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Recap of 38th Letter from the Producer LIVE! (Part One)

September 4th, 2017 by Kazuma

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This Saturday, September 2nd, was the 38th Letter from the Producer LIVE for Final Fantasy XIV; with Naoki Yoshida and Masayoshi Soken along with other special guests to deliver information regarding patch 4.1 and everything it will have to offer players.

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The stream was unofficially translated live by the Final Fantasy XIV Reddit Discord server, with an official translation coming in via the official forums. We will be using translations from both sources to provide information on the Letter.

Let’s get to the recap:


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  • Patch 4.1, The Legend Returns, is scheduled to release in early October!
    • The patch titles will offer hints into what is going to happen to Doma and Ala Mhigo in the 4.x series.
    • We’ll go over more in the Letter from the Producer LIVE scheduled for mid-September!
  • New Main Scenario Quests
    • Once you complete the new main scenario quest series, we believe you’ll be able to go to the menagerie area once more!
  • New Dungeon – The Drowned City of Skalla
    • As we’ve mentioned previously, there will be one new instanced dungeon for the odd numbered patches, and we’ll use our resources towards various other tasks.
  • New Trial
    • In an article it was reported that the Extreme version of the trial would contain mechanics from the normal mode; however, this was a minor misunderstanding. In actuality, we included mechanics that was originally planned for the Extreme version into the normal mode.

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  • Shinryu – The Royal Menagerie (Extreme) (The Minstrel’s Ballad: ???)
    • This time, we would like those who were able to clear Omega: Deltascape (Savage) v2.0, but struggling with v3.0, to challenge this. You can imagine something like the Minstrel’s Ballad: Thordan’s Reign.

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  • New Sidequests
    • A new chapter in the Hildibrand series will begin. This time around, it will be like a preview episode. Additionally, we will introduce the Kojin beast tribe quests. We tried some different things, so please look forward to it!
    • The rewards are also little bit different when compared to before. We’re planning to discuss these in the next Letter from the Produce LIVE.
  • New PvP Content – Rival Wings
    • In this PvP content players will be separated into two teams of 24–the Ravens and the Falcons. Players will be able to ride goblin mechs and do battle. Riding them will grant access to specific actions. There are very strong machina as well, so if you ride them, you’ll be able to use powerful actions, which can be used to turn the tide of battle. We would like players to enjoy this new content after completing the newest main scenario, so we’re planning to release this around Patch 4.15.

 

  • Battle System-related
    • We’ll continue to make job-related adjustments.
    • The Crystal Tower will be adjusted so it can be challenged with 1 tank, 2 healers, and 5 DPS like the other alliance raids.
  • The Lost Canals of Uznair Update
    • While exploring the Lost Canals of Uznair, players will have a chance to obtain a new map. After exiting the canals, decipher the map to delve deeper into the submerged chambers. There players will be challenged to put their greed to the test, for example, it’ll ask if you would like to double down and such. We’re aiming to make it so it can be played casually with everyone.
  • Adventurer Squadron Updates
    • We’re introducing dungeon exploration for the adventurer squadron. We’ll add more dungeons that can be challenged in future updates. Players are strong, so please help support your squadron members through these challenges! There is also a Limit Break specifically for the adventurer squadrons. We’re also increasing the level cap for the squadron members, and glamour is unlocked once they reach level 51.
  • Housing Updates
    • Sorry for the wait! It’s finally calming down, so we’ll begin the sale of plots in Shirogane along with Patch 4.1 release. Therefore, we won’t open the servers before the scheduled Patch 4.1 maintenance time (please keep this in mind)!
    • Players will be able to swim in all the residential areas. For Limsa Lominsa there’s a beach, so not much has changed there. Shirogane was built with swimming in mind from the beginning.
    • We will be making changes to the maps for the Goblet and Lavender Beds. The Goblet will have a roman-style pool; imagine a pool that nobles might play in. For the Lavender Beds, we imaged a stream in the woods. We would like to introduce them in the next Letter from the Producer LIVE, covering part 2 of Patch 4.1.
  • Crafting, Gathering, & Item Updates
    • Continuing from Zhloe, we are introducing a new custom delivery client. Along with this, the weekly delivery reset will be moved to Tuesdays. With this, all token-related content will reset on Tuesdays.
    • Additionally, beast tribe currencies and the venture scrips will be moved to the currently list.

