The upcoming Patch 6.1 kicks off a brand-new saga for Final Fantasy XIV. With the closing moments of Endwalker, one grand tale ended and another began. Now, instead of the post-expansion patches finishing off the expansion’s storyline, this patch is looking forward.
The subtitle for Patch 6.1 is “Newfound Adventure,” meant to highlight the new journey that the Warrior of Light is going on. In an interview with Famitsu (translated via Audrey “Aitaikomochi” Lamsam), FFXIV lead producer Naoki Yoshida revealed where the subtitle came from. Yoshida said the team came up with the subtitle “Newfound Adventure” because he’s a Star Wars fan and liked the title “A New Hope” for the first film.
In the interview (via further translation by Iluna Minori of the FFXIV Reddit Discord), Yoshida admitted that the dev team wanted to express the idea of “there are still many new challenges lying ahead.” The team worked very hard to make this a great starting point for the new story. When planning the subtitle for the patch, he asked them to “focus on something that is easily understandable,” which is where the relatively direct subtitle came from.
This isn’t the first Star Wars reference in FFXIV. The comedic duo from the Garlond Ironworks, Biggs and Wedge, have not only been characters in previous Final Fantasy games, but they’re also a reference to X-Wing pilots Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles. There are also several Star Wars references in dialogue and quest titles throughout all of FFXIV.
Regardless, if Patch 6.1 is our A New Hope, I wonder how long it’ll be until we get to our Empire Strikes Back? A few expansions down the line? I wonder who’s going to be our father at that time? We already know who mommy is.
If you’re interested in the Moogle Treasure Trove event going on now until Patch 6.1, we have a full guide to help you out and guides for The Void Ark raids as well. And for those who want to tackle the new Alliance Raid, Myths of the Realm, you may want to consider gearing up for new content with our FFXIV endgame gear guide. Once the patch hits though, we’ll have a brand-new, currently-secret dungeon to add to our very serious dungeon tier list.