In an interview with Famitsu and Dengeki Online, Final Fantasy XIV Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida talked about the Ultimate Raids in the of upcoming Patch 6.3 of the MMORPG. New info will be revealed during the next Letter with the Producer Live on December 23, 2022 [Thanks, Famitsu!]
The fifth entry in the FFXIV Ultimate Raids will release two weeks after the release of Patch 6.3, coming out in early January 2023. Yoshida will reveal more details on its theming and combat mechanics. The broadcast will take place on December 23, 2022 at 3 a.m. PT/6 a.m. EST. Yoshida said that they don’t intend for the new Ultimate raids to be more difficult than the previous one, Dragonsong’s Reprise, considered the most difficult raid.
Yoshida also stated that it would be easy for players to guess what would be the theme for the new FFXIV Ultimate raids. The previous Ultimate raids, Dragonsong’s Reprise, was planned for 5.X updates. However, due to the impact the COVID pandemic had on the development team, the raid had to be delayed until after the release of Endwalker. For this reason, the FFXIV development team has been very sensitive to deliver information too early.
Ahead you can read a specific quote from Yoshida on the topic:
If I talk about the theme without having a clear image of how (the raid) would work that could lead to a discrepancy between the players’ expectations and the final product. That’s why I didn’t mention anything in the previous Letter with the Producer Live.
Final Fantasy XIV is available on the PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Patch 6.3 of Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker is coming out in January 2023.