They’ve been previewed on the main page, they’ve been hinted at in quest texts, but the Grand Companies of Final Fantasy XIV haven’t been seen in the game — at least, not until now. Along with all of the mechanical shifts, patch 1.18 is also bringing the long-awaited organizations into play, offering players new opportunities for adventure and advancement. A new official preview has placed the process for joining the Companies and adventuring with them in the spotlight, giving a clearer picture of what can be expected from the upcoming patch.
As previously noted, there will be a company in each of the three city-states, but players are not required to join the company corresponding to their home state. Rather, characters past rank 22 will be presented with a mission, and success will give the opportunity to join the company. There will also be a new part of the UI added to track a character’s standing with the Company of choice. The full preview should help get Final Fantasy XIV players excited for the patch, due to release late next week.