Square-Enix is flipping the hype machine for this year’s Fan Festival in Las Vegas, which will not only be the first event for the Final Fantasy franchise in two years, but also the first in-person event since the start of the COVID pandemic. The company hopes to “host [its] Biggest Audience Ever” at the “Spacious Las Vegas Convention Center” – an upgrade from the “hotel ballrooms of previous shows”. The actual event will take place on July 28th and 29th.
In addition to battle challenges and competitions, attendees can expect concerts, developer panels, and the requisite keynote from Yoshi-P, but don’t worry: the entire show will be streamed for those who don’t want to travel to Vegas and pay $199 US for the event.
While Square says its goal is to get as many people in as possible, it’s clearly preparing for a rush as it’s running a lottery for active-priority tickets Final Fantasy XIV subs. Registration for this lottery is now live and runs until February 25th; If selected, you will be contacted by March 3rd to purchase up to two tickets (or opt-out at that time). After March 13, remaining tickets will be offered to the public.
The pre-sale lottery is run through Showclix and as I type this there is a short queue just to register.
Readers will recall that many in-person gaming events, including PAX, have relatively strict COVID protection requirements, but according to Square’s FAQ, vaccinations and masks are only “recommended” and not mandatory for the fan festival.
We are happy to announce them #FFXIV Fan Festival 2023 in Las Vegas Ticket Details! 🌐
We’re excited to be hosting in-person events again, and invite our Warriors of Light to celebrate the North American Fan Festival with us this July! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/LnuabJvwhZ
— FINAL FANTASY XIV (@FF_XIV_EN) February 17, 2023
https://massivelyop.com/2023/02/17/final-fantasy-xiv-opens-fan-festival-2023-tickets-registrations-through-a-lottery-system/ Final Fantasy XIV opens ticket registration for Fan Festival 2023 via lottery system