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  • System Updates
    • We will introduce a new system called “Perform.” This is a bard-specific action, which is unlocked at level 30. Individual music notes will be added as an action, which can be assigned to the hotbar to play those notes.
    • In the future, we would like to gradually add more at home-like content similar to this. New instruments will be slowly added over future updates.
    • However, please make sure to perform music that is FFXIV-related. We don’t mind if you’re using it for personal use; however, if songs and music from other titles are being recorded and uploaded frequently, we may have to remove the feature, so we would like to ask for everyone’s support…
  • Cross-World Functionality Update
  • Alliance Raids
    • With the introduction of Return to Ivalice, in order for many players to enjoy, it will become possible to make cross world alliance parties.
  • PvP Custom Matches
    • Players will be able to start cross-world custom matches. With this feature, you’ll be able to hold practice matches and such.
  • Friend Registration
    • Players will be register friends across Worlds. You’ll be able to register them to your friend list through the contact list.
  • /tell
    • Players will be able to send /tells between Worlds.
    • We’re also planning big things in Patch 4.2, and 4.3 as well. There are other things which we believe players will enjoy, so please look forward to more details in the future.
  • New Extreme Difficulty Content – “Ultimate” Series
    • The general concept behind this series is to serve as the “ultimate”-level of difficult content which can only be completed by groups that complete the hardest content at that time.
    • The first one is the Unending Coil of Bahamut (Ultimate). If you see the screenshot, you can see enemies other than Bahamut… It looks like Twintania and Nael will be present during the fight as well.
    • Players will receive a weapon as a reward. The item level is the same as Omega: Deltascape (Savage) v4.0; however, we believe the design will really stand out. Also, upon completion, players will receive a token which can be used to exchange for any weapon they would like, so by completing it once, you’re guaranteed a weapon of your choice. There is no update in item level in Patch 4.1, so we’re focusing on the final adjustments to the difficulty. Furthermore, there isn’t any weekly limit to this, so you’ll be able to complete it as much as you want.

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  • Return to Ivalice
    • In the world of Final Fantasy XIV, the Final Fantasy Tactics story is a well-known fairy tale known by anyone from Garlemald. Keeping the Final Fantasy Tactics story as a base, it also has an essence of Final Fantasy XII. Return to Ivalice has been designed in such a way that those who do not know either of these can also enjoy it as well. Players will enter Rabanastre as the first part of their journey.
    • The patch art features Ramza and Delita, and was drawn by Akihiko Yoshida.

 

  • From the interview with Yasumi Matsuno, the scenario writer for the Return to Ivalice raid
    • He looked to the Legend of King Arthur for story inspiration.
    • It was a challenge, but an interesting one, to see how Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XIV were going to merge into one.
    • It will be up to the player to decide how the Ivalice scenario fits into the main story.
    • Rabanastre is located inside Dalmasca, and Dalmasca is located near or around Othard.
    • There should be more information in Part 2 of the next Letter from the Producer Live.
  • Announcements
    • Details for the Final Fantasy Orchestra Concert were showcased, as well as merchandise attendees can purchase which included a concert pamphlet, music boxes (“Torn from the Heavens” and “Night in the Brume”), a plush moogle keychain and metal musical moogle keyring, a concert bag and the mini album.
    • We have previously covered the mini album, and for further details about the concert, you can check out the official website.
    • A new album: Untempered Final Fantasy XIV, Primal Battle Themes. The album comes with two CDs and 33 tracks, all of which are songs players have heard when facing off against Primals within Final Fantasy XIV. And yes, all the Titan phases are included! The soundtrack will be available for pre-purchase at the Live Orchestra concert as well as Tokyo Game Show.
    • FFXIV will be at Tokyo Game Show from September 21st to September 24th 2017. They will have some 8v8 Feast and plenty of new merchandise for attendees! These new items include a tin Moogle container with shortbread moogle shaped cookies inside, FFXIV x Kirimichan shirts and smartphone cases, Moogle and Chocobo sugar bowls and a gray card case.
    • Final Fantasy XIV was at PAX West, with a Susano Battle Challenge and a “Tales of Lore and Localization” panel with Michael-Christopher Koji Fox. The event was livestreamed and can be watched in full on youtube.

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The winners of the healer / caster armor design contests were showcased, as well as a couple of other armor sets including the new Feast gear.

Additionally the Blackbosom set has been added to the game. The clothing item is unique to female character models. However, the Blackbosom Reaper weapons are available for Warrior, Dragoon, Dark Knight, Black Mage and White Mage – each is a separate weapon, though they come in a bundle as well. These items are now available to purchase on Mog Station. (More information can be found here)

And finally, the next Letter from the Producer Live, Part 2, is scheduled to happen mid to late September and it should go into further detail about Patch 4.1. However, an official date and time has not been announced yet.

For those interested in watching a video of the stream you can find a link below.

  • Twitch (LiveLetter begins 02:03:00)

(Additional information and images for this article were compiled by RaptorChan.)

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