All We Know About FFXIV Island Sanctuary, Patch 6.2: New Details
Ah, a moment Final Fantasy XIV gamers have been waiting for: more info on Island Sanctuary. Island Sanctuary was revealed by the FFXIV teams a while back. It will be available in FFXIV Patch 6.2 in late August. We received plenty of information about Island Sanctuary during our July 1 Live Letter.
You will build your island and cultivate it. Each player receives their instance. It’s primarily solo-based content. You will go through several steps to create your island and then cultivate it. Players need to be aware that, despite being rooted and skilled in crafting and farming, there is no requirement for gathering and crafting Jobs in Island Sanctuary. You don’t need to worry about Disciples on the Hand and Land!
Activities at Island Sanctuary
It is intended to be casual and comfortable content that allows players to gather materials, care for animals, build various facilities, make items, and chill. As you work through the content, you can modify its appearance and features. Earning rewards is part of the experience — Island Sanctuary will have its currency that can be used for particular items.
Naoki Yoshida, director and producer, said that players wouldn’t go crazy about the development of islands. But we’ll have to wait and see. The preview image from the Live Letter shows that the Island Sanctuary area looks enormous (see below). While most of the island was mysteriously censored, a Roegadyn was used to scale it.
The best thing about Island Sanctuary is its separate inventory space. Island Sanctuary is the only place where materials can be gathered and used. To harvest more resources efficiently, you will need to create new tools using your gathered materials. You will need to cultivate, plant, and harvest the seeds you find on the island. This will not be an estate crop.
It’s okay, but the real highlight is letting your minions roam free in the open range. Multiple minions can be released, and they will follow you around. Other creatures that Island Sanctuary has to offer will also be collected and taken care of, some with rare colors or unique designs.
Another feature is you can create handicrafts from the materials you’ve collected. You can export the materials outside your island. You can create handicrafts according to market demand if you like playing the Market Board or taking part in unforgiving capitalist strategies. You cannot sell handicrafts to make Gil; instead, they will be sold for the island-specific currency.
Additional Information on Island Sanctuary
This content is solo-based, but you can invite other company members to visit your island. The Live Letter chat asked if NPCs could be brought, but this is not true. Yoshida said that player feedback was always welcome for future updates.
Island Sanctuary will allow players to fly, but they must first unlock flying by progressing. Thankfully, this does not include hunting down aether currents. Yoshida said that mount speed should also be fast.
We didn’t see Island Sanctuary in action during Yoshida’s Live Letter. He said there are still many bugs to be fixed. We will likely see a live demo of Island Sanctuary in the following Live Letter. This will be closer to Patch 6.2’s release in August. It looks like Harvest Moon is what we are expecting for HTMLXIV.
More information on FFXIV Patch 6.2
Live Letter 71 is just the beginning. We also have more information on FFXIV patch 6.2. Also, be sure to read our coverage of The Linkshell. You can check out our findings about the following Tribal Quests, which will be focused on gathering. We also saw Variant, Criterion Dungeons, and the new relic weapon through the Hildibrand Quests. It will be the next MSQ Dungeon.