Final Fantasy XIV players have had time to catch up on the Shadowbringers story, maybe level some new classes, and broadly enjoy all the new stuff from the latest expansion. The first major post-launch patch has been scheduled for a vague ‘October’ release date for some time, and Square Enix has provided a quick, English-language overview of what the developers showed for patch 5.1 at Tokyo Game Show last week.
Officially titled Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty, the new update will naturally bring the first round of post-launch main story quests to follow up the events of Shadowbringers. There’ll be a new extreme difficulty trial, new beast tribe quests with the Pixies, and offer up the usual array of job adjustments and system updates.
The big new content is the first part of the Neir: Automata-themed YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse raid series, built in collaboration with director Yoko Taro and producer Yosuka Saito. The first 24-player alliance raid is called The Copied Factory, and will land as part of the 5.1 update.
Crafting and gathering classes are also getting some love alongside the Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard content, which will have players working together to build Ishgard’s Firmament. This also marks the start of a fairly extensive crafting rework, aimed at making the systems more straightforward to use and easier for new players to understand.
New Game Plus will launch as part of 5.1, letting you replay previously-completed quests at your current level. A new dungeon called The Grand Cosmos also lands in this update. The Blue Mage job gets a bigger level cap, new quests, and its own specific battle challenges here, too.
Perhaps most importantly, players can now join up via an ensemble function for the performance action and create beautiful music together. We’ll likely get more concrete details on all the new additions heading into the release of patch 5.1 next month.