Final Fantasy XIV's Shadowbringers expansion is due to release in just a few weeks' time. To prepare players for the plethora of new content, Square Enix held a Letter from the Producer livestream where they showed off new gameplay footage of the Titania trial battle and the Eden high-level raid, as well as detailing new characters, worlds, and post-release updates.
You can see the full Letter from the Producer in the video below, but make sure you have just over three hours to spare if you plan on viewing it in its entirety. The stream starts at 59:10.
The stream introduce players to some of the expansion's characters. Players will already be familiar with Thancred Waters and Y'shtola Rhul, who will be joining the Warrior of Light as he embraces darkness. There will be new characters, like Ran'jit and Vauthry too. In terms of new worlds, the Spriggan World will be added to the Chaos data center, while the Twintania World will be added to the Light data center.
There will be a plethora of updates added with the expansion. Crafting Classes will get new actions, adjustments to current actions, lowered requirements to unlock recipes, and an improved crafting user interface. Gathering Classes will also get some changes, like new actions, new traits, lowered requirements to unlock gathering points, and an improved gathering log that shows spawn time information and the ability to add an alarm for nodes that are about to spawn. Other changes include an increased storage capacity for the glamour dresser, new tomestones, new gatherer and crafter scripts, and updates to the retainer and achievement user interface.
If you want a quick glimpse at gameplay without trekking through three hours of streaming, Square Enix did release separate footage of some of the new dungeons that will be challenging players in Shadowbringers.
Two weeks after the expansion launches, patch 5.01 will be released on July 16th. This will include a normal difficulty high-level raid called Eden. Two weeks after that on July 30th, patch 5.05 will introduce a new savage difficulty version of the Eden raid, as well as a treasure hunt dungeon called Lyhe Ghiahl and the Allagan tomestone of Phantasmagoria currency. We're assuming that patches 5.02, 5.03, and 5.04 will all be released in between but will likely contain only bug fixes and minor changes.
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