During Letter from the Producer Live XXXIV at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Tokyo, producer/director Naoki Yoshida revealed new gameplay footage of an upcoming trial in Patch 3.5: The Far Edge of Fate (Part 1).
This trial will see the Warrior of Light against the last of the Warring Triad, none other than Zurvan, the Demon. Final Fantasy VI alum may remember the Demon as a boss from the final ascent up Kefka’s Tower in the closing hours of the game — they play a pivotal role in the game’s setting.
Zurvan, the Demon concept artwork for Final Fantasy VI by Tetsuya Nomura [left] and an in-game render from Final Fantasy XIV [right]. (Via: FFWiki)
In FFXIV, the Warring Triad are a triumvirate of deities worshiped by ancient peoples living in the era of Allag. Sephirot, the Fiend, was summoned by a tree-like race of beings that inhabited Meracydia, and Sophia, the Goddess, was ushered into existence by ancient Meracydians who desired equilibrium of light and dark when they were invaded by the Allagan Empire.
It was the same Empire that bound the Triad in Azys Lla, for the purpose of using their aetheric energy to construct Dalamud to bind Bahamut. After the Empire’s demise in the Fourth Umbral Era, we fast forward to present day — where the Garlean Empire has taken a renewed interest in the Triad. They also play a key role in the culmination of the Heavensward expansion storyline.
As for the fight itself, you can check it out in the video below, which aired during the Live Letter. Here we can see that the arena, the “Containment Bay Z1T9” is segmented into four parts, each of which can break off over the course of the fight. Yoshida commented that this trial will be more challenging than Sophia. You will need to complete the Warring Triad storyline past “Balance unto All”, to undertake this challenge. The trial will also have item level restrictions that have yet to be revealed.
Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 3.5: The Far Edge of Fate will release on January 17th, 2017, for Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Mac. Final Fantasy XIV’s Stormblood expansion has a tentative release date for June 20th, 2017, on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Mac.