As reported in the past, Final Fantasy XIV is getting a Gold Saucer area, where players will be able to hang out and play mini-games, and recently Square Enix shared a few scant details on just what kind of games you’ll be playing.
Among the playable games will be Chocobo Racing (which was present in Final Fantasy VII) and the Triple Triad card game (from Final Fantasy VIII), the development team revealed In a “Letter from the Producer” Q&A. You can find the appropriate quotes below.
Q5: Will additional fees be required in addition to our monthly subscription to access all the content in the Gold Saucer?
A5: No, there will not be. Everything will be handled with in-game currency. We intentionally made it so it wouldn’t get mixed up with things like online casinos, so we can avoid the hurdles of ratings and laws for each country. Players will be able purchase a new type of currency called Manderville Gold Saucer points using gil, but these are untradeable and cannot be sold on the market.
Q7: How many different types of games will there be at the Gold Saucer? Please tell us what we can do there.
A7: We can’t reveal the full amount of details, but there will be things like chocobo racing, Triple Triad, and other mini-games.
Q9: Will we be able to summon our chocobo companion for chocobo racing? If so, will our companion ranks affect the race?
A9: You will have separate chocobos to use in chocobo racing and you won’t be using your companion. Raising chocobos and racing chocobos will be separate.
Q10: Will we be able to compete against other players in Triple Triad?
A10: You’ll be able to play against NPCs and other players too. Make sure to get all the cards! We’re planning to have 80 cards available at launch, with more to come later.
Q11: How can we obtain the Triple Triad cards?
A11: Playing against and defeating NPCs and exchanging the new currency in the Gold Saucer. You’ll also be able to earn rare drops from battle content.
You can find the full Q&A in this forum thread.
Note: Image from Final Fantasy VIII’s version of Triple Triad.