You know what Final Fantasy XIV was missing? Existentially depressed robots, probably. Truth be told I've never played the MMO. Nor Nier: Automata, for that matter. I'm sure it has all that clever storytelling and philosophical guff you lot say it does, but I never got past the whole "explode yourself to see some robot panties" layer. Really, that's just how it goes.
But hey! Suppose if I ever chance my mind on either, I can always kill two birds with one stone. Next month's Shadowbringers update finally brings the two together in the first Yorha: Dark Apocalypse raid.
Shadowbringers patch 5.1, elegantly titled "Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty", finally boots up Final Fantasy XIV's long-teased crossover with android think 'em up Nier: Automata. The Yorha: Dark Apocalypse raid series begins with a 24-player Alliance raid The Copied Factory. With Nier director Yoko Taro (that chap with a moon on his head) directly involved, Square Enix warn things might get a little bit weird.
Vowdeeds isn't all about gothic robots, mind. The update continues Shadowbringers' main story with hours of new quests and a new dungeon, The Grand Cosmos, which you can pop into with real or AI pals. Curiously for an MMO, there's a new New Game+ mode, which lets you jump back into completed quests with your current level and gear. I'm told FFXIV is actually a pretty stunning JRPG, so letting you revisit stories without starting from scratch seems quite nice.
Blue Mages are also getting a major update, upping the level cap and adding new quests. Most importantly, however: musicians can now team up and "create beautiful music" through a new ensemble feature. High praise coming from someone who's not heard my as-yet-unannounced catgirl ska band.
For a more exhaustive list of what's new and different in Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty (that's still a mouthful), check out this brief rundown over on the Final Fantasy XIV site.
A full changelog will accompany the patch when it drops sometime this October.