Square Enix has released a new round of screenshots and information detailing some of the content fans can look forward to in Final Fantasy XIV‘s Patch 3.5, the game’s next major content update due out January 17.
“The Far Edge of Fate” as it’s called, is set to bring a number of new additions including a new 24-man alliance raid closing out the Mhach series, new PvP (player versus player) gear and mount rewards, new subquests involving Hildibrand and Saint Endalim’s Scholasticate and much more. Patch 3.5’s second part, which will conclude the Heavensward main scenario, is currently scheduled to launch in March.
The ancient tome recovered by Captain Radliaof 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.
Saint Endalim’s Scholasticate
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.
Further Hildibrand Adventures
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!
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!
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.
New Hairstyles & Emotes
New emotes have come to Eorzea! Look forward to partying with friends using the Moonlift Dance and showing off your superior intelligence with the Spectacles emote.
Housing Update: Aquariums & Paintings
If you give an Eorzean a fish, they will not eat today, but will choose to instead fill their lonely aquarium. The good news for fish fans is that plenty of new fishes will be made available in the upcoming update.
Paintings are here to save the day by brightening up housing across the realm.
New PvP Gear & Mounts
New PvP gear inspired by the hit Japanese TV show: Garo! Designed by legendary character designer Keita Amemiya, these new mounts and gear are sure to bring a smile to the face of any Garo fan.