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Square Enix Reveals FFXIV's First Expansion

Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XIV's first-ever expansion, Heavensward, at the Fan Festival this past weekend. Releasing in Spring 2015, players can expect a level cap increase, new player race, dungeons and primals, and much more.

FFXIV Patch 2.4 Trailer: Dreams of Ice

Square Enix has released the Patch 2.4: Dreams of Ice trailer, which features:

  • A showdown against Shiva in the Akh Afah Amphitheatre
  • The new Rogue and Ninja classes
  • New recipes and dungeons
  • The Final Coil of Bahamut

Eorzea Examiner #25: Your Piece of the World

Hello and welcome to the 25th edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this weeks column, we're going to be talking about the player's impact on the world around them. As with all MMOs there's a constant struggle between the RPG need for a world that evolves with the player's actions and deeds, versus the MMO need for a persistent world where you can interact with other players, help them with quests you've already completed, rerun dungeons, etc. However, FFXIV is unique for an MMO in that it's placed such an emphasis on its main storyline, tying it to most aspects of the game from unlocking features of the game to connecting the various dungeons to it in some fashion. How do we reconcile the need to have some lasting impact on the world with the other thousands of people playing alongside you, all wanting that same sense of progress?

Nosgoth Closed Beta Key Giveaway

ZAM has teamed up once again with Square Enix for a Closed Beta Key Giveaway for their upcoming Vampire vs Human game, Nosgoth!

Eorzea Examiner #24: FFXIV on the Road

Hello and welcome to the 24th edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAM's column on Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this week's column, we're looking at FFXIV's mobile extensions: smartphone applications. Unfortunately for all of us, there comes a time when we must step away from our PC or console and venture into the real world, be it for work, school or just to grab food. This may have been a problem with early MMOs, but these days many MMO players have a smartphone at their side. These mini-computers have the power to keep you connected to your friends both in the real world as well as your friends in Eorzea through web access and dedicated applications. The options available from Square Enix right now are a step in the right direction, but there's plenty of room for improvement.

Final Fantasy XIV: Patch 2.4 Video Preview

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is chugging along wonderfully. To keep up momentum, Square Enix has showcased the upcoming content of Dreams of Ice Patch 2.4. With new classes – the Rogue and Ninja – and several places to explore, it's a solid update.

To see what's coming your way, check out the seven minutes of video below:

Note: Yes, all the videos are in Japanese. Definitely still worth a watch!

Square Enix Unveils Shinra Cloud Gaming Service

Square Enix officially unveiled its new cloud gaming service company, Shinra Technologies, at Tokyo Game Show 2014. Beta for the service is expected to begin in the United States and Japan in early 2015, and will include several Square Enix titles such as Final Fantasy VII.

Harnessing the power of a supercomputer in the cloud, Shinra Technologies, Inc. enables groundbreaking experiences not possible with today’s current gaming technology.

The premise behind the company is to make "high-quality cloud games" available for streaming on any platform: