Relax after saving the world

FFXIV character Estinien Wyrmblood, a long-haired elven man, holds a scroll towards the camera.

Estinien offers you a map and an opportunity for adventure.
screenshot: Square Enix

Epic stories demand epic stakes all the time: evils to contend, worlds to save, chance to be, watched or read side by side, a hero who takes it all and wins, only to be called into action over and over again. Final Fantasy XIV He does just that, but in his final chapter, he also asks you to do something completely different: be a hero in their spare time.

This week, the beloved MMORPG released its first major content update since its release latest expansion, EndwalkerDecember 2021. Patch 6.1 titled Newfound adventureresumes where the story of this expansion left off—peak peak story Final Fantasy XIV It has been building itself since its relaunch in 2013.

Endwalker Carrying the weight of eight years of storytelling on her shoulders, for the most part she has been able to tell the sweeping epic tale of the apocalypse long in making bold and daring plans of sacrifice through generations of time, love, and loss, and to save not only the world, but the universe from complete destruction. It culminates in a fight between you and your best friend and magical embodiment of The concept of existential despair transformed into an almighty being capable of drowning out and wiping out entire worlds with a song of dread. you know, Big old fairy stuff. you are the hero. Hope and friendship overcome evil. The day is saved, you attack, And you Dethronement is as close as possible to Capital-G-God as you may get, which is to say something because you kill gods every two weeks Final Fantasy XIV.

The official artwork of a Newfound adventure, it shows a warrior of light walking back into the life of a roving thrill seekers, leaving behind echoes of their past careers.

.’s official artwork Newfound adventureA Warrior of Light is shown walking back into the life of a wandering thrill-seeker, leaving the echoes of his past jobs behind.
picture: Square Enix

Newfound adventure It is the direct opposite. could be your hero The The ultimate hero, the warrior of light is now known to be the savior not only of your home but of your entire existence, but times have changed for them. Their closest allies, having their duties fulfilled, went into something of retirement, and dissolved their organization – the descendant of the Seventh Dawn – to go on with their own interests. You have changed too, your relationship to the world as the destined former guardian of his crystal god is now upended and transformed as you do your duty, leaving you longing for the simple life of being a wandering adventure, as you once was when your journey was just the beginning.

You may also have ceased to be a reaper with a little rabbit scythe, Both class and appearance changed into a lion man who summoned primal deities for fun and large amounts of damage. But it is possible merely be me.

Leo man or otherwise, Newfound Adventure The beginning of a new chapter for Final Fantasy XIV—developers who are teased that this is the start of another decade-long saga akin to the escalation of world rebornAnd fourteenthReboot, all the way up Endwalker. But she does it in a very charming way: by not being the theater-puter Some of the big and wide fairy tales about good and evil. or at least not distance. Instead, she admits that her world just destined to escape disaster, and that your character saved the universe as you know it, and instead asks: What if you just want to hang out with a few of your friends?

While there is some stage setting here and there Newfound adventureNew story missions, whose primary narrative theme is about reuniting your character with a few of your fellow descendants – Estinien, the thinker Dragoon, and Y’shtola, a powerful mage in particular – as you Try to re-establish yourself As an adventurer who chases rumors and earns coins for rent, see also they Yet they don’t have to run and fight as if the world is at stake literally every day of their lives. Some of them are busy with relief efforts in the aftermath EndwalkerDestroying the world, some, like you, chase themselves the life of an adventurer. Some pursue ancient hobbies and study ancient texts and magical objects, to research and perhaps prepare if they need help saving the universe again. and some With them Either you are perfectly happy to be dragged into an adventure for this quest, like the aforementioned Y’shtola, or some are just eager to be drawn away from that quest and do something exciting again, like your fellow academic ally G’raha Tia.

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They are all very low risk. There is hardly any combat within the story missions Newfound adventure, except for a dungeon you took a trip to, because, well, it’s new content in the MMORPG and you should have a new dungeon to run in. And while as I said, some seeds are being shed for future threats that are known to you, that’s more The player, not your character. For the most part, they are just energetic: head empty, having fun, going on little adventures for coins and chatting with old friends. this means you She is.

Endwalker It was an incredibly healing release Final Fantasy XIVbuilt narrative. method fourteenth Organized around hyper-portable, linear, story-driven content, playing through this sweeping climax of hundreds and hundreds of hours of storytelling and character action is an emotional rollercoaster for even the least interested player. Throwing you back into the deep end of things with big stakes and bigger mischief to beat the loot and emotional satisfaction would reduce the big stakes of that story you just ran into, and any new threat that could’ve been thrown at you. Final Fantasy XIV He understands that you can’t always hold the disc until 11, and for those stakes to really feel great for you and your characters, there has to be that wax and wand in the sense of volume.

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It’s often hard to get right in a world of seemingly endless perks and sequences where the stakes always have to keep building, building, building. And admittedly, “Hey, come back to play this game and have a good time” may not be as big an instant sale as “You are the chosen hero to have Save the whole universe. ” But Final Fantasy XIVIts position as an MMO, a vivid storyline that continues throughout the game, allows it to do something that epic tales of adventure can rarely do: sit back and watch what happens when the world has to go on, and when the characters have to. Go on, when the threat of the great end of the world is dealt with.

Now, for Final Fantasy XIVWhat happens is you hang out with your ex-boyfriends and cool off a little bit. There will be battles to come: now you’ve got some rest, and that can be just as satisfying experience as fighting gods and monsters.

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