Episode 200 – Press On!

In our 200th episode, Klauss and Seyrr discuss the fallout from the Square Enix Investors meeting held in May, including the weaker than expected sales of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Final Fantasy XVI and their 3-year restructuring plan which includes a number of layoffs in the NA and EU sectors. The pair then delve into the 3rd disc from the Final Fantasy XVI Soundtrack. We hope you enjoy!

Show notes:
Square Enix changes name of Creative Business Unit III, Yoshi-P’s job title – by Daniel Bueno: https://www.siliconera.com/creative-business-unit-iii-name-and-naoki-yoshida-job-title-changed/
SE President bemoans weak Final Fantasy sales – by Rich Stanton: https://www.pcgamer.com/games/rpg/square-enix-president-bemoans-weak-final-fantasy-sales-and-says-his-restructure-is-existential-our-winning-formula-is-no-longer-effective/
SE announces “Aggressive” shift in multiplatform strategy – by Wesley LeBlanc: https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/05/13/square-enix-will-aggressively-pursue-multiplatform-strategy-in-company-reboot
SE confirms layoffs are part of the restructuring plan – by Andy Robinson: https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/square-enix-confirms-us-eu-layoffs-as-part-of-restructuring/
Final Fantasy VII Remake team wants to give players more freedom and new gameplay in series finale – by Ayuo Kawase: https://automaton-media.com/en/news/final-fantasy-7-remake-team-wants-to-give-players-more-freedom-and-new-gameplay-in-the-trilogys-final-part/
Leaker reports FFIX Remake currently in Development – by Lance Gose: https://gamerant.com/final-fantasy-9-remake-in-development-leak/
Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack, Disc 3: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XVI_Original_Soundtrack#Disc_Three_(1:13:44)

Episode 198 – A Land of Eikons

This week, Seyrr and Klauss delve into the first disc of the Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack along with all the news happening in the Final Fanatsy world. Enjoy!

Show Notes
FFVII Remake part 3 “Off to the races” according to director, who also wants to be “Done with this marathon of projects” – by Hope Bellingham: https://www.gamesradar.com/final-fantasy-7-remake-part-3-is-off-to-the-races-already-according-to-its-director-who-also-wants-to-be-done-with-this-absolute-marathon-of-projects/
Nobuo Uematsu would be honored to make the main theme for the FFVII Remake Trilogy finale – by Isaiah Colbert: https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-composer-nobuo-uematsu-would-be-honored-to-return-for-remake-trilogy-finale
FFVII Director promoted to SE Executive Staff – by Wesley LeBlanc: https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/04/03/final-fantasy-vii-rebirths-director-has-been-promoted-to-square-enixs-executive
The Struggles of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth – by Christian Angeles: https://www.comicsbeat.com/the-struggles-with-final-fantasy-7-rebirth/
FFXIV x FFXVI Crossover is live, features Clive’s outfit, and best boy minion and mount – by Wesley LeBlanc: https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/04/03/the-final-fantasy-xiv-and-xvi-crossover-event-is-live-and-features-new-storyline
FFXIV Xbox players getting banned for recruiting for their Free Companies – by Kenneth Shepard: https://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-14-xbox-ban-free-company-recruitment-1851378576
FFXVI’s April update will fix the game’s most annoying flaw – by Lee Brady: https://www.truetrophies.com/news/final-fantasy-xvi-free-update-april-2024
Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack Disc 1: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XVI_Original_Soundtrack#Disc_One_(1:01:25)

Episode 197 – Rebirth in the Other World

In this episode, Klauss and Seyrr discuss recent news in and adjacent to the world of Final Fantasy, including the passing of Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball and how FFXIV players have held vigils to honor Toriyama’s legacy in-game, the upcoming FFXIV 14-hour broadcast, the Xbox Series X/S version’s release date, Little Ladies’ Day and Hatching-tide, and how FFXIV and FFXVI will be at PAX East. Enjoy!

Show Notes
Famous Manga author Akira Toriyama passed away at age 68 – by Thao Nguyen: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2024/03/08/dragon-ball-akira-toriyama-death/72892266007/
FFXIV Players hold in-game vigils for Akira Toriyama – by James Ratcliff: https://gamerant.com/final-fantasy-14-players-akira-toriyama-vigils/
FFXIV 14-hour broadcast schedule for April 12th at 8PM PT: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/44e1f77e68c4ab007b3ca552717875082fdc77c0
FFXIV Little Ladies’ Day and Hatching-tide starts March 14th: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2024/Little_Ladies_Day_Hatching_tide/fnvycqn3ol
FFXIV/FFXVI at PAX East: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/ecb99281d7e5767c937060e29a88aee7c743a98d
FFXIV confirms controversial Endwalker endgame activity is changing in Dawntrail – by Eric Law: https://gamerant.com/final-fantasy-14-dawntrail-relic-weapon-quests-changing-endwalker/
Possibility of additional FFXVI DLC is not zero, but you shouldn’t really expect more – by Wesley LeBlanc: https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/03/08/final-fantasy-xvi-the-possibility-of-more-dlc-is-not-zero-but-you-really-shouldnt
One fan spent 3 years saving a Final Fantasy game before it shut down – by Ash Parrish: https://www.theverge.com/24094441/final-fantasy-opera-omnia-mobile-game-preservation-square-enix

Episode 196 – The Rebirth of the Remake

This week, Klauss and Seyrr talk about the buzz surrounding Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, the new demo that dropped this week, and other news regarding remake speculation for other Final Fantasy games. Seyrr then takes us down the Remake/Remaster rabbit hole with a fun discussion about what a remake is. Enjoy!

Show Notes: FFVI director believes a proper remake would take about 20 years – by Ryan Dinsdale: https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-6-remake-would-take-about-20-years-to-make-original-director-says
FFVII Rebirth lead is cool to do a 2D/HD remake of FFVI (like Octopath Traveler – by Hirun Cryer: https://www.gamesradar.com/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-lead-is-down-for-a-final-fantasy-6-remake-in-the-hd-2d-style-of-octopath-traveler
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is BIG! – by Jesse Lennox: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-preload-guide/
FFVII Rebirth Demo is live, features a playable Sephiroth – by Jess Cogswell: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-demo-is-now-live-and-features-a-playable-sephiroth/1100-6520862/
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Demo is Hiding Easter Eggs of Two Legendary Super Bosses – by Mike Reyes: https://en.as.com/meristation/news/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-demo-is-hiding-easter-eggs-for-two-legendary-super-bosses-n/
FFVII Rebirth fans are getting creative with the in-game piano in the demo – by Ed Nightingale: https://www.eurogamer.net/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-fans-are-getting-creative-with-its-in-game-piano
FFVII Rebirth concludes at the end of the original game’s Disc 1 – by Phil Hornshaw: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-concludes-at-the-end-of-the-originals-disc-1/1100-6520864/
Final Fantasy VIII Director would change the combat system if it ever got remade – by Matt Purslow: https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-8-director-would-change-the-combat-system-in-a-remake
FFXIV XBox beta starts Feb 21, requires Game Pass on top of sub – by Ryan Dinsdale: https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-14-requires-game-pass-subscription-to-play-on-xbox
FFXIV Valentiones Day celebration runs until Feb 21: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2024/Valentiones_Day/ob5mppsb6x
Fan-made Final Fantasy IX “Memoria Project”: https://www.ffix-memoria.com/

Episode 195 – Neverending Nightmare

This week, Seyrr and Klauss go over the fourth and final disc from the Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack. The duo also discuss a number of news articles relating to the upcoming release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Final Fantasy XIV. Enjoy!

