FFXIV Prepares for Blue Mage and Shadowbringers with 4.5

The Final Fantasy Fan Festival provided a whole lot of things for Final Fantasy XIV players to get excited about, and a lot of that excitement is coming early with FFXIV patch 4.5, which will not only introduce a new Job ahead of time but will also lay the groundwork for the upcoming Shadowbringers expansion.

ffxiv patch 4.5

According to details revealed during the Live Letter held at the Fan Festival, Blue Mage will be a “limited” class restricted to a cap of level 50 and unable to enter normal content queues. However, it will also have a variety of entirely unique and extremely powerful skills for a distinct solo experience. Blue Mages will even get their own queue known as The Masked Carnivale, which provides additional challenges once their Blue Mage is at level 50. Players can still form groups themselves if they so wish, however.

In addition to the Blue Mage’s arrival, patch 4.5 will bring on another series of Main Scenario Quests; further Hildibrand adventures, wrap up the Four Lords content; add the third chapter in the Return to Ivalice raids; and introduce other content and quality-of-life features like the ability to travel between servers on the same data center via Aetheryte.

Patch 4.5 will be released in two parts, with part 1 due in January of 2019. As for the Shadowbringers expansion, that comes in Summer of 2019, bringing more new Jobs, a new race and a whole lot more. A teaser site for Shadowbringers is currently online, while a video showcasing the Blue Mage in action is below.

Our Thoughts

Now THIS is how you host an event for the fans (cough cough). Final Fantasy XIV’s upcoming content is definitely exciting, and we’ve still got another two Fan Festivals in Paris and Japan coming down the line, so we expect the Shadowbringers reveals to get even more impressive.

Source: press release

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Final Fantasy XV Announces Standalone Multiplayer Release and FFXIV Crossover

A recent Final Fantasy XV anniversary livestream had a whole lot to say to mark the game’s two-year anniversary, and while most of the announcements are understandably single-player focused, there are a couple of multiplayer-related tidbits in there. Namely, a standalone release for the multiplayer Comrades mode and a crossover event with Final Fantasy XIV.

final fantasy xv anniversary livestream

Multiplayer: Comrades, the small-scale online co-op multiplayer mode of the game that was released last year, is now going to be its own standalone title for Xbox One and PS4. This effectively shuts down the mode’s inclusion from the original title, though the PC version will continue to receive these updates.

This new release will introduce 10 new bosses for players to face off against. It will arrive on December 12th at 5pm PST and will cost $9.99 for new arrivals or will be granted for free to those who purchased the expansion previously.

As for the Final Fantasy XIV crossover event, that will also arrive on December 12th as a free update to all Final Fantasy XV players. The crossover quest will introduce Noctis and his companions to the Miqo’te Y’jhimei, ultimately culminating in a fight against the wind Primal Garuda from FFXIV. Special XIV-themed costumes await as a reward for completing this event.

Naturally, there are trailers for these updates. The XIV collab trailer can be viewed here and the latest Comrades trailer is here.

Our Thoughts

It’s interesting that they’ve decided to release Comrades as a standalone title on consoles, but considering that the original game’s DLC is winding down, perhaps they’re trying to trim as much as they can. In any case, we do hope that fans of this particular title enjoy both the online multiplayer and the collab event.

Source: press release

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FFXIV 4.45 Adds Eureka Pyros and More Hildibrand

The supplemental Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.45 has released, and with it a couple of nice little side activities for players of the MMORPG to take up. Primarily, the new Eureka land of Pyros and the further adventures of Hildibrand, Investigator Extraordinaire.

final fantasy xiv patch 4.45

Eureka Pyros brings players into an underground network of caves in the mountains of the zone, trading in cold tundra views of the previous region to rock and magma. The new region also brings on the previously detailed Logos Actions system that affords classes new skills in the instance.

Patch 4.45 also continues Hildibrand’s sidequest, where players must assist the self-described investigator extraordinaire in finding a legendary sword of great power. There’s also been additional furnishings, emotes and hairstyles added with this patch.

The complete patch notes can be read at this link.

Our Thoughts

To be completely honest, our eyes are still a little crossed after looking at that explanation of the Logos Actions system…but maybe it’ll become more lucid once we’ve had some hands-on time with it. In any case, we hope that these little additions of content for FFXIV are enjoyable to fans.

