Solution Nine concept art for Final Fantasy XIV
Image via Square Enix

FFXIV Solution Nine concept art might be teasing new treasures for Dawntrail

Solution Nine is shaping up to be FFXIV's biggest hub yet, if this art is anything to go on.

There's already a massive amount of exciting stuff to look forward to in Final Fantasy XIV's Dawntrail expansion, and now it seems like Yoshi-P and his team might be teasing more treasures for players to get their hands on. Fans are increasingly speculating that new concept art for Dawntrail's Solution Nine area also teases some potential new items.

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FFXIV's Solution Nine artwork teases a new hairstyle and a jukebox emote?

Hrothgar carrying a jukebox in Final Fantasy XIV
Image via Square Enix

Along with news about new worlds coming to the Dynamis data center, the FFXIV development team has been cryptically posting portions of an incredible piece of new concept art depicting Solution Nine in the upcoming Dawntrail expansion, and it's all been via Instagram. A fan shared a compiled version on Reddit today, and the artwork is a futuristic marvel.

However, there is a fixation on a certain part of the artwork (seen above) that was shared by the dev team earlier today, as it focuses on a gathering of Solution Nine citizens. While the glamours they wear are all distinctly familiar from older content, we can't help but notice the Hrothgar jamming out with a big jukebox on their shoulder.

Not only that, the Hyur character passing by them is sporting a long braided hairstyle, something that's currently absent from the game. FFXIV has long been infamously skittish of longer hairstyles due to "bleeding" issues with character gear, and the overall difficulty of animating them. However, players have been pleading for more creative and longer hairstyles in the game for years.

If this visual detail in the new piece of artwork is of any consequence, players may finally be getting their pleas answered. Also, rocking out with a jukebox emote in Solution Nine or anywhere in the game would be absolutely awesome. Either way, big FFXIV fans like Meoni are pointing out these potential hints to a conceptual artwork puzzle.

Answers may come in FFXIV's next Producer Live Letter

An area of Solution Nine in Final Fantasy XIV
Image via Square Enix

While the artwork is certainly nice to look at, the bigger question is why exactly these pieces are being shown, especially with hints of new content items. Beyond being part of the broader advertisement stream leading up to Dawntrail's release, there may be something more to it, and our best guess would be in the next Producer Live Letter.

Scheduled to stream live on Friday, June 14 (4am PDT), Producer Live Letter 82 is set to cover more information regarding Dawntrail and its launch, along with other "miscellaneous updates". Yoshi-P loves to hide new surprises in cryptic ways such as artwork like this, and the various shirts he wears to Fan Fest conventions.

Per the Lodestone announcement, the Live Letter can be streamed via YouTube, Niconico, or Twitch.

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