It’s not precisely a secret to individuals who comply with my presence on varied feeds that I’m not doing nice proper now emotionally, however the prospect of Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 5.three actually does no less than assist take the sting off. And on the time you might be studying this, the patch goes to be right here in simply over two weeks. (It’s a bit longer as I write this.) Meaning we’ve gotten our ultimate preview of the patch, we all know what’s coming, and all that’s left to do is see how all the pieces involves an ending.
Sure, an ending. It’s not a secret that 5.three will contain the wrap-up of this explicit storyline, and which means the MSQ will transfer to different locations and now not be centered round this jaunt into the First. So what did we study throughout the reside letter? What has me curious or sounds fascinating? What ought to we spend the following couple of weeks speculating about? Properly, that’s what this column is for, naturally.
A frontal affront
It’s sort of a disgrace that the Bozja battlefield isn’t really going to be current within the patch till partway via the cycle as a result of it’s clearly one of many primary centerpieces of this explicit patch’s contents. And I actually suppose that’s noteworthy. This seems to be content material that’s each Eureka and the Deep Dungeon , providing you with a cause to go in there and take a look at a brand new type of content material to improve your relic.
After all, you’ll apparently have various choices to improve it as properly, so I believe that is going to be one thing of a weekly quest; do X quantity within the Bozjan Entrance or do Y by way of different content material, with each out there mainly if you wish to have two relics to work on. Or perhaps it’ll simply be one per week via both means, I’m unsure. (I do anticipate there can be some form of weekly gate on these items; it’s simply the best way the sport works.)
As for what we’ve really seen of the Entrance, I’m interested by the way it will play out. At a look, it looks as if one thing of a mixture between just a few items of acquainted content material, and on this explicit case I’m not speaking in regards to the leveling increase that it appears to be baked in to make it the brand new Deep Dungeon. It has shades of Eureka and the Baldesion Arsenal, however it additionally appears to have notes of some content material kinds from Last Fantasy XI (particularly the territory management) and some different ideas bouncing round.
I do surprise how pleasant it is going to be for lone individuals wandering in. There doesn’t appear to be the fundamental stage grinding we noticed in Eureka, with gamers as a substitute looking for out the specialised additional actions that come together with the zone. That having been stated, it’s an open query how a lot grinding is required and the way exhausting many of the enemies will hit. All of that are variables we received’t know for some time.
Nonetheless, it’s undoubtedly a centerpiece of the patch. It’s a disgrace it’s not going reside on day one, in a means, however that’s in all probability additionally an excellent factor to offer individuals one thing to do after just a few weeks. It’s the plain “let’s see how this works” new addition to the sport for the enlargement, in different phrases.
What the heck is subsequent within the MSQ?
As regularly occurs, the trailer gave us a complete lot of photos, however it didn’t give us a really clear image of what’s occurring subsequent. It’s clear from the bosses and enemies that we have seen that gamers can be preventing in each Il Mheg and Lakeland, however it’s additionally not clear in precisely which elements of those zones… and we additionally nonetheless don’t have a transparent image of what we’ll be preventing.
However we will make a guess as a result of we now know that the gear coming from the dungeon seems like Ascian robes. That in all probability implies that no matter we’re dealing with off in opposition to is not going to be Elidibus on the finish, just because we very not often have our large show-stopper dungeon that leads right into a trial struggle in opposition to the very same enemy.
I’ve gone on file as saying that what we’re going to face is finally going to be immediately tied to the Crystal Exarch. There are just a few causes for this, and truthfully, the outline we do have of the thriller trial appears to help it. What we all know is that it’s alleged to be a fearsome new foe and that it’s going to take a look at us as we’ve got by no means been examined earlier than. Each of those statements rule out a whole lot of the plain potential enemies.
Elidibus? Not a brand new foe, and actually an enemy we’ve got fought repeatedly who assessments us in a slightly acquainted means. Cloud of Darkness (that’s been tossed round as a idea)? Additionally not a brand new foe. However the Crystal Exarch in some type wouldn’t solely be a brand new foe, he’d be a take a look at we’ve by no means needed to face earlier than, killing somebody who we do genuinely like and who is our ally.
For that matter, we additionally know that sending the Scions again by way of his dying has at all times been a risk. He even says as a lot on the finish of the preliminary enlargement MSQ earlier than discarding the concept. It’s very potential that that is going to be a scenario whereby he has to take motion now as a result of he – and the Scions – are out of time in any other case. A final-minute tragedy by which it’s a must to do one thing you don’t wish to do.
After all, it’s additionally all however actually going to tie again into the entire Crystal Tower sequence as properly. And contemplating how tied to that set of occasions he’s… properly. Suffice it to say that I really feel no less than fairly assured on this one.
This may proceed
It seems that Yoko Taro needs gamers to imagine they’ve a transparent image of what’s occurring subsequent based mostly on NieR: Automata. This doesn’t imply that these raids will play good. Certainly, the teases and glimpses we’ve seen of the bunker right here implies that whereas we’re nonetheless getting a wholesome dose of nostalgic bosses, very like Return to Ivalice, these raids should not solely unafraid to shock you however really keen to take action.
I slightly like this reality, fact be advised. Whereas some individuals are going to at all times be upset in the event that they anticipate A and are ultimately advised B, it’s fully in line with the spirit of this crossover to softly trick the viewers into considering that one factor is coming when it’s really one thing else altogether.
And for my cash, what’s most fascinating here’s what new issues Yoko Taro intends to make use of the crossover to say. In any case, that’s additionally his model. That’s what the earlier video games he’s made have been all about, and that’s not precisely one thing that FFXIV shies away from within the first place. That implies that all bets are off for the wrap-up right here… however I wouldn’t be shocked in any respect if 2P herself seems to be a extra enigmatic determine than we’ve got seen up to now.
As at all times, suggestions is welcome within the feedback down under or by way of mail to [email protected]. Subsequent week, let’s speak in regards to the problem of dungeons and what it means to be good at content material. It’s extra advanced than you would possibly suppose.