The way a certain monster’s name was pronounced in the Final Fantasy XVI demo has caused a split in the Japanese fandom.
Right before the release of the Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.4 – The Dark Throne, Naoki Yoshida caused excitement among fans with two special T-shirts he wore.
“Yoshida Zelda” started to trend on Twitter in Japan thanks to FFXIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida making an appearance in a livestream while playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on his Nintendo Switch.
Square Enix launched yuri RPG Towa Tsugai in Japan. The company has established guidelines regarding fan-made derivative works based on the game, and the content of these guidelines has drawn the interest of users.
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has announced the fantasy TTRPG Sandcastle. The rulebook is available in English along with two campaigns for low level players.
Japan’s National Tax Agency has released a Let’s Play video for a fictional game called Kakushin Simulator. It’s a publicity video designed to let people know that tax returns can be completed on their smartphones.
Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) Patch 6.3’s exquisite steamed bun animation draws attention. There is a scene that shows Zero breaking a dumpling into two, and the accompanying animation is enough to whet the player’s appetite.
Japan’s Digital Agency has launched a collaboration between the government’s My Number Card (Individual Number Card) system and popular manga and anime series Spy × Family. The campaign aims to encourage more Japanese citizens to apply for their own card.
Harvestella, a life simulation RPG from Square Enix, is set to release on November 4. For the occasion, we sat down with the game’s developers to learn more about the improvements and additions that have been made since the release of the demo.
Square Enix has posted a notice titled “Precautions for Guarding Against Unauthorized Account Access.” According to the notice, Square Enix is currently experiencing an attack by a third party that is trying to gain access to its Account Management System by using a combination of email addresses and passwords thought to have been obtained from the online services of other companies.
Square Enix released Patch 6.21 for Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) which lowered the raid boss Hephaistos’ HP. In addition, the FFXIV development team has put out a statement regarding illegitimate waymarks that were put in place by third-party tools.
Final Fantasy XIV’s Pandaemonium – Abyssos: The Seventh Circle (Savage) raid is seeing an increase in the use of illicit waymarks, and these waymarks have been dubbed “rule bypassing waymarks” by FFXIV players in Japan.
vpixiv is a malicious clone site that has caused quite a stir within Japan. The site was created via unauthorized copying of the data from artist community site pixiv. In response to vpixiv, pixiv users were adding “magic words” to their profiles as a method to have their account pages deleted from the clone site.
The Karakuri Circus mobile game Karakuri Circus ~Larmes d’un Clown~ has been operating for three and a half years and with a specific character (Fatima) getting an oddly large number of gacha cards added to the game, rumors spread that Karakuri Circus LC had landed a whale supporting that character.
An advertising tagline for Soul Hackers 2 in Japan has given rise to some complicated feelings among fans of the series. When promoting the game via TV commercials, Twitter, and other media, Atlus has used the tagline: “The new Atlus RPG that succeeds Shin Megami Tensei and Persona.”
ISP in Japan called NURO Hikari warns of connection trouble on the day of FFXIV patch 6.2 due to “online game updates” FFXIV producer/director Naoki Yoshida previously criticized a Japanese internet service provider over connection issues.
Yasumi Matsuno, producer of the original Tactics Ogre and developer involved with the upcoming Tactics Ogre: Reborn, tweeted a screenshot of a character named “Mustached Sakaguchi Spinal Cord Sword.” Sakaguchi as in Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy.