Two years ago Square Enix held the first Final Fantasy FanFest for its ever growing and popular MMO Final Fantasy 14, where they announced the titles first expansion pack, dubbed Heavensward. With the announcement of another FanFest it was only natural that fans would assume another expansion would be announced.
Stormblood release date window
With its second Fan Fest held in Las Vegas, Game Director Naoki Yoshida took to the stage to announce the second expansion to Final Fantasy XIV dubbed Stormblood. The expansion is early in development but is scheduled to release early summer 2017.
The new expansion will take place in a new region of Ala Mhigo where the Warriors of Light will join up with a resistance group to free Ala Mhigo from the Garlean Empire and return it back to Eorzean control. Much like Heavensward focused on the Dragoon class, Stormblood will focus on the Monk class. The expansion promises to bring plenty of new content and some much needed upgrades to the game.
Check out the trailer.
What are the new jobs?
New jobs have been announced for Stormblood but no other details were revealed. Yoshida himself hinted at one of the classes by wearing a t-shirt of the Marvel character Scarlet Witch, leaving a lot of fans pondering if this was a hint for the Red Mage class. Other hints were thrown out with the brand new cinematic trailer which sees a female dancing on top of a giant stone hand before engaging in combat with a Monk. This opening drew many at the fanfest to believe that the Dancer class was also coming. The third and final class is the much requested Samurai class. The hint for the samurai came in the form of Stormblood’s main antagonist called Zenos. Zenos looks by all accounts like a Samurai from the helmet design to his armor. The resemblance is clearly there.
PS3 support dropped
It was announced at Fanfest that the PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIV will no longer be supported after the release of Stormblood. The decision was made to allow the development to expand and work on future content without having to be held back by the now almost ten year old console. It should note that at a future date, PS3 owners will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version of the game completely free of charge. No other details were provided about how Square Enix plans to do this.
Item inventory expanded
REJOICE!!! After years and years of asking for it, Final Fantasy XIV will finally receive an expansion to its inventory system. Yoshida couldn’t give much information about how much space would be added but did say it would be a lot. The inventory expansion would also be rolled out in phases, the first phase of which will test server stability and the impact it would have on the servers with the rest of the expansion following soon after that.
Other additions include:
- Level cap raised from 60 to 70.
- New Primal battles
- A 4th residential housing area.
- A Revamped Battle System
- Additional Skill System Overhaul
- Reassessment of Unused/Ineffective Actions and skills
- New Dungeons
- New High-End Raids (Coil of Bahamut/Alexander)
- New Alliance Raids
- New Gear and Recipes (Some designed by fans)
With two more Fanfests planned for Japan and Europe, Yoshida promises a lot more info in the coming months leading up to the expansion’s release. Ever since its re-release Final Fantasy 14 is now regarded as one of the best MMO titles on the market. With one expansion in the books and plenty of updates on the way, Final Fantasy XIV doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. We’ll have more information on Final Fantasy XIV and Stormblood as it becomes available.