Patch 1.19, which now has a release date of September 30 – for now, will see many new additions to Final Fantasy XIV, two of which include chocobo mounts and airships. We reported on the two earlier when they were first teased, but Square Enix have since released detailed information on what to expect.Read More
While it is still subject to last minute changes, Final Fantasy XIV Producer/Director Naoki "Yoshi-P" Yoshida has revealed in his latest producer letter that patch 1.19 will arrive by the end of the month on September 30.
"I realize that many of you were expecting the patch to arrive this week, but right now the team is looking at a September 30 release," said Yoshi-P.
"Certain contents are a bit iffy to make to the deadline, and because of this, there’s a chance that the date will get pushed back a few days. We want to deliver as much content as possible to you, but at the same time want to make sure that everything gets enough QA and balancing time. I’m really sorry we’re cutting it close, and ask for your patience for a while longer."
Yoshi-P also revealed a smidgen of what to expect from the patch, noting that players will receive an additional hundred item slots per character and another fifty per retainer.
"Ah, I should also mention that FINAL FANTASY XIV will celebrate its first anniversary on September 30," he added. "To mark this momentous occasion, I’m planning a Letter from the Producer that’s “livelier” than usual. Will have more to tell soon!"
Here's a quick glimpse at a number of Beastman Strongholds that will rise across Eorzea in patch 1.19 for Final Fantasy XIV. These strongholds are described as the equivalent of dungeons and raids seen in other MMORPGs.
Inside these fortresses lay riches and treasures for the adventurers that are either bold enough or foolish enough to venture within. Strongholds are constructed of multiple sections guarded by defenders. In order to clear a stronghold, adventurers must defeat each wave of enemies until they reach heart of the compound.
Beastman Strongholds are just one of the few new additions to the world of Eorzea that will accompany patch 1.19, which is tentatively scheduled for a September 30 release.
Look at that, it's a Chocobo, in Final Fantasy XIV of all things! The mounts were recently detailed in a post from game producer and director Naoki 'YoshiP' Yoshida and Square Enix have since released a new video on their Final Fantasy XIV YouTube channel, complete with a Chocobo theme song.
The yellow feathered mount will be made available to adventurers with patch 1.19, which still doesn't have a known release date at this point in time.
In addition, airships are also included in the long list of features of the upcoming patch, which cover changes and adjustments such as the removal of physical levels, new Grand Company duty tasks, Beastman Strongholds, leve revisions, UI adjustments, etc.
In addition to the character development changes in patch 1.19 for Final Fantasy XIV, the upcoming update will also finally add airships and chocobo mounts to the world of Eorzea!
"We’re firing on all cylinders heading into the next patch, and there’s been some late nights and weekends spent here at the office. The encouragement we’ve been receiving on the forums has us doing everything we can to get things done," wrote Director and Producer Naoki "Yoshi-P" Yoshida.
"Lemme start things off with a screenshot of one of the new airships taking to the skies come 1.19.
Read more after the jump.
The upcoming 1.19 patch for Final Fantasy XIV will see the abolition of Physical Levels as well as some revisions to how Attribute and Element Points work. Instead, character progression will be much more automated.
At the moment Attribute and Element Points will be scrapped in 1.19, with character development automated based on class levels. Patch 1.20 will introduce the ability to distribute attribute points by yourself if you so choose, alongside balances to classes.
According to the released patch notes, the new character development system will be automated as well. The growth curve will be revised whereby you'll achieve greater increases in attributes with each level gained. However, the impact of said attributes decrease the higher the level, but the attributes attached to equipment will increase.
Other details include changes to in-game terminology, race-based attribute differences and player accuracy. You can check out the full patch notes over at The Lodestone.
Materia? What? No, we're not talking about a Final Fantasy VII remake. Materia's making a reappearance as a new core mechanic in the upcoming 1.19 patch for Square Enix's MMO Final Fantasy XIV.
The name for the system is still tentative, but adventurers will be able to bind Materia to their equipment using specific materials and tools. Unlike the Materia in FFVII, however, this Materia isn't formed through crystallization of Mako, but rather by achieving full 'Spiritbond' with an item or weapon.
Final Fantasy XIV may not have had the best of launches in history, but it's still a Final Fantasy game and (in theory) should be worth at least a small fragment of your time.
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