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Final Fantasy XIV-related 'The Father of Light' Story Gets Live-Action TV Miniseries

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Live-action project adapts real-life blog about father, son playing Final Fantasy XIV together

Square Enix announced during a "34th Producer Letter" livestream on December 24 that the Final Fantasy XIV-related story Hikari no Otōsan (The Father of Light) is getting a live-action television miniseries. Although the series isn't directly adapting a Final Fantasy game, Square Enix is touting the series as the "first live-action work of Final Fantasy," and the show's full title is Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan.

Square Enix announced on Friday that Yūdai Chiba (live-action ReLIFE's Ryo Yoake, live-action Ao Haru Ride's Toma Kikuchi) is starring in the series, and Ren Ōsugi (Shin Godzilla's Prime Minister) is playing the father. The series will premiere on April 16 on MBS, and on April 18 on TBS.

"Ichigeki Kakusatsu SS Nikki" writes the online blog, based on real-life experiences. The blog chronicles a father who is over 60, and his son as they play the Final Fantasy XIV game together. The series will follow both men as the game brings them closer together while each of them are also holding onto a secret.

Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIV Online for personal computers in September 2010. After criticism from fans, the company revealed an updated version of the game titled Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn that added a new world and story. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launched on Windows PC and PS3 in August 2013, and then on PS4 in April 2014. Square Enix released the first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, titled Heavensward, in June 2015. The company will release the second expansion, titled Stormblood, on June 20.

Final Fantasy XIV currently has more than 6 million players.

Images © 2017 Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otōsan Production Committee

Sources: Dengeki Online (Tasun), Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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