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    Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXXVIII Digest (9/27/2017)

    Greetings, everyone!

    We are pleased to present the full digest of the Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXXVIII, which aired live during the four-year anniversary 14-hour broadcast! If you missed the live stream, or if you just want to watch it again (and again), check it out below!


    http://sqex.to/JTY

    *Don’t forget to select the 720p option to watch the video in HD!

    Patch 4.1 Special Part I

    ◆4.1 Features

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    The title of Patch 4.1 is “The Legend Returns.” The main scenario will introduce aspects that were not resolved in Patch 4.0, and the future of both Doma and Ala Mhigo.

    Patch 4.1 is scheduled for release in early October. We have another Letter from the Producer LIVE scheduled in September, covering the second part of Patch 4.1. During that show, we will mention the actual date for the patch, so be sure to keep an eye out!

    ◆New Main Scenario Quests

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    We received numerous requests from players wanting to return to the Royal Menagerie area once more. Once players complete the main scenario quest in Patch 4.1, they will be able to visit this area freely!

    ◆New Sidequests

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    A new chapter in the Hildibrand series will begin. This time around, it will be like a preview episode. Additionally, we will introduce the first beast tribe quests for Stormblood, the Kojin beast tribe! We tried some different things, and the rewards are interesting, so please look forward to it.

    ◆New Instanced Dungeon

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    As has been mentioned previously, we will focus our development resources towards various other tasks; therefore, there will only be one new instanced dungeon for the odd numbered patches.
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    The story surrounding this area goes back quite far, and there is also an interesting new mechanic, so please look forward to this dungeon.

    ◆New Primal Battle

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    The Royal Menagerie trial contained mechanics that were originally planned for the extreme version; therefore, we prepared a completely new mechanic for the extreme version.
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    This time, the difficulty for this trial will probably be “just right” for those struggling with Omega: Deltascape (Savage) v3.0. You can imagine something at a level like The Minstrel’s Ballad: Thordan’s Reign.

    ◆New PvP Content

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    In the new PvP content, Rival Wings, players are separated into two teams of 24, the Ravens and the Falcons, made up of light parties.
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    By completing certain requirements, players will be able to ride goblin machina to do battle. There are several types available, and there is also a relation between the different types, for instance, how one type may be more effective against another. Riding them will grant access to specific actions, and there are powerful machina, which can be used to turn the tide of the battle. “Powerful machina” must be that “thing” that appeared in Alexander...

    Patch 4.1 will introduce a lot of content, so we’re planning to release this a little bit after. Please enjoy the main scenario until then!

    ◆Battle System Updates

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    Patch 4.1 features not only job-related adjustments, but updates to the Duty Roulette, as well as adjustments to make it easier to challenge the 2.0/3.0 alliance raid content. Also, the Labyrinth of the Ancients will be adjusted so it can be challenged with a one tank party setup like all other alliance raids.

    ◆The Lost Canals of Uznair Updates

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    While exploring the Lost Canals of Uznair, players will have a chance to obtain a new map from treasure chests within the canals. By deciphering the map, players will be able to delve deeper into the submerged chambers, for a chance for even greater loot. There are features that will put the greed of the group to the test. For example, there are ones similar to “double up” in poker, which has a high-risk, high-return. As for the difficulty, this was developed with casual play in mind, so we would like everyone to jump in and have fun!

    ◆Adventurer Squadron Updates

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    We are introducing dungeon explorations for the adventurer squadron. This involves you and three squadron members. Players will be entering the normal dungeons, so you can utilize this to complete your challenge log as well. We are planning to add more dungeons to challenge in future updates. There is also a Limit Break specifically for the adventurer squadrons, so look forward to that as well.

    The level cap for the squadron members is increased, and they will be able to glamour as well, so the true endgame, glamour, will be available for your squadron members now too. Good luck!

    In the 4.0 series, we will be adding new dungeons you and your squadron members can challenge through updates, and we are considering the addition of new squadron mission as well, so please look forward to it.

