Center Stage

Hey all.
Fernehalwes here again. After those two quick updates yesterday, I was certain that a third would be right on their tails. But nothing came...that is, until just now. Why the delay? Well...


Ugh... My head... Why didn't someone tell me Dr. Kevorkians were more than just Dr. Pepper...?

Oh, hey...Ferne...
M calling in from... I don't know, some motel with complementary Internet and a coin-operated sofa.

I would have gotten back to you sooner, but the Niconico Chokaigi 2 after party went a few mojitos longer than I had anticipated. How did I get myself into the after party, you ask? Well, let's just say a little Project Manager charm goes a long way. But that's not what I'm here to talk about... What was I here to talk about...? Ah yes, last weekend's event! The event... The event...? Ah, yes, the event!

In addition to the obvious highlights (including make-up sessions and knee-sock photo ops), there were actually a lot of exciting stage presentations, many of them revealing juicy tidbits of new information about ARR.

▼A new Producer Letter Live
(May 1st is Yoshi-P's 40th birthday, so the FINAL FANTASY XIV staff all pitched in to buy him this elegant boa and sophisticated pair of spectacles.)

▼A one-on-one talk session between Yoshi-P and Hiroyuki (absolutely dreamy founder of 2chan)
(Well, it wasn't really one-on-one. If it weren't for the mediator, they would have kept talking right on into the night. In fact, after the show, the three of them ended up going out for drinks. I can only hope they were gentlemen when deciding which one of them can have me.)

A special talk show with three of the voice actors appearing in ARR (Yuichi Nakamura, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Rie Tanaka) was also held, during which several in-game screenshots from all-new cutscenes were shown on the big screen!



▼Alphinaud (a new character!)

(There was this guy at the after party who looked exactly like Alphinaud. I saw him looking my way in-between hors-d'ouvres, so I winked back, and well, one thing led to another, and─ Hey, how I tell you all about it over lunch tomorrow? What do you say?

Project Manager M


Naw, I think I'm good.