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The Upcoming Final Fantasy XIV Patch Is a Love Letter to Final Fantasy VI

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Final Fantasy XIV has been on a roll with update after well-received update. And, the upcoming patch, titled Rise of a New Sun, promises to do what Final Fantasy XIV does best: further the game’s story and deliver delicious callbacks to Final Fantasy games past. This time, the name of the callback is Final Fantasy VI.

The future update, as one might expect, will provide plenty of story for Final Fantasy XIV fanatics, as well as intriguing new side quests that will tell their own tales. However, the meat of the update lies in the dungeons/bosses, PvP, and features. According to the Rise of a New Sun site, players will be able to visit the new dungeon Hells’ Lid and a hard version of The Fractal Continuum, but these are nothing compared to the callbacks featured in the trailer. The callbacks include the iconic Phantom Train that will serve as both a dungeon and a boss (sorry, but there’s no way you’re suplexing this one) and arguably the best Final Fantasy villain ever, Kefka Palazzo. How or why he’s in Final Fantasy XIV, I have no idea, but you’ve managed to pique my interest, Square Enix. Just make sure his boss fight includes the spectacular Dancing Mad remix in the trailer. Also, see if you can get Dave Wittenberg to reprise his role as Kefka.

As for PvP, players will be able to fight in the new and fanciful Crystal Tower Training Ground map. More importantly, though, Square Enix will change the PvP system in the update, which will allow players to form teams of up to six players, create their own insignias, and participate in new ranked matches. Moreover, Square Enix is making matches “shorter and more dynamic” and introducing a risk vs. reward system to certain matches with the “Light Medal” effect. In some PvP matches, players need to steal their opponents’ medals, and this new effect gives players a boost to their defenses inversely proportional to their number of medals. The fewer medals players have, the less damage they take. On paper, this effect should make matches fairer and give losing players a chance to catch up.

Rise of a New Sun also will also introduce new mounts and change game mechanics in charge of player fashion and bard performances. The patch will include several new flying mounts and let players build and pilot a submarine capable of exploring mysterious underwater locales. Players will also be able to easily customize their outfits with glamour dressers that will be found in every inn, which will tie into the upcoming fashion contests. Finally, players who picked the bard class will be able to play new instruments and tones, which should provide gamers hours of musical experimentation alone.

Of course, Square Enix has yet to reveal all of the update’s features. The Rise of a New Sun site is constantly being updated and teases the existence of “Omega: Sigmascape,” “Forbidden Land, Eureka Anemos,” and “Even Further Hildebrand Adventures,” whatever those are. With luck, we might even see more callbacks to Final Fantasy VI once the patch release on January 30th. Here’s hoping the comic relief octopus Ultros makes it into the game as a boss.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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