Naoki Yoshida, the director of Final Fantasy XIV, has shown off the new FFXIV Island Sanctuary mode for the critically acclaimed MMORPG, confirming that it's basically Animal Crossing on PC. For more information on the latest developer livestream, check out our whole Live Letter 72 breakdown.
Final Fantasy XIVs Island Sanctuary is available on August 23 alongside patch 6.2, and each player will have their own individual island to explore and build upon. Youll have to complete the events of patch 6.0 that consists of the base Endwalker storyline in order to get to the island, first arriving on one of its beaches.
The scale of the islands is truly remarkable, and the amount of content included appears to match. Yoshi-P estimates that the modes alone will take players about two and a half hours to complete, giving you an idea of how much you can get for your money. You may also use these materials to construct structures and organize your facility.
There are no conflicts on the island, and the ability to increase mount speed along with a shorter sprint and return recast times should make getting around easy. Everything related to the island goes into a specific inventory specific to the mode, so you can keep it separate from your usual gathering and crafting classes.
As you progress, youll be able to capture the animals that are circling the island and bring them back to your camp for further food. Bugs can also be captured using nets, and they can also provide their own materials, much like Animal Crossing. Builders can start immediately, but later ones will take a pre-designated time period for construction to finish.
Your island also has its own rank and experience, so it will level up and award distinct island scrips that may be used for unique glamours and mounts anywhere in the game (none of which are gender-locked). Crops will have to be watered regularly or they will stop growing, but rainfall may be necessary, so you may not have to do all the hard work yourself.
Once you have completed your busywork, you may assign NPCs to complete your busywork for you. This should make the Island Sanctuary a much more familiar environment to players. Nonetheless, youll be able to queue for tasks while you are there, provided you are still playing an MMO!
Check out our FFXIV Island Sanctuary guide for all the information you need to know about how to make the most of your island vacation. Yoshi-P has been discussing the new narrative pace for the FFXIV 6.x expansion series, and fans have recreated an iconic Lord of the Rings meme in FFXIV as a tribute to its creator.