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Music lovers rejoice! Square Enix has released a mini album featuring some of the most beloved songs from Endwalker Patch 6.1.
Before Patch 6.1 dropped, I was still listening to songs like Close in the Distance and Footfalls on repeat. I didn't think there would be anything that could rival the emotive grandeur of those pieces...until Aglaia was released. And man, did it catch the internet by storm with its incredibly catchy groove and amazing vocals. I definitely was not immune.
If you are interested, download the album now on Apple Music! You won't regret it. I'm excited to see what else they would have in store in the upcoming patches!
FINAL FANTASY XIV: ENDWALKER — EP Available Now! (Source)
A brand-new downloadable mini album featuring colorful songs from Aglaia, Alzadaal’s Legacy, and other content added in Patch 6.1—Newfound Adventure is now available!
3. In the Balance
4. The Map Unfolds
5. Hippo Ridin'
Available for purchase at participating retailers.
* Price and availability may vary according to retailer.
* This EP is only available as a digital download.
Earlier today, Square Enix released two notices regarding FFXIV data center expansion plans for both Japan and Europe. The posts explain the plan to add a new logical data center to Japan and announce the upcoming implementation of new worlds in Europe's Chaos and Light data centers.
You can read the separate announcements in their entirety below.
Regarding the Expansion of Japanese Data Centers (Source)
In Patch 6.18, a new logical data center, Meteor, will be added to the Japanese data center, and certain existing Worlds will be redistributed within it.
This announcement will review the schedule for maintenance and the period during which eligible players may use the Home World Transfer Service free of charge. Additionally, effects of World redistribution on certain in-game features will be explained below.
Patch 6.18 will also introduce the Data Center Travel system, which allows players to temporarily visit other logical data centers within their physical data center.
For more information, please refer to our announcements on World Regrouping and Data Center Travel.
Patch 6.18 Scheduled Maintenance
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
* Maintenance for Patch 6.18 is expected to last 24 hours due to the Japanese/European data center expansions and the implementation of the Data Center Travel system.
Using the Home World Transfer Service Free of Charge
Access to the Home World Transfer Service will be suspended temporarily prior to maintenance for Patch 6.18. We will restore access after verifying that the Japanese/European data center expansions and the Data Center Travel system are stable. At that time, eligible players may use the Home World Transfer Service free of charge for approximately two weeks. For the latest updates regarding Home World Transfer availability, please visit the Lodestone.
During the time period described above, all characters in Japanese data centers are eligible to transfer Home Worlds free of charge.
Furthermore, the following bonuses will be awarded at the time of transfer:
Owners of private estates will be reimbursed 100% of their plot's buying price, plus additional compensation of 3,000,000 gil for non-recoverable furnishings. Owners of apartments will be reimbursed the standard buying price of 500,000 gil, plus additional compensation of 500,000 gil for non-recoverable furnishings. * Please apply for a Home World Transfer after removing your furnishings, but DO NOT relinquish your land or vacate your apartment. If you have relinquished the deed to your plot/rights to your property, you will not be eligible for the bonuses listed above.
* Please note that any gil exceeding the maximum of 999,999,999 will be lost.
* Players may not transfer to a Congested World.
* When transferring to a Preferred World, applicable bonuses will stack (excluding duplicates).
* Characters that have transferred Home Worlds may not transfer again for 3 days. Additionally, characters that have transferred to a Preferred World will be restricted from using the Home World Transfer Service for 90 days.
Effects of World Regrouping
Should a cross-world linkshell member transfer to the Meteor data center, a channel with the same name will be created in Meteor without deleting any members. By using the Data Center Travel system, members may communicate via that linkshell while in the same data center. * If a cross-world linkshell with the same name already exists, a number may be added to the name for purposes of differentiation.
