Square Enix recently held the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Tokyo on December 24-25, where they announced a release date and plethora of new details for the upcoming expansion, Stormblood. A press release sent by the company today summarizes the details shared at the festival, and gives us a look at some screenshots and artwork that were shown off as well. Be aware that the information and screens shared are highlighting the big points announced at Tokyo Fan Festival, and you can see all the screenshots down at the bottom.
New Job – Red Mage
“The highly anticipated red mage job will make its debut in Stormblood as a ranged magic DPS, wielding a rapier and magicked crystal medium. A very mobile attacker, the red mage dives in and out of melee combat, assaulting enemies with red magic and short-ranged attacks. The red mage also has the ability to link multiple spells with chainspell, dealing massive damage and following them up with melee attacks.”
Swimming and Diving
“This new gameplay mechanic will allow players to seamlessly enter and traverse specific rivers, lakes, and seas in both new and existing areas throughout Eorzea®. Players will also be able to dive underwater in select locations, even while riding flying mounts. Underwater areas will not only include new gathering locations, but also will provide an opportunity for NPC interaction.”
New Beast Tribe and Primal
“The Ananta, an all-female beast tribe, is the newest of the beast tribes to be introduced to the world of FFXIV. This ancient tribe resides in the mountains near Ala Mhigo and worships the primal Lakshmi. Known for their skill in spell and gemcraft, the Lamia will play a very important role in the Stormblood main scenario as their persecution by the Garlean Empire is revealed.”
New High-Level Raid
“The Bend of Time – Omega was announced as the high-level raid series for Stormblood. Omega has surfaced within the main scenario in the past, but this menace will soon appear in full force. The mystery behind the appearance of Omega and the significance of “The Bend of Time” will be unveiled through the story surrounding this raid.”
New Alliance Raid
“Two special guest creators were invited to assist with the design of the newly-announced alliance raid “Return to Ivalice”: Yasumi Matsuno (FINAL FANTASY XII / FINAL FANTASY TACTICS) will write the scenario surrounding the raid, while Keita Amemiya (Onimusha 2 / Shin Megami Tensei IV) will spearhead monster and boss design.”
Finally if you missed the announcement, Square Enix shared what will come in the Collector’s Edition of the expansion, which will feature brand new art from Yoshitaka Amano.
- FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood
- Stormblood Special Art Box
- Expertly Crafted Zenos yae Galvus Figure
- FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood Art Book
- Cloth Map of Eorzea
- Stormblood Logo Sticker
Players will also get exclusive in-game items, which you can see below in the gallery.
- Syldra Mount
- Wind-up Bartz Minion
- Chicken Knife
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood launches on June 20, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PC. Square Enix also recently announced that the well known composer of much of the Final Fantasy series, Nobuo Uematsu, will be returning to compose the main theme for Stormblood.
Are you looking forward to Stormblood? Are you all caught up with Final Fantasy XIV and ready to dive into the expansion, or do you still need to do some catching up? Let us know down in the comments.