Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s latest major content update is released today, and should be available to all players once the current server maintenance ends later this morning.
Patch 2.4 – or Dreams of Ice, to give the update its official title – is described as the game’s “biggest update to date” and adds a number of new features to Square Enix’s popular MMO.
Chief among these is a number of new storylines and environments, a new Rogue Class, and a new job – the Ninja. Rogues specialize in the use of knives and daggers, and completing specific class quests as a Rogue will eventually allow you to unlock the Ninja, which adds new stealth options to your skillset, as well as the ability to “manipulate the vital energies of the land, air and of living beings”.
A new dungeon has also been added. The Snowcloak dungeon takes place around a vast ice wall created in the wake of Bahamut’s rampage. Two existing dungeons, Sastasha and The Sunken Temple of Qarn, gain new hard modes, and the patch also adds new housing wards and PvP ranks.
The full list of new features is as follows:
- New Rogue Class and Ninja Job
- Shiva (Hard / Extreme) New Primal Battle
- Snowcloak (New Dungeon)
- Sastasha (Hard Mode of existing Dungeon)
- The Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard Mode of existing Dungeon)
- New Housing Wards
- New Main Scenario
- New Hildibrand Side Story
- The Final Coil of Bahamut
- New Allagan Tomestones
- Addition of the New PvP Ranks
- Item Level Increase
This latest update also further develops the ongoing conflict between the nation of Ishgard and the Dravanian Horde. Ishgard has been announced to be focus of next year’s Heavensward expansion, which is due for release in Spring.
After a turbulent start to Final Fantasy XIV upon its initial release back in 2010, which saw many labelling it as the worst MMO every made, Square Enix took the series back to the drawing board, re-designing the game from the ground up and relaunching as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Launched on PC and Playstation 3 in August of last year, the game found its way on to PlayStation 4 earlier this year. A Realm Reborn is largely considered a vast improvement and has seen a drastic boost in popularity for the once-ailing MMO. Heather Williams reviewed A Realm Reborn for Continue Play back in May this year, awarding it an “excellent” 9/10.
“Simply put: after the stale and decidedly bitter taste of the original, A Realm Reborn is a breath of fresh air,” she wrote. “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is an extremely enjoyable experience that any Final Fantasy fan should consider trying out.”