setsuna is making its way to Nintendo Switch, Square Enix revealed today. The Tokyo RPG Factory title will be available in Japan on March 3 alongside the Switch hardware launch.

I am Setsuna originally saw its release last year on PC, PlayStation Vita (Japan only) and PlayStation 4. For more on the game, be sure to check out our full review and catch the Switch reveal trailer below.