The Latest News and Announcements for October 2023

FFXIV 6.51 update brings Fall Guys, new endgame dungeons, and PvP map
By: Jeff de Leon on October 31, 2023

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The Final Fantasy XIV Growing Light 6.51 update is live, and while it lacks any PvE job balancing, it’s got some sweet new content players can dive into if that bucket of Halloween candy isn’t enough. Most notably, 6.51 begins the Fall Guys collaboration in the Gold Saucer. This is a limited-time event featuring Fall Guys-style battle royal obstacle courses in a mode called Blunderville. Take on 24 other players over three stages to be the last one standing. The longer you last, the more Manderville Gold Saucer Fame (MGF) you earn that can be exchanged for exclusive event items. Reach the final stage crown first and reap the biggest rewards! Speak to Lewena in the Gold Saucer with a charact...
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Final Fantasy XIV + Fall Guys collaboration coming October 31
By: Jeff de Leon on October 26, 2023

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More information has been released about the Final Fantasy XIV collaboration with Fall Guys coming October 31 in the 6.51 update. The fun begins with any character that’s level 15 or higher heading to the Gold Saucer and speaking to Lewena (coordinates X:4.8 Y:6.1) to nab the quest “Just Crowning Around.” Once unlocked, players can then participate in Blunderville shows to earn Manderville Gold Saucer Fame (MGF), the event’s special in-game currency. Blunderville shows are where all the action happens. On colorful and chaotic maps that mix the insanity of Fall Guys obstacle courses with some Final Fantasy XIV aesthetics and mechanics, 24 players compete to reach the crown at the end of the r...
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October Site Update Announcement
By: Matthew on October 26, 2023

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Hello everyone, I wanted to update you on what work has been going on here at Final Fantasy Info.com over the past 2 months. While it might not look like we have been working much I can assure you we have been working diligently behind the scenes improving the site and gathering more information about the games for you. The first thing I would like to do is introduce a new team member here at Final Fantasy Info.com, Jeff de Leon. You might have noticed that starting back in October the quality of our news reporting significantly improved and that is thanks to Jeff, who has joined our team as our news writer. Jeff is also working on writing up other content for the site as well. We are now ab...
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Final Fantasy XVI earns 3 big Golden Joystick Award nominations
By: Jeff de Leon on October 25, 2023

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The Golden Joystick Awards just released their final 2023 shortlists for three of their biggest awards, and Final Fantasy XVI has earned nods in all three categories, including Ultimate Game of the Year. The other nominations include Ralph Ineson earning a Best Supporting Performer nomination for his portrayal of Cid. And Ben Starr joins an elite list of Best Lead Performer nominees for his performance as Clive. Voting for these categories is now live, and fans have until October 30 to cast their ballots. Be sure to vote for Final Fantasy XVI before the deadline if you got swept away in the rich stories and characters of Valisthea just as we did! The winners will be revealed during the Golde...
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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Chocobo Racing and other minigames at Thailand Game Show
By: Jeff de Leon on October 25, 2023

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth made an exciting appearance at the Thailand Game Show. While what was shown was mostly game features we’ve already seen, the nine-minute gameplay video posted by P4GTeam on YouTube did show a bit more of Rebirth’s Gold Saucer minigames, including Chocobo Racing and G-Bike. In 2024, Chocobo Racing will be looking a lot more like Mario Kart than the short, obstacle-free tracks of the original Final Fantasy VII. In just about 15 seconds of revealed gameplay, Rebirth’s updated Chocobo Racing has players using speed boost pads, gliding through the air, and drift boosting. The short clip also shows Cloud collecting speed and dash items throughout the track.   Catchi...
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Biggest Dawntrail announcements from Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest 2023 London
By: Jeff de Leon on October 23, 2023

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The future of Final Fantasy XIV is looking bright as lots of new details were dropped during the keynote address at Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest in London over the weekend. Dressed in a special cosplay, game director and producer, Yoshi-P, revealed a new extended trailer of the upcoming Dawntrail expansion along with other exciting details about content coming before and after the anticipated 7.0 update. Here’s a breakdown of some of the major announcements revealed during the keynote. Viper is revealed as one of the two new jobs. Viper will be the newest melee DPS and is a Final Fantasy XIV original job. This action-packed job wields dual blades that connect into a long, single blade, and, for...
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All Saints’ Wake Halloween event is coming to FFXIV
By: Jeff de Leon on October 20, 2023

