A long running gag in the Final Fantasy franchise is that fat chocobos have never been spotted flying. In fact, I don’t even think they’ve ever been seen running either. They just sit there, randomly falling from the sky on enemies or hoarding your candy until you come back for it at a later date! Get off your butt, and help save the Earth!
Well, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is finally going to kick these lazy jerks into gear, get the rust off their wings, and put them on a treadmill in the sky. Director Naoki Yoshida skipped his birthday (awww) and instead worked on making sure everything would run smoothly when his first major expansion launches on June 23. In response to all the happy wishes, he created a little birthday magic and gave back to the people with this screenshot.
Yes, that fat chocobo is flying! Decades of jokes have just gone down the drain, proving once and for all that these slobs can be of bigger assistance to the Heroes of Light.
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!
I LOVE “YOU” GUYS!
Yoshida, along with Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata, is just one of the many new faces at Square Enix hired to “keep it real” with the fanbase. The new Square Enix listens to feedback and keeps an air of transparency with fans, and it just so happens that this new style helped Yoshida turn a failure of an MMORPG in the absolute best Final Fantasy game in over a decade.
It’s only going to get bigger, too. Bigger than the backside of a fat chocobo.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will launch on June 23 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.