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Posted by Xenor Vernix on May 22, 2018 - 22:13.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: The Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow's Compass

From the Dev Blog.

Happy Patch Day, Warriors of Light!

I'm sure that, like me, you're all itching to log on and experience all the new content that Patch 4.3--Under the Moonlight has to offer. But if you're also like me and stuck at work or otherwise occupied today, allow me to offer you a glimpse into the new dungeon to whet your appetite.

Let's take on The Swallow's Compass!

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The entrance to the dungeon is located in the west of Yanxia, at the base of a large stone statue of the great general Ganen. Hmmm... I wonder what brings us here?

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Come along, let's join the project managers as they dive into the fray.

It looks like at the very start, we're met with some kind of barrier.

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There are monsters here protecting this area from foreign enemies, no mercy for the Warriors of Light!

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...Jahannam? Is that you?? (No, but the Geomantic Anila in here look awfully familiar to a certain NM in Eureka! Curious.)

Also, we would like to establish the fact that this mob is indeed cute. Just look at that fluffy... green... face... It's staring into my soul with all three of those eyes... (Those are eyes, right? The pink things? Eyes. Cute!)

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Check out the first boss! Very Tengu-esque, no?

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These inner halls have a very mysterious and dangerous atmosphere. What secrets lie beyond these walls, I wonder?

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In an ultimate change of scenery from the dreary interior, we enter a sprawling space overlooking the magnificent mountains of Yanxia. Beautiful!

The Swallow's Compass is out now, so be sure to pick up your quest in The Ruby Sea and go forth, to explore and adventure! We are Warriors of Light, after all. That's what we do.

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And sometimes we travel on clouds.

Where will they take us? You'll have to find out...

We hope you're all enjoying Patch 4.3 so far! I can't wait to dive in.

Until next time!

- Luxpheras
Community Team





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Posted by Xenor Vernix on May 22, 2018 - 02:42.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Deliveries Under The Sea

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, everyone!

I'm sure some of you tried to log into the game today and forgot it was down for maintenance for Patch 4.3... Don't worry, I did too.

While we wait for the update to launch, I'd like to introduce you to our third custom deliveries client, Kurenai!

What are custom deliveries, you ask?

Custom deliveries offer Disciples of the Hand or Land another way to earn experience points and crafting and gathering scrips while introducing a new story surrounding specific characters.

To accept the custom deliveries for Kurenai players will need to head to Sui-no-Sato... nay! She made her way to Tamamizu! You don't have to worry about traveling to Sui-no-Sato each time you'd like to make a delivery! Why not talk to her and find out why she's seeking aid from the Warrior of Light once again? She's only few steps away from the aetheryte!

In addition to the previous custom delivery system, this time players will also be able to glamour her outfit once you have reached the maximum satisfaction level! She can be outfitted with any gear that doesn't have class or race restrictions. (She can be glamoured with Au Ra and female-specific gear as well.)

The glamour feature is pretty much the same to how you would do your own glamours.

Once you reach the maximum satisfaction level for Kurenai deliveries, you'll see a new option to glamour her outfit.

Choose which pieces you want her to try on.

Don't forget to dye her outfit if you'd like to as well and she's all set!

Phew! Glamouring my own character was hard enough, the true end-game content is sure getting more intense with the ability to glamour NPCs!

Oh, and if you were wondering why she ended up in Tamamizu, and why we're able to change her outfit, don't worry, that's explained through the story!

Once you get used to it, you'll be able to get glamour shots like this as well!

It's only a few more hours until the patch goes live, be sure to check out the new custom deliveries!

- Zhexos
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on May 19, 2018 - 00:12.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Happy 45th Birthday, Yoshi-P!

From the Dev Blog.

Hello again, Warriors of Light!

The FINAL FANTASY XIV team in Japan recently had a chance to relax a bit during Golden Week, a week towards the end of April and early May where a number of holidays take place in succession, resulting in a chance to get some much needed rest!

But Golden Week wasn't the only festivity–in the midst of the fun-filled holiday week, the team also celebrated the 45th birthday of everyone's favorite Producer/Director: Naoki Yoshida! Happy Birthday!

Let's peek at what Yoshi-P got for his birthday, shall we?

What could these cards be? The resemblance is uncanny!

These cards were actually discs, the product of a large community project where players put together a birthday movie and song in celebration of all things Yoshida. It was full of heartfelt love for both Yoshida and the FINAL FANTASY XIV team, which was touching on so many levels.