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The Final Fantasy XIV annual Halloween event is coming Friday, October 27, and will run till Monday, November 13, 2023. Dubbed All Saints’ Wake, this returning seasonal event will begin in Old Gridania and includes all-new quests featuring suspicious Halloween decorations. Completing the questline will net players the All Saints’ Charm emote and some spooky decor in the form of Wall-Mounted Vampire Bats. Find out more details on The Lodestone. Event items: All Saints' Charm emote and Wall-Mounted Vampire Bats ...
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FFXIV’s Yoshi-P receives Lifetime Achievement Award at BGS 2023
By: Jeff de Leon on October 20, 2023

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Beloved Final Fantasy XIV director and producer, Naoki Yoshida, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Brasil Game Show. Best known among the Final Fantasy community as Yoshi-P, this honor acknowledges his incredible contributions to the gaming industry and the RPG genre. Looking at Yoshida’s resume of accomplishments, it’s easy to see why he’d be a shoo-in for an award whose past winners include industry legends like Hideo Kojima and God of War’s Cory Barlog. The story of how Yoshida transformed Final Fantasy XIV from instant disaster to one of Square Enix’s most successful and profitable games is well-documented. It’s an industry parable. Proof that, with the right leadersh...
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Get Chocobo Aerith in the Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Halloween event!
By: Jeff de Leon on October 19, 2023

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Pumpkin Fest: Where Darkness Gathers, is the Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Halloween event that starts today at 7:00 PM PDT. Monsters have invaded the costume festival! Save the day by completing new, seasonal story quests and earn Halloween-themed items that can be exchanged for special rewards. Special rewards like the Aerith’s Chocobo Staff. ...
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War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius coming to Tokyo stage
By: Jeff de Leon on October 19, 2023

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Square Enix has announced a play adaptation of War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, their popular, Final Fantasy Tactics-inspired mobile game released globally in 2020. Headed to Hulic Hall Tokyo and running from February 23 to March 3, 2024, presale tickets for this unique mashup of video games and modern stage are available now. If you’re in Tokyo during the production period, ticket prices range from 8,800 yen for back block seats to 13,500 yen for front block seats. If you’re willing to splurge for premium presale seating, you’ll also get some special merchandise, including a smartphone stand with branding from the game and a postcard of the cast. Acrylic smartphone stan...
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The FFXI Harvest Festival begins on October 23
By: Jeff de Leon on October 17, 2023

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Final Fantasy XI’s annual Halloween celebration is coming! Running from October 23 to November 6, this year’s Harvest Festival features costume contests and other seasonal events for special items and prizes. For costume lovers, you can speak to an Ensamble Maven at any festival ground to have your costume or outfit judged and receive a Botulus Suit just for participating. Those whose outfits earn high marks will also win special prize equipment, so be sure to come dressed to impress. Speak to the Ensemble Maven and receive a Botulus Suit. There are also some suspicious bomb decorations to enjoy, the return of the Wake of the Lillies, a pumpkin scavenger hunt where you can win a Cait Sith ...
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New alliance raid Easter egg punishes flirtatious FFXIV players
By: Jeff de Leon on October 16, 2023

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You’ll rue the day you made a move on the god Llymlaen in the third and final Myths of the Realm alliance raid, Thaleia. Players have discovered that using the /blowkiss emote on the realm’s watcher of the seas and goddess of navigation during combat will get you a special voice line along with massive damage that leaves you stunned. The key is to use the emote on the targeted boss while she’s not casting. Get the timing right and players will be smitten with “Navigator’s Dagger,” an attack that stuns instantly and brings the target down to 1 HP. “Navigator’s Dagger” has been discovered to be a Final Fantasy XIV fishing lore reference. The attack shares the name of a big fish whose capture i...
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Matt Mercer is Vincent Valentine in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
By: Jeff de Leon on October 14, 2023

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Matt Mercer, prolific voice actor and dungeon master dynamo, has confirmed that he is the English voice actor for Vincent Valentine in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Rebirth! He made the announcement at the start of the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth panel at New York Comic Con 2023. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth panel at NYCC 2023 Mercer is a mainstay in the gaming industry, having lent his acting talent to some of the biggest games in the modern era. With the actor behind Cole Cassidy in Overwatch and Minsc in the recently released Baldur’s Gate III confirming he’s joining the already-outstanding English voice cast of Rebirth, sleuthy Final Fantasy fans can celebrate feeling vindicated. Many in t...
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Final Fantasy XIV celebrates A Realm Reborn 10th anniversary with Ul’dah diorama
By: Jeff de Leon on October 13, 2023

