Final Fantasy XIV’s latest content patch will launch later tonight, allowing for a six hour maintenance from 9PM PDT to 3AM PDT in preparation for a number of game content changes. Square Enix has been mum on what’s coming, however, citing in a recent interview at Gamescom, Yoshi-P told us that the team will be making some big changes to the mob hunt system – although exact details remain under wraps as he doesn’t want to cause even more conflict in the community before the patch launches in several hours.
Other anticipated updates include PvP adjustments, new Beast Tribe dailies and other additions to the chocobo raising system implemented in Patch 2.3. Full patch notes will be available some time tonight. We’ll be sure to update this post when they come online.
UPDATE: A private source close to Square Enix Japan has confirmed to Nova Crystallis that Kentaro Yasui has indeed left Square Enix, although exact details on when the departure took place were not shared at this time. We will be reaching out to Square Enix for an official comment.
News has surfaced today surrounding an upcoming mobile game helmed by Oriflamme, a new developer headed by Ryuji Ikeda of Dissidia Final Fantasy fame as well as other ex-Square Enix and Capcom staff. The game – titled Chaos Centurions – is an RTS written by Kenichi Iwao (World Concept Planning, Final Fantasy XIV) and Alexander O. Smith, Japanese localization guru.
The full staff list found at the end of the trailer also lists Kentaro Yasui who was the main programmer on titles such as Final Fantasy VII, VIII, Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and has been attached to the Final Fantasy Versus XIII – now Final Fantasy XV project – for years. It is unknown if Yasui is still involved there, but his inclusion at this new company alongside other ex-staff suggests he may have left Square Enix on unspecified notice.
Square Enix has been silent on the status of Final Fantasy XV for well over a year despite promises to be “more open with fans” on the game’s developments. Having skipped out on this year’s E3, it’s currently unknown when the title may surface again, although Producer Shinji Hashimoto claims that new information will be shared when the time is right.
Square Enix has released a set of new videos today detailing the various Disney worlds found within the games of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Players will be able to explore Agrabah (Aladdin), Atlantica (The Little Mermaid), Beast’s Castle (Beauty and the Beast), Port Royale (Pirates of the Caribbean), Disney Castle, Timeless River (Steambot Willie), Halloween Town (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Pride Land (The Lion King), Olympus Coliseum (Hercules), The Land of Dragons (Mulan), Space Paranoids (Tron), and 100 Acre Wood (Winne the Pooh).
For the first time ever, the Final Mix versions of both Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep will be making their way across the pond – allowing players access to secret boss battles, new weapons, abilities, mini-games and additional cutscenes that help explain the series plot. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX also contains remasters cutscenes from the original Nintendo DS game, Re:coded.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX is set to arrive for PS3 in Japan in October, and the rest of the world in December. Both Japanese Import and Western Pre-orders are now available.
The ninth round of content hits Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call this week in Japan, bringing along songs from Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIII. Samples for each track – including all previous DLC – can be heard here.
BMS Final Fantasy XI — “Melodies Errant”
BMS Final Fantasy XIII — “Nascent Requiem”
BMS Final Fantasy III — “Megalopolis Salonia”
FMS Final Fantasy IX — “Ipsen’s Castle”
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call is currently announced for release on September 16th for North America and September 19th in Europe. The game released in Japan this past April.
A new batch of Kingdom Hearts screenshots has surfaced today, providing a look at the Birth by Sleep segment of the upcoming HD collection. Tracing the story of events that take place before the original Kingdom Hearts, Birth by Sleep introduced fans to Aqua, Terra, and Ventus and their own journeys across various worlds.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is due out on December 2nd in North America and December 6th in Europe with a Japanese release on October 2nd.
It’s summer time and that means the Moonfire Faire event is returning to Eorzea next week. Square Enix has detailed the rewards and lore surrounding this festival, calling forth a variety of wares not seen since the last legs of Final Fantasy XIV 1.x.
Players who participate in the Faire, which will run from August 14th through September 8th, will be able to obtain various yukatas, swimwear tops, and fireworks. A new emote dance will also be introduced and likely tie into the event quests themselves.
More information on the event as well as a look at loot and quest locations can be found here.