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Final Fantasy XIV - 17 days ago

Naoki Yoshida's studio's new project confirmed as a large scale game for next gen

Following Square Enix's recent restructure of their internal Japanese game development studios they have updated their recruitment page for a new project from Naoki Yoshida's division. This new project was revealed through the recruitmen...

Final Fantasy XIV - 27 days ago

FFXIV Patch 4.56 A Requiem for Heroes Part 2 arrives March 26, XV event arrives April 16

The Final Fantasy XIV team have announced that Patch 4.56 - A Requiem for Heroes - Part 2 is scheduled to be released on March 26. It will bring the conclusion to the main storyline of Stormblood as well as further Hildibrand Adventures ...

Final Fantasy Record Keeper - 1 month ago

Record Keeper's global version celebrates 4 years, Kitase teases another Mobius event

The fourth anniversary of the global version of Final Fantasy Record Keeper is approaching and Square Enix has launched a special website for the milestone. It features a Record Chronology recapping key events from the past 4 years, a ca...


Final Fantasy XIV - 2 months ago

Naoki Yoshida talks about how Final Fantasy XIV's Nier: Automata event came to be

Following the surprise announcement of the Nier: Automata Alliance Raid coming to Final Fantasy XIV, producer/director Naoki Yoshida revealed how it came to be in an interview with Famitsu. In this Yoshida confirms Nier series director Y...

Final Fantasy XIV - 3 months ago

Final Fantasy XV comes to Final Fantasy XIV in mid April

Square Enix has finally given a first look at the Final Fantasy XV event coming to Final Fantasy XIV along with revealing that it will be launched in mid April 2019. The collaboration event will see Final Fantasy XV's Noctis Lucis Caelum...

Final Fantasy XIV - 3 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers launches July 2, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV producer/director Naoki Yoshida has announced during his keynote address at Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest 2019 in Paris, France that the next expansion for the MMO will launch on July 2, 2019. Those who pre-order Final Fan...

Final Fantasy XIV - 3 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV team conclude their look back with Part 3: Stormblood

Square Enix has released Part 3 of A Look Back at Five Years of Final Fantasy XIV with key members of the Final Fantasy XIV team in English via the Final Fantasy Portal Site. This third and final part focuses on the game's 2nd expansion Stormblood. They talk about its origins...

Final Fantasy XIV - 4 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV team continue their look back with Part 2: Heavensward

Square Enix has released Part 2 of the A Look Back at Five Years of Final Fantasy XIV with key members of the Final Fantasy XIV team in English via the Final Fantasy Portal Site. This part focuses on the game's first expansion, Heavensward and how they developed it alongside patches...

Final Fantasy XIV - 4 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 4.5 - A Requiem for Heroes Part 1 arrives January 8

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV Patch 4.5 - A Requiem for Heroes's first part will be released on January 8, 2019. Part 2 is scheduled for late March 2019. You can check out a new trailer for it below. ...


Final Fantasy XIV - 5 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV team look back at five years of the title with Part 1: A Realm Reborn

With Final Fantasy XIV celebrating its 5th anniversary earlier this year since its relaunch in 2013, core members of the Final Fantasy XIV team have discussed the development of the game since the decision to remake it. This includes producer/director Naoki Yoshida, sound director Masayoshi Soken, development supervisors Hiroshi Takai and...

Final Fantasy XIV - 5 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers coming early Summer 2019

Final Fantasy XIV producer/director Naoki Yoshida has announced at Fan Fest 2018 that the third expansion for the MMO will be titled Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers and will launch in early Summer 2019. This expansion will bring a new player race, multiple new jobs, an increased level cap, new areas,...

Final Fantasy XIV - 8 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV surpasses 14 million total players as the game celebrates its 5th anniversary

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV has surpassed 14 million total players worldwide as it celebrates its 5th anniversary since its relaunch in 2013. Producer/director Naoki Yoshida has shared a message in response to this which you can read below. Although the original FINAL FANTASY XIV failed to meet expectations,...


Final Fantasy XIV - 9 months ago

Naoki Yoshida shares message ahead of A Realm Reborn's 5th anniversary

Ahead of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's 5th anniversary, producer/director Naoki Yoshida has shared a message via the Final Fantasy XIV 5th anniversary website. You can check it out below. It's been five years since A Realm Reborn launched on August 27, 2013, and almost eight years since I started working...

Final Fantasy XIV - 10 months ago

Former SOE president reveals likely reason FFXIV won't release on Xbox One or Switch

Ever since Final Fantasy XIV re-launched in 2013, the Final Fantasy XIV team led by producer/director Naoki Yoshida have always wanted to release their game on other consoles, beginning with Xbox 360, Xbox One and most recently Nintendo Switch. Back then, it was actually Microsoft's fault it was not available on...

Final Fantasy XIV - 10 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter: World collaboration event revealed

The Final Fantasy series for the first time in years has almost nothing going on at E3 this year, but a collaboration event between Final Fantasy XIV and Capcom's Monster Hunter: World was announced however. Announced during Square Enix's E3 2018 Showcase, the “King of the Skies,” Rathalos, from Monster Hunter:...


Final Fantasy XIV - 11 months ago

Yoshida and Keita Amemiya discuss the monsters in Final Fantasy XIV's Ivalice content

In a video interview with IGN, Final Fantasy XIV producer/director Naoki Yoshida and guest creator Keita Amemiya discuss the monsters in Final Fantasy XIV's Ivalice content. Amemiya discusses the challenges of balancing what parts to keep and add in the monsters and how he hopes Yoshida and the Final Fantasy XIV...

Final Fantasy XIV - 11 months ago

Yoshida and Matsuno discuss Ivalice in FFXIV and their admiration of each others games

In a video interview with IGN, Final Fantasy XIV producer/director Naoki Yoshida and guest creator Yasumi Matsuno discuss Ivalice in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 and their admiration of each other and each other's games. Matsuno also discusses how working on this project was different to others and...

Final Fantasy XI - 1 year ago

Yoshida provides update on Final Fantasy XI Mobile

Naoki Yoshida is the head of Square Enix Business Division 5, who are responsible for Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XI so Darryl also asked him about the long in development mobile version of Final Fantasy XI. Darryl: Final Fantasy XI also sits within your Business Division and despite the...