Wisdom of Nym: The final countdown before Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.2

We still don’t technically know when Final Fantasy XIV is launching its next patch, but we can also figure it out. It was always slated for late January, and there’s another live letter this Friday, which means that the patch is almost certainly arriving on the 30th. Considering that we always get patch notes before the actual release, I’d say it would be a bit silly to have a whole preview event the day before patch notes come out, and it wouldn’t really mesh with prior experience.

In other words, we’ve got a little more time before the patch, and there’s more to be seen about what it actually entails, so let’s talk about both our known unknowns and our unknown unknowns as well as breaking down some other bits that we haven’t heard about yet which are conspicuous for their absence. It’s worth paying attention to some of this; that’s my point here.

Omega: Sigmascape

It's a secret to everybody.Ah, an entire wing of Omega dedicated to fighting enemies from the Megaman X series! That’ll be fun. I honestly think that our lack of information about this one so far comes down to a matter of understandable secrecy more than anything, because thus far we actually don’t know how future installments with Omega are going to go, and giving us a boss layout ahead of time would have given us everything we needed to know.

See, the first installment of Omega brought in four bosses from Final Fantasy V. This is fine and entirely in keeping with the theme up to this point because Omega’s first historical appearance was in Final Fantasy V and it had a framing device that made sense. Omega isn’t the first boss we’ve inherited from that game, though; Gilgamesh and Shinryu have already gotten their own appearances in various forms, after all.

This all raises the question about what the next wave will look like. Will it be more bosses from FFV? Another four-boss sampler from a past game? Or something entirely different? All of the above are entirely possible, due in no small part to the fact that we don’t know at this point what the overarching theme of the Omega runs is going to be.

With Binding Coil and Alexander, it was obvious more or less from the start what was going on and what sort of enemies we could expect to see. Omega, on the other hand, provides less indication. More stuff drawing from the past makes sense, but more original things to us also make sense, considering that Omega itself is an entity out of time and space looking for challenges. I look forward to learning more about it on Friday; hopefully from there we can get a pretty decent picture of the upcoming content.

Eureka

While this isn’t slated for release until 4.25, we’ll likely see more previews of it, and part of me wonders with some amount of dread if this won’t serve as both the deep dungeon and the exploration region for this expansion. That, quite honestly, does not appeal. While Diadem had its issues and Palace of the Dead did as well, the two serve different design goals; working leveling content into an exploration zone feels like it might turn into an uncomfortable cop-out.

For the moment, however, it’s best to put that anxiety to one side and focus on the promise of a new take on the content. I think one of the things that Eureka needs to accomplish which Diadem had a hard time managing is to give people a sense of why this content should be run instead of something else; that doesn’t necessarily mean huge rewards, just offering something noteworthy and desirable that is also optional. New relic armor or similar enhancements would certainly fit the bill.

Expect to get the broadest sense of what this offers with this letter, then. Not all of the details, but some hints about it.

New gear

Make me destroy.We have enough history to draw upon at this point that we can reliably estimate the new gear coming with this update. A new dungeon set, a new Omega set, a new tomestone set, and from the looks of it a new PvP set (although it’s possible that the last set is limited to the Feast, which would be stupid but has been known to happen). Right now, we’ve seen the new dungeon set, which appears to be a redeco of the Castrum Abania set. It’s a good choice; that set tends to get overlooked rather quickly based on where it comes in, and there’s some good design in there.

I expect that we’ll see the new Omega and tomestone sets with the live letter. There’s also the possibility that we’ll get a new crafted set, probably a dyeable version of existing sets; that might be held back until Eureka, though. It’d also be nice if this is when we get to remove the “antiquated” tag from our existing artifact sets to unlock dye options, although that in and of itself might tie into Eureka. Further bulletins as events warrant.

