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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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Despite the Honcho’s recommendation against purchasing Helldivers 2, the game still manages to break new records

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Helldivers 2 has exceeded all expectations by a wide margin. The successor to a relatively niche isometric co-op shooter on PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and PC has now become one of the most popular games globally, with Xbox executive Phil Spencer hinting at the possibility of a port of the PS Studios-published game.
The unexpected surge in popularity has caused significant server capacity issues, prompting developer Arrowhead to overhaul its code and expand the release’s infrastructure. Considering these concerns, CEO Johan Pilestedt advised fans to consider waiting before buying the game until the issues are fixed.

When replying to a Twitter user who showed interest in the game despite not having money, Pilestedt suggested, “If you’re short on cash, you can always purchase it later.” Although the game is enjoyable, it’s advisable to wait until the servers can handle the player load. As a CEO, my main goal is to ensure the game is profitable, but I would feel terrible if players spent all their money and then faced server queue issues.

This candid statement from a prominent figure in the industry has contributed to the widespread appeal of Helldivers 2 among players globally. Arrowhead, as the pioneer in Sony’s live service initiative, has made it clear that it will not implement pay-to-win mechanics. The studio believes that studios should prove themselves before monetizing their games. Music that will surely delight enthusiasts.

Despite the aforementioned suggestions, it continues to draw in more players than ever. It set a new record on Steam with 457k concurrent users, surpassing Palworld and becoming one of the top twenty largest releases in the Valve store’s history. Given the previous game’s cult status, the success of this one is truly remarkable.

 

 

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Arrowhead is looking into an auto-kick feature to address Helldivers 2 players who are going AFK

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Helldivers 2 has seen a rapid rise in popularity, presenting both opportunities and challenges for Arrowhead Game Studio. Although one could argue that the studio has produced a modern masterpiece, Helldivers 2 is still prone to persistent connection issues. Players who have shown great patience with the ongoing server issues in the game are now starting to clash, focusing on personal gain instead of uniting for the success of Super Earth.

IGN reported that players are pleading with Arrowhead to include an AFK auto-kick feature on the Helldivers subreddit. This request comes after some players confessed to remaining logged in to continue playing and bypass the unpredictable server connection process. This issue requires an urgent resolution.

@Arrowhead GS: You’re gonna need an AFK timer.
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The leader of Arrowhead, Johan Pilestedt, was informed about the problem and assured that the developers were investigating the situation. “I have already communicated this to the team,” Pilestedt confirmed. Regarding Helldivers updates, Xbox players are now petitioning Arrowhead to release the game on their platform after comments from Xbox boss Phil Spencer about the game’s exclusivity.
Are you still playing Helldivers 2? Would you risk the fate of Super Earth to fulfill your own self-serving wishes? Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to democracy in the comments section below.

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Cameron Monaghan Open to Reprising Jedi Role in Live-Action Star Wars, Under Certain Conditions

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Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi series has garnered significant acclaim from players, with Cal Kestis’ gripping journey of survival serving as a focal point. Actor Cameron Monaghan, renowned for his portrayal of Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Survivor, has expressed his openness to bringing the character to life in a live-action adaptation. However, Monaghan emphasizes that certain conditions must be met for him to consider reprising the role.

During a panel at FanExpo Vancouver 2024, Monaghan, known for his roles in Shameless and Gotham, provided insight into his perspective. While many actors would eagerly seize any opportunity to join the Star Wars universe, Monaghan’s willingness to portray Kestis in live-action hinges on the narrative significance and continuation of the character’s story. Merely appearing as a superficial presence would not align with his vision; there must be substantial meaning and relevance for Kestis within the context of the story.

As anticipation builds for a potential third installment in the Star Wars Jedi series, Respawn Entertainment’s reported development of a first-person Mandalorian game raises intriguing possibilities. Could Kestis find himself embarking on new adventures within this immersive gaming experience?

Fans are speculating and curious about the possibility of a live-action Star Wars movie starring Dominic Monaghan. Would such a project capture your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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