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Patch is up! Heavensward Early Access

Mog station changed earlier today and for a brief while the Early Access status disappeared behind a link. Thankfully it is now restored and so when looking at your account in Mog Station – it should look like this

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Also, patch is up!

Heavensward Update

Just remember – game won’t be up until Friday morning and there is tons of information about Early Access etc here

Preliminary Patchnotes are here

Letter from the Producer is happening later today and details of that are here

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Some of the smaller things in the preliminary patchnotes which caught my eye

You can do a max of 12 beastmen quests a day

It goes without saying there will be new beastmen quests for the two new tribes but this will be helpful once those are done. I’ve been wanting to finish up some of the other tribes which aren’t capped but ended up spamming Ixali.

New form of leves called Temple Leves

Take 10 levequests but sound interesting.

New job items have been added to Grand Companies and to poetics gear. [2.0] Gear for dark knight, machinist, and astrologian has been added to previously existing dungeons, trials, and raids.

The number of company seals received for expert delivery missions has been reduced.

Depending on how much of a reduction this is, this could be a headache for me. Although with the new levels, doing handins again will feel more worth it. I guess SE want people to share the gear love a bit more.

You can spend Grand Company points in Residential areas now (Caretaker)

* Grade three actions can only be acquired using an aetherial wheel

So there are new tier III actions and the only way you can get them is to use an Aetherial wheel. Which we have sitting in the basement and barely gets used. Has a use now. Have you noticed how much SE wants you to be in a Free Company and have a house?

[2.0] Players can now purchase up to three mini cactpot tickets per day.

[2.0] New prizes are available for purchase using MGP

They go up in price but you can take your chances. Possibly helps with getting points for gear.

[2.0] Player attributes have been adjusted as follows:
Skilspeed and spellspeed now affect damage over time and healing over time effects.
The effect of determination on auto-attacks has been reduced.
Critical hit rate now affects damage dealt with a critical strike.
Certain attributes no longer affect parry or block.

This is actually kind of a biggy – the price of materia should stabilise a bit and hopefully det won’t be so nuts. Happy with my Crit choices for SCH though.

The Sunken Temple of Qarn / Cutter’s Cry / Stone Vigil / Dzemael Darkhold / Aurum Vale

* The number of experience points received from bosses has been increased, while that received from all other enemies has been decreased. Please note this does not affect the overall experience gained from the above dungeons.

Guess that SE wants to cut down on speed running first rooms only…

[2.0] Players can now join an instanced duty in the following circumstances:
While watching certain cutscenes.
While playing a mini-game in the Gold Saucer.
While challenging a player or NPC to a Triple Triad match.

Yes! You can finally throw a triple triad game when your duty pops.

[2.0] The requirements to unlock Duty Roulette: Trials has been changed. Players can now participate in this roulette after unlocking any two trials listed under this category.

I think this is pretty sensible. Much more incentive for people to do this now.

[3.0] Players will now be rewarded experience points upon completing Duty Roulette: Main Scenario, Duty Roulette: Trials, or Duty Roulette: High Level prior to level 60.

So you can get xp if you do Daily duties even on pre 60 content. Nice.

Players can select Pass even when they have already selected Need or Greed if the loot has not yet been distributed.
Party members will now receive a notification in the log window when you select Need, Greed, or Pass.

Both of these are win. The number of times someone has said after I’ve rolled that they could use something and I just wanted it for points or desynth and I’d wished I’d passed… Also, no more hanging around waiting for sneaky players to roll or pass because they can’t hide behind anonymity.

Players can now select Item Comparison, Try On, Search for Item, and Link when viewing items in the lot window.

Good!

Players can no longer lot on untradeable mounts or minions they have already acquired.
Furthermore, lootmasters cannot distribute untradeable mounts or minions to party members that have already acquired them.

Didn’t know this was a big deal but makes sense.

[2.0] Players can now cast Teleport and Return while riding a mount.

Bonus!

[3.0] New master recipe books have been added.
[2.0] New recipes have been added to the previously existing master recipe books.
If a player has already used these master recipe books, the recipes will be automatically added to the crafting log upon the release of patch 3.0.

I’m glad I’ve unlocked Master II for a couple of crafters already but yuck!

[2.0] High quality items can now be converted into normal quality items.

Oh thank god! Fed up with having 16 NQ and 2 HQ of low level materials where I don’t need the HQ to HQ.

[2.0] Fishers must now use the action Snagging to obtain timeworn maps.