* Changes made to the duplicate cross-world linkshell will not be reflected in the original channel, and vice versa. If new members are added, they may use the Data Center Travel system introduced in Patch 6.18 to join the cross-world linkshell in each logical data center, thereby maintaining an updated roster in all iterations of the linkshell.
Should a PvP team member transfer to the Meteor data center, a PvP team with the same name will be created in Meteor. * If a PvP team with the same name already exists, a number may be added to the name for purposes of differentiation.
Members belonging to different data centers will be automatically removed from the team. * This removal will not be displayed in PvP Team Activity.
Should a fellowship master transfer to the Meteor data center, the fellowship itself will also transfer to Meteor. Members belonging to different logical data centers will be automatically removed from the fellowship. Deep Dungeons
Players will be unable to resume save data that includes members who transferred to a different data center. We ask that you either complete your campaign before the implementation of Patch 6.18, or use the Data Center Travel system to challenge these dungeons in the original data center. In addition to these effects, please note there may be instances where World names have been saved locally (such as in the Contact List) and are no longer correctly displayed.
Introducing New Worlds to the European Data Centers (Source)
Producer & Director Naoki Yoshida described a major server expansion of the European data centers in the announcement, Regarding the Expansion of FFXIV's Operations. This expansion is planned to be carried out in two phases, the first of which will be covered in this post.
Implementation of the first phase is scheduled to take place during maintenance for Patch 6.18 on Tuesday, July 5. Four Worlds will be added in total, with two Worlds being added to each data center as listed below.
New Worlds in the Chaos Data Center
Sagittarius Phantom New Worlds in the Light Data Center
Alpha Raiden * Maintenance for Patch 6.18 is expected to last 24 hours due to the Japanese/European data center expansions and the implementation of the Data Center Travel system.
New World Bonuses
You may earn a variety of bonuses by creating a new character on a newly established World, or by transferring an existing character to a newly established World.
Please note that access to the Home World Transfer Service will be suspended temporarily prior to maintenance for Patch 6.18. We will restore access after verifying that the Japanese/European data center expansions and the Data Center Travel system are stable. For the latest updates regarding the availability of Home World transfers, please visit the Lodestone.
Character Creation Bonuses on New Worlds
Bonuses awarded to new characters on first login
Double EXP bonus (until level 80 is reached) Gift of 10 silver chocobo feathers, exchangeable for low-mid level gear to improve the leveling experience Bonuses for characters created during bonus period that attain level 30 in any class
Gift of 1,000,000 gil (*1) Gift of 15 days of free play time (*2) *1 Limited to once per service account.
*2 Limited to once per service account when creating a new character on either a New or Preferred World.
Bonuses for Transferring to a New World
Home World Transfer Service is free of charge (*3) Double EXP bonus (until level 80 is reached) (valid for 90 days following transfer) Gift of 10 gold chocobo feathers, exchangeable for special rewards such as rare mounts Owners of private estates/apartments are entitled to a certain amount of compensation in gil (*4) *3 Transfers from a New World to a different New World are not eligible for this bonus.
*4 For private estates, DO NOT relinquish the land but remove all furnishings and your estate hall and then apply for a Home World Transfer.
For apartments, DO NOT vacate the apartment but remove all your furnishings and then apply for a Home World Transfer.
Please note that if you have relinquished the deed to your plot or the rights to your property, you will not be eligible to receive gil compensation.
Read on for details regarding World Population Balancing Incentives.
These incentives will remain in place until the active player populations of the Worlds in question have grown to a specified number. Please note that once a World has been removed from the "New World" category, the bonuses listed above will no longer be applied. In the case of newly created characters, these bonuses will continue for 90 days (including the day of creation) regardless of any change in World status.
Regarding the Purchase of Housing
The purchase of housing will be unavailable on the newly established Worlds at the launch of Patch 6.18. Before we can resume the sale of plots, we must first verify that the Japanese/European data center expansions and the Data Center Travel system are stable, then re-enable the Home World Transfer service. For the latest updates regarding the availability of housing on the new Worlds, please visit the Lodestone.
