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The Races of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn

29 Jan 2013 by Nightmare
Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida shared some screenshots from A Realm Reborn's beta version.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Version
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Hyur Midlander FemaleFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Hyur Highlander Female
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Elezen MaleFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Lalafell
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Miqo'te MaleFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Roegadyn Female

The closed beta will commence in February so the invites should start being sent in the upcoming weeks. It has been confirmed that all races will be playable, however not all customizations will be available. We wish you luck and hope that you will have the opportunity to participate in the beta test!
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Info on the designs of Lightning Returns

23 Jan 2013 by Nightmare
Thanks to Japan's leading gaming magazine Famitsu we have some new information on Lightning Returns to share with you. The character designer Toshiyuki Itahana who is mostly known for his work on Final Fantasy IX and Crystal Chronicles, has made some designs for Lightning Returns as well. One of these designs is the mysterious character Lumina who resembles Lightning's sister Serah in appearance. He also designed one of Lightning's outfits which consists of a purple dress, a rapier and a Barano shield.

In an interview, Tetsuya Nomura confessed that Lightning's main costume was supposed to be different. It had to be made out of leather and the arms had to look like spinal cords. The shield and sunglasses were designed by someone else.

One more thing. Remember that scene in which Lightning fights Noel? Since Lightning's task is to transfer souls to the new world, she's faced with the burden of freeing Noel's soul. Well I guess that sets it. We'll post again as soon as we have further information so stay tuned.
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Shiva comes to FFXIV's new realm

23 Jan 2013 by Nightmare
The development team of A Realm Reborn posted some screenshots of Shiva on their blog. Her model is not yet complete. In fact the skin is still set to its default colour and so it still has to be changed. Shiva's model is being constructed using a digital sculpting software called ZBrush. Check out the screenshots right below.

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Concept art of Shiva
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New information about Lightning Returns

17 Jan 2013 by Nightmare
The girl in the picture below is one of the new characters in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Her name is Lumina and she will guide Lightning throughout the game. She appears to be rather cheerful but her true motives for helping Lightning are unknown.


Lightning will have two main goals: to save the world and to find her sister Serah. Speaking of Lightning, it will be possible to change her outfit in the game. For example, there are the Dark Muse and Shadow's Dust garbs as shown below. When the Shadow's Dust garb is equipped, it will give Lightning some new abilities including one which can banish multiple foes.

Dark Muse and Shadow's Dust

Quests will also be available. As already announced, these quests will have an impact on the 13 day limit to finish the game.

Available Quests

Quest Information

An extended trailer of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is available below and in it we see Lightning fighting Noel. But why? Stay tuned for further details.

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FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Extended Trailer

07 Jan 2013 by Nightmare
Square Enix has uploaded an extended trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The trailer starts off with a tragic ending which concludes the original version of Final Fantasy XIV. However, the story does not end there. The heroes return in A Realm Reborn for a new beginning and so we get a glimpse of the new Eorzea. Version 2.0 promises new exciting adventures, more monsters to encounter and a better Final Fantasy XIV experience.

For those interested in the game, you can apply for the closed beta by visiting one of the links below:
• (Europe)
• (America)
• (Japan)
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