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Fat Chocobos Can Fly In Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward


Earlier this month was the birthday of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida. Instead of spending his birthday with friends and family, though, Yoshida was at the office, working on the final checks to the upcoming Heavensward expansion.


In response to all the birthday wishes he received from players, Yoshida also posted a brief message to the Final Fantasy XIV forums, “leaking” an in-game screenshot of a fat Chocobo in flight. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will introduce flying mounts to the MMO, so it’s interesting to know that fat Chocobos will be among these.


Here’s Yoshida’s message in full:


Hi everyone. Producer and Director here!

Thank you very much for all your comments wishing me a happy birthday!
To receive such well-wishings from you all is truly an honor as both a game developer and an MMORPG manager.


Even on my birthday I haven’t been at home eating cake; I’m currently being chased for the final checks for the master version of Heavensward!

As thanks for all of your comments helping me celebrate my birthday, I thought I might as well leak a screenshot….


All of us here at the development team will do our very best working on Heavensward for the release. Not long to go now!



Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will be released on June 23rd.

Ishaan Sahdev
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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.