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FFXIV: Letter From the Producer LIVE LXXI Summary

1 Jul 2022
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The first Letter from the Producer LIVE for patch 6.2 aired this morning and gave us a first look at the upcoming content for Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker. Set to release in late August, the patch was also already named today: Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.2 will be called “Buried Memory“.

Alongside the expected additions of more main scenario quests, a new dungeon, and the second tier of the Pandaemonium raid, Naoki Yoshida and Toshio Murouchi – better known as “Foxclon” – laid out a whole lot of other information, which we will go through down below:

What’s to Come in Patch 6.2

New Sidequests

  • Tataru’s Grand Endeavor Continues
    • Players must first complete the Shadow of Mhach quest series
  • Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures (Patch 6.25)
  • New Weapon Enhancement Quests (Patch 6.25)
    • Unlocked in “Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures”…
    • …are the legendary Manderville Weapons!
    • Quest-centric progression
    • Updates throughout 6.x
  • New Tribal Quests (Patch 6.25)
    • The Omicrons (For Disciples of the Land [Gathering])
  • New Dungeon
    • The Fell Court of Troia
  • New Trials
    • ??? & ??? (Extreme)
  • New Raids
    • Pandaemonium: Abyssos
    • Pandaemonium: Abyssos (Savage)
    • Savage raid will be released one week after Patch 6.2
  • Pushing the Release of Savage by One Week
    • There are both requests asking for and against it, so we’d like to make this a test run
    • Whether or not the next Savage will also be moved by one week will be considered based on the results of this test run as well as player feedback
  • New Unreal Trial
    • Containment Bay S1T7 (Unreal)
  • Job Adjustments
    • PvE Adjustments
    • PvP Adjustments
    • Extensive adjustments to the Dragoon and Astrologian jobs have been postponed
    • Intentions behind job adjustments will be explained
  • Critical & Direct Hit Adjustments
    • Planning adjustments for instances in which buffs, debuffs, and attributes related to critical/direct hits do not result in expected benefits
    • Further details to come in Part 2 [of the 6.2 Letter from the Producer LIVE]
  • PvP Updates
    • PvP Series Two begins
    • Season Three of Crystalline Conflict
    • (Season Two will begin Tuesday, July 5, with the release of Patch 6.18)
    • Rival Wings returns
  • Continued Improvements to Main Scenario Quests
    • Duty Support added for:
      • Snowcloak
      • The Keeper of the Lake
      • Sohm Al
      • The Aery
      • The Vault
    • New solo quest battle:
      • The Steps of Faith
    • Revamped Duty:
      • Thornmarch

New Battle Content

Variant Dungeons (6.25)

  • Variable-difficulty dungeons, previously introduced as “Criterion Dungeons”
  • Level 90 casual play for 1-4 players (4-player party when matched)
  • No role restrictions, job changes permitted
  • Enemy strength determined by party size
  • Route of progression branches based on player action
  • Variant Dungeon #1: The Sil’dih Subterrane
  • Explore the depths alongside a certain someone
  • Experience a different story depending on your chosen path
  • (All stories may be enjoyed via multiple playthroughs)

Another Path – Criterion Dungeons (Patch 6.25)

  • Level 90 high-difficulty challenge for 4-player parties
  • Party must comprise one tank, one healer, and two DPS
  • Visually similar to Variant Dungeons, but overall structure/enemy strength are entirely different, route is predetermined, and no NPCs accompany you
  • Criterion Dungeon #1:
    • Another Sil’dihn Subterrane & Another Sil’dihn Subterrane (Savage)
  • “Another” dungeons are high-difficulty by default, with “Savage” providing additional challenges

Another Sil’dihn Subterrane

  • Parties of fewer than 4 players supplemented via matching
  • Normal methods of resurrection are prohibited, but each player is granted a limited number of revival actions
  • Defeated enemies do not revive after party KO

Another Sil’dihn Subterrane (Savage)

  • Fro pre-formed parties of 4 (matching unavailable)
  • All methods of resurrection are prohibited!
  • All defeated enemies revive after party KO!
  • Enemies become much stronger if not defeated within a certain time limit!

The second half of the Letter from the Producer LIVE LXXI opened with a topic that has been on the minds of players since it was first announced. It also featured as the background image for the entirety of the Live Letter so far:

Island Sanctuary

  • Build your own personal island sanctuary!
  • Enjoy new casual solo gameplay: gather materials, care for creatures, build facilities, craft items, and more.
  • No experience as a Disciple of the Land/Hand is required!

Island Sanctuary Activities

  • Gather materials from nature
    • Materials are island-specific and take up separate inventory space.
  • Craft tools from gathered materials
    • Tools help harvest new resources more effectively
  • Grow crops
    • Plant and cultivate seeds you find on your island (different from estate crops).
  • Collect and care for various creatures
    • Keep an eye out for rare coloring and unique critters!
  • Build a base of operations
    • Customize its appearance and unlock further tools for development!
  • Release the minions!
    • Your favorite minions may wander freely within your base.
  • Create handicrafts
  • Assemble collected material into handicrafts and export them.
  • Try to align exports with market demand for the best possible results!
    • Handicrafts will be sold for island-specific currency, not gil.
    • Gameplay is not affected by other players’ actions.
  • Earn rewards
    • Exchange accumulated island currency for special items.
  • Socialize with friends
    • Invite visitors or travel to the islands of friends and free company members.

More details to follow in Part 2 [of the Letter from the Producer LIVE]!

Adventurer Plate and Portrait Updates

  • Transitioning from Beta Version to official release
  • Updates to Portrait Functions
  • Changes to Portrait linking
  • Previously Created Portraits
    • All portraits created under the Beta Version will be lost after official release
  • Further Additions to Adventurer Plates & Portaits
    • Instant Portraits used during Doman mahjong
    • New poses added
    • New decorative features added
    • Feature for copying pose/camera settings for portraits added

Miscellaneous Updates

  • Allagan Tomestone of Causality added
  • New high-IL crafted gear added
  • Ability to request repairs from other players (both in/outside of duty)
  • Combo sequence display added to the Actions list
  • Rare materials added to aetherial reductions performed by miners, botanists, and fishers
    • (Materials not used in crafting battle-related items)
  • Glamour dresser capacity expanded from 400 to 800
  • Adjustments to the order of certain Return to Ivalice quests
    • (in accordance with this, quests “Makin’ Bacon (Bread)” and “Wok on By” will become unavailable)

In addition to all of the above, the release of “THE PRIMALS Live in Japan – Beyond the Shadow” Blu-ray was announced. It will be released on September 14th and will cost $59,99 / £44,99 / €49,99. On top of that, the Immerse Gamepack has entered another 20% sale, which will go on until Monday, July 18 at 11:59pm (PDT / Tuesday, July 19 at 6:59am (GMT) / 16:59 (AEST).

Lastly, Naoki Yoshida reminded the players of recent important announcements, which includes the upcoming server expansions and the revisions to the Housing Ward Classifications.