The Next FFXIV Story Patch Will Blessedly Bring This Hell Year to a Close

"Futures Rewritten" is planned for release in early December.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.4, “Futures Rewritten,” is on development track to be released in early December.

The news was confirmed by Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida on the 60th “Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer LIVE,” which aired on Friday, Oct. 9. The events of Patch 5.4 will occur right after the end of Patch 5.3, “Reflections in Crystal.” The previous patch marked the incredible end of the Shadowbringers storyline, so Patch 5.4 will mark the beginning of Final Fantasy XIV’s gradual transition into the next expansion.

Yoshida told Fanbyte in July that, by the time the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Tokyo declared a state of emergency back in April, tasks had already been laid out for Patch 5.4. Team members who could not work on Patch 5.3, which was around 50% completed at the time, shifted their energy toward developing 5.4 so as to not waste time or effort.

“We didn’t want our efforts to be zero during this sort of paused timing … it was a very unusual and special case,” Yoshida stated. “People were still determined to continue work so that they [didn’t] sacrifice the quality or the volume of the game content that we wanted to deliver to the players as quickly as possible.”

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You can watch the full live stream above or read our handy summary below.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.4 will have the following:

  • A new level 80 dungeon: Matoya’s Relict, which is Trust system compatible.
  • New Chronicles of a New Era quests, which will include a continuation of the “Sorrow of Werlyt” questline.
  • New trials: Emerald Weapon and (Extreme) Emerald Weapon.
  • The Eden raid series will continue with “Eden’s Promise.” It will require you to be up to date with the game’s main scenario quest, including the quests from Patch 5.3. A Savage difficulty version will also be available.
  • Job, PvE, and PvP adjustments. Monk will get a rework. Blue Mage will get: a level cap raise from 60 to 70, new spells and job-exclusive gear, and new duties.
  • The “Save the Queen” scenario will receive an update in Patch 5.45. There will be upgrades to resistance weapons, as well as the addition of the Delubrum Reginae dungeon. The Normal version will require 24 players without any role requirements. The Savage version will require 48 players, who must form parties before entering.
  • Crafter updates. Less frequently used actions will be adjusted. New crafting conditions will be added for expert recipes added as of Patch 5.4.
  • Gatherer updates. Collectable and aetherial reduction systems will be revamped. The Collectable Glove action will be removed. Item wear will be removed to put a focus on gathering attempts and collectability rating. Adjustments will be made to items obtained from aetherial reduction based on their collectability. Elevation of gathering points will be discerned on the map. Fish Eyes will be adjusted, no longer requiring you to catch fish. Players will also be able to ignore the time requirement for catching fish.
  • The fourth phase of the Ishgardian Restoration Update will begin. The restoration is scheduled to reach completion, and will be commemorated with the construction of a monument. The monument will be determined by the crafting class with the greatest contributions during a certain period.
  • Further enhancements for Skysteel tools.
  • A new Unreal trial.
  • Treasure hunt update. You’ll be able to dive deeper into Lyhe Ghiah.
  • New routes and objectives will be added to Ocean Fishing. Reembarking after abandoning a voyage will become restricted.
  • Rules and UI for Triple Triad will be revamped for ease of play. New rules and tournaments will be added.
  • Doman Mahjong will have a Tonpusen (Quick Match) mode available. UI will be adjusted.
  • Miscellaneous updates like: ability to link quests in the chat window, new violin instruments, and a new system for affixing multiple materia.

That somehow isn’t everything, though. Patch 5.4 will be a generous one. One of the big additions is the “Explorer Mode,” which will let you freely explore dungeons you’ve already completed. In this mode, no enemies will appear and all obstacles will be cleared. You can take your mounts, minions, and fashion accessories to ensure you have plenty of beautiful screenshot opportunities. Striking dummies can be placed so that you can use actions. You’ll also be able to use Limit Breaks in gpose now (thank god). Dungeons from the 5.x patch series will be available at the beginning of this mode’s release. More are planned to be added in the future.

Lastly, information regarding playing Final Fantasy XIV on the PlayStation 5 was revealed. The PlayStation 4 version will be playable on the PlayStation 5, which will ensure quick load times. While Patch 5.4 won’t be out by the system’s launch, you’ll be able to play up to Patch 5.35, a more gameplay-focused patch that will be released on Oct. 13.

It’s been a difficult year for many reasons, but I’m happy to see that Final Fantasy XIV is the gift that keeps on giving. I will neither confirm nor deny that I spent the day getting emotional about seeing Aymeric again. Look at him. That’s the love of my life right there. December can’t come sooner.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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