New Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter Details Manderville Gold Saucer

Whenever Naoki Yoshida and his staff sit down for another Letter from the Producer LIVE, fans of their hit MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn know they’re in for a treat. Fortunately this week’s Live Letter did not disappoint, detailing the new features and games headed to the highly anticipated 2.51 update, which brings with it the mini-game filled Manderville Gold Saucer, with Chocobo Racing, Triple Triad, and tons more.

To start, Triple Triad is a card game that first made its debut in Final Fantasy VIII for the PlayStation. Simple to learn, difficult to master, players will need to be at least level 15 to unlock the quest to learn how to play, receiving 5 cards to start and being able to challenge players and NPCs around the world with a myriad of different rules and strategies, build your deck and head out to become the next Triple Triad Master!

The team also explored the other highly anticipated addition to the game, Chocobo Racing. In Final Fantasy XIV, players will be the breeder, trainer, and jockey of their own chocobos, racing for points to increase their chocobo’s rank. By retiring the running bird, it can breed with other chocobos to create a new one with traits allowing it to become even stronger than one before it. Players will need to get a racing chocobo from Bentbranch Meadows in the Black Shroud, and with each new level stats go up randomly. Once players have a racing chocobo, they can begin to race. The chocobos will steer themselves automatically, and the jockey can boost their speed at the cost of stamina. There will also be track boosts that increase speed, as well as race hazards that need to be avoided by turning the chocobo left and right. The races will be divided into classes, with lower classes being exclusive to lower rank chocobos so new players can have a chance to win.

Finally, the team touched on the various types on mini-games that will be featured in the Gold Saucer, including crane games, free shooting games, and a strike timing game that will let players pass the time or build up a little bit of points they may need. The developers also discussed the Jumbo Cactpot lottery, which is a weekly lottery players can enter each week for a big bonus in points. Be sure to check out the Letter to the Producer thread *here, and check out Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2.51 when it goes live next week! Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently available on Windows, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.