FFXIV: Welcome to the Manderville Gold Saucer!

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FFXIV: Welcome to the Manderville Gold Saucer!

Greetings, everyone!

FFXIV Community Manager Matt “Bayohne” Hilton here once more to give PlayStation Blog readers a look at the latest from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn!

We’ve just released Patch 2.51 with one of the most sought-after additions to the game since its announcement – the Manderville Gold Saucer! Fans of Final Fantasy VII will instantly feel at home within the walls of the Gold Saucer which has got a ton of great activities for you to spend your time on.

Chocobo Racing and Raising

Breed, raise and race your own personal racing chocobo! As you race and train your chocobo, you’ll learn new abilities and when it’s time for them to retire, you can breed them and have a chance to pass those skills to their offspring.

Final Fantasy XIV: The Manderville Gold Saucer

When you’re on the track, you’re in complete control of your bird! Avoid detrimental effects, while aiming for positive effects like speed boosts! You’ll also be able to grab items and use them during the race! It’s your bird vs. seven others so make sure you come out first!

Final Fantasy XIV: The Manderville Gold Saucer

Triple Triad

The popular card mini-game from Final Fantasy VIII makes its debut in Final Fantasy XIV! Challenge NPCs, your friends, and fiercest rivals in a bid to be the master of cards! There are 80 cards to collect at launch, with some being extremely challenging to win! There are even Triple Triad tournaments you can participate in! You can earn some cards by doing other activities in the game… I’ll give you a hint: you may want to challenge some of the primals once you begin hunting for cards for your deck!

Final Fantasy XIV: The Manderville Gold Saucer

Mini Games

We have four unique mini-games for you to participate in while visiting the Gold Saucer. They are timing based and feature a new user interface that will test your reflexes! The “Monster Toss” (basketball shooting game) is my favorite, but it sure is tough to try and sink all the shots. We also have our own version of the popular crane-style mini-game called “The Moogle’s Paw!” These are a great way to earn some Manderville Gold Saucer Points (MGP) to spend on prizes at the Gold Saucer!

Final Fantasy XIV: The Manderville Gold Saucer

GATEs (Gold Saucer Active Time Events)

Similar to the random Full Active Time Events (FATEs) found in Eorzea, the Gold Saucer features Gold Sauce Active Time Events (GATEs)! These appear randomly in the Gold Saucer allowing players to join these quick and fun little games! For example, Typhon may appear on the field and lock you in place. If you’re unlucky you will be caught in his big sneeze move, and be blown out of the arena! Are you lucky enough to stay on the platform and win some MGP?

Final Fantasy XIV: The Manderville Gold Saucer

Manderville Gold Saucer Rewards

Participating in all of these different games will earn you MGP that will allow you to purchase some awesome prizes like new mounts, outfits, minions and more!

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Final Fantasy XIV: The Manderville Gold Saucer

You may recognize this outfit from a certain famous FF gambler!

Overall, this is just the tip of the iceberg! There’s a whole lot to see and do in the Manderville Gold Saucer! If you’re not already a player, check out my last blog post to see how you can utilize the 14-day free trial and join the fun!

See you at the Manderville Gold Saucer!

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  • It’s not the FF7 remake we wanted, but it’s the one we need.

  • I logged on a little bit this morning before heading off to work, man this is going to be a lot of fun. Chocobo racing feels right, love the powerups. I didn’t get a chance to play Triple Triad but I can’t wait to do that tonight. Now if you guys put some of the card drops in Final Coil you’re just plain evil. ;) Of course, maybe that will finally get me past the T9 hump.

    • There’s quite a lot of crowd sourcing going on trying to track down all the card locations and drops… I’m trying to avoid the spoilers as much as I can ;)

  • This update looks sweet!

  • Triple Triad is going to ruin my life. Thanks, Square-Enix. T_T

    • I’m stuck at work and reading all these posts from people forming strategies and tracking down the card locations… I want to play!

  • Man, Square Enix loves 1700s European styling.

  • this game was awesome from the start , the only MMO worth paying monthly for. can’t wait to try the G saucer out today.

  • I’m ready for the FFXIV talk on the blogcast.

  • Fun Game, just can not see paying a $10 monthly fee, to play a game I can’t keep.

  • Cant wait till i get home from school. Read the patch notes and there is so many thing to do i cant wait :D. If you are in Zalera i challenge you to Triple Triad!

  • Does Triple Triad play the same Shuffle or Boogie song? And can I go on a date with Yuffie at the Saucer? :v

    @DangerNinja1: No, it isn’t. It *really* isn’t.

    • Shuffle or Boogie confirmed! No dates as far as I’m aware, though I did see someone shout “I’m ready for my date with Barret~” last night.

  • The update is pretty fun.

    Wish there was an option to bet 10 points for 10-50 points instead of 1-5 for the mini games.

    Carbontwine being added to the weekly was just awesome. Glad they did that, cause I haven’t gotten around to T6+ and I’m not spending a crap ton of Hunt Marks on that.

    Chocobo Racing… Not sure, seems to be too much latency, but I was on as the servers came up, so can’t comment.

    Triple Triad is fun it’s just frustrating when you beat a hard person over and over again and never get a card from them and they’re only hard because you’re not getting cards. XD

    Also, reminded me how stupid people can be. The first NPC in the place (or one of the first) tells you to go left for chocobo racing and… someone asks in shout how to get there >_>

    Probably not someone who beat Titan Ex.

    All in all though good patch considering last patch was a great patch and next patch will probably be an interesting patch, leading up to the expansion.

    Kinda wish they would do a monthly patches. Starting to get spoiled.

  • Nice, i hope its offers offline mode someday then online. I’ll be getting back online once i’m 100% done with other games 1st.

  • This makes me want to play again!

  • @Jose213Jose

    There will NEVER be an offline mode.

    You wouldn’t be able to get through the main story because of dungeons.

    You wouldn’t be able to access your character because the character data is stored online, and if they let you store the character data they wouldn’t be able to charge you for the game monthly because all integrity guarantees are lost.

    @XDrDeath84 it’s incredibly fun, rewarding, and it’s got a great community. Just gotta make friends or join cool people’s FC’s. By cool I mean people you will like.

    Not people who can’t take 30 seconds to figure out where the chocobo racing is, before they shout to thousands of people where the Chocobo racing is. XD

  • This sounds interesting and I would love to come back to the game, but its not worth it with a subscription. Looks like Elder Scrolls online will not charge a monthly fee, maybe its time you consider doing the same SE…I’d be happy to pay 9.99 or so for each .x version update. Look how DC universe charges for content, you could do something like that…..

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