Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Alpha Trailer Takes You to a Beautiful New Gridania, Everyone Invited to FFXIV Final Event

By Giuseppe Nelva

November 8, 2012

Final Fantasy XIV is moving fast towards its final days, and Square Enix released a new trailer showcasing the revamped Gridania that we will find in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

The footage gives us a good look on the new engine and its features, icluding fully dynamic lighting, that was so sorely missing from the old version of the game and creates a very nice effect with the thick foliage of the trees in the city.

It looks downright lovely, and I can’t wait to see what the development team did with the other cities. In the meanwhile, you can find the trailer at the bottom of the article. By the way, if you feel that the music in the second part of the video reminds you a lot of the Shire from The Lord of the Rings, you’re right, because it does.

The news don’t end here, though: I spoke at lenght about the great world end event that is going on in Final Fantasy XIV in my latest editorial. Well, now you can see it for yourself, as every player and former player has been invited to witness the end of the Eorzea this Saturday (or Sunday, depending on where you live).

Anyone that holds a Final Fantasy XIV account, no matter if active or inactive, will be able to log in starting tonight at midnight (PST) until the end of the event (it is important to specify that no progression achieved in the final days will carry over to A Realm Reborn, as the final save is already done).

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The final battle for Eorzea will take place on November the 10th starting at 10 PM PST. The event will carry on two hours until midnight and will be held in Mor Dhona around Camp Brittlebark.

Below you can find the call to Arms from the leaders of the three Grand Companies.

Adventurers of all races, origins, and creeds. Let it be known that the forces of the Eorzean Alliance, formed of the combined might of Limsa Lominsa, Ul’dah, and Gridania, have presently left the wilds of Thanalan en route to the Carteneau Flats, there to engage in a decisive confrontation with the VIIth Imperial Legion of the Garlean Empire.

Yet this battle is but the means to an end, for the preservation of the realm from Dalamud is our true objective. Joining our host in the capacity of military tactician is Archon Louisoix, who shall helm the last-ditch effort to repel the descending lesser moon. To ensure the success of this mission—and the continued survival of all life upon Eorzea—it is imperative that the Garlean interlopers are put to rout.

Be fairly warned that the enemy is no less determined than we. Resolved to hold its ground, the VIIth Imperial Legion has reportedly summoned reinforcements from Castrum Novum in a move to consolidate its defenses. Should troops from the imperial stronghold be permitted to join the fray, our cause would be dealt a grievous blow. As such, we have dire need of courageous souls who would meet the auxiliary Garlean force in southern Mor Dhona and prevent its merging with the main host.

Our beloved Eorzea lies upon the brink of destruction, and she needs all of her champions to rise to her aid. And so we beseech you, the adventurers of the realm, to gather your strength! Join the battle, and fight to reforge the fate of Eorzea!

Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn
Chief Admiral, The MaelstromRaubahn Aldynn
Flame General, The Immortal FlamesKan-E-Senna
Elder Seedseer, The Order of the Twin Adder

So, what are you waiting for? There’s fighting to be done! Incidentally, take a tip from a veteran: log off using the bed in your inn room. If you rest at least half a hour and then check the bed itself, you’ll find a surprise under it, which may or may not be a random relic weapon.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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