Show Notes
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has an official Sony TV – by Liam Croft: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2024/01/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-now-has-its-own-official-sony-tv
Final Fantasy VII Remake Story recap video prepares us for Rebirth – by Jenni Lada: https://www.siliconera.com/final-fantasy-vii-remake-story-recap-video-preps-us-for-ffvii-rebirth/
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete version getting a 2-day viewing in US Theaters before launch of Rebirth – by Christina Alexander: https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-7-advent-children-complete-receives-two-day-viewing-in-us-theaters
Final Fantasy XIV’s Live Action series ‘dead’ – by Wesley LeBlanc: https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/final-fantasy-xiv-live-action-tv-series-dead-says-the-production-company-behind-it#:~:text=The%20Final%20Fantasy%20XIV%20live,that%20was%20working%20on%20it
Final Fantasy XIV Black Edition HORI Tactical Assault Comander keypad preorders are live: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/81185cc78888f7ac84216842f45ef3907bd84c06
FFXIV x FFXI THe Maiden’s Rhapsody event is live again: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2024/The_Maidens_Rhapsody/flf9m2g38k
FFXIV Moogle Treasure Trove: The First Hunt for Genesis event runs Jan 30 – March 11: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/mogmog-collection/202401/8degg9wgnk
Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack Disc 4:
https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XV:_Original_Soundtrack#Disc_Four_(1:17:07)

Episode 193 – Don’t Panic!

This week, Klauss is joined by guest host Niknar. They talk about Disc 2 of the Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack, the Butterfinger x FFVII Rebirth promotions, KupoCon’s reasoning for cancelling Susan Calloway’s appearance, SE adding all of their Piano collections to multiple streaming services, and more. Thank you to everyone who donated to Extra Life during today’s stream! Enjoy!

Show Notes
Butterfinger x FFVII Rebirth promotions are live – by Jason Fanelli: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/its-the-butterfinger-x-final-fantasy-7-rebirth-crossover-you-were-waiting-for/1100-6518856
Butterfinger x FFVII Rebirth Sweepstakes rules: https://www.gamewithbutterfinger.com/rules
KupoCon issues statement regarding Susan Calloway amid anti-trans accusations – by Michael Hassall: https://www.fanbyte.com/ffxiv/news/kupo-con-issues-statement-on-susan-calloway-fans-reject-safety-concerns-reasoning
KupoCon’s second statement: https://kupocon.com/7842/
Letter from Susan regarding her Twitter: https://susancalloway.com/letter-to-fans
Square Enix Music adds its Final Fantasy Piano collections to many online streaming sites: https://sqex.lnk.to/pianoFF
10 reasons why Final Fantasy VIII should get a remake before Final Fantasy IX – by Alyx Maglio: https://www.cbr.com/ff8-remake-before-ff9/
Final Fantasy XIV x Fall Guys event kicks up netcode frustrations – by Iain Harris: https://www.gamesradar.com/final-fantasy-14s-fall-guys-event-kicks-up-netcode-frustrations-that-have-been-lingering-over-the-mmo-for-the-past-10-years/
Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack Disc 2 https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XV:_Original_Soundtrack#Disc_Two_(1:15:16)

Episode 192 – Broken Down

This week, Seyrr and Klauss talk about the news coming from FanFest 2023 in London, new stage shows in production in Japan based on FFXVI and FF:Brave Exvius, and we reminisce while listening to disc 1 of the Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack. Enjoy!

Show Notes
SE is producing stage shows for FFBE and FFXVI – by Liv Ngan: https://www.eurogamer.net/square-enix-is-producing-another-final-fantasy-stage-play
All Saints’ Wake starts Oct 27th in FFXIV: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2023/All_Saints_Wake/gtjs3j7xq6
Fall Guys crossover coming to the Gold Saucer: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/fallguys/
FFXIV x FFXVI Crossover coming soon – by Tony Garsow: https://novacrystallis.com/2023/10/final-fantasy-xvi-collaboration-coming-to-final-fantasy-xiv/
FFXIV FanFest Keynote coverage – by Tony Garsow: https://novacrystallis.com/2023/10/final-fantasy-xiv-dawntrail-reveals-viper-job-new-locations-and-ffxi-collab/
Extended Dawntrail teaser trailer: https://youtu.be/2ISoqghadkE

Episode 191 – Walking Toward the Dawn

In this episode, Klauss and Seyrr talk about FFXIV Patch 6.5, the TGS demos of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and all the latest news from the Final Fantasy universe! Enjoy!

