Indeed, the patch arrived as scheduled on Tuesday January 8th and I have to admit that I had amazing fun with the update to the MSQ, the new Seiryu battle and the new 24-man raid at the Orbonne Monastery... I got loads of screenshots of the battle with the bosses and the cutscenes at the end are a MUST for every Final Fantasy Ivalive and Tactics fan.
The graphics are excellently done and the battles mechanics are dynamic, involving, amazing and truly engaging. Thunder God's voice and subsequent cues while unleashing his moves are simply awe-inspiring.
What is truly brilliant is the way that the Dev Team have fused together a lot of the lovable characters from the Ivalice, Tactics and Vagrant Story lores into a phenomenal tale that leaves me fervently hoping some measure of it will continue in Shadowbringers. It is a very worthy conclusion to Return to Ivalice Scenario -- Yasumi Matsuno and all the Devs who worked on this are now the stuff of legends in my book and should have permanent seats at FFXIV's development table.
In the meantime, here are a very few non-spoiler screenshots...
More incoming later... need to run the new custom delivery errands for Adkiragh. By the way, for those who were wondering and asking me in-game, the sparkstones that he requests can be found in Hell's Lid in Ruby Sea (south westwards of the map-- or slightly northwest when you come out of Kugane). The Malleable Still Material item is in Yanxia at the The Gensui Chain-- use the Namai Aetheryte.
And for those wondering about how to find a good guide for the new Doman Mahjong game implemented, check HERE
I also need to get this mount...
Once I get a moment, I'll make another post with more images but until later, be well.