Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.5 Releasing October 3

Square Enix held a special Letter from the Producer presentation for MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. During the presentation, producer and director Naoki Yoshida revealed the release date for the game’s next major update.

Patch 6.5 is titled “Growing Light” and will split into two major updates covering the final part of the story transition between Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker and upcoming expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail. The first part will release on October 3, 2023, while the second part (Patch 6.55) is set for mid January 2024. There will also be a smaller Patch 6.51 update in late October 2023. The release date reveal comes with a new trailer and screenshots for the update, which can both be viewed below.

Patch 6.5 will include the first part of the new main scenario quests, plus the new Lunar Subterrane dungeon and new The Abyssal Fracture Trial. It will also add the third part of the Myths of the Realm Alliance Raid series, plus a new Unreal Trial version of the Singularity Reactor. It will also include the final part of the Duty Support expansion, meaning that all story dungeons can now be played solo with NPC allies. Other additions include Island Sanctuary updates, a new Custom Deliveries clients, and more quality of life improvements.

Meanwhile, Patch 6.51 will include the new Aloalo Island Variant Dungeon and Criterion Dungeon, a new Crystalline Conflict arena, and more tool enhancement quests. Patch 6.55 will introduce the second part of the new main scenario quests, new Tataru’s Grand Endeavour and Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures side quests, new Manderville weapon enhancement quests, and new tribal alliance quests.

The updates leads into the upcoming release on Dawntrail, which was announced in July and is set to release in summer 2023. More details about the expansion are set to be revealed at the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2023 in London on October 21–22, 2023, and the Fan Festival 2024 in Tokyo on January 7–8, 2024.




Alex Fuller

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