FFXIV Patch 5.1 Coming Later This Month, Details to Performance Feature
Patch 5.1 for FFXIV “Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty” will be launching late this month (specific date TBA). With it will come a new dungeon (The Grand Cosmos), New Game+ mode, Fellowships, and much more. One such additional change was detailed last week: updates to the Performance feature.
From my understanding, jam sessions in FFXIV are quite popular, but lag can really throw a wrench in things. Patch 5.1 will introduce Ensemble Mode. Once all musicians have joined up in Ensemble Mode, they will be able to use the Metronome and mess with different settings (such as All Members vs. Self Only playback settings). Ensemble Mode will send the notes played by each party member to the server which will then combine them together and play them to the audience.
Five new brass instruments (Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn, and Saxophone) are also being added in this patch as well as a new Performance Assist feature.
SWTOR Onslaught Expansion Launches October 22nd
On October 22nd, the next big expansion for SWTOR will land, bringing with it a new planet and storyline, new gear options, a new Operation and Flashpoint, and much more. When the expansion arrives, it will be free to subscribers. Instead of having to pay individually for each expansion, anyone who subscribes for even one month will unlock and current and past expansions permanently on their account. As a special Onslaught promotion, anyone who was a subscriber between September 1, 2019 and October 22nd, 2019 (launch day) will unlock the Nautolan species for absolutely free.
Onslaught will be overhauling set bonuses to focus on types of mechanics/tools a class uses (e.g. bleeds, cover, shields), rather than on specific abilities. It will also be introducing Tactical Items, which will modify one of an Advanced Class/Discipline’s abilities. For the past few weeks, Bioware has been running a series that looks at each Advanced Class in the context of Onslaught, outlining their new abilities, Tactical Items, and new set bonuses.
That wraps it up for this month! Hope you all are enjoying the cool fall evenings with some MMOs!