Last but not least, I wonder if we’re going to get our existing Ala Mhigan gear added to hunt vendors. That would be a nice change in and of itself, both for gearing up and just to even out the gear curve. It’s always nice to have new stuff to spend hunt seals on, and the addition of those sets in Heavensward made it that much easier to catch up with alts.

Other novelty

We’ll be getting new hairstyles. We always get new hairstyles, new mounts, and new pets. That’s just how the world works and it’s not changing now.

What I’d really like to see are some more darn egi glamours. We’ve moved beyond the point where all pets look the same, but the result is just that we’re all sporting Carbuncle instead of Ifrit and Garuda. Let’s see some more options. More egis we don’t have yet, even. Seriously, there’s the opportunity for some fun sidequests in there even for people who don’t main summoner, add in some cosmetic gear as a reward and we’re good to go.

I’m also expecting one or two additional little quality improvements here and there in addition to the new glamour dresser; that alone is a nice quality of life shift, but more is better. Stacking items to 999 helps, too. Maybe some unification of hunts seals like I’ve been agitating for? It’d be nice.

Housing

Furthermore, we’ll be making changes to how plots are purchased. We’ll announce the changes right before additional plots are made available.

Seriously, this feels like a dodge when we’re getting this close to more housing. Either there’s actually a serious change being rolled out… or there aren’t any real or substantial changes and it’s going to be another rush to be the first one to click in. Which is going to put the lie to this.

I really want to stop talking about this. Stop having it be so freaking bad.

As always, feedback is welcome in the comments or via mail to eliot@massivelyop.com. Next week, we’ll actually have our last batch of previews and we’ll be close to the patch… so of course, that’s when it seems like it’s the best time to talk about trials, raids, alliance raids, and how many styles of content we’ve got in the game right now.

The Nymian civilization hosted an immense amount of knowledge and learning, but so much of it has been lost to the people of Eorzea. That doesn’t stop Eliot Lefebvre from scrutinizing Final Fantasy XIV each week in Wisdom of Nym, hosting guides, discussion, and opinions without so much as a trace of rancor.
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Mr Poolaty

As far as I understood it other jobs would get different musical instruments to play along side bard… But maybe they 3 other instruments are still bard only…

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Mr Poolaty

I do play summoner on here or ffxi but on ffxi you had to fight the primals in special battles and then if beaten you could summon them. I don’t know why something like this hasn’t happened on 14… There’s what 2 egis…

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Albert Guzman

Summoners have Egis, Bards have music now. Are there other cosmetic features that the rest of the jobs could get? Anybody have any ideas? Heck, I think that could make for a good speculative article. Just what could be added to each job to give it more flavor?

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nobleeinherjar

I would be so down with some Megaman X enemies appearing in a raid. FFXIV is the one MMO where I would love to see crazy cross-overs. I don’t know what it is about FFXIV, but it wouldn’t affect my sense of immersion like it would in other MMOs. I’ve imagined in the past fighting the Mana Beast or Lavos, or turning the Mana Palace or Black Omen into raids. Though maybe those examples aren’t soooo crazy, since those are also from SE properties. The one cross-over that hurts is the one they’ve done twice(?) for DQX. I’d sub to that game in a heartbeat if they brought it West ..

More on topic, I’m always hopeful for a massive housing revamp, but I’m also not holding my breath. I count my lucky stars I even have an apartment. It feels weird to say I’m excited for 4.2 even though I probably won’t be playing it anytime soon. I guess because the glamour dresser alone is poised to make me so very happy. I also want more glamours for egis, and more egis in general. I don’t play a SMN and don’t really ever intend to (as much as I’d like to see all Class/Jobs stories), but I’ve always wanted the best for Summoners.

But the end of January brings Monster Hunter World. I’m itching to resub to FFXIV but I know I won’t give it the time it deserves until my hype for MH calms a little.

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Sorenthaz

Personally I’m still disappointed that we saw FFXIV crossover content in Phantasy Star Online 2, but no PSO2 crossover content in FFXIV yet.