Final Fantasy XIV adds David Bowie Easter egg to latest patch

    
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If you have the vaguest interest in music whatsoever, you were probably a bit heartbroken when David Bowie passed away in January. The man was a musical genius and had an enormous impact on popular culture over the course of a career spanning decades. That influence extended to the Final Fantasy XIV development team, who stuck in a nice big reference to the main in the game’s most recent patch with the second boss of The Antitower: Ziggy.

Ziggy is a spriggan riding about on a meteorite who summons several other meteorites named Stardust throughout the fight, a clear reference to David Bowie’s one-time stage persona Ziggy Stardust, the eponymous song, and Bowie’s fifth studio album (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars). It’s a small tribute, but seeing as Final Fantasy XIV makes very few real-world references with in-world names, it’s notable for its inclusion.

Source: Twinfinite; thanks to Serrenity for the tip!
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mysecretid
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mysecretid

With all respect and thanks to Final Fantasy XIV for this homage, if I had to choose a game I’d like to see enshrine the memory of David Bowie, it would have to be The Secret World.

The Muse Of Many Faces — you know FunCom could just run with this kind of NPC concept in so many interesting ways … :-)

Armsbend
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Armsbend

BryanCo Final Fantasy characters look like Bowie – not the other way around.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

BryanCo Part of the boss encounter would obviously be to spam /dance.

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

Its actually a really fun boss fight, i hope theres some hard mode of it in the future. And hell of a vista when you fight him too.

Eliot_Lefebvre
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Eliot_Lefebvre

BryanCo Look up Yoshitaka Amano’s “Return of the Thin White Duke” sketches; there’s a more than considerable overlap anyhow.

raincoat
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raincoat

exeeter These pictures are part of the “David Bowie is in every video game” project and has very little to do with the intentions of the original creators.

exeeter
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exeeter

Although this is a lighthearted comment, you should know that it’s been officially stated that river pheonix was the inspiration behind squall :p

raincoat
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raincoat
wjowski
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wjowski

If they wanted to do a tribute to David Bowie they could have just re-released FF2.

Omniel
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Omniel

“Bowie was always ahead of his time.”