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Watch "The Creation of FFXIV: Shadowbringers" series while you wait for Patch 2.25 on April 7th.

Patch 2.25 will become available on April 7th.  I couldn't find a full list of fixes but a couple of notable editions being advertised were the  "Save the Queen: Blades of Gunnhildr" series of quests, and new Skysteel tools.

The main site for 5.2X patches had this to say about the new quest series:

"For years, Bozja─homeland of the Hrothgar─has remained at the mercy of Garlean rulers. But the Empire has fallen into disarray, and the people of Doma and Ala Mhigo have risen up to challenge their authority. The Bozjans, while heartened at this news, yet lack the means to join the rebellion. To that end, they seek a standard under which their people may gather. A weapon of legend..."

While you're waiting for the new content, you may be interested in watching a "developer diary" six-part series of YouTube videos from the team, "The Creation of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers".   Before I let the press release take it away, just a fair warning on the videos: You will need to enable closed captions to get subtitles for the video; there are English, German, Spanish and Italian subtitle options:

"Episode One: Telling a Tale" explores lore and narrative, and features interviews with:
  • Naoki Yoshida (Producer and Director)
  • Banri Oda (World Lore Creator and Main Scenario Writer)
  • Natsuko Ishikawa (Main Scenario Writer)

 ‘"Episode Two: Forging the First" explores the creation of Norvrandt, and features interviews with:
  • Takeo Suzuki (Art Team Lead)
  • Masato Shida (Background Artist)
  • Arata Takahashi (Lead Level Designer)

"Episode Three: Shaping the Stylesexplores new races, gear sets and character redesigns, and features interviews with:
  • Ayumi Namae (Character Concept Artist)
  • Yuji Yamazaki (Character Artist)

"Episode Four: Making the Monsters" explores enemy designs, and features interviews with:
  • Shinya Ichida (Art Team Lead)
  • Yusuke Mogi (Lead Character Concept Artist)

"Episode Five: Spawning the Sounds" explores music and audio design, and features interviews with:
  • Masayoshi Soken (Sound Director and Composer)
  • Go Kinuya (Sound Designer)

"Episode Six: Building the Battles" explores combat and the Trust System, and features interviews with:
  • Masaki Nakagawa (Lead Battle Content Designer)
  • Tsuyoshi Yokozawa (Lead Battle System Designer)

If you have never gotten around to trying Final Fantasy XIV, you can get a free trial by using this link:

Final Fantasy XIV Free Trial

It gives you unlimited play-time, the ability to create up to 8 separate characters, and access to all content of level 35 and below.  That should give you enough of a toe-dip to see whether the game is something you might be into.

*All media courtesy of Square Enix