While watching the movie, Yoshida also listened to the celebration CD.

The movie was about two hours long, but Yoshi-P took the time to take it all in. It was filled to the brim with so many birthday wishes and messages of thanks and encouragement. It was so very thoughtful and kind.

We've received a thank you note from Yoshida himself, so allow me to share his words with you all!

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Thank you all very much for all the heartfelt gifts! Not only have I watched the entire Blu-ray, but I have read many of the warm messages on Twitter and other sites.

I wish I could reply to each and every one of your messages, but I believe the best gift I could give back would be to deliver fun patches and game to you all.

With all your heart-warming messages and video in my heart, I will continue to dash forward with full force through this 45th year of my life!

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Other than the gifts we featured above, Yoshi-P also received countless birthday wishes across social media and the Official Forums as well, all of which were very much appreciated.

We'd like to thank the Warriors of Light for being so enthusiastic and kind.

We promise to take that amazing celebratory energy and channel it into the development and support of FFXIV as we head into Patch 4.3!

Until next time,

- Luxpheras
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on May 18, 2018 - 04:35.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: The Culling

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, Zhexos here!

If you tuned in to our Letter from the Producer LIVE from the other day, you may have heard that we just announced The Feast Regional Championship 2018! We're all very excited to finally be able to announce this, and will be watching closely, cheering for all the teams engaging in the preliminaries!

While we wait for further details on the championship, today I'm here to introduce more PvP-related updates coming in Patch 4.3! Without further ado, let's dive in!

The Feast: Map Adjustment for the Crystal Tower Training Grounds
Firstly, we'll be making an adjustment to The Feast: Crystal Tower Training Grounds! This map was introduced in Patch 4.2, and we received plenty of feedback on the map. Here are some updates coming based on that player feedback!

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I'm sure you can already tell from just looking at the above screenshot, but the overall map layout has been updated. With this map update, we believe it'll change your strategies as well. We hope you'll enjoy the renewed Crystal Tower Training Grounds!

The Feast: BGM changed for Culling Time
BGM for Culling Time has been changed!
This new BGM should give an extra boost to your adrenaline, so check it out yourself!
I was able to listen to it beforehand, and I can tell you that it does make your hair stand up and give that sense of danger.

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The Feast: HUD Improvements
The HUD for the Feast has been updated as well! The number of medals carried by each of the players are now displayed in the header information. In addition to this, the party list for your opponents has been added as well.

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With this new HUD, you'll be able to see your opponents HP/MP, their additional actions, as well as buffs and debuffs.

You'll also be able to check the Adrenaline Rush status of your allies and their additional actions as well.

There's more! You'll soon be able to target all target allies and enemies from the party list by either clicking on their names. On the gamepad, you can target your opponents in the party list by hitting L1 + directional key up/down.

But that's not all! We're adding text commands specifically for the Feast, so we believe it'll make it much easier than before to target your opponents, so be sure to give it a try!

The Feast: Custom Match (Team Custom Match)
In Patch 4.3, we'll be introducing a custom match mode for teams. Similar to the regular team matches, it'll display the team names and the team crest onto the HUD, so we hope you can utilize this mode for practicing or player events!

The Feast: Custom Match Party Finder Update
Custom matches will also be updated so that you can start a Party Finder group as a spectator. If you choose to spectate, you can start the Party Finder as a member of Alliance C.

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This should make it easier to organize and engage with custom matches!

The Feast: Requirements for The Feast (Training) has been changed from "one player" to "one to two players"
With this change, you can now invite friends who were hesitant to give a PvP a try with you!

The Feast: Changes to the Rating System
We announced this on the Lodestone, but from Patch 4.3 onward, the player ratings and tiers will carry on from the previous season and also change based on their pre-season performance. This was done to ensure players are matched with opponents of an appropriate skill level.

Click here for more details.

Frontlines: Daily Challenge
The available Frontline campaign will change on a daily basis!

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We currently have all of the previous Frontline duties available at all times, but we're changing it so the campaigns available will change on a daily basis. This is intended to encourage players to enjoy the older Frontline campaigns. Invite your friends over and give it a go!

