Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Patch 3.4 Release Date and More
Final Fantasy XIV -- which just celebrated its third anniversary -- is set to release its latest patch soon. Patch 3.4, titled Soul Surrender, is due to release at the end of the month on Tuesday, September 27th. News has been leaking out over the past few days about some of the key features coming in this patch.
The first set of features talked about were the new dungeons to be introduced in the patch. Each patch since 3.1 has generally brought two new dungeons to Final Fantasy XIV, and this patch will be no different. The latest additions are Great Gubal Library (Hard) and Xelphatol.
Great Gubal Library (Hard)
Great Gubal Library (Hard) is an area in which the players will revisit an older dungeon that was introduced in the expansion patch, 3.0 -- Heavensward. The dungeon will require players to be level 60 with a minimum item level of 210. The developers have shared the following about the dungeon:
Though long-since abandoned by its Sharlayan keepers, the Great Gubal Library does not want for visitants, its halls ever stirring with the void-sent guardians who walk its corridors. With danger at every turn, the fool who dares trespass here would find not wisdom but certain doom. Yet it was not long ago that an intrepid adventurer braved the deepest depths of this forbidding vault of knowledge, returning unscathed and wiser for the experience─a feat of daring that would be sung of the realm over. Mayhap that is why an anonymous individual would beseech that selfsame champion to return in search of long-forgotten knowledge. One can only hope this venture proves yet another enlightening lesson.
The second dungeon that is being added is called Xelphatol. It is a brand new dungeon that has never been seen before in the game, offering players a brand new experience upon entering the dungeon. Similar to Gubal Library, this dungeon will also require players to reach level 60 and have a minimum item level of 210.
Square Enix shared the following about the dungeon:
Forced to flee the Black Shroud for fear of the elementals and their boundless wrath, the Ixal settled the windswept mountains of Xelphatol more than five hundred and fifty years ago. Since that day, they have labored tirelessly to eke out an existence in these harsh and unforgiving lands, slowly but surely expanding their dominion over the entire region. Yet the Ixal have never forgotten that which was once denied them, and so they seek divine intervention once more─to summon Garuda and beseech her strike down their enemies. In the shadow of the First Mountain, the ritual nears completion, as a brave hero once more races against time to deliver the realm from destruction.
Main Scenario Quests
Your story in the land of Ishgard continues from the cliff hanger ending of Patch 3.3. With a selection of brand new missions you'll be able to find out the fate of your friend, Alisaie, and learn more about the Warriors of Darkness.
After a thousand years of bloodshed and sorrow, the shade of Nidhogg, rage incarnate, fell at last to the Warrior of Light. So it was that the Dragonsong War drew to a close, and the survivors, bloodied but unbowed, could begin to pick up the pieces. A new day dawns in Ishgard, and her champions may rest easy─if only for a moment. For every ending marks a new beginning.
Very soon you'll be able to control every aspect of your screenshots. If you are a glutton for fashion and all things beautiful in your games, this is a blessing for you. The feature promises to add dozens of new commands, filters, and lightning tools to give you the perfect screenshot every time. Using new commands like the ability to freeze characters mid pose for a screenshot combined with the stunning variety of options will give you the opportunity to create hundreds of thousands of unique combinations.
The developers have been kind enough to share several photos which show off the power of the new feature, giving us a preview of the different filters, lightning tools, and posing options. You can preview them below.
It has also been shared that many of these features will also be available for not only the group pose command, but also for the idling camera feature as well. You'll be enjoying your time in Eorzea and Ishgard in a whole new view soon enough.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is available now for Microsoft Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.