Today Square Enix released a large batch of new screenshots showcasing the content of the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV patch 3.5 Part 1, dubbed “The Far Edge of Fate.”
In case you missed our previous article, part 1 will release on January 17th, 2017, while Part 2 will come in March.
First of all, we get to see more of the new 24-man raid dungeon, Dun Scaith, and its bosses, Deathgaze and Scatach, on top of the gear that we’ll earn in the raid:
The ancient tome recovered by Captain Radlia of the Talons tells of a floating refuge─an island created by Mhachi sorcerers to provide safe haven from calamitous floodwaters. With the disaster that befell the Void Ark, however, the island’s intended residents never arrived. Cait Sith is convinced that Diabolos has instead claimed this refuge as his own, transforming what was to be a bastion of hope into a voidsent nest of shadowy nightmare. And it is into this fiendish lair that you must delve.
The Saint Endalim’s Scholasticate quest line will also get an expansion.
“With every mystery solved it seems another, greater than the last, springs up to take its place. Tensions are running at an all-time high at the scholasticate, as rage and desperation take hold of the student body who are altogether too eager to pin the blame for their misfortune on one unlucky individual, who some might say is just getting what he deserves. While some fight to defend the innocent, others move to take justice into their own hands, and once again you and Inspector Briardien find yourselves in a race against time to uncover the true culprit responsible for the chaos that ensues.”
Old dear Hildibrand will also be back, alongside his wacky companions.
“Inspector’s Log: The future of House Manderville is in peril! Gigi, apple of my eye, beloved son, has run away with the Grand Sers, those elderly scoundrels! Glad though I was to see him regain his lost memories, his sudden revelations led him to pursue a most dangerous path. Overcome with grief for his deceased creator, he now seeks to harness his phenomenal powers that he might return the dead to life! Yet I know full well he will not find solace in the dark arts, and so it falls to me, Zombibrand, devourer of brains, undead overlord extraordinare─ Ahem! Former undead overlord, to return my dear boy to the straight and narrow!”
Two new minions will be implemented, Wind-up Estinien and a super-cute bullpup.
Ever dreamt of adventuring with a pint-sized Estinien at your side? Mayhap a droopy-eyed bullpup is more to your liking? Well, the time for dreaming is over, as both of these minions and more will be added to the game in patch 3.5!
New mounts will include a line of colored lanner, a throne and a firebird.
Prepare yourself for some new awe-inspiring mounts—a majestic throne which soars through the skies, and the Demonic lanner with its flaming wings of gold are but two of the numerous new ways you will be able to traverse the realm. What’s more, players that manage to collect the entire lanner series will be able to get their hands on an exclusive Firebird mount! Flying never felt so good.
Two new unisex hairstyles will also be added.
Players will get the ability to be more expressive with two new emotes: Spectacles and Moonlift Dance.
Housing will also get an update, with the beautiful aquariums and paintings unlocked by the sightseeing log.
Last, but certainly not least, we see the full range of the PvP gear and mounts coming with the Garo crossover, designed by character designer Keita Amemiya.
Below you can see a breakdown of all the sets by class:
Last, but not least, the majestic Garo mounts, which I want, oh so want.
The release of update 3.5 Part 2 in March will wrap up the story of the Heavensward expansion, paving the way for the Stormblood expansion, releasing on June 20th. You can read all the new details shared about it in our keynote recap post.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will be the second expansion of Square Enix’s popular MMORPG. It was announced back in October. You can check out more details shared back then, on top of feasting your eyes on the gorgeous cinematic trailer by Visual Works.