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Final Fantasy XIV wraps up the Heavensward story on March 28th

In less than a week, the first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV is coming to an end. The final story patch for Heavensward, 3.56, is arriving on March 28th, with accompanying maintenance starting at midnight EDT. The first half of the story already had a fair amount of death and revelation, but this is where we find out exactly what happens leading into our journey toward Ala Mhigo and Doma in Stormblood.

Of course, there's a main scenario preview available right now, but be fairly warned that it's a pretty notable spoiler for anyone who hasn't already done the first half of the 3.5 story. Suffice it to say that the solution to the major problem at the end of that first half was not nearly as final as may have been surmised, and more is coming right along the path. Feel free to speculate about what happens next; you've only got a few days left until you find out one way or the other.

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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV's removed skills, Ranged/Caster edition

Well, folks, by all reasonable estimation we're going to have the final story patch of Heavensward next week. Why? Because there's no more March for it to exist in after that. So it seems like a reasonable prediction, and it also gives me just enough time to finish up with these Final Fantasy XIV skill predictions before I want to move on to reviewing the expansion in hindsight anyhow. So everybody wins, if I double up today.

The first installment is all about tanks, while the second installment is all about melee DPS. As always, the usual disclaimer applies that this is all speculation, not absolute fact; I don't have a clearer picture than you do about how abilities are actually being arranged. If you think I'm wrong? I might very well be wrong! All I can do is justify what I say and make my case. Let's move on.

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The Daily Grind: Will World of Warcraft hold its 7.2 patch until June?

On October 24th, World of Warcraft launched patch 7.1, which contained a lot of not-quite-ready-for-launch Legion features and a bit of content. Since then, the game hasn't really launched any content. Sure, patch 7.1.5 launched in early January, but that just added the Brawler's Guild back to the game for content (which, admittedly, has a lot of new boss fights). We're looking at a content gap that's starting to spread out a fair bit already, and patch 7.2 is coming out... well, eventually?

Of course, MOP's Bree and I are in pretty close agreement about when it's coming out: June. Because that's when a new Final Fantasy XIV expansion and The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind both launch, so they're going to want to try to kneecap both of those launches.

At least from this side of the fence, that's a pretty dumb plan. It's the same plan that was in place for patch 6.2 of Warlords of Draenor, which wound up with lots of complaints about the delays, and it doesn't seem to have really crippled the launch it wanted to "intercept" there, either. Still, it's the sort of plan that Blizzard has used in the patch, and with two big competing releases in the same month it seems almost absurd to think it wouldn't be tried. So what do you think, dear readers? What do you think the odds are of WoW holding its next patch until June? And how much grousing do you expect if people are waiting that long for more content?

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Final Fantasy XIV discontinues 90-day subscription option for PS3 players on March 18

If you're playing Final Fantasy XIV on a PlayStation 3, your days are numbered. Support for the platform is being discontinued with the launch of Stormblood, something that the official site is reminding remaining console players about on a regular basis. This is why the option to pay for a 90-day subscription for PS3 users is being removed on the weekend of March 18th; you won't have more than 90 days to play, so it's unfair to have you pay for that full subscription.

Of course, if you are on PS3 and want to keep playing, the game is still running on PC and PS4, and you can take advantage of the game's upgrade option to move your account to the PS4 at no additional cost. (If you don't already own a PS4, it's still a bit pricey.) It's just the end of support for the old hardware already struggling on occasion, but it's being done with an eye toward transparency for players on every platform.

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PAX East 2017: Final Fantasy XIV's Q&A panel

At the time of this writing, there's just over a hundred days until Stormblood launches, expanding the world of Final Fantasy XIV for the second time. We'll no doubt learn more about the expansion before that launch happens, but the second day of PAX East gave players a chance to ask about the game directly from the producer and director himself, Mr. Naoki Yoshida. He's kind of a big deal.

Much as the team has done with previous PAX East events, Yoshida took both pre-written questions from fans on the show floor and live questions taken directly from the audience in attendance. While there were no huge revelations, there were plenty of tidbits for players to chew on as the game moves along through the remaining months until the launch of the second expansion. And, of course, there's plenty of stuff to speculate about, but isn't there always?

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Final Fantasy XIV fans mine out more Stormblood details from Japanese interviews

If you're a Final Fantasy XIV fan, you're used to getting bits and pieces of information based on what has or hasn't been translated into your native language. Since this site is in English, it can be assumed that most of our readers are at least passingly familiar with the language, so we're happy to say that a new batch of Japanese interviews has been translated and summarized thanks to enterprising fans on Reddit. And it's got some juicy information that you might not have otherwise, which is so much the better.

First and foremost, enterprising Red Mage players will want to stock up on caster gear and INT accessories, as the translations indicate the job will share the caster gear pool. The developers are looking into ensuring that gear only drops which at least one person in a group can roll Need on, however, at least for 8-person content. The upcoming Omega raid will have two difficulties, just like Alexander, but the designers are considering adding a little something for odd patches for players who have already cleared the savage difficulty. It hasn't been officially translated yet, of course, but it's worth considering as we approach the Stormblood launch.