Minor irritation fixed!

[2.0] The requirements to gather level 50 one, two, and three star items has been reduced.

Don’t see a need for this. Curious as to why.

[3.0] The Au Ra race is now available when hiring a new retainer or using retainer fantasia on those in your employ.

Yay! Time for sexy Au Ra male retainers all round! Well okay, maybe 1.

[2.0] Players can now hire up to eight retainers.

Yes, you can. But you have to pay real life money for them. Just like FFXI.

[2.0][3.0] The Currency tab has been removed, and added as a new option under Character in the main menu. (and has MGP in it!)

[2.0] Left-clicking the gil icon will now open the Currency window. (Windows, Mac, and PlayStation®4 only)

[2.0] Right-clicking the gil icon will now switch between gil, company seals, and MGP. (Windows, Mac, and PlayStation®4 only)

Finally – all that stuff is together now.

[2.0] Use of the /visor command will now be saved when creating gear sets.

Another minor irritation fixed.

[2.0] Players can now select Item Comparison, Try On, Search for Item, and Link when selecting quest rewards.

Nice!

[2.0] To reduce server congestion after the release of patch 3.0, players who are inactive for thirty minutes will be logged out automatically.
* We will continue to monitor server activity and remove this feature when server congestion is determined to no longer be an issue.

Suspect this means Jero will rarely be online 😉

[2.0] Players can no longer send friend requests when playing with a free trial account.
* Players can still receive friend requests when playing with a free trial account.

Oh thank god!
Just a few of the lesser things which people might miss and that I found interesting

Heavensward Benchmark – updates from the Tokyo FATE event

The new benchmark will be available for PC on Apr. 27 at midnight (PT)! This was announced at the FATE event in Tokyo. Which also means a chance to try building Au Ra as there will be a character creator element to it as there was before FFXIV relaunched. There are some character creation screenshots here http://ff14net.2chblog.jp/archives/44443304.html

I’m interested to know where the serpent style mount comes from…  A few more details were noted over on Blue Gartr.

* Ishgard itself will be split into two areas.
* The Church in Ishgard is for the 12 Knights (of Round).
* Snowcloak connects to Western Coerthas.
* Dravania Forelands has the highest mountain in Eorzea.
* Western Coerthas & Dravania Forelands were designed almost 6 years ago.
* The Hinterlands is a large area, but with lots of water.
* The Hinterlands has a lot of Sharlayan overtones.
* The Hinterlands have been temporarily abandoned (?) by the Sharlayans.
* No dragons in TH.
* Dravanian Sea of Clouds is an area that exists above the Forelands.
* The story will explain why these floating islands exist in Sea of Clouds.
* The 7 children of Midgarsormr is shown.
* A new beast tribe will be introduced in the Eastern Sea of Clouds.
* The Sea of Clouds will only have places that can be accessed by flight.
* ???? Area (No name given for spoiler purposes) is a place that has many Allagan constructs.

I found some gifs courtesy of Reddit of the identifiable new limit break moves for a few jobs. These are straight from final566’s post.

Details of the different expansion editions (Heavensward, FFXIV Heavensward collection)

The Live letter this morning provided answers to a lot of questions people have had about what’s going to be available when and how much is it going to cost.

My screenshots from the live stream http://imgur.com/gallery/K4980/ – these include images of the unboxing etc

Official forum posts about the stream http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/224701

And the final patch of 2.0 (Before the Fall Part 2) will arrive on March 31, 2015!

Tour of the North

Square released their video of the new zones…

Heavensward at Pax East (screenshots galore!)

Well I thought they were going to push back the release date and I wasn’t wrong. I just wish they hadn’t said 23rd June (19th for early access). Still they did release a crap load of images and I made some quick notes…

  • We’re Going North to Ishgard
  • Ishgard is being attacked by Dragons
  • The Dragonsong War – between Ishgard and
    Dravania
  • After 2.5 part 2 – more cinematic, longer
    trailer will be released
  • War between dragons and humans
  • 7 evil Wyrm kings
  • Floating continent included
  • Alexander is new Raid Dungeon – Normal and Hard Mode
  • They are ‘refreshing the loot system’
  • Alexander is one large primal
  • Female Au ra very customisable – not just small, petite and cute
  • They will be releasing an 8 or 9 minute benchmark in April which will include a character creator
  • Astrologian 2 stances
  • Some support functionality on Machinist
  • Dark Knight will use MP and the power of darkness
  • Level cap will go to 60
  • Specialist – crafters (new system)
  • New System DoL – area where you gather special mats

I took 109 screenshots… and you can find em

http://s370.photobucket.com/user/eldelphia/embed/slideshow/Pax%20East%20Heavensward%20FFXIV

Or here if you wanna browse http://s370.photobucket.com/user/eldelphia/library/Pax%20East%20Heavensward%20FFXIV

Images of the new race and jobs

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News from Tokyo – 2 more jobs and a new race

Au ra – new race, with horns!

