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 199 – Too Bloody Quiet

In this week’s episode, Klauss and Seyrr talk about FFXIV Producer Live Letter 80, the new FFXVI DLC that was just released, and delve into disc 2 of the FFXVI Original Soundtrack. We hope you enjoy!

Show Notes
Multiple Final Fantasy games leaving Playstation Plus Extra in May – by Dalton Cooper: https://gamerant.com/ps-plus-extra-games-leaving-may-2024-final-fantasy/
FFXIV Dawntrail benchmark demo is out: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/benchmark/
FFXIV Dawntrail Benchmark Screenshot sweepstakes: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/d7dedfecba5d6db3afa08d2473b88d478e979285
FFXIV Live Letter 80 coverage – by Tony Garsow: https://novacrystallis.com/2024/04/final-fantasy-xiv-live-letter-80-summary-graphics-update-new-blacklist-features/
FFXVI DLC The Rising Tide is live: https://na.finalfantasy.com/news/2532
Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack – Disc 2: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XVI_Original_Soundtrack#Disc_Two_(54:12) 

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 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 194 – Over the Waves

In the first episode of 2024, Klauss and Seyrr discuss the 3rd disc of the Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack, as well as the latest news from FFXIV Fan Fest Tokyo, updates on Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, and more! Enjoy!

Show Notes
Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth win at the Game Awards – by Eddie Makuch: https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/all-the-game-awards-2023-winners-revealed/2900-4977/#1
FFVII Rebirth teases new story developments for returning character – by J Brodie Shirey: https://gamerant.com/final-fantasy-7-rebirth-biggs/
Final Fantasy XIV FanFest Tokyo introduces new Magic DPS, female Hrothgar, and more! By Tony Garsow: https://novacrystallis.com/2024/01/final-fantasy-xiv-dawntrail-reveals-pictomancer-job-female-hrothgar-and-new-areas/
Full Trailer: https://youtu.be/kgiuQwzB6aU
Final Fantasy XIV Producer would still play the game even if SE fired him – by Dustin Bailey: https://www.gamesradar.com/if-square-enix-fired-him-final-fantasy-14s-yoshi-p-says-hed-still-play-the-mmo-and-just-complain-to-the-development-team/
Final Fantasy XVI’s First DLC Adds a Feature the Game Sorely Needed – by Hayes Madsen: https://www.inverse.com/gaming/final-fantasy-16-dlc-echoes-of-the-fallen-review-opinion-impressions
FFXVI on PC Shows signs of life, producer says it will run best on SSD – by Ted Litchfield: https://www.pcgamer.com/final-fantasy-16-on-pc-shows-signs-of-life-with-producer-yoshi-p-saying-it-will-run-best-on-an-ssd/
Final Fantasy XVII should be handed over to the younger generation, says Yoshida – by Jordan Gerblick: https://www.gamesradar.com/yoshi-p-floats-ideas-for-final-fantasy-17-a-real-time-turn-based-hybrid-and-a-return-to-pixel-art/
Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia Ending in 2024- by Arielle Haddad: https://www.siliconera.com/dissidia-final-fantasy-opera-omnia-ending-in-2024/
Final Fantasy XV Original Soundtrack – Disc 3: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XV:_Original_Soundtrack#Disc_Three_(1:16:08)

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 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 189 – It’s All About the Chocobos, Baby!

In this episode, Klauss and Seyrr listen to and discuss the various Chocobo themes from the mainline Final Fantasy games, as well as talk about the latest news from the Final Fantasy universe. We hope you enjoy!

Show Notes
Fantasian has a listing on SteamDB – by George Yang: https://www.ign.com/articles/fantasian-steam-console-rpg
Myth about how Final Fantasy got its name busted by creator in recent interview – by Willa Rowe: https://www.inverse.com/gaming/final-fantasy-creator-series-name
Talk of FFVI Remake resurfaces – by Robert Ramsey: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/07/the-fantasy-6-remake-talk-has-started-again
FFVII Ever Crisis set to launch on Sept 7 – by Alex Mateo: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2023-08-10/final-fantasy-vii-ever-crisis-game-launches-on-september-7/.201178
FFXIV Moonfire Faire live until Aug 26th: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2023/Moonfire_Faire/oct9miki0d
Yoshi-P wants to add Pixel Remasters as playable games inside FFXIV – by Rebekah Valentine: https://www.ign.com/articles/final-fantasy-14-director-wants-to-get-the-pixel-remasters-running-inside-the-mmo
SE stock price dips after they claim FFXVI sales did not hit their “high expectations,” blames slow PS5 adoption – by Robert Ramsey: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/08/square-enix-bafflingly-backtracks-on-final-fantasy-16-sales-blames-slow-ps5-adoption
Compi de Chocobo – https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Compi_de_Chocobo

Episode 182 – Pet the Torgal

This week, Klauss and Seyrr discuss a ton of Final Fantasy news, including the FFXVI panel from PAX East, the upcoming FFXIV Live Letter, and Patch 6.35. Seyrr also expounds upon the state of current and past Relic Weapons quests within FFXIV. Enjoy!

Show Notes
Crystalline Resonance concert review: http://operationrainfall.com/2023/03/13/crystalline-resonance-final-fantasy-piano-concert-review/ by Quentin H
FFXI Entering “Maintenance Mode” after 20 years: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/after-20-years-final-fantasy-11-is-heading-into-maintenance-mode by Kaan Serin
FFXIV Hatching Tide runs March 27th – April 10th: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2023/Hatching_tide/gkonsy0g3l
FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live 76 scheduled for March 31st, 4AM PST: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/1160542ee9942500b397c83fca8ca1f3cf23f423
FFXIV NA Datacenter 24-hour maintenance starts April 3rd at 3 AM PST: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/b5669e60dafb4535df7aa6bcd0b07b3650f15d24
FFXIV crossover with FFXVI a strong possibility: https://massivelyop.com/2023/03/25/pax-east-2023-final-fantasy-xivs-naoki-yoshida-teases-crossover-with-final-fantasy-xvi/ by Eliot Lefebvre
FFXVI has lots for fans to “squeeze through” in its 40-hr story: https://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xvi-square-enix-torgal-wolf-guide-1850252702 by Sisi Jiang
FFXVI Reveals new gameplay at PAX East panel: https://noisypixel.net/final-fantasy-xvi-new-gameplay-pax-east-2023/ by Orpheus Joshua
Full VOD of the FFXVI panel at PAX East: https://youtu.be/GPpeKX1PDIo