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In yesterday's Live Letter, new Endwalker relic weapons were revealed to be tied to the Hildibrand questline.
Relic weapons have been a popular staple of the series since ARR, as it is not only stylish but is also considered BiS (best-in-slot) for its expansion. Therefore, relics are quite mandatory for players concerned with keeping their gear up to date for endgame content.
Relic unlock requirements for every expansion up until now has been fairly run-of-the-mill. Finish the relevant MSQ, talk to a certain NPC, unlock a new zone (Stormblood and Shadowbringers), and farm Fates or dungeon roulettes for materials to upgrade your relic weapon. Often, this in itself is a tedious and time-consuming process, one that is meant to showcase how hard-earned relic weapons are.
Public opinion was polarizing at best when it was revealed that Endwalker relics are tied to Hildibrand. Some reacted with hilarity and took it in stride, some were supportive, and many reacted with profound irritation. Some broke meta ground. And some were simply genuinely puzzled. Such divisive reactions were to be expected, as the Hildibrand questline is notorious not only for having a very specific brand of humor, but also for being incredibly long.
Hildibrand follows the story of detective and gentleman extraordinaire Hildibrand Manderville with his trusty sidekick Nashu as they go through various misadventures alongside the Warrior of Light through the land of Eorzea. Each cutscene thrives on wacky mishaps animated with a fidelity that not even ARR MSQ cutscenes possessed. I admit, I was in awe at the quality of the cutscenes in the context of both animation and comedic value — I caught myself gasping out loud at the sheer absurdity of the things they came up with, as well as occasionally descending into side-splitting laughter.
Hilarity aside, the storyline spans 40 quests and 3 trials, with quests in ARR and Heavensward being the lengthiest. In total, this would mean players would have to go through an upwards of 10 hours of content to unlock the relic quest, not to mention the actual grind itself. This does not include the additional quests they are adding for Hildibrand in the upcoming patch.
This is by far going to be the longest relic journey yet. What do you think of the relic weapons being tied to Hildibrand? Are you excited to see what the Manderville weapons would look like? How far are you in the quest to complete Hildibrand, or are you a Gentleman Extraordinaire completionist?
If you couldn't make it to Japan for the concert, now you can enjoy it at home! It will be less crowded, at least.
The most recent concert for THE PRIMALS was a two-day event at the Makuhari Messe in Japan. THE PRIMALS are most known for performing songs from FFXIV at Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festivals, headed up by the game's composer Masayoshi Soken. The Blu-Ray includes the entire performance - even three songs with the legendary surprise guest and long-time Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu.
The Blu-Ray will release on September 14th of this year for $59.99, but preorders are available today!
THE PRIMALS Live in Japan – Beyond the Shadow Blu-ray Available for Pre-order! [Source]
The two-day concert that rocked Makuhari Messe on June 4, THE PRIMALS Live in Japan - Beyond the Shadow, has made its way to Blu-ray!
Rock out to THE PRIMALS' setlist of twenty-one songs, including both live show favorites and popular FFXIV tracks from A Realm Reborn through Endwalker─all accompanied by in-game and on-stage visuals. We've also captured the three additional songs performed by surprise guest Nobuo Uematsu, as well as exclusive narration by Emet-Selch (in Japanese with English subtitles)!
You'll even get a peek behind the scenes with the "Backstage with THE PRIMALS" feature!
Enjoy these amazing performances in the comfort of your own home.
THE PRIMALS Live in Japan - Beyond the Shadow
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Bonus Item Code
Close in the Distance (Beyond the Shadow) Orchestrion Roll Hic Svnt Leones (Beyond the Shadow) Orchestrion Roll Pre-order your copy today.
Square Enix isn't wasting any time building on the popularity of the new PvP mode, announcing the European Community Cup!
Since it was announced, Crystalline Conflict was awaited with bated breath. FFXIV players were used to the Feast - a 4v4 arena-style combat which is no longer in the game - or they played Frontlines, a 24v24v24 battle that tends to get chaotic. Rival Wings, a third PvP mode, remains in the game but doesn't see very much play outside of special events (even though it's my favorite).
But since it's been released, the new 5v5 Player-versus-Player mode in FFXIV has been highly praised. Some streamers and creators believed it would fail, and still might - however popularity for Crystalline Conflict shows no signs of slowing down.
Frequent readers here might recognize one of the commentators for the tournament, as Brian Ricardo has collaborated with us on a number of projects in the past! Joining him will be Lythi, and the two will shoutcast the entire event. All matches will be broadcast on the official FFXIV Twitch channel.
So for those of you on Chaos and Light, build a team and get to practicing! Registration is open as of yesterday, and brackets will be announced July 18th! The Crystalline Conflict Community Cup (say that five times fast) will be live on July 21st and July 22nd.
The Crystalline Conflict Community Cup (Europe) – A 5v5 Online Tournament! [Source]
As we enter a new era of PvP, we'll be hosting our very first official Crystalline Conflict 5v5 online tournament so everyone can prove their mettle! If you're on Chaos or Light, form a PvP team with your friends and register for the tournament for a chance to win amazing prizes!