    ◆Housing Updates

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    The sale of plots in Shirogane will begin along with the release of Patch 4.1. For this reason, the servers will not be opened before the scheduled maintenance time, so please keep this in mind! Coinciding with the sale of plots, the relocation services will become available as well.

    Players will be able to swim in all the residential areas. Both the Mist and Shirogane areas had sections which looked like you could swim in to begin with, so you probably can imagine where swimming will become possible. For Lavender Beds, imagine swimming in a stream of water in the woods. For the Goblet, imagine a luxurious pool in which nobles might play in. We would like to introduce them in the next Letter from the Producer LIVE, which features part 2 of the Patch 4.1 special.

    ◆Crafting, Gathering, & Item Updates

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    Continuing from Zhloe, we are introducing new custom delivery clients. Along with this, the weekly delivery will now reset on Tuesdays. With this, the reset date for all content will be on Tuesdays.

    Items such as the beast tribe currencies, and venture scrips will be moved to the currency list. It would be possible to transfer the currencies you currently own to the currency list as well. We will continue to move items to the currency list as much as possible moving forward.

    ◆System Updates

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    Introducing a new system feature, “Perform.” This is a bard-specific action, which is unlocked at level 30. Individual music notes are added as an action, which can be assigned to the hotbar to play those notes.

    In the future, we would like to introduce more at home-like content and features similar to this. For the Perform feature, we are planning to gradually add additional instruments, tones, and scales.

    However, please make sure to perform music that is FFXIV-related. We do not mind if you are using it for personal use; however, if songs and music from other titles are being recorded and uploaded frequently, we may have to remove the feature, so we would like to ask for everyone’s support.

    ◆Expanded Cross-World Functionality

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    In order for even more players to enjoy the new alliance raid arriving in Patch 4.1, “Return to Ivalice,” forming cross-world alliance parties will become possible.

    Additionally, PvP custom matches, friend requests, and tells will be possible cross-world. Sending friend requests to players in different Worlds will be available through the contact list.

    Other convenient system-related adjustments are also incoming. We would like to introduce those in the next Patch 4.1 special.

    ◆Ultimate

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    We will be introducing the “Ultimate” difficulty content for players who have completed the most recent Savage content. This content was previously known amongst the community as “Super Savage.”

    The first in the series will be “The Unending Coil of Bahamut (Ultimate).”
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    In the screenshot, there are several mysterious silhouettes visible aside from Bahamut. As you may have guessed, powerful enemies from throughout the Coil will be gathered together.

    The reward for clearing will be item level 345 weapons, the same level as the Deltascape (Savage) weapons.

    As a result, if players want the strongest equipment, they are not necessarily required to clear this content. However, these weapons will graphically stand out quite a bit.

    Additionally, players are rewarded with a token upon completion once per week. We’re planning to make the token exchangeable for a weapon of your choice, so clearing the fight will guarantee one weapon. Just remember that the rewards are set this way because the content itself is that hard.
    *Please note there was an error in the live broadcast update thread, and the above information is the latest information.

    The maximum item level will not increase during Patch 4.1. We are putting in the utmost care to make final adjustments to the difficulty, to make sure that this content will not be so difficult that not one person is able to clear it during the duration of the patch.
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    Regarding the new Alliance Raid “Return to Ivalice”

    During the latter part, Yasumi Matsuno, the game designer, writer, and CEO of Algebra Factory, Inc., joined the show.

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    The patch illustration for Patch 4.1 was drawn by Akihiko Yoshida.

    The figures depicted are Ramza and Delita, characters from Final Fantasy Tactics. In the world of FFXIV, the story of Final Fantasy Tactics is a well-known Garlean fairytale, passed down from generation to generation.

    During the stream, there was discussion of the story and lore of “Return to Ivalice,” and Matsuno had a few questions for Yoshida. For details, please refer to the video.
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