All land purchases on the newly established Worlds will be carried out under the housing lottery system.
The various residential areas on these Worlds will be inaccessible until the purchase of housing has been made available. Please use the World Visit system to complete the following side quests on another World while the housing area restriction is in place.
Where the Heart Is (Mist) Where the Heart Is (The Goblet) Where the Heart Is (Lavender Beds) I Dream of Shirogane Ascending to Empyreum
The first season of Final Fantasy XIV's Crystalline Conflict is coming to a close on July 5! Players have until the release date of Patch 6.18 to rank up and earn this season's special rewards.
What exactly is Crystalline Conflict? The new mode was introduced in Patch 6.1 as a small-scale, low-pressure PvP activity to replace the Feast. Crystalline Conflict pits two teams of five players, Teams Astra and Umbra, against each other with the primary objective of pushing the Tactical Crystal to the other team's base. To learn more about the game mode, you can visit our guide here.
Each season of Crystalline Conflict allows players to earn rewards through a battle pass system called Series Malmstones. Through playing casual and ranked matches of Crystalline Conflict, you can unlock emotes, glamour items, and portrait framer kits. These rewards are available until the end of the season, so be sure to grind some games out if you're interested in unlocking them!
Curious about the PvP leaderboard? You can find the current season's rankings on the official FFXIV website here. Good luck to all of those competing throughout these final days!
Crystalline Conflict Season One Ending Soon! (Source)
The competition has been fierce, but Season One of Crystalline Conflict will soon draw to a close with the release of Patch 6.18!
Once the season has ended, players will receive rewards according to their overall rank and tier within each data center.
The final results will be announced on Tuesday, July 5, so give it your all and prove yourself the fiercest fighter on the crystal line!
View the Crystalline Conflict Rankings page.
* Unlike the Feast rankings page, the Crystalline Conflict rankings page will continue to be updated up until the final rankings are announced.
Season Two will begin with the release of Patch 6.18. Upon the commencement of Season Two, you will be placed five risers below your final placement in Season One, with zero Rising Stars.
The next Letter from the Producer LIVE is slated for Friday, July 1 at 4 a.m. (PDT). Topics will include details on what's to come in Patch 6.2 and miscellaneous game updates!
Letter from the Producer LIVE Part LXXI Set for Friday, July 1 (Source)
In the upcoming Letter from the Producer LIVE, we’ll be covering information on what’s to come in Patch 6.2!
Letter from the Producer LIVE Part LXXI
Date & Time
Friday, July 1, 2022 at 4:00 a.m. (PDT)
* Starting time is subject to change.
Where to Watch
YouTube Live Niconico Live Twitch * Please note that the presentation slides will include both Japanese and English text, but the presentation audio will be in Japanese only.
Patch 6.2 Part 1 Miscellaneous Updates
Are you currently taking a break from Final Fantasy XIV and missing Eorzea? We have great news - a new Free Login Campaign was announced earlier today, allowing players up to 96 hours of gameplay!
To be eligible for the campaign, players must have previously purchased and registered a copy of FFXIV, in addition to setting their account as inactive during the campaign period and thirty days prior.
As noted here, gameplay time begins the day on which users first log in, and the period ends on the fourth day at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). The campaign lasts until June 30, so be sure to spend your time wisely!
Play Free for up to 4 Days! (Source)
The new Duty Support system* added in Patch 6.1 allows adventurers to progress the main scenario at their own pace, and in the hope that would-be adventurers can experience all that FFXIV has to offer, we are pleased to announce the latest Free Login Campaign!
If you or any of your friends are currently taking a break from your adventures, you won’t want to miss out on this limited-time event!
* The Duty Support system is currently available for main scenario duties implemented within Patch 2.0, as well as Patch 5.0 through Patch 6.1. The system will be updated to include other main scenario duties in future updates.
Read on for details.