The Crystalline Conflict Community Cup (Europe)
Brian Ricardo and Lythi will be our commentators for this tournament! All games will be broadcast live on the official FFXIV Twitch channel.
* Co-streaming is allowed.
Brian Ricardo Lythi Schedule
Thursday, June 30 to Friday, July 8: Registration Period Monday, July 18: Bracket Announcement Thursday, July 21 from 11:00 a.m. (PDT): Preliminaries/Round of 16 Friday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. (PDT): Round of 8, Semifinals, and Final * Times may vary depending on the number of teams.
You must have a European Square Enix Account. You must have an active character on the Chaos or Light data centers. You must be part of a PvP team. Only players who are already part of the team at the time of registration will be eligible for the tournament. Players added after registration will not be eligible for participation. Tournament Rules
Crystalline Conflict 5v5 Knock-out Tournament A minimum of 8 teams will be needed for the tournament to be held. * The tournament will be canceled should there be less than 8 teams participating.
A maximum of 16 teams will be allowed to participate on a "first come, first served" basis. Square Enix will select the best 8 teams* and seed them from 1 to 8, then proceed with a drawing to determine the brackets. The final brackets will be announced on Monday, July 18. * The selection will be made at Square Enix's discretion.
Preliminaries/Round of 16 and Round of 8: "Best of 1" on one of the following maps: the Palaistra, the Volcanic Heart, and Cloud Nine. The map will be randomly selected before each game. Semifinals and Final: "Best of 3" on one of the following maps: the Palaistra, the Volcanic Heart, and Cloud Nine. The map will be randomly selected before each game. Teams will be allowed to switch players between rounds, but not between games of the same round. ・For example: Switching players between semifinals and final is permitted. Switching players between Game 1 and Game 2 of the semifinals is not.
Teams will be allowed to change jobs even between games of the same round. Rewards
All participants will receive three (3) sets of 99x Magitek Torches (red, blue, yellow).
Semifinalist teams will receive the above, along with one (1) in-game item of their choice from the following items:
Ahriman Choker Mandragora Choker Chocobo Noble Barding Bluebird Earring Scarf of Wondrous Wit Gaelicap Modern Aesthetics – Strife The winning team will receive the above, along with one (1) Great Paraserpent in-game item.
How to Register
You can register from now until Friday, July 8 at 7:00 a.m. (PDT). To register, please head over to the dedicated thread on the forums and provide the following information: ・PvP team name
・PvP team members
Only one team member needs to post to register the whole team. Once we have confirmed that your team is eligible, an official reply will be made on the same forum thread to confirm your registration. Get ready to put your reflexes to the test, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Crystalline Conflict Community Cup!
FINAL FANTASY® XIV "Crystalline Conflict Community Cup" Official Rules
IMPORTANT! Please read the full rules before entering the "Crystalline Conflict Community Cup" (the "Promotion"). By entering the Promotion, you agree to be bound and abide by these Official Rules and the Additional Rules applicable to your place of legal residence, and you represent that you satisfy all eligibility requirements to enter the Promotion.
Proceed to the official rules page for full terms and conditions.
Pour connaître l’intégralité des conditions générales, veuillez consulter le règlement officiel.
Square Enix will be adjusting the wards available for private purchase in order to keep up with player demand.
Announced last week, Square Enix released a lodestone post regarding revisions to housing wards. At current, Free Companies looking to purchase a house were given priority in Wards 1 to 18 in each of the five housing zones: Mist, Lavender Beds, The Goblet, Shirogane, and Empyreum. The remaining wards, 19 to 24, were reserved for players looking to purchase private, individual housing.
As there has been more of a demand for the latter, Free Companies will now only have priority in Wards 1 to 9, while private buyers will have priority in the lottery system in Wards 10 to 24. Although this change was announced last week, the categories will not change until July 10th.
What do you think about this change? Have you been able to get a house yet with the addition of an entirely new zone? Let us know below!
Revisions to Housing Ward Classifications (Source)
To accommodate housing demand, the classification of wards dedicated to free company/private plots will be revised.
These changes will take effect with the commencement of the entry period beginning Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT).
Revised Housing Ward Classifications
Housing classifications for each World will be revised as follows.
Free Company Housing
Previous Revised Ward 1 to ward 18 Ward 1 to ward 9 Private Housing
Previous Revised Ward 19 to ward 24 Ward 10 to ward 24 * Housing areas for the four New Worlds added to the European data center will be classified differently. Further details will be announced at a later date.
* Revisions made to ward classifications will not affect any previously purchased plots.
As a reminder, the next Letter from the Producer LIVE airs 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!
Note: The broadcast will contain both Japanese and English subtitles, but the voiced audio will be in Japanese only.
Letter from the Producer LIVE Part LXXI Airs Friday, July 1 (Source)
Our next Letter from the Producer LIVE broadcast is set to air on Friday, July 1 at 4:00 a.m. (PDT). Don’t miss out!
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.
*Co-streaming is allowed.
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