Final Fantasy XIV players are getting ready for patch 6.1, scheduled for sometime in mid-April. The update, titled ‘Newfound Adventure,’ will add new main story quests and side content, along with job adjustments, a new alliance raid, and a much-needed in-game glossary of characters and lore called the Unending Codex. As happy as fans are with these upcoming additions, one particular thing was missing from the list–data center travel. Now, a detailed official blog post is outlining what players can expect from the service when it’s added in patch 6.18.
Currently, Final Fantasy XIV players are locked into their initial data center. The game has physical data centers for various regions, and logical data centers, which each house multiple worlds, aka servers. In patch 6.18, the new data center travel system will allow players to temporarily visit another logical data center in the same physical data center and play the game (mostly) like normal.
This might sound very similar to the existing world visit system, but the difference is players having the ability to visit worlds outside their own data center. Things not accessible while visiting another world include anything to do with housing, free companies, linkshells, and retainers.
“The scope of your communication and gameplay will expand dramatically as you can participate in raids with other players, play with previously unreachable friends and acquaintances, tour player housing, participate in player events, and more,” writes producer and director Naoki Yoshida in the blog post.
The next Letter from the Producer Live broadcast is scheduled for April 1 at 4 AM PDT.
Final Fantasy XIV is available to play on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Sales of the game were suspended in December 2021 due to server congestion but resumed in late January 2022. In a recent Letter from the Producer Live broadcast, producer Naoki Yoshida explained what players can expect in patch 6.1, scheduled to be released sometime in April.