Announced as part of the Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker expansion, the Island Sanctuary is one of most anticipated features in the game. A place to relax, grow crops, build, and take it easy, the Island Sanctuary has been described as a chance of pace following the dramatic twists and turns of Endwalker.
But unfortunately the Island Sanctuary isn’t scheduled to come out with the initial release of Endwalker. Instead, the feature will be added in a later patch. At the moment, we only have a limited amount of information about the coming patches for Endwalker, but know for certain that the next patch, 6.05 will add the first Raids of the expansion.
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Beyond that, we have preliminary dates for 6.1 to be sometime in the first quarter of 2022, and 6.2 to be third to fourth quarter 2022. Island sanctuaries are rumoured to be part of either the 6.1 or 6.2 patch.
Information on the Endwalker official website describes the Island Sanctuary as a place to “come and relax in your own personal paradise, where you may let your minions roam free and while away the hours to your heart’s content.”
In interviews, game developer and producer Naoki Yoshida described the Island Sanctuary as a “blank canvas” with players able to place buildings wherever they want. After some of the heart-wrenching story beats of Endwalker, many players are looking forward to this relaxing gameplay.
For more information about upcoming Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker releases, check out Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Patch Schedule on Pro Game Guides.