Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.5, Death Unto Dawn, is out today

    
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Fingerblasting, I guess.

The date has finally arrived for Final Fantasy XIV to get a new patch. Patch 5.5 is now live on the game’s servers, bringing with it a new dungeon, new alliance raid, new trial, new quests, new story, new mounts, new mechanical adjustments… in short, it brings a lot of stuff. You know, as patches for this particular game tend to do. You can even catch up on all of it in the game’s full set of patch notes, which are roughly the equivalent of reading a novella.

Players who have the intense good luck to have a PlayStation 5 can also take part in the console beta for that particular platform, featuring faster loading, higher definition textures, higher resolution, and other various improvements. So there’s lots to do in the game right now, complete with a trailer to entice everyone who’s not looking forward to logging in after work is over. Or right away because you called in sick for the patch. We’re not your parents.

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latorn
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This patch has been absolutely incredible. Did the new 24man nier raid with a blind group at 6am, and it was an amazing experience. The weapon/werlyt questline is the best this game has ever seen (or at least in my experience), the conclusion is absolutely fantastic. And finally the MSQ has me dying for more, I can’t wait for Endwalker. I’m so happy I got into this game last year, and I’m not even a Final Fantasy fan haha.

Alyn
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Alyn

I second that latron! I was involved in a 24 man run with my Free Company at 5pm on day 1. It was absolutely a thrill ride all the way through! Thanks Square Enix. I am so happy that I am able to be involved with such a deep and complex mmorpg such as Final Fantasy XIV!

The story continues to be intriguing and I wish I had more at the end, but I shall wait for the climax yet to come!

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

I did the research to try and come back, but they are basically stiffing you even harder than ESO is right now…back when I tried FFXIV it had a year paid for some kinda deal off it, but their ‘deal’ now is only 6 months with a very small bit off it, and they are asking full price for expansion, and have no ‘upgrades’ that would just allow you to purchase what ones you need. (I already had base game/Heavensward, just need the 2 new ones.) So you’re basically re-buying the whole game again. It would cost upwards of $200 to come back for a good while, and they won’t even let you just come back to see if you can get back into it before you pay. (Someone a few articles back kinda argued with someone else over that, but neither answered me. So I’ll assume it still holds true.)

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CMDR_Cotic

Just need to buy Shadowbringers. f you have ARR+Heavensward already, it will give you access to Stormblood and Shadowbringers. They just had a 50% sale on, atleast EU side anyway.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

Yes, I found that email for the sale after I found the ‘free login event’ email saying I’d ‘just missed it’ by a week. Neither are applicable right now. They ended.

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ForsetiGod

Hey so they have these things called “free log in events” every so often and make it a point to e-mail you (as a lapsed sub/former player) to let you know, not only that they put things on sale (base game and expacs) every so often. Also as another commenter pointed out all you need to buy is Shadowbringers and you’re good. Also if you don’t mind them plenty of grey market sites carry keys for the expacs and such at stupidly low prices. In the future when it comes to FFXIV read the small print, you’re more than likely not going to have to pay as much as you seem to think to jump back in, and keep an eye peeled for the free login events.

Just an example but I managed to finally talk my partner into playing for the first time and all said and done we spent $60 and they now have all the expacs and a month of game time.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

See above response.

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Evasive Dice

Not sure where you getting 200$ from to jump back in man.
They only sell 180 days at a time of sub but if you wanna buy 6 months its 12.99 a month so it comes out to 77.94 for 6 months of sub time. Assuming you didn’t buy the game on sale and had to start completely from scratch buying everything it’s 60 for the complete edition.
So for 137.94 that’ll buy you everything and half a year of game time.
The game also goes on sale very very often for 50% off. So that would be 107.94. These prices are assuming you want to re buy everything from scratch and buy half of an entire years worth of sub. Most people just buy…. well a month at a time or something lol.
In comparison with other mmorpgs and the frequency of content that ffxiv is releasing, its deff up there in the top as far as models go.
And now with them releasing the ps5 upgrade, their now the fore runner for next gen mmorpgs. Since no mmorpg as made the move to ps5 yet. Ill be happily downloading the ps5 upgrade later today and re subbing.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

I buy in yearly increments, on most games I pay for, or only play F2P type hybrid models that let you throw cash ‘if you want to’. (And I occasionally do, but only for account wide permanent buys.).

So if you double the 6 month sub number (Always read anything with a 90+ cent as a whole dollar, to avoid the market trickery, and round up to whole dollars and just consider it a 20, so that’s $80×2 + $40 for Shadowbringers, and that’s $200 for a year of play time. (Yeah, they wouldn’t even let me purchase it, because they ONLY do increments of 6 months now, but anyone doing a proper budget, thinks ahead.)

ESO is charging $140 for ESO+ for a year, but they are basically otherwise playable if you have it already. I already bought some of it, so I’d only need either the two new ‘chapter’ expansions, and they have a deal running for $10 for one, and $40 for the other (It might be a little more to get started from scratch), so that’s just shy of the $200 by $10. So, actually, for me, the ESO ‘would be cheaper’, but I frown upon their practices with ESO+ so I’m unlikely to purchase it again.

Both of them are basically asking you to plunk ~$200 for a year.

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axemtitanium

You sound condescending as hell with your “anyone doing a proper budget thinks ahead”. No one’s putting a gun to your head to spend $200 to get back into this game. People in this thread are trying to be helpful, suggesting alternatives, and you’re just blowing them off.

It really sounds like you don’t want to be convinced to play the game and you’re looking for people to be impressed with your decision/financial acumen. And to that I say go with god, my friend; you don’t have to play the video game that is the subject of this article.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

No, they asked how I came to that number, and I explained it.

I think it’s more ironic that people don’t stop and think about how much these MMO companies are ‘taking you for’ over time, and then people jump to defend them saying ‘It’s all just maintenance costs!’.

No, it’s not. Not to corporations nowadays it’s not. This was a game I paid for a year of, and had enough fun that I was considering coming back, but somehow they’ve ‘short shrifted’ people into only HALF a year’s paid time nowadays, and then call it a ‘deal’ for a couple dollars off, when they used to give a full YEAR for a larger ‘deal’ off. It’s shrinking YOU THE CONSUMER’s ‘savings’, and adjusting their ‘profit margin’ UP.

But you go on ‘being yo bad self’ jumping to the big bully corporation’s defense, white knight. I’m sure they need more. It’s fanbois like you that are the problem lately. If someone doesn’t shill out for your favorite past-time, give em holy hell and yell at them, THAT’LL KEEP EM COMING BACK FOR MORE! /sarcasm

latorn
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If you haven’t beaten Heavensward and you don’t remember the story just start a new free trial account. The free trial account includes all of the base game and Heavensward. If you play the trial casually Endwalker will probably be released by the time you complete all of the Heavensward content, and then you can just get Endwalker which will include Stormblood and Shadowbringers in it.