Healer is Astrologian, uses cards

Ranged Dps Gun class, Machinist with attachments and some form of pet or machinery thecan use in the field

Alexander will feature in the Heavensward endgame

New Collector’s edition will include a Gryphon mount, helm and minion

Live Letter from the Producer and Las Vegas Fan Fest

So there was a crapload of information pushed out at the Fan fest last weekend. The expansion ‘Heavensward’ (3.0) was announced and a trailer for it was released. If you haven’t seen it by now, you can find it here 

Things I picked up were that the level cap is going up to 60 and multiple new jobs are going to be released. Dark Knight (DRK) was heavily hinted at as one of them. Yugiri (character in existing plot) is the new race and that race will be in the expansion. There will be lots of new areas including floating islands/continents. Something which I called the minute I played the Ixali questline (along with a load of other people no doubt).

http://imgur.com/a/OXeUk?gallery#0 has a bunch of screenshots from the opening keynote speech which cover a lot of it if you want to check it out (not mine).

2.4

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The Live letter was pretty fun to watch. I made a bunch of notes which I stuck here

  • 2.4 confirmed for 28th
  • 2.45 there will be an adjustment so that people can help in Coil
  • 4 turns in the Final Coil

NIN will be able to equip MNK gear but DEX is their strat. This has caused a whole heap of confusion and I think everyone is waiting to see if it’s actually true… or what they’re doing to gear.

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  • Typhon and Ultros are in
  • New Allagan Tomestone of Poetics (mythology is going)
  • New accessories and gear for DoL and DoH
  • They’re going to sort out DoL and DoH armour gear imbalances for 2.45 (It’s going to be easier to get gathering and crafting gear by 2.4)
  • 2.4 Doubling the amount of Wards to purchase land (Plots 31-60)
  • New aethernet destinations in Wards
  • Only way to get to new subdivisions before purchasing land is to use aethernet
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  • To open NIN – Level 30 Rogue, Level 15 PUG and Lancer
  • Eternal Bond – can’t bond with more than one character at once
  • 2.45 for Eternal B
  • New tux and dresses for glamour from 2.4
  • Atma droprate increased by more than double
  • Animus books will be bought with Soldiery and relatively fewer tomestones needed (better exchange rate)
  • Considering letting us change job without penalty in more areas
  • Going to improve the drop rates of primal mounts in 2.4 🙂
  • Increasing the drop rates on the Leviathan mirrors too
  • Weekly lockout on Second Coil removed and soon will be able to use DF for it
  • Not sure when DF coming in
  • Going to ease up on the difficulty of Second Coil (They’re going to review in a few weeks)
  • Echo coming in 2-3 weeks after 2.4
  • PVP rank cap going up in 2.4
  • New rewards
  • Some PvP job balancing

Beyond 2.4

  • New high end raids will have a better loot system, tokens to trade in for armour you want
  • Final part of Crystal Tower in 2,5
  • More alliance based raids in 3.0
  • Gilgamesh coming back in 2.5 (With more arms)
  • Hildebrand will always be fun, not too hardcore (They don’t know what’s going to happen with HIldrebrand in the future cos he’s so popular)
  • Yugiri reveal possibly in 2.5 – confirmed as new race
  • Considering letting us change job without penalty in more areas
  • They’re going to do something to allow stoneskin to be AOE’d (prolly out of combat)
  • We will be able to have Barding with FC logo on
  • Boco racing in development and we’ll be in control
  • Chocobo breeding and raising (sometime 2.5ish)!
  • 2.5 part 2 for Gold Saucer
  • Triple Triad
  • Some new PVP rules in 2.5 and then after that some new maps and areas for PVP

Optional Item Sales

Fantasias

  • Will be able to buy previous event items with real cash but no Pay to Win
  • Sleipnir Mount
  • Art book on sale
  • Delivery Moogle Plush

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I put up the rest of my screen captures from the Livestream here if you’re interested. They’re not fantastic quality.

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