Source: Reddit

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Wisdom of Nym: The next few months for Final Fantasy XIV

Fellow fans of Final Fantasy XIV, I'm not going to lie to you: The next few months in the game will be rough. Not because we'll lack for things to do, of course, but because we're all going to be waiting for the other shoe to drop. We all know what's coming, and we've even got more stuff to learn about, like the details of the system revision and the exact story transition. But there are a bit more than 100 days left until Stormblood releases, and we're all going to be staring with rapt attention until it actually happens.

That having been said, we are going to have more stuff to do over the next few months. Depending on when in the day you read this, the game might be down for maintenance right now with one of those patches along the way. So let's talk about the road to June 20th, what we know is coming, what we can reasonably expect, and what we don't yet know about but might help fill the gap.

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Final Fantasy XIV gives us a peek at Othard and the Samurai

If you missed the keynote from Final Fantasy XIV's European fan festival on Saturday, you missed out on a lot of big information. The biggest revelation from our full coverage is that the expansion isn't just sending players into the Xelphatol region toward Ala Mhigo; it's also bringing people across the ocean and into the continent of Othard, home of Doma, the Azim Steppes that served as the home of the Xaela, and the nation of Hingashi.

You also missed a look at the design aesthetics of the upcoming port city (Kugane) that will serve as a major hub, the stills of the Samurai job, and the new world map. Fortunately, you can now take a look at all of that with a new set of screenshots available just below. You can also catch the full trailer for the expansion; if you'd rather read up on our reactions to the revelations in Frankfurt, we've got you covered there as well.

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Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival XIV Europe: Samurai, Doma, and theme songs

If you're a fan of Final Fantasy XIV, the European fan festival is something you've been waiting for more or less since December's Japanese fan festival. We've been eagerly anticipating the reveal of the remaining new jobs for the expansion, more mechanical details, and whatever else can be teased out about the game's second expansion. At long last, the keynote finally happened, and as expected... well, things were revealed. Many things.

So what's coming next in Stormblood? We're getting Red Mage, we're getting swimming, we're getting Ala Mhigo, but what else is right around the corner? Oh, tons of other things. For one thing, the new job is actually Spider-man. Yeah, we were all taking that t-shirt bit far too figuratively.

All right, no, that's not true. The actual revelations were even better, and if you weren't up at an unusual hour to catch them all on the livestream, we've got them right here.

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Wisdom of Nym: Predictions for Final Fantasy XIV's final fan festival

Boy, the wait for this one has felt long. It hasn't been any longer, and it's not as if we haven't had plenty to do in Final Fantasy XIV between the last fan festival and this one, but it's still felt long. Perhaps just because this, at least for me, is the time when I find out what my characters are actually doing post-expansion instead of just hopelessly speculating. I've got several alts hanging on the final job announcements.

There's some stuff we can reliably predict at this point, of course. There are no more patches aside from the last bits of 3.5 between now and Stormblood, and thus this is going to be our densest chunk of information about the expansion prior to launch. It's also impossible to predict everything that we'll hear about, since Naoki Yoshida loves to troll and surprise us. So this will, by necessity, be equal parts wishes, speculation, and prediction. Take it with the requisite grain of salt.

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Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival livestream tickets go live

Can you not afford to head all the way to Frankfurt in Germany to finish off the Final Fantasy XIV fan festivals? Are you eager to get the news about Stormblood directly as soon as it's available? Or do you just desperately need a minipet for the High Summoner behind the Eternal Calm? Whatever your motivation, you can pick up the tickets for the European fan festival now, marking the final convention before the game's second expansion launch in June.

We can expect to hear about the remainder of jobs being added to the game with Stormblood, see more details on the new areas, and presumably get more information about new abilities and combat changes for patch 4.0. There will also be previews of patch 3.55 and more events to excite and delight, as always. Plus, since these are digital tickets, you don't have to worry about them running out.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood CE trailer, datamined expansion job

When Stormblood releases in June, Final Fantasy XIV fans are going to be able to play Red Mage and... at least one other job. The other job is a secret to speculate about until the final Fan Festival in February. Unless, of course, you look at the datamining that's been taking place for patch 3.5's files, which suggest that the next job is abbreviated SAM... which would mean that Samurai is on deck for our next big reveal. It's still technically speculation, and there are no mechanical details, but it's on the right side of plausibility.

The development team has also released a lengthy video showing off what you can find in the collector's edition for Stormblood and what the pricing will be for both the physical and digital editions, which is useful for pre-orders starting on January 24th. If you don't have time to watch the whole video (it is more than an hour long), you can catch up with a quick set of slides capturing the relevant data.

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Wisdom of Nym: Preparing for Final Fantasy XIV's patch 3.5

It occurred to me as I penned last week's column that I hadn't actually been talking about Final Fantasy XIV's next patch very much at all. I discussed our first preview of the patch back in November, and then... nothing. Not a word. Pretty much all of my attention has been mirroring that of the larger community, which has a whole lot of thoughts and theories about Stormblood but has largely left the speculation train at the station for the next big patch that's going to lead into the expansion.

So perhaps you can look at the timing of this patch intentionally. It can be a weaker patch and no one is paying attention. If "weaker patch" meant much for FFXIV, anyhow.

At this point we don't have the patch notes, but we do have the trailer, and that means we have some idea of what we're going to be dealing with once the patch goes live. So let's talk a bit about that before we're analyzing raw gameplay, because I feel like it deserves more space in the sun than it has had.

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