Michael Hassall

Michael Hassall

After giving up a "real" job in Marketing in 2019, Michael started working as esports, gaming, and entertainment journalist and hasn't looked back. He lives in the UK, but wishes he lived in Eorzea, having spent 5,000 hours there. When not dutifully grinding Tomestones and being designated furniture crafter for his FC, he enjoys travel to warm places, cold drinks, light reading, and heavy metal.

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FFXIV PAX East 2024 Guide: Panels, Booth Activities, and More

Final Fantasy XIV is heading to PAX East 2024, and it is set to have events, panels, and booths for four days. There will be booth giveaways, official activities, and fan-held events, as well a...

FFXIV Won’t Be Free on Xbox Game Pass Forever

On March 21, Final Fantasy XIV finally comes to the Xbox Series X|S, bringing Square Enix’s premier MMO to Microsoft’s game console for the first time. On March 18, an official <...

FFXIV Patch 6.58 Maintenance Timer and Time Zone Conversion

Final Fantasy XIV will be going down for maintenance next week for the release of Patch 6.58. The patch, which releases on March 19, will see FFXIV go down for a projected nine-hour main...

FFXIV Goes On 60% Sale on Steam Ahead of Dawntrail Release

The Steam edition of Final Fantasy XIV has gone on sale, dropping the price of the game’s latest expansion by up to 60 percent. Per a post on the game’s official social media, 

FFXIV is Testing Cross-Regional Data Center Travel to Let Players Escape Login Queues

In 2023, Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida first floated the possibility of cross-regional Data Center travel. A new test to save players from login queu...

You Can Win a Special FFXIV-Themed Xbox Series X, But There’s a Big Catch

Final Fantasy XIV releases fully for Xbox Series X|S on March 21, but before that, players can enter a special FFXIV Sweepstakes for a chance to win a custom FFXIV...

New Art by Yusuke Mogi Highlights Incoming FFXIV Dawntrail Jobs

Square Enix added further kindling to the bonfire of excitement around Dawntrail today when they released new art of Final Fantasy XIV’s upcoming jobs, Pictomancer and Viper. Posted on <...

FFXIV Won’t Be Changing Its Story Skip to Start New Players From Patch 6.1, Says Yoshi-P

Earlier this week, a resurfaced interview from 2023 with Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida, lead producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV, seemed to suggest that developers were eager to help new playe...

Yoshi-P Regrets Making FFXIV Less Stressful, Says Video Games Should Have "An Element of Stress,"

Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida, director and lead producer of Final Fantasy XIV, has stated that he believes they’ve removed too much of the “stress” from the game. The head of development for FFXI...

The Best Items to Buy With Tomestones of Poetics in FFXIV

In Final Fantasy XIV, Tomestones of Poetics are a default currency rewarded for completing duties, hunts, and other pieces of content past level 50. Initially used to secure high-level gear and...

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FFXIV Players Pay Tribute to Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama

On March 8, the sad news of the death of Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball and character artist for Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger, was announced. Multiple sources, includin...

How to Get Rathalos Gear in FFXIV

One of the most stylish armor sets in the Final Fantasy XIV wardrobe, the Rathalos gear is part of the Monster Hunter collaboration event, and sees the Warrior of Light deck themselves o...

FFXIV Moogle Treasure Trove First Hunt for Genesis Ends Next Week

On Jan. 30, Square Enix released the revamped and much improved Final Fantasy XIV Moogle Treasure Trove event, adding weekly, Minimog, and an Ultimog challenge to enhance the experience. Unfort...

Square Enix Unveils Teaser Video of Upcoming FFXIV Growing Light Soundtrack

Square Enix has hyped up the release of the Growing Light: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack with a new teaser video previewing many of the tracks on the new album. First announced in Janua...

FFXIV to Conclude 10th Anniversary Celebrations With 14-Hour Broadcast

A Realm Reborn, the re-release and rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV, first hit shelves in 2013, and 10 years later, Square Enix spent a full year celebrating the anniversary of the release. ...

FFXIV Players Who Use Xbox's Game Pass Will Lose Money by Sacrificing the Free Trial

With Final Fantasy XIV making its way to the Xbox Series X|S, new players on Microsoft’s family of consoles have been pleasantly surprised to find the game is also available on Game Pass. Howev...

How to Buy and Subscribe To FFXIV

Final Fantasy XIV is one of the premiere massively multiplayer online (MMO) games on the planet, with millions of subscribers worldwide, so it’s natural new players are looking to join all the ...

Get a Head Start on Making Your Dragon’s Dogma’s 2 Character as Creator Goes Live Early

When you first start an expansive RPG, like Dragon’s Dogma 2 promises to be, it’s easy to fall into the trap of the character creation screen, which many players sink hours into. Luckily, Capcom is gi...

FFXIV Patch 6.58 Releases Next Week

Despite the last patch releasing less than a month ago, Final Fantasy XIV will see its next patch later this month as Patch 6.58 releases on Tuesday, March 19. News of FFXIV’s next updat...

How to Get the Rathalos Mount in FFXIV

Final Fantasy XIV’s crossover events with other games give players a chance to obtain mounts, minions, and other rewards. In the case of the Monster Hunter World collaboration event from...