FFXIV Fan Festival Paris 2019: Liveblog of the opening keynote

    
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It’s four in the morning here on the East Coast. We’ve got a live stream loaded. We’ve got some big revelations to see. Yes, it’s the opening keynote of Final Fantasy XIV’s fan festival in Paris, the second one in the pre-Shadowbringers cycle, and we’re here for it! By which I mean I am here for it, watching live, and providing commentary as it happens. Because apparently when I looked into my heart, this is how I wanted to start my Saturday.

As usual when we liveblog, the updates will be in the comments; unlike when we do our annual liveblogs for another major event, this one will not have someone carefully cleaning up the summary afterwards; you’ll have to wait until later for that. Although odds are that you’re probably waiting until later anyhow, but still, let’s all dive into the comments and see what the new reveals are for Final Fantasy XIV’s third expansion!

The keynote and liveblog are now over; check out our complete summary right here!

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Toy Clown

Thanks for all the coverage, Eliot!

My wish is that the rest of the races get their faces spiffied-up like the ones the Viera are sporting! A couple of them look like existing Hyur options, but with cleaner and newer features.

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Bree Royce

Hey folks! If you missed the liveblog, good news – Eliot’s done a complete recap now for your reading pleasure. :D

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Danny Smith

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The fact that Yoko Taro is dipping his toes into Final Fantasy -after rumours last year that the higher ups want him to pull an automata with FF16 after the whole ‘jrpg as a service’ shitshow of 15 wasn’t the constant moneymaker they wanted- is pretty goddamn exciting. Its going to be interesting to see if someone like Accord shows up which will leave some confused at who that is and wondering why other people are screaming.

Personally i just want a little red truck to pull sick donuts and jumps during a boss fight while singing this:

-and hey nice of Yoshi to use fantasia and balmung to recoup that 133 million loss with bunny butts huh?

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Vincent Clark

Peeps from my FC literally lost their shit when the 24-man alliance raid was announced.

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Massively needs a new meme phrase. Instead of “elf butts” it should be “Viera butts” from now on ;-)

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BigAngry

Viera sadly-tailless butts.

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Kawaii Five-O

At least they have butts.

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Utakata

…it appears we have a competition for /Elf butts! o.O

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Kawaii Five-O

I have only one real gripe about what they revealed at the keynote.

I’m mildly annoyed that the pre-order earrings don’t grant us free teleports (or at least a discount). I mean, come on, it’s a freakin’ mini aetheryte attached to your ear!

I’m half-joking. Sort of. (I’m a miser and really wanted free teleports.)

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BigAngry

RIGHT? Especially with Kugane/Far East teleports capping at 999 gil.

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Kawaii Five-O

Yup! I have my free and favorited teleports along with housing very carefully planned to save as much as gil as possible.

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Coolit

I actually thought the same thing when the slide was shown, reduced teleport cost but sadly no.

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Toy Clown

You can actually free teleport as you move through your Grand Company and Alliances, where you can spend your seals on aetheryte tickets and sometimes get them when a squadron comes back from a task. I’ve been slowing building up my tickets for use so I don’t have to pay the 999 gold ports.

I was ecstatic when I learned about these. :)

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BigAngry

Also, I should note that the XIV Fan Festival keynote has 7 out of the top 11 trending topics in the US right now on twitter.

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Kawaii Five-O

I hadn’t intended stay up for the keynote. I had intended to watch the vod when I woke up in the morning.

Rarely am I thankful that sleep wouldn’t come. Unlike NA’s, this keynote was worth it.

I lost my shit when Yoko Taro appeared on screen and subsequently the name and theme of the 24 man alliance raid.

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BigAngry

Thanks, Eliot!

Also, I have SOME THEORIES about where the Warrior of Darkness is going in 5.0, and this trailer may have confirmed some of them.

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Kawaii Five-O

Considering that the backdrop for the Viera video appears to be the Rak’tika Greatwood (which is where everyone already suspected they inhabited), Dalmasca is pretty much confirmed to be part of the expansion.

I also still stand by my theory of us traveling west from Dalmasca to Thavnair. Radz-at-Han being the new city, and Thavnair allowing us a route into Ilsabard.

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BigAngry

I think the voice that’s doing The Calling is Alphanaud from the Warriors of Darkness’ world. I think every single Scion from the trailer is from that world, as well.

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I think the Warrior of Darkness, nee Light, will have to travel there to get the WoL’s scions back.

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Kawaii Five-O

It’s possible! That said, it’s not strange for our scions to job change. Something may happen to Matoya, and Y’shtola simply succeeds her–being her only pupil.
I do hope we aren’t going to another shard outside of instanced content. That would be a massive disappointment for me, personally. We have way to much of Hydaelyn left to explore and that would be a Warlords of Draenor scenario (to me).