Rathalos Arrives in Eorzea in August
Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV‘s part of its collaboration with Monster Hunter: World will begin on August 7, 2018. The collaboration, which was announced during E3, sees players engage in a trial against “King of the Skies” Rathalos. The trial is available to level 70 players who have completed the “Stormblood” main scenario quest and comes in both Normal (eight-player party) and Extreme (four-player party) versions, with the collaboration offering players the chance to collect a new Rathalos-inspired armour set, Poogie and Palico minions, a Rathalos mount, and a BBQ spit furnishing. The other side of the collaboration, which sees Behemoth added to Monster Hunter: World, will be available on August 1, 2018.
In addition to revealing the collaboration date, Square Enix also used its latest Letter from the Producer presentation to detail other upcoming additions to Final Fantasy XIV. First, the upcoming Patch 4.36 update, which will be released at the same time as the Rathalos collaboration, will add a new section of The Forbidden Land Eureka titled “The Pagos Expedition”. It also announced that Patch 4.4, titled “Prelude in Violet”, will be released in mid-September. The 4.4 update will include new main scenario quests, new side-stories including the Four Lords and Hildibrand, new dungeons The Burn and Saint Mocianne’s Arboretum (Hard), a new Trial against Suzaku (in Normal and Extreme modes), and the final part of the Omega raid series — Alphascape and Alphascape (Savage).
Finally, Square Enix revealed the dates for its latest round of Fan Fest events. The first event will take place in Las Vegas on November 16-17, 2018. This will be followed by the European Fan Festival on February 2-3, 2019, in Paris. The final event will be the Tokyo Fan Festival on March 22-23, 2019. More details can be found on the official website.