If you've got any lingering business in Final Fantasy XIV
you want to get finished before patch 2.4
launches on Tuesday, you'd better get it taken care of on Sunday. Yes, Sunday
. Because of the new wards being added, database maintenance will also be undertaken while the patch is being applied, and it comes down to a 24-hour maintenance downtime from 3:00 a.m. EDT on October 27th until 3:00 a.m. EDT on October 28th. The maintenance might take a bit longer to complete, but players will want to be finished up and logged off before it starts. [Edit: Square-Enix has announced that the maintenance will be extended by one hour until 4:00 a.m. EDT on October 28th.]
Patch 2.4 also introduces to the game the cash shop, which has already provoked extensive player discussion, including requests to keep past seasonal items out of the shop
. Opinion on the matter is split, and there has been no official word yet from Square-Enix
, although it is possible that there will be more concerns addressed during the London Fanfest this weekend.