Final Fantasy XIV Is Getting Fall Guys-Inspired Mini-Games

In the words of Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, opposites attract. Perhaps that kernel of wisdom can explain the recent announcement that Final Fantasy XIV—an epic, fantasy MMORPG—is crossing over with Fall Guys—a colorful, small-scale battle royale—in a future update.

Final Fantasy XIV was a giant disaster when it first launched in 2010. However, following a complete shutdown of the original version in 2012, FFXIV was reworked into a better game known as Realm Reborn in August 2013, which was received much better by fans and critics. Since then, the game has received numerous updates and expansions, becoming one of the most popular MMOs in the world. And in the near future, the world of FFXIV will include Fall Guys content, for some odd reason.

The odd news was announced in Las Vegas by FFXIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida—known online as Yoshi P—during the first day of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest 2023 on July 28. While the team didn’t release any videos or trailers of the Fall Guys content coming to the game, some screenshots were shared that show obstacle courses familiar to anyone who has played Epic’s popular game show-like battle royale.

A screenshot shows FF 14's upcoming Fall Guys content.

Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

“These warriors of light are having a bit of a different time than usual,” joked Yoshida on stage during the keynote.

According to the producer and director, the new content will support up to 24 players at once and is currently in development. This new Fall Guys-inspired content won’t be added randomly to missions or in the open world, but will instead be added to the preexisting Golden Saucer, an in-game amusement park that contains mini-games for players to enjoy.

Yoshida further added that since it was given this opportunity the developer really tried its best to make the most of it. That’s evident in the screenshots, which contain obstacles and platforms that look very accurate to what you would see in Fall Guys. Even HUD elements from the battle royale seem to be included in FFXIV’s version.

A screenshot shows FF 14's upcoming Fall Guys content.

Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

As for when you’ll be able to play this, Yoshida promised the new mini-games would be included as part of the 6.5 updates sometime in September.

But if you really can’t wait for that and you need some Fall Guys X Final Fantasy content in your life sooner than later, I’ve got some good news for your weirdly specific desire. On August 23, a Final Fantasy-themed battle pass will launch in Fall Guys and will run for six weeks. The update will include costumes based on iconic Final Fantasy characters and creatures, like Chocobos.

Now, somebody just needs to add MC Skat Kat to one of these popular online video games. Please. Oh, and in other news, FFXIV is coming to Xbox Series X/S consoles later this year.


New WarioWare-Like Game Features 56 Minigames From Hell

Gif: Onion Soup Interactive / Kotaku

The world needs more silly minigame collections. This is something I’ve long believed. Yes, WarioWare is nice. But we need and deserve more. Lucky for us, Super 56—releasing on PC soon—seems to be answering the call and providing a new collection of odd, retro-inspired minigames that are controlled entirely by one single button.

First announced in March 2022 as Press A For Achievements, the re-titled Super 56 is seemingly inspired by minigame collections like WarioWare and Cooking Mama. As in those games, Super 56 features 56 (hence the name) tiny, bite-sized minigames. However, Super 56 is from Hell according to the game’s lore, which also says the collection was banned by the government and all copies were buried in a desert. But recently some Super 56 carts have appeared in Hell and some demons have saved up their money to buy a copy and experience the forbidden minigames.

The big difference between Super 56 and other minigame collections is that the entire game and all of the content in it is controlled using one single button. The developers even claim the game’s menus only rely on that same, singular button. If you are worried that might limit the variety of minigames in Super 56, a new trailer shows that isn’t the case.

IGN / Onion Soup Interactive

In the game’s official trailer, you can spot a dozen or more minigames that all seem to feature different art styles and gameplay mechanics. At one point the player is seen shooting demons in a Doom-like shooter and then a few seconds later they can be seen catching fish in an Animal Crossing-like world. There are also some very odd moments involving giant floating heads and people wearing hazmat suits in a low poly bathroom. I’m starting to understand why Super 56 was “banned” and sent to Hell.

Super 56 will also support online multiplayer, daily challenges, leaderboards, and unlockable modifiers and avatars. If you want to play Super 56 you can check out the game’s demo on Steam right now. 

As for when Super 56 will be released outside of Hell, no specific release date has been set but the husband and wife developers behind the game promise it’s coming soon to PC.


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