New Final Fantasy XIV Update Adding an Explorer Mode and Much More

Square Enix just shared a ton of information about the next Final Fantasy XIV update on Friday with the “Futures Rewritten” update now scheduled to release on December 8th. Patch 5.4 will bring with it everything from a new story to embark on to additional dungeons for players to test themselves in. For those who want to get a better look at the world and capture some impressive screenshots in the process, Square Enix is also adding a new “Explorer Mode” to the game.

This Explorer Mode is one we’ve heard about in the past and is a feature players are particularly interested in now that its release is almost here. Through this feature, players are able to explore dungeons that they’ve already completed without having to worry about encountering enemies. This means you can get a better look at any lore-related details you had to rush past in a dungeon, and you’ll still be able to use things like mounts, minions, and related actions so that you can strike the right poses for your screenshots.

The gameplay above was part of Square Enix’s presentation for the patch and showed some of what the Explorer Mode will look like. While in an area that’s free of anything other than what the player wanted there, the presenters are able to use different abilities and capture different angles of the characters without having to worry about anything interrupting the shot.

That mode is just one of several features included in the update. You can see much more of what’s included in Futures Rewritten through the preview offered in the trailer above. Square Enix also opened up a site for the update itself that included the list of features below with the obligatory “and more” attached to the end to show that this list is in no way the extent of what’s coming.

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Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.4 Features

  • Main Scenario Quests
  • Eden's Promise Raids
  • New Dungeon - Matoya's Relict
  • Chronicles of a New Era - The Sorrow of Werlyt
  • New Trial - Castrum Marinum
  • Save the Queen - Past to Rest
  • New Large-scale Battle - Delubrum Reginae
  • Blue Mage Update
  • Ishgardian Restoration Updates
  • New Unreal Trial
  • Skysteel Tool Update
  • Treasure Hunt Update
  • Ocean Fishing Update
  • Triple Triad Update
  • Doman Mahjong Update
  • Explorer Mode
  • Performance Update
  • New Game+ Update

Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 5.4 is scheduled to release on December 8th.