Show Notes
FFVII: Rebirth releases on Feb 29th, 2024 – by Stev Petite: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-deluxe-preorders-live-at-amazon-comes-with-collectibles/1100-6514519/
13 More Things We Learned about FFVII Rebirth – by Ethan Gatch: https://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-vincent-cid-ff7-previews-demo-1850860777
FFVII: Rebirth VA’s hosting a panel at NYCC Oct 14th: https://na.finalfantasy.com/news/2359
FFVII may not be ported to other consoles according to leaks – by Trumann Tu: https://gamerant.com/final-fantasy-7-remake-leak-xbox-nintendo-ports-unlikely/
Col. Sanders is canonically a BLM in FFXIV – by Iain Harris: https://www.gamesradar.com/kfcs-colonel-sanders-is-now-canonically-a-black-mage-in-final-fantasy-14
FFXIV is getting an official TTRPG release for its 10th anniversary – by Matt Jarvis: https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/final-fantasy-xiv-ttrpg/news/final-fantasy-14-tabletop-rpg-announced
An FFXIV Player has completed all 2751 achievements in the game prior to Patch 6.5 – by Ryan Dinsdale: https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-14-player-becomes-first-to-earn-all-2000-achievements
Patch 6.5 notes: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/e17ce5b98068f6972379cef5adbc6c4b664f9780

Episode 190 – Ride my Chocobo!

Klauss and Seyrr celebrate the 8th anniversary of Phoenix Down Radio in the most PDR way possible, listening to Chocobo themes! The pair discuss disc 2 of the Compi de Chocobo soundtrack, as well as the latest news from the Final Fantasy universe. Enjoy!
Thank you so much for all of your support over the last 8 years!

Show Notes
Leaker gives update on possible FF9 AND FF10 remakes – by Dalton Cooper: https://gamerant.com/next-final-fantasy-games-remakes-9-10/
FFXIV ARR Celebrates 10 year anniversary in The Rising event: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2023/The_Rising/eykg76bc2d
Moogle Treasure Trove: The 10th Anniversary Hunt also runs until Patch 6.5: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/mogmog-collection/202308/1ny0ji96di
Letter from the Producer LIVE part 79 set to air Sept 23rd: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/0f699c77ac8fae0f73ca75ec326206313b1ea771
FFXIV Tales from under the New Moon parts 1 – 3 are out
– Part 1: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/10th_anniversary/tales_under_the_new_moon/sidestory_01/#sidestory_01
– Part 2: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/10th_anniversary/tales_under_the_new_moon/sidestory_02/#sidestory_02
– Part 3: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/10th_anniversary/tales_under_the_new_moon/sidestory_03/#sidestory_03
FFXVI PC port confirmed, new DLC in the works – by Ethan Gatch: https://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xvi-free-update-dlc-expansion-pc-version-1850803834
Compi de Chocobo – Disc 2: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Compi_de_Chocobo#Disc_2_(1:16:23)

Episode 188 – Come Sail Away!

This week, Klauss and Seyrr talk about the news coming from Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2023 in Las Vegas, including the announcement of the newest expansion, Dawntrail. Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! Enjoy!

Show notes
FFIX Remake may be real, but recent leaks aren’t – by Liam Croft: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/07/final-fantasy-9-remake-may-be-real-but-recent-leaks-arent
Judge cites FFXVI as reason for denying FTC injunction – by Ryan Parreno: https://gameranx.com/updates/id/471298/article/judge-corley-cited-final-fantasy-xvi-as-a-reason-for-her-ms-injunction-decision/
SE is happy with FFXVI sales, considers them “Extremely Strong” – by Liam Croft: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/07/square-enix-happy-with-final-fantasy-16-sales-considers-them-extremely-strong
Thank you to the following sites for their coverage of FanFest:
SiliconEra: https://www.siliconera.com/heres-whats-coming-in-final-fantasy-xiv-7-0/
PCGamesN: https://www.pcgamesn.com/final-fantasy-xiv/dawntrail-reveal
MMORPG.com: https://www.mmorpg.com/event-blogs/final-fantasy-14-2023-fan-festival-live-blog-catch-all-the-major-updates-here-2000128568
FFXIV: Dawntrail Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onGE1-I2T6Y