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 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 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

Episode 187 – Curried Favor

This week, Seyrr and Klauss talk about their experiences in FFXIV Patch 6.4, and Final Fantasy XVI, respectively. The duo also talk about the rumored Final Fantasy IX Remake in progress, the Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis closed beta, and how the Final Fantasy series has surpassed 180 million copies worldwide. Enjoy!

Show Notes
Total sales of all Final Fantasy games exceeds 180 Million: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/07/total-final-fantasy-franchise-sales-at-180-million by Liam Croft
Final Fantasy IX remake is in development at SE: https://mynintendonews.com/2023/07/06/jeff-grubb-reconfirms-final-fantasy-ix-remake-in-development-at-square-enix/#:~:text=Gaming%20journalist%20and%20insider%20Jeff,Final%20Fantasy%20VII%3A%20Crisis%20Core by Sickr
FFXVI DLC is not out of the question: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/07/final-fantasy-16-dlc-is-now-an-option-being-considered-by-square-enix by Liam Croft

Episode 186 – Flight of the Fledgeling

This week, Klauss and Seyrr discuss the multitude of Final Fantasy news articles coming off of Summer Games Fest, and the anticipation and excitement surrounding the release of the Final Fantasy XVI demo and its upcoming launch on June 22nd. The pair then gave their spoiler-free impressions of the FFXVI demo. Enjoy!

Show Notes
New Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Ever Crisis trailers – by Duncan Heaney from Square-Enix: https://www.square-enix-games.com/en_US/news/final-fantasy-vii-rebirth
FFVII Rebirth Trailer: https://youtu.be/HkD8BCCYsS0
FFVII Ever Crisis Trailer: https://youtu.be/afTX-30KkaE
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is so large, it will be releasing on 2 discs! By Kate Harrold: https://www.gamingbible.com/news/playstation-5-game-so-big-on-two-discs-505561-20230609
Final Fantasy XVI PC port will be in development after PS5 release – by Stephany Nunneley-Jackson: https://www.vg247.com/square-enix-will-set-its-sights-on-pc-port-of-final-fantasy-16-post-ps5-debut
Final Fantasy XVI Devs rank their favorite Final Fantasy games – by Isaiah Colbert: https://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xvi-ranking-devs-favorite-games-ps5-1850547789
Final Fantasy XVI will have a small Day 1 Patch – by Elrik Hyldbakk Furu: https://www.gamereactor.eu/final-fantasy-xvi-will-have-a-small-dayone-patch-after-all-1277223/
Final Fantasy XVI announces planned post-lauch update features – by Orpheus Joshua: https://noisypixel.net/final-fantasy-xvi-post-launch-update-features/
Final Fantasy XVI Merchandise available for preorder – https://na.finalfantasy.com/news/2265
FFXVI Devs Plead for Cooperation as PS5 game is released early to a few consumers – by Sammy Barker: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/06/final-fantasy-16-dev-pleads-for-cooperation-as-ps5-game-leaks
Some players plan to boycott FFXVI – by Vikki Blake: https://www.eurogamer.net/heres-why-some-players-plan-to-boycott-final-fantasy-16
Final Fantasy XVI Demo is live: https://blog.playstation.com/2023/06/11/final-fantasy-xvi-demo-launches-tomorrow/

Episode 184 – Crystalline Conflicted

This week, Klauss and Seyrr talk about PvP in Final Fantasy XIV, as well as a number of Final Fantasy-related news stories. We hope you enjoy!

Show notes
Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster’s PS4 and Switch releases help push sales over 2 million: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/05/ps4-version-helps-final-fantasy-pixel-remasters-sell-two-million-copies by Liam Croft
FFXIV Crystalline Conflict Region Championship: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/crystallineconflict_region_championship_2023/
FFXIV Patch 6.4 special site updated: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/173a2048d61c0d2fee9eb614f3c2baf034771837
FFXIV Producer Live Letter 77 set for May 12th: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/ac2f96f1405d7eb4de66ec8c5d521671ca4c2c7c
FFXVI Banned in Saudi Arabia: https://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-16-saudi-arabia-banned-esrb-rating-ps5-1850406384 by Isaiah Colbert
Official FFXVI PS5 console bundle revealed: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/04/official-final-fantasy-16-ps5-console-bundle-revealed by Liam Croft
FFXVI-themed Dualsense Controller and PS5 console covers will be Japanese exclusive: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2023/04/japan-is-keeping-final-fantasy-16-ps5-controller-console-covers-for-itself by Liam Croft