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It’s the 10th anniversary of A Realm Reborn! To celebrate, the Final Fantasy XIV team revealed a massive diorama of the desert metropolis, Ul’dah. This mind-boggling 1/180-scale recreation of one of the game’s biggest and most bustling cities is packed with intricate details. Photos show they included everything from the famous curving steps and their busy markets to the central citadel that proudly overlooks the city. The city’s little windows even illuminate to recreate Ul’dah’s vibrant nightlife! Photo copyright of Square Enix Some players may remember Ul’dah as the city that began their Final Fantasy XIV adventure. It’s a central hub for all players, given it’s home to numerous shops, ...
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Aerith’s Prism Rod and Matt’s Killer Hornet added to Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
By: Jeff de Leon on October 10, 2023

Aerith’s Prism Rod and Matt’s Killer Hornet added to Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis Headline Image

New Stamp Card Gear has been added for Aerith and Matt in Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis! The Prism Rod and Killer Hornet R. Abilities. The Prism Rod is a beautiful addition to Aerith’s Ever Crisis wardrobe that transforms her into a hard-hitting magic DPS. With the C. Ability, Raging Sphere, dealing severe wind damage to single targets and ability boosts in magic attack and wind damage, the Prism Rod is perfect for wind mage Aerith builds if you’re looking to switch up her traditional healer role. Meanwhile, Killer Hornet boosts Matt’s HP and physical attack, making him tankier with even more formidable damage output. While nothing regarding future events or dungeons has been confirmed by...
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Final Fantasy titles nominated for 2023 Golden Joystick Awards
By: Jeff de Leon on October 5, 2023

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Several Final Fantasy titles have made the shortlists for the Golden Joystick Awards in 2023 and you will have until October 20 to cast your ballots. In the running is the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV for Best Community. This year’s Final Fantasy XVI has gotten a well-deserved nod for PlayStation Game of the Year. And, last but not least, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is competing for Most Wanted Game. Don’t forget to vote! The winners will be revealed during the Golden Joystick Awards ceremony on November 10, 2023....
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Square Enix confirms Caith Sith pronunciation
By: Jeff de Leon on October 4, 2023

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Given the original game featured no voice acting, the name of everyone’s favorite crown-wearing tuxedo cat was open to interpretation. While some pronounce Caith Sith as the name appears, “Kate Sihth,” others say it as it would be traditionally pronounced based on the name’s Gaelic origin, “Ket Shee.” The Caith Sith debate was resparked following a recent push of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth news. Following Caith Sith’s surprise cameo appearance in Final Fantasy VII Remake, the feline’s increased role in the upcoming sequel has poured fuel onto a fire that wasn’t put out, just laid dormant over the last few decades. And even with Square Enix surprisingly chiming in with their official stance, s...
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Board Game Coming in 2024
By: Jeff de Leon on October 3, 2023

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If you haven’t heard, Cloud and the gang are taking over your tabletop next spring in the Final Fantasy VII Remake Board Game Materia Hunter. Yup, that’s the whole name. This special adaptation will have you playing head-to-head matches with two (one vs. one) or four (two vs. two) players, with each side vying to collect the most materia. How exactly you go about doing that, along with the game’s other official rules, hasn’t been released, but we do know you’ll get plenty of time with the cast. It’ll feature 20 characters from the beloved game, including Aerith, Tifa, Sephiroth, Yuffie, and many more; so, if you’ve been looking to spend more time with your favorite flower girl before Final F...
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Final Fantasy XIV Growing Light Patch Notes
By: Jeff de Leon on October 2, 2023

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Final Fantasy XIV’s Growing Light patch notes were released today, giving us a clear look at all the new adventures we can dive into in the upcoming 6.5 patch. Growing Light will be a two-part content drop that marks the beginning of the end of the Endwalker storyline. The patch notes detail the first half of Growing Light, 6.5, which includes new main scenario quests and an all-new dungeon and trial. While we won’t know the specifics of the story until we play it ourselves, official screenshots provided by Square Enix reveal the exciting return of Ryne! The 6.5 patch will also be giving players the third and final installment of the Myths of the Realms alliance raid series, Thaleia. There’s...
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