Final Fantasy XIV puts up its patch site, previews its next tomestones, and welcomes back old players

    
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Echoing.

The next Final Fantasy XIV patch is scheduled for mid-February, but right now it’s still shrouded in mystery. Usually the launch of the patch special site offers some additional insight, but this time the special site is… well, devoid of anything save a list. So the mystery remains. We do, however, know that the patch is bringing a new set of tomestones, Allagan Tomestones of Allegory, and that concurrently means players will need to trade in older tomestones like Genesis, Mendacity, and (once the patch arrives) Goetia.

This does mark the first Allagan tomestone type that rhymes with Corey.

Of course, the patch should still be arriving in just about a month, so now might be a good time to get your friends back into the game and up to speed; the game’s newest Callback Campaign is running now until February 17th, and as always it rewards players who come back with easy access to new equipment and players inviting lapsed players back with currency to buy mounts. So everybody wins!

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Ben Stone

Have they made combat less boring yet? Game looks nice but its so dull to play.

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Syran

How do you expect them to do that without making a completely different battle system? Like almost any other non-action-MMO, combat will always be a brainless skill rotation cycle for 99% of the game. The remaining 1% is to read up on where to stand for boss mechanics.

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Bereman

I doubt they actually expected anything – their post reads more like low effort trolling than a valid question.

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Blaaznar

Never found the Ninja rotation to be boring. Boss mechanics are the best from any major MMO out there.

MMOs are a not genre where one would look for amazing combat mechanics.

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Lily Cheng

I am terribly sorry to hear that you only hit the level 35 trial level cap and then gave up on the game before unlocking your entire skillset that makes “combat less boring”

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Ben Stone

I got Shadowbringers for free with a pizza deal. Gave it a red hot go and made it to the cap at the assurance that “it gets better” from the community once you get past ARR. It didn’t.

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Mewmew

Can you do the Callback Campaign even if you don’t get called back by someone? In looking at the event page I’m confused if it’s just for people who get the invite to return from friends.

I have the game I just never really played for more than a dabble over a few days. I haven’t even really wanted to go back to it since I only have the base game and it has multiple expansions now and I don’t especially have a lot of time for a new PC game if it takes much play-time. But since so many people at this site seem to recommend it, I sort of have been thinking about trying it out again.

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Kawaii Five-O

From what I can gather, you do have to be invited to come back from someone that either has your character on their friend list or is in the same FC.

There was a free log-in campaign running for about a month, but that ended just a few days ago.

To be perfectly honest, if you don’t have a lot time, then FFXIV is probably a poor choice, because the MSQ alone is a huge time investment–unless you don’t mind taking your time to reach max level and enjoy the journey. You can certainly feel like you’ve accomplished a decent amount in 2-3 hour play sessions.

However, if you’re just looking to reach endgame, then it is a pretty big time investment to get there.

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Sorenthaz

Sounds like this is gonna be a good patch story-wise at least. Looking forward to seeing everything in February.

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Vincent Clark

Excited for the live letter (which should hit around the 7th or 8th of Feb?), this is going to be a patch rich with content so lots to look forward to.

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Syran

Instead of those stupid Callback Campaigns, I wish they would finally deliver on their promise to streamline the ARR main scenario. That would be a much more compelling reason to get my friends back into the game.

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Vincent Clark

They are working on this right now, it’s either going to be in a 5.2X patch or 5.3 at the latest.

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Kawaii Five-O

Last they mentioned it, it was 5.3. However, that could easily get delayed a bit.

It’ll be 5.3 at the earliest.

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Vincent Clark

Thanks for the clarification, I could have sworn I either saw a slide or read somewhere that it was being considered for a .x patch off of 5.2. Ah well, at least they are finally addressing it.

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jealouspirate

I just started FFXIV based on all the hype about how good Shadowbringers is. However I didn’t want to boost past the entire game, even though I hear a lot of complaints about ARR. I’m level 30 now… and I’m starting to lose motivation. At least now I get all the “return to the waking sands!” references I see online.

Remains to be seen whether or not I stick it out.

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Carebear

If you survive to level 50, you will have a great experience from there on. Even the level 50 patch story quests are good. But heavensward and beyond its just superb.

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Bereman

Without spoiling narrative elements – you’re due for an uptick in the action and story pretty soon.

Then at 50 you do have the long stretch of quests – my advice if you’re finding that stretch tedious is to do two things: watch the scenes that are voiced, and read the quest journal text (there’s a Completed tab option in the quest journal window where you can and look at the text for quests already done) when you have downtime/waiting in queue or when traveling between locations. You may want to even start doing that now – you’ll miss out on some flavor text, minor details, minor character moments, and the occasional humor, but you’ll be able to get through the story faster while also being aware of the major plot elements.

The quest journal text is thorough enough that it touches on plot points and character motivations, but is a pretty quick read overall, and can help with getting through some of the less interesting sections.

Once they add the ARR stuff to the New Game+, you’ll be able to experience that in chunks at your leisure, so if you really want to scour for little details and the minor moments you’ll have that option whenever you want.

During that long stretch post-50 but before Heavensward, once you’re passed the lightning guy (Ramuh) the story as a whole starts to pick up, so you may want to consider watching both voiced and non-voiced scenes again, but that’s personal preference.

Alyn
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Alyn

Final Fantasy XIV a train that keeps on rollin’!