Source: press release

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Final Fantasy XIV Details New Eureka Systems and Sells Sky Whales

More than a few of us were pretty much in love with Final Fantasy XIV‘s newest mount, and really you can’t blame us because “sky whale” is the best fantasy thing ever. However, if you’re more about actual gameplay things, there’s a dev blog detailing a new Eureka Pyros system that lets the game’s Jobs take on some new abilities.

eureka pyros system

We’ll get the sky whales thing out of the way first: the game’s Mog Station cash shop is now selling the Indigo Whale mount, a floating whale that can travel across land, air and underwater. The mount can seat one other party member and, like other mounts from the cash shop, is an account-wide item. It’ll set you back about $30.

On the gameplay side of things, the most recent dev blog has outlined the Logos Action system that’s coming with the arrival of Eureka Pyros. This new system will allow Jobs to take on new skills that would otherwise not be available to them, such as letting a Ninja use tank abilities or a Black Mage use heals.

Here’s, roughly, how it works: you collect logograms from activities in Eureka Pyros and bring them to an NPC to combine into a Logos Duty Action. Three of these skills can be stored at a time, and as players push through the Eureka Pyros story, they’ll even be able to tie two actions together into one skill.

There’s a bit more to it than that synopsis, of course, so those interested will want to read the full post. If you’d rather see more sky whale, though, we’ve got you covered with the video below.

Our Thoughts

Guys, the whale has a bunch of rugs on it. Ahem…the Logos Action system definitely sounds interesting and we kind of hope that it finds its way into the full game, but we’re also not holding our breath in seeing that happen. …sky whale.

Sources: Mog Station email, official site

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Final Fantasy XIV Dates 2018’s All Saints’ Wake

Yep, it’s another Halloween MMO event. Lots of ’em fluttering about, naturally. This one is certainly familiar to Final Fantasy XIV fans; it’s All Saints’ Wake 2018 and it has its arrival date and a look at the cute goodies waiting as a reward.

all saints' wake 2018

This year’s All Saints’ Wake festivities will take place between Thursday, October 18th and Thursday, November 1st. The seasonal quest line begins in Old Gridania and has players once more looking into the suspected ill doings of the visiting Continental Circus.

As is often the case with seasonal event pages for this game, specifics on just what this year’s celebration entails are a bit thin. However, the blurb detailing the quest does make mention of the Circus’ mansion, which means the Halloween-themed four-player dungeon that takes place in a dressed-up Haukke Manor may play a part.

What is detailed are the rewards waiting for those who participate in the event. Players can get themselves a pair of cute little ghost Minion pets and a selection of All Saints’ Wake housing decor.

Our Thoughts

Look, it might be a rehash of the last time Final Fantasy XIV players had this event, but we’ve got to admit that those ghost pets are pretty darn cute. We’re hoping that this year’s event doesn’t disappoint too many fans.

Source: official site

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FFXIV’s Producer Remarks on Continued DDoS Attacks

For whatever reason, some very sad sacks have felt that continued Final Fantasy XIV DDoS attacks are a great idea, which has brought out the MMORPG’s producer to offer a few words of explanation, reassurance and apology in equal measure.

final fantasy xiv ddos

Naoki Yoshida offered his own words on the intermittent attacks on FFXIV, which have been occurring over the past few days. While all data centers have been under assault, the EU data center appears to be a frequent target, with several hundred to several thousands of disconnects occurring during these attacks. NA data centers are seeing similar issues on a smaller scale, while Japanese data centers are experiencing lag as a result of defensive measures in place.

Yoshida confirmed that the team is working with several upstream ISPs to address the situation and to continue to defend against these DDoS attacks. “We are doing our best to provide optimal countermeasures across all Data Centers to prevent major issues,” he writes. “However some defensive measures have had side effects, and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience they are causing our players.”

“We would like to ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to do our best to address ongoing issues,” closes the post.

Our Thoughts

As is often the way of these things, we’ll just all have to ride out this newest asshole wave until said assholes get bored and move on to another new target. In the meantime, we appreciate Mr. Yoshida’s candor regarding the matter.

Source: official site

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Final Fantasy XIV Creates New Infographics

Infographics are often a fun way for MMOs and other games to mark time, and Final Fantasy XIV is certainly no stranger to the idea. With the MMO’s fifth year celebration all wrapped up, new FFXIV infographics have offered a variety of truly unique metrics to commemorate the milestone.

ffxiv infographics

The infographics in question cover a couple of the expected bases such as number of players and accolades, but there are a couple of other fascinating pieces of trivia pulled together by the devs.

