Final Fantasy XIV Patch 2.4 Coming October 28th, Cash Shop Incoming; Gold Saucer in Update 2.5
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn fans were waiting for the release date of patch 2.4 “Dreams of Ice,” and during the latest broadcast from Vegas’ fanfest Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida announced that it’s going to be released on October 28th, bringing along the new Rogue/Ninja class and job combo. Ninjas will be able to equip monk gear and will be unsurprisingly based on Dexterity.
The new job will require rogue level 30 and pugilist level 15 to unlock, and will be able to use lancer and pugilist skills.
In slightly more controversial news, a new cash shop coming with 2.4 will sell items for real currency, but they’ll be just vanity items like mounts and minions, and Fantasia potions to change your character’s race, gender and looks.
You can check out pics of the first items which will put for sale below, courtesy of Twitter user Cinnamon R.
— Cinnamon R. (@SusannaTran) October 19, 2014
Yoshida-san stressed that only vanity items will be sold, and there will be absolutely no “pay to win” element in the shop. Previous seasonal event items will also be placed for sale.
Finally, the Gold Saucer will be introduced with patch 2.5, with Chocobo Racing and Triple Triad announced as part of the first batch of content.
There’s no doubt that the introduction of a cash shop will ruffle some feathers within the community, but considering that all the items for sale will be cosmetic, and that other pay to play MMORPGs like World of Warcraft have the same feature, it’s hardly something I’ll worry overmuch about.
I’ll be too busy leveling Ninja to worry about a mount and a few minions, anyway.