The climatic end of the Stormblood storyline arrives in FINAL FANTASY XIV Online today with the release of Patch 4.56. This finale will set the stage for the next expansion, Shadowbringers, in which players will become Warriors of Darkness and venture to Norvrant, in the First World.
Additionally, Patch 4.56 will feature the following new content:
- Yojimbo Trial Battle – Kugane Ohashi: The 8-player special fight against Yojimbo, that debuted during the FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival 2018-2019 Tour, is now accessible to level 70 Disciples of War and Magic.
- Even Further Hildibrand Adventures: The Inspector Extraordinaire makes a return.
- Stormblood Beast Tribe Quests: A new quest series brings together the beast tribes from Stormblood.
- New Equipment, Minions, Emote, and more
The new Kugane Ohashi Battle Challenge and Barding Reward
Full patch notes for Patch 4.56 are available here: https://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/570ddb073f210ae497419b45216b35e701e59a32=
Additionally, subsequent updates are planned in the lead-up to the 2nd July release of Shadowbringers, which will introduce additional features and content for all players.
A collaboration with FINAL FANTASY XV, scheduled for release on 16th April will feature hero Noctis Lucis Caelum entering the world of Hydaelyn. FINAL FANTASY XIV Online players who complete the collaboration content can obtain a number of FINAL FANTASY XV-themed rewards, including Noctis’ hairstyle and outfit and the first ever four-person mount: the Regalia.
More information is available at: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/ffxv/.
Furthermore, Patch 4.57 will introduce the world visit system, which will allow players to travel to any World within their own data center to meet up and play with friends. This comes alongside an expansion of both the North American and European data centers to foster the ever-growing FINAL FANTASY XIV community. The patch is scheduled for release on 23rd April, while the EU Data Centre expansion will occur on 2nd April. From then until 16th April, players on the EU data center will be able to transfer their character to another World on any data center for free to ensure they are able to continue their journey in Shadowbringers with their friends.
Full details on the data center expansion and server transfers can be found here: https://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/90fa177bec19ccc468d6ec94a1980b38456abf54
Players may pre-order all versions of Shadowbringers at the official pre-order website here: https://sqex.link/0ef9d