Today Square Enix aired a new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Letter from the Producer Live, and Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida showcased the Manderville Gold Saucer, which will be implemented in February with patch 2.1.
We got an overview of the minigames included in the Gold Saurcer including Triple Triad, Chocobo racing, G.A.T.E, Cactpot and four more minigames.
Triple Triad will start with 80 cards on its first release, and players will be able to acquire new ones in different ways. There will be various rulesets and the ability to play both against NPCs and other players.
Chocobo Racing will let players name and raise their own dedicated racing chocobo and compete against each other on a set of different courses.
During races controlling the stamina of the bird will be crucial to winning. There will also be boost pads and bonuses placed on the courses to make things interesting.
Retiring a chocobo will open the possibility to bred it with others, and the offspring can inherit abilities, becoming a superior steed.
G.A.T.E. or Gold Saucer Active Time Events will involve playing minigames with other players, including running an obstacle course and more.
Further minigames include Monster Toss, Cuff-a-Cur, The Moogle’s Paw and Crystal Tower Strikers. They will be mostly based on hitting the button at the right time.
Cactpot will simply be a lottery with weekly and daily winners.
We also got to see some of the prizes, including Setzer’s coat, a bunny outfit, a chocobo stablemaster outfit, and Adamantoise and Fenrir mounts.
The release date for the patch was also announced. It will hit the servers on February 24th.
Below you can see all the relevant slides with all the details and a few screen captures from the livestream.