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Official Site: Final Fantasy XIV
Studio: Square Enix
Launch Date: September 30, 2010; relaunched August 27, 2013
Genre: Fantasy Hybrid Themepark
Business Model: Subscription (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4

Final Fantasy XIV updates the Stormblood site with screenshots and lore

We’ve still got a couple of months to go before Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is released, but at this point we all know what’s coming next. So why not read some lore about it beforehand? The official site for the expansion has been updated with screenshots, lore, and details about the new beast tribes, new jobs, and new regions being added to the game in both Gyr Abania and Othard.

So, for example, do you want to know where Red Mages come from? It turns out that the job was developed from the survivors of the War of the Magi from Mhach and Amdapor, unifying their black and white magics into a new order with other refugees. Curious to learn more about the Lord of the Revel, Susano, primal to the aquatic Kojin? You can read all of that on the official site, or you can take a peek down below for all of the screenshots you could want.

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Jukebox Heroes: Your top six favorite MMO music themes

After over a month of voting and counting down, we’ve arrived at the final six picks for your favorite MMORPG theme songs of all time. It’s been absolutely illuminating seeing the formation of this list and the placement of certain tracks, and I’m glad that everyone who wanted to got to participate.

Before I reveal the top six themes, here are a few honorable mentions:

  • Glitch by Vexia: “”As proof this is the ‘main theme’ since the game is closed, my soundtrack CDs have some variations of the Groddle Forest music that are titled ‘Glitch Theme (Demo),’ ‘Glitch Theme (Rook’s Woods),’ etc.”
  • EVE Online: Empyrean Age by Alex: “EVE has, like, DOZENS of theme songs. They make a new one for each expansion. It should win on variety alone. Or be in a different category. If I had to choose one, it would probably be the Empyrean Age login theme.”
  • Phantasy Star Online by Totakeke: “Boom, nothing can beat PSO’s theme. Period.”
  • City of Villains by Colonel Zechs: “Who wouldn’t like this song?”
  • SkySaga by Socontrariwise: “Just so cheerful!”

Are you ready? I know I am! Here we go!

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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward in review, part two

Here’s a fun fact: I don’t actually know how long this series of columns is going to be at this point. That shouldn’t affect your enjoyment of it, but it’s still true. I just know that I want to cover the entire expansion, top to bottom, and last week we started in by looking at the main scenario quests and story. I hate scores, so I didn’t assign it one, but it was a pretty positive evaluation, so that’s a good thing for Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion.

Unfortunately for the overall evaluation, that leaves us today diving into the side stories… which is a much less positive tale. Because some of these were just weak, some of them were mildly engaging, and several were flat-out bad. But there were a lot of them, so I can’t be too harsh to the conceptual level, even if the execution was… lacking. Severely, in some places.

So let’s start in with the part of the stories that almost everyone seems to have forgot existed.

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World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV are exchanging jokes over Twitter, and it’s awesome… and significant

It began quite innocently. A streamer asked whether he should play World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV. That would have been the end of it, except for the fact that the social media account for the former picked up on the tweet and answered the question… at which point the latter’s social media account also took it and ran with it. This set off a back-and-forth escalation between both accounts that is still going this morning; you can see the whole thing just past the break.

Obviously, it’s funny. It’s also somewhat unusual, as Blizzard in general has long held itself as rather separate from other MMO companies except when it comes time for a new expansion to incorporate some features from the Next Big Thing. Seeing the back-and-forth is unusual, and it’s also indicative of a paradigm shift wherein WoW cannot simply absorb or demolish MMOs like it used to. Or it’s just a fun Twitter thread; you be the judge.

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PSA: Get FFXIV and Heavensward for $20 from Humble Bundle

Here’s your solid deal for the day: Humble Bundle is selling both the core Final Fantasy XIV game and its first expansion, Heavensward, for a mere $19.79. Even though this is a subscription game, that price should save you some dough to spend on your second and third month of play.

Keep in mind that FFXIV’s second expansion, Stormblood, is coming out this June. If you haven’t gotten into this game yet, this would be an excellent price point for entry. The deal will expire sometime next Monday, so you have a few days to decide.

Take a look at Eliot’s Heavensward retrospective to help you make up your mind!

Source: Humble Bundle. Hat tip to Belghast!

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Global Chat: The fallout over Secret World Legends

The fallout over The Secret World’s reboot into Secret World Legends has spread far and wide over the MMO blogging community, with many expressing dismay while others signal intrigue.

“This is bad in pretty much every way that it possibly could be,” laments Superior Realities, while Through Wolfy’s Eyes said that the reboot “seems like a solution that isn’t doing a great job of communicating its intent too well, which makes me feel a tiny bit worried.” GamingSF doesn’t know if he has it in him to repeat all of the content, saying that it is “too big of an ask at the moment.” And Inventory Full calls the move “an act of desperation” on the part of the studio.

“I am also really hoping that stripped of MMO shackles that this title can truly excel,” I Has PC notes on the other hand, and Endgame Viable comments that Legends “sounds like a good thing.”

We’ve got more MMO blogger essays to share with you this week, including a requiem for Club Penguin, a judgment on SWTOR’s galactic command, and a summation of the average LOTRO player.

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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward in review, part one

I never really had a chance to explore Final Fantasy XI expansion by expansion. By the time the game launched in North America, the first expansion was already out and was bundled with the game. But Final Fantasy XIV has been worldwide since its launch, which means that I can look at the game both before and after Heavensward in something approaching real time.

Of course, it’s also difficult to evaluate expansions as they’re live, simply because you lack a certain degree of perspective. Still, Heavensward is over, and while I can’t put it in the context of the game’s overall history, I can look at it as it stands as a whole. With five major patches and a whole lot of storytelling, how was the expansion? Didi it start strong and then falter? Did it deliver what it promised? Was it fun all the way through?

The answers to those questions are complex. Fortunately, we’ve got a couple of months to examine the expansion before the next one comes out. So let’s get started with the story.

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Final Fantasy XIV makes a surprise appearance at WWE’s Wrestlemania

Professional wrestling is weird. Frequently, that means that it’s weirdly awesome, but it’s still weird. Case in point, you probably would not have expected Final Fantasy XIV to team up for cross-promotion with professional wrestling. And yet that’s exactly what happened during the most recent Wrestlemania event, with WWE’s New Day showing up in costumes inspired by the Monk, Samurai, and Red Mage jobs.

There seems to be a fair amount of crossover between the two fandoms, so it makes a certain amount of sense as a cross-promotional deal, and it’s also the sort of “what” that is at once baffling and really cool. You can check out the video down below, or you can just go on your favorite forum to use this as evidence that Monks will be able to suplex people in Stormblood. You’ll find out for sure in a couple of months.

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April Fools’ Day 2017: Hijinks across the MMOverse

If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.

For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.

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Final Fantasy XIV’s Hatching-tide offers you an egg mount in this trying time

There has never been a Hatching-tide event in Final Fantasy XIV that has not been at least a little weird. This year, however, it’s going to be a very sober and sedate affair that, completely by coincidence, awards players with a flying mount in the shape of a huge floating egg. It’s the sort of mount that will mesh really well with Stormblood and its emphasis on revolution, that’s for sure.

The event starts on Tuesday, April 4th, and runs until Monday, April 17th. That should be plenty of time for players to pick up both a flying egg mount and the latest set of Hatching-tide wallpaper for those interested. Because, really, isn’t this what the game has always needed? Egg mounts.

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Perfect Ten: More terminology the MMORPG genre needs

Many moons ago (so, a few months), I wrote a column about terminology that we need for the MMO genre. This made our Editor-in-Chief Bree extremely happy, and she informed me immediately that we would be going back to that well because it was such fertile ground for future exploration. Thus, for the past several weeks, every single time I write a Perfect Ten, she wonders if this is the one wherein I’m finally going to deliver more terminology.

The answer, this week, is yes. Partly because these are pretty easy to come up with, and partly because we have so many things we see over and over without specific names. It’s just a matter of giving these things words.

Here, then, are another ten bits of terminology we may immediately begin working into our lexicon. I’m happy to see that some of these are already becoming used, so that’s a good thing; now we’ve got a need for more. Place them in your appropriate forum signature immediately.

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Stardust adds an amusement park inside Revelation Online

If you weren’t sure before that Revelation Online’s open beta is really a soft launch, does the fact that the game is getting a massive new update convince you?

It’s called Stardust, which is adorable, and in fact I thought it might be an early April Fools’ Day joke based on the pics alone until I read the text. It’s not a joke, but it is for fun!

“This update includes the new Guild vs. Guild map Starshatter Island, the long-awaited Faerie’s Funland map, localization refinements and various gameplay enhancements. Revelation’s new Funland is an amusement park that offers leisure activities and is the magical place where players can become part of a living board game in which the tiles represent various games within the game. Roll the dice, complete the minigames and challenges and walk away with the latest rewards!”

FFXIV’s Golden Saucer, anyone? My.com is dubbing the new content as endgame content and saying it’s coming “soon.” Check out the trailer below!

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Jukebox Heroes: Your favorite MMO themes, #12-7

It’s starting to get serious now.

As we well know, people are highly opinionated about everything, but when it comes to music, there seems to be a (pardon the pun) higher pitch to the passion of those arguments. I’ve been doing an MMO music podcast for over three years now, and believe me when I say that there have been countless times when myself and my cohosts were aghast when someone hated a tune we liked and vice-versa, even though we shouldn’t have been surprised.

So as we head into the top 10 of the best MMO theme songs, as voted on by the Massively OP community, expect a lot of opinions and controversies. You may not like the picks, the order, or the comments, but hopefully one or two of these will make you happy (and there’s always room to be pleasantly surprised by a track you never heard before!). Suck it up and jump with me!

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