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Wondering About Final Fantasy Type-0? It’s Actually Agito XIII

Just a quick note for those folks who were wondering about Final Fantasy Type-0, which I talked about for a short bit a few weeks ago.

Siliconera reports that Final Fantasy Type-0 isn’t actually a new game, but rather, Final Fantasy Agito XIII sporting a new name. According to the report, Type-0 is set to become a spinoff of the Final Fantasy universe and will not be a part of the Final Fantasy XIII continuity anymore, seeing as there’s actually Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 to think about.

Final Fantasy Type-0 will be coming out in Japan this summer, and will span two UMD discs in length.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Exists, to be Released This Year

Due for release this year on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

This seems like a good incentive to finish FFXIII to me. Of course, if you hated the Final Fantasy XIII, you’d have reason to skip the sequel entirely.

What did you think of Final Fantasy XIII? Let me know in the comments, so I can debate the merits of Leona Lewis’ voice. 😀

News comes from 4gamer.net via Destructoid.


EDIT: Siliconera has an update on this. According to what appears to be 4gamer.net’s Twitter account, a trailer for FFXIII-2 will be made available on January 20.

What is Final Fantasy Type-0?

Over on Siliconera is an article about a trademark for something called Final Fantasy Type-0 (zero).

The speculation over at Siliconera is the FF Type-0 might be the prelude to some big announcement, seeing as this one has both the trademark registration and a logo, whereas Square Enix usually just registers stuff.

Anyway, I have no idea what this could be, but I’m hoping it’s not a mobile game or a prequel to the prequel of Final Fantasy VII or a sequel to XIII.

Feel free to leave your own ideas on what this could be in the comments. As for me, I’m hoping it’s a Typing of the Dead inspired RPG made by the Eidos side of Square Enix… just to make it all interesting.

Square Enix is Really Serious About Winning Customers

While more than two months have passed since the official launch of FINAL FANTASY XIV service, we deeply regret that the game has yet to achieve the level of enjoyability that FINAL FANTASY fans have come to expect from the franchise, and for this we offer our sincerest of apologies.

After thorough deliberation on how to meet those expectations, it was decided that the most viable step was to approach improvements under new leadership and with a restructured team.

To realize this vision, and in doing so, provide our customers with a better game experience, we have assembled our company’s top talent and resources. Taking over the role of producer and director is Naoki Yoshida, a passionate individual for whom customer satisfaction has always taken top priority. Not only is he one of our Group’s most accomplished and experienced members, Naoki Yoshida is also a charismatic leader possessing the skill to bring together and effectively helm a team which encompasses a wide range of responsibilities. We also welcome several new leaders handpicked from other projects to work with the existing talent on FINAL FANTASY XIV.

We realize time is of the essence and are fully determined to provide our customers with quality service. It is because of this that we ask our customers to be patient until we are able to confidently present them with a concrete plan outlining FINAL FANTASY XIV’s new direction. The free trial period will be extended until that time.

Damn, they are really serious about establishing good relations with their playerbase.

An essentially indefnite timeline for free trial extensions seems awesome, but also very worrying since heaven knows how much money is drained away by this.

Perspectives on FFXIV’s Extra Free Month

There are a couple of perspectives we can look at when it comes to Square Enix’s announcement of an extra free month coupled with further refinements to the game itself through patching.

One perspective would tell us to look at the coming free month and its associated changes as a form of promise. That is, if players promise to stick by FFXIV for another month, then it is hoped that Square Enix’s changes to the game will showcase their dedication to crafting a game that is friendlier than FFXI.

Another perspective would have us look at the overwhelmingly negative critical reception towards the game, thus seeing that this free month and its associated patches are an attempt to staunch a bleeding wound of potential lost consumers.

The truth, which is shrouded in PR-speak, is probably a mixture of the two perspectives. The director’s message and FAQ have been carefully crafted to show gratitude rather than remorse, making it seem as if Square Enix is coming from a position of strength. Square Enix’s stock has, in recent days, been slowly dropping, which may show that the confidence placed at the release of FFXIV has begun to dwindle.

As such, it would appear that the free month is a gamble the company is trying to make to maintain a strong long-term subscriber base.


Of course, this all speculation, mind you. There’s one other perspective I have yet to touch upon, and that’s the perspective of a 27-year old gamer who’s waiting for October 20 to come around as his aunt is visiting and is bringing him a copy of FFXIV. Two months of FFXIV is nothing to sneeze at, and if anything, I’m quite grateful for the opportunity to play a game that’s in a state of interesting change.

Square Enix Extends Trial Period for FFXIV Players

As my connection to the internet is kinda wonky now (random disconnects and general slowness of connection), let me just link and copy.

