Square Enix Scales Back On Japan Crew For PAX East 2020

Square Enix announced today that, while they're not pulling out of PAX East 2020, they are scaling back what they're doing. The company sent out a notice today letting fans know that while they are not going to be leaving the convention like other companies, they are scaling back their plans. Due in part to the coronavirus, the company is canceling the travel plans for their Japan staff. The majority of which will affect Final Fantasy XIV. Here's the details from Square Enix.

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Since our team will not be in attendance, we are planning to scale down on our planned activities for Final Fantasy XIV:

  • Panel Session: The Artwork of Final Fantasy XIV: A Look Behind the Screen
    We will be cancelling the on-stage panel session due to the absence of the staff members who were scheduled to attend. However, we will be hosting a livestream live from Japan (in English & Japanese) that our fans can view on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 PM ET on the Final Fantasy XIV Twitch channel.
  • Developer Signing Sessions & Photo Opp
    We will be cancelling the signing sessions and photo opportunities, scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1.
  • Fan Gathering
    We have also cancelled our planned PAX East fan gathering event, slated for Friday, February 28. We are looking forward to hosting future fan gatherings in North America and we'll share more details on dates and locations in the future.

Square Enix will still host the Final Fantasy XIV booth on the show floor (#15010), and we hope you'll take part and enjoy the Ruby Weapon battle challenge, the New Player Experience, and photo opportunities.

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