Among them are the fact that you can listen to the MMO’s entire soundtrack while driving the full length of Route 66 at 70mph, or the fact that the House Fortemps guards have performed enough squats to power an electric car around the circumference of the Earth, assuming the heat energy was converted to electrical power.

In other FFXIV community news, the devs have chosen the winners for the Ranged and Melee Physical DPS gear designed by the players. Melee characters are soon to get a pretty unique techno bodysuit and ranged players are due to enjoy a steampunk outfit. The winners and runners-up can be all seen here.

Our Thoughts

Infographics are pretty neat, but we have to give some extra kudos to the folks who compiled this data to create Final Fantasy XIV’s infographics. Who would sit there and think about how much energy squatting would produce? That’s either dedication, insanity, boredom, or a combination of the three.

Source: official site

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Final Fantasy XIV’s Prelude in Violet Gets its Patch Notes

Prior to Prelude’s proper arrival, preliminary patch notes are posted for players to peruse. Which is a silly way of saying that Final Fantasy XIV has posted the Prelude in Violet patch notes ahead of the MMORPG’s update next week.

prelude in violet patch notes

As usual, the notes provide a little more context for the upcoming MSQ and other instanced content, but it also provides some more information that wasn’t otherwise obvious in the blurbs offered by the patch’s mini-site.

For a start, the game has made several adjustments to Gold Saucer events; payouts for certain GATE events and the Jumbo Cactpot from 2nd to 5th place have been increased, and the cost of Mini-Cactpot tickets have been knocked down to 10 MGP each.

There are also a variety of buffs being applied to the game’s classes. Some of the most striking include a 1 second recast time to the Astrologian’s Minor Arcana, Lord of Crowns and Lady of Crowns cards; buffs to potency for several Red Mage skills; and buffs to a number of the Samurai’s combo actions.

Of course, there’s much more than just those, so take some time to look it all over when you can.

Our Thoughts

As is usually the case for FFXIV’s patch notes, the devils are inthe details and this set of notes has plenty of things for players of the MMO to chew on. We’d love to hear your own impressions of what changes you’re most intrigued by, so feel free to share below.

Source: official site

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Final Fantasy XIV Debuts a New Trailer for Patch 4.4

During the fifth anniversary livestream with the devs of Final Fantasy XIV, players got a number of new details for the upcoming Prelude in Violet update, including a new patch 4.4 trailer and word of a variety of new instances and features.

patch 4.4 trailer

In addition to the features already outlined, the upcoming patch will also introduce a new Trial against Suzaku; the final tier of the Omega raid series; additional content for the Lost Canals of Uznair treasure-hunting instance; and a few other more fluffy updates such as mannequins for housing, the ability to tag housing estates, and new features for the Ceremony of Eternal Bonding.

The latest update has also included a calendar date for Prelude in Violet’s launch, bringing all of the Garlean-centered story content and more on Tuesday, September 18th.

More details and screens can be found on the update’s mini-site and, of course, there’s also that trailer mentioned earlier which can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

While calling this patch “more of the same” might sound like a dig at what’s next, what we really mean is that the consistency and depth of each of Final Fantasy XIV’s patch updates continue to impress. As ever, we’re looking forward to taking a much closer look at all of the things to come with Prelude in Violet. Also, maybe we’ll get some sort of hints about that whole Shadowbringers expansion rumor? Maybe? Probably not, though.

Source: press release

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Mini-Site Opens for Final Fantasy XIV’s Next Patch

The next content patch for Final Fantasy XIV is looming large and so that means a Patch 4.4 mini-site! Prelude in Violet has begun to spin up the hype machine for its features with a few new screenshots and early details for fans of the MMORPG.

patch 4.4 mini-site

The mini-site offers the usual brief blurbs about some of the content coming to the game and a few accompanying screenshots. This time around, it offers a few words on the MSQ’s general story beats; a peek into he Burn and hard mode Saint Mocianne’s Arboretum dungeons; and a quick look at the reconstruction of Doma that will feature.

In other FFXIV news, the devs will be holding their 14-hour anniversary broadcast this coming Friday, August 31st at 8pm PDT. Details on the when, who and where on that front can be read on this website.

As for patch 4.4, the mini-site also reaffirms that Prelude in Violet will be arriving to players at some point in mid-September. You can take in what’s available now here.

Our Thoughts

Not a huge amount of information, granted, but something is usually better than nothing when it comes to learning what’s next for Final Fantasy XIV. It will be interesting indeed to learn just where the story will be going and what sort of other features are coming with this update.

Source: official site

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