Square Enix Message Follows:

First of all, we would like to thank you for joining us in the realm of Eorzea, and hope you are enjoying your adventures.

Since the official launch of service on September 30, 2010, we have received a wealth of constructive feedback from the FINAL FANTASY XIV community, and the development and management teams would like to take this opportunity to express their sincerest gratitude. For those who purchased the collector’s edition and began to play one week before official service began, the month-long free play period is drawing to a close. Considering the nature of much of the feedback we received, however, and the current state of the game, we have decided to extend the free trial period for all users. Please continue reading for further details.

We would like to assure players that the world of FINAL FANTASY XIV is constantly growing and evolving, and the voices of the community are essential to that process. The development and management teams are carefully considering all player feedback, and working diligently to implement whatever changes and additions will serve to make Eorzea a better home for adventurers. We humbly ask for your continued support to this end.

Today, we have released information regarding forthcoming version updates. For further details, please view the following Lodestone Topics:
?Version Updates Coming Soon! (10/15/2010)
( http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/index.html )
?Ask the Devs! (10/15/2010)
( http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=c07a85c2f170a53057f5a39f56e6fc02b03b1184 )
?Message from the Director (10/15/2010)
( http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=f2cf790e548828eb22d3c4dff5f04bf0793632b5 )

Free Trial Extension Details

All users who registered a FINAL FANTASY XIV service account and purchased a character by October 25, 2010 will be eligible.

*Character purchases must have been carried out no later than October 25, 2010 at 23:59(PDT).
*Accounts terminated due to User Agreement infractions are ineligible for extension.
*Holders of multiple service accounts may receive extensions on all accounts.

Extension Period
An additional thirty (30) days, for a combined free trial period of sixty (60) days.

*Free trial period end dates and initial billing dates will be automatically extended. Users are not required to take any action.
*Extensions will be for a period of thirty days regardless of billing cycle length. Regular billing will begin upon conclusion of the extended free trial.
*Should automatic renewal of options be disabled, the free trial will still be extended.
*Users notified by automated mail of either the end of their free trial period or the beginning of their billing period will still receive the extension.
*Extensions will be processed by the Square Enix Account Management System on or around October 19, 2010. An official announcement will be made at that time.
*Information regarding new billing period dates will be available via the Square Enix Account Management System.

FFXIV Magic Skill Glitch Confirmed, Abusers to be Punished

I had heard a rumor about a magic skill glitch that allowed someone to boost his skill gains when using magic, but I didn’t think it was newsworthy as it wasn’t confirmed at the time. Of course, a few hours after reading about the glitch, Square Enix acknowledged it, so we should expect the historic first wave of suspensions coming in pretty soon.

Here’s the official word from Square Enix:

We have confirmed an issue where players may obtain abnormal amount of skill points by casting enhancing or healing magic to the party member. The issue is currently being addressed.

Also we would like to remind that repeating this method intentionally to obtain abnormal amount of skill point is considered as fraudulent behavior. With players who have abused this method, an investigation shall be made and their account may receive penalty including account suspension in case we determine it to be malignant. The investigation is expected to take a while until the completion. For those of you who have abused this method, please report yourself through GM Call. By reporting yourself in, GM will correct the amount of skill point and skill rank you have gained and the penalty to your account will be exempted.

If you’re wondering who would even think of abusing a glitch to get ahead… well, a name did pop up earlier on my radar, thanks to Sankaku Complex (warning: NSFW ads).

Feel free to verify Ryoko Antihaijin of the Figaro Server on the Lodestone, or see the above picture I took as an example.

EDIT: And it’s been patched, folks.

Final Fantasy XIV to have 18 Classes at Launch

Thanks to an article over on FFXIVCore, there’s now information (from Famitsu) showing that the 18 character classes that have already been announced will be the classes made available to gamers at launch.

To wit, here’s a listing of the 18 classes according to their disciplines.

Disciples of War: Archer, Gladiator, Lancer, Marauder, Pugilist

Disciples of Magic: Conjurer, Thaumaturge

Disciples of the Land: Botanist, Fisherman, Miner

Disciples of the Hand: Alchemist, Armorer, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Culinarian, Goldsmith, Tanner, Weaver

Final Fantasy XIV’s armory system allows players to start and change classes at will, simply by changing the weapons they have equipped. According to current information made available, it is possible for players to essentially use any of the 18 classes at their leisure, though the implementation of the class changing hasn’t been made publicly available (as an NDA exists for the beta testers) as of yet.

FFXIVCore notes that other classes will be added down the line, though a time frame for such additions has yet to be revealed.