Frontline: Adjustments made to the Borderland Ruins (Secure)
In accordance with the new daily challenge, we will make adjustments to Borderland Ruins (Secure). We have reduced the size of the map to reduce the time it takes to rush through the battlefield to increase the number of encounters. Since Borderland Ruins (Secure) is the oldest Frontlines campaign, there may be some players who haven't tried it out. We're hoping you take this opportunity to give Borderland Ruins (Secure) a try!

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That is it for PvP-related update coming in Patch 4.3!

Oh I almost forgot! Talking about new Daily Challenge mode, we will implement that one mount, which is available from Frontline content!

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Looking forward to seeing you all on the battlefield!

- Zhexos
Community Team



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Posted by Xenor Vernix on May 18, 2018 - 04:35.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Much Ado About PvP

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, Zhexos here!

If you tuned in to our Letter from the Producer LIVE from the other day, you may have heard that we just announced The Feast Regional Championship 2018! We're all very excited to finally be able to announce this, and will be watching closely, cheering for all the teams engaging in the preliminaries!

While we wait for further details on the championship, today I'm here to introduce more PvP-related updates coming in Patch 4.3! Without further ado, let's dive in!

The Feast: Map Adjustment for the Crystal Tower Training Grounds
Firstly, we'll be making an adjustment to The Feast: Crystal Tower Training Grounds! This map was introduced in Patch 4.2, and we received plenty of feedback on the map. Here are some updates coming based on that player feedback!

20180517_sm_01.png

I'm sure you can already tell from just looking at the above screenshot, but the overall map layout has been updated. With this map update, we believe it'll change your strategies as well. We hope you'll enjoy the renewed Crystal Tower Training Grounds!

The Feast: BGM changed for Culling Time
BGM for Culling Time has been changed!
This new BGM should give an extra boost to your adrenaline, so check it out yourself!
I was able to listen to it beforehand, and I can tell you that it does make your hair stand up and give that sense of danger.

20180517_sm_02.png

The Feast: HUD Improvements
The HUD for the Feast has been updated as well! The number of medals carried by each of the players are now displayed in the header information. In addition to this, the party list for your opponents has been added as well.

20180517_sm_03.png

With this new HUD, you'll be able to see your opponents HP/MP, their additional actions, as well as buffs and debuffs.

You'll also be able to check the Adrenaline Rush status of your allies and their additional actions as well.

There's more! You'll soon be able to target all allies and enemies from the party list by clicking on their names. On the gamepad, you can target your opponents in the party list by hitting L1 + directional key up/down.

But that's not all! We're adding text commands specifically for the Feast, so we believe it'll make it much easier than before to target your opponents, so be sure to give it a try!

The Feast: Custom Match (Team Custom Match)
In Patch 4.3, we'll be introducing a custom match mode for teams. Similar to the regular team matches, it'll display the team names and the team crest onto the HUD, so we hope you can utilize this mode for practicing or player events!

The Feast: Custom Match Party Finder Update
Custom matches will also be updated so that you can start a Party Finder group as a spectator. If you choose to spectate, you can start the Party Finder as a member of Alliance C.

20180517_sm_04.png

This should make it easier to organize and engage with custom matches!

The Feast: Requirements for The Feast (Training) has been changed from "one player" to "one to two players"
With this change, you can now invite friends who were hesitant to give PvP a try with you!

The Feast: Changes to the Rating System
We announced this on the Lodestone, but from Patch 4.3 onward, the player ratings and tiers will carry on from the previous season and also change based on their pre-season performance. This was done to ensure players are matched with opponents of an appropriate skill level.

Click here for more details.

Frontline: Daily Challenge
The available Frontline campaign will change on a daily basis!

20180517_sm_05.png

We currently have all of the previous Frontline duties available at all times, but we're changing it so the campaigns available will change on a daily basis. This is intended to encourage players to enjoy the older Frontline campaigns. Invite your friends over and give it a go!

Frontline: Adjustments made to the Borderland Ruins (Secure)
In accordance with the new daily challenge, we will make adjustments to Borderland Ruins (Secure). We have reduced the size of the map to reduce the time it takes to rush through the battlefield to increase the number of encounters. Since Borderland Ruins (Secure) is the oldest Frontline campaign, there may be some players who haven't tried it out. We're hoping you take this opportunity to give Borderland Ruins (Secure) a try!

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That is it for PvP-related updates coming in Patch 4.3!

Oh I almost forgot! Talking about the new Daily Challenge mode, you'll be able to earn something pretty cool...

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Looking forward to seeing you all on the battlefield!

- Zhexos
Community Team



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