Final Fantasy XIV TV show gets a few new details, confirms chocobos

    
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There are a number of things intrinsic to the Final Fantasy experience. Magitek. Airships. Crystals of varying importance and use. Outfits that likely give cosplayers fits. Chocobos. Most of these items are indeed going to be included in the Final Fantasy XIV live TV show that Hivemind and Sony TV is developing, which got a couple of additional details squeezed out during an interview at New York Comic Con.

The interview is with Hivemind co-founder Dinesh Shamdasani, who talked a great deal about the upcoming TV show. The series will follow a new main character to establish a connection for those unfamiliar to Final Fantasy XIV, though there will indeed be familiar faces for fans to look forward to. The story will be wholly original while still being set within the world of Eorzea, and the writers are reportedly eager to grow and expand the show as the MMORPG itself continues to grow and expand.

Speaking of writers, Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton of Winter’s Knight and The Wells Initiative are confirmed to be penning the script, and have even gotten a pilot and first season drafted. With that all said, it’s still got a long way to go: Shamdasani has stated that the show has no release year yet and is still tying down which streaming platform to release the series to. That said, the creators are close to having showrunners and are reportedly paying close attention to visual and universe details.

One of those details, of course, are chocobos. “Literally, there was no draft of the script that does not have the note, ‘More chocobos,'” says Shamdasani. “There’ll be chocobos out the wazoo.”

source: IGN

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Max Sand

The story in XIV does play out much like a series, where each expansion is like a “season”, much more so than WoW or other games, it is much more character driven and references back to previous events in a logical way, where if you skipped ARR or HW or Stormblood, there would be things that you just plain don’t understand in Shadowbringers.

I really am not a fan of anime style storytelling generally but XIV has a place in my heart. I would be excited for this, but it has the potential to go terribly wrong, so hopefully they take it seriously and do a good job.

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The City

Feel like the show will be very metro. Other than Squall & Barret, Final Fantasy characters tend to be very feminine. I will stick with DBZ.

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Louie

Yikes

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Nate Woodard

Heh. I mean, sure. Why not?! We have all kinds of things out there.

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styopa

Is there anyone who expects a FFXIV tv show to be anything but a hot mess?

I mean, I like FF14 but these things never work out.

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NeoWolf

Square is pretty strict on quality control so I don’t think it will be that bad.

I am however not entirely convinced it will translate to live-action well, but I’m happy for them to prove me wrong by knocking it out of the park lol

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vgees

Oddly enough, I’m working on a FFXIV cosplay right now and it is giving me some minor fits as I realize what is and is not possible to do with fabric!

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NeoWolf

Given the choice of FF XIV or FF VII they chose FFXIV??… that’s surprising, but I guess the Fantasy TV ball is still very much in the air still after GOT’s success so why not.

I just hope they do a good job

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Christopher Allcock

To be fair basing the series within another numbered FF would be a hard task as they are focused stories with a clear path, remember each time any of them got another element of that story added, it dilouted the core plot instead of expanding it.

FFXIV/Eorzea has enough scope and character choice to have a story without impacting the exsiting plotlines or subplots, the only other ‘worlds’ to allow this is Ivalice and FFXI/Vana’diel but that isn’t the current ‘hottness’ within Squareenix right now

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Bereman

They probably didn’t choose FF VII because they already did a non-game thing with it – Advent Children came out years ago.

It’s also an entry in the series that wouldn’t lend itself to original characters that are specific to the show, as what draws people in for VII is the cast of characters from the game itself…and since the post-game story has largely been explored, that leaves pre-game story, and that’s also been explored in other games and doesn’t leave a lot of room to tell story that hasn’t already been told.

Unless you went the original character route, which as I just mentioned isn’t going to be a big draw – people want Cloud and Aerith and Tifa when they get VII stuff, not Clarice and Alix and Trixan, the never-before-seen heroes who did random stuff in Midgard that you’ve never heard about before.

So of the two hot FF properties right now, for a TV show? FFXIV is clearly the better call. Much more open world with a ton of room to tell original stuff.

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Sorenthaz

I didn’t even know this was a thing that was happening, but guess now I’m interested.

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Mikey's Bored

the heck?