Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

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Final Fantasy 14’s perfect steamed bun animation puts its blocky grapes to shame

Final Fantasy XIV‘s latest Patch 6.3 “Gods Revel, Lands Tremble” features new main scenario quests, a 24-player alliance raid dungeon, amongst many other tweaks and additions to the MMO. Really, though, it should be called “Baos Split, Tummies Rumble” as players have discovered the real highlight: a bao bun animation that’ll leave your salivary glands twitching. It’s beautiful. Magnificent. Almost NSFW. Read more

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Final Fantasy XIV now lets you solo more with an NPC party

A fresh Final Fantasy XIV patch today has made the game friendlier to solo players, with the new Duty Support System letting you go through a load of main scenario duties solo with NPC party members. Oh, but that’s a tiny piece of patch 6.1, which also whams in new quests and and new items and a new housing district and new haircuts and… goodness me I’m still a little surprised when I remember how FF14 was initially so awful that Square Enix shut it down for almost a year. Read more

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Final Fantasy XIV players enter mourning as Patch 6.01 smooths out blocky grapes

Final Fantasy XIV players haven’t had it easy these last few weeks. The sheer success of its Endwalker expansion resulted in lengthy login queues and server errors. It’s become so popular that Square Enix have temporarily stopped selling the game, taking its Starter and Complete Editions off sale. All the while, some low-poly grapes stayed static in the breeze. Jagged, delicious, minding their own business. Until their blockiness was papped and thrust into the public eye. Memes ensued and the grapes became the talk of the town, so much so that they’ve been smoothed out in the latest patch, much…

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Final Fantasy XIV is so popular, Square Enix are stopping selling it

Final Fantasy XIV is suffering from success, thanks, in part, to its recently released Endwalker expansion. Despite updates to ease server errors and long queue times, players are still struggling to log into the game. So, Square Enix have only gone and done it. They’ve temporarily suspended sales of the game, as well as new registrations for the free trial version. Even adverts are being stopped for now. Read more

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Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker review in progress: a slow start but full of promise

After a crazy summer that saw Final Fantasy XIV’s playerbase expand dramatically during what was supposed to be a quiet period, it’s no surprise that anyone wanting to tuck into the new Endwalker expansion has a lot of queueing to do. But if you can stand the two hour waits and dreaded 2002 error then you’re in for a grand, if a little slow-starting, adventure. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is the final chapter in the story arc of warring gods Zodiark and Hydaelyn, and sees you trot across the globe to make new friends, fight old foes, and get some…

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Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is fixing those server errors today

The Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker expansion is out now, with plenty of bunnyboys jetting off to the moon. That is, if they’re able to login successfully. The servers have been overwhelmed since early access began last week and the thirst for furry friends in maid outfits simply won’t abate. Not only do the long login queues persist now it’s out properly, but there are plenty of errors plaguing the process which makes the wait even more frustrating. Thankfully, an update is being deployed today that should fix those server errors, increase server capacity, and make the login process a bit…

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Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is out now, adding bunnyboys (and other stuff)

After a pre-order early access period so popular it overwhelmed servers and left players in long queues, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker has now officially launched. The fourth expansion pack for Square Enix’s fantasy MMORPG continues the story with new quests, adds two new player classes, takes us to new areas to fight new enemies, and, most importantly, opens a male option for the Viera race so you can play as a bunnyboy in a maid costume. Yeah, thirst for those bunnyboys will only make the queues longer. Read more

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FFXIV: Endwalker’s early access launch is here – and already has long server queues

It’s the launch of a new MMO expansion, and you know what that means: queues. Early access to Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker expansion kicked off today and players are reporting hours-long waits, frequent errors and more while trying to join servers. In a forum post, Endwalker’s developers say that the game’s surge in popularity over the past year means that they’re expecting “a number of logins that is yet to be seen since the launch of FFXIV,” but that the global semiconductor shortage means they can’t fix the issue. Read more

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Final Fantasy 14 becomes most profitable entry in the series thanks to exceeding 24 million players

The game has a rather long tail, it seems. Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida revealed that the popular MMO has passed the 24 million player mark, making it the most profitable game in the Final Fantasy series. And with Endwalker, the next expansion, set to release very soon, that number seems poised to continue to go up. In a press briefing at a preview event for Endwalker, Yoshida showed off the steady progression of players over the game’s lifespan, starting with four million at the launch of A Realm Reborn, the reboot to the game that changed its fortunes…