The Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone has been updated with a New Year letter from YoshiP that provides a bit of insight into what he has been up to in the preceding months. In addition, he reveals that, while the last major update (Requiem for Heroes) is coming on January 8th, there is a robust schedule of patches planned through 4.58 and leading up to this summer's release of the Shadowbringers expansion.
YoshiP also writes fondly about the game's nine-year history and how surprised he is to find himself all these years later helming the game:
Sound Director Soken and I were able to realize our goal of holding Eorzean Symphony concerts overseas, which is one of many things I never imagined I would be a part of when I took the helm of FFXIV eight years ago. The project has grown so much since then, and this year has made me extremely grateful that the team’s hard work has brought us this far. Of course, this was all made possible by the incredible support from the players, who remain as passionate as ever, if not more so, as years come and go. As always, you have my sincerest thanks.
Read the full note on the Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone.