Patch 2.55 for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be live from later today on PC, PS3 and PS4, Square Enix has announced.
The second part of Before the Fall is the finale of the main storyline, ahead of the release of the game’s first major expansion, Heavensward, in June. The patch brings a number of new scenario quests, as well as changes to the Triple Triad minigame and Chocobo Racing and a number of tweaks and balance changes. The full patch notes can be viewed here.
In a message to fans, the popular MMO’s Producer/ Director, Naoki Yoshida, thanked players for helping to make the game a success. “FFXIV, which started as A Realm Reborn, has evolved and grown massively in the last year and a half. These dramatic changes to the game have also been a fun and exciting experience. Even if you are away from Final Fantasy XIV at the moment, please enjoy the last of A Realm Reborn and look forward to a new beginning in Heavensward – which will bring the start of a new scenario and a huge volume of new content including new jobs, maps and raids, an increase of level cap, the implementation of Free Company contents and much more. The volume will be more than a brand new RPG. Thank you for all your support so far and please look forward to the updates coming in the Heavensward 3.0 series!”
Heavensward centers around the in-game nation of Ishgard, which is locked in a long-running conflict against its rival Dravania. Players will be able to purchase a flying mount, which will be essential to reach many of the new areas due to be added to the game. The level cap will also be raised to 60, and three new jobs – the Machinist, Dark Knight and Astrolgian – will be unlocked. Heavensward is due to launch on June 23rd, but eager beavers can preorder the game ahead of its launch to receive exclusive in-game items.
Heather Williams reviewed Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn last year, awarding it a well-deserved score of 9/10. “It may not be revolutionary, and it may not be anything too different from the MMOs that we’re used to”, Heather wrote in her Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review, “but it is extremely addictive, satisfying and enjoyable to play.”