Square Enix share new details about what to expect from Stormblood
upcoming second expansion for FINAL FANTASY XIV
, their MMORPG. They say
this will be released on June 20th, and that preorders begin on January 24th.
During the FINAL FANTASY® XIV Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo,
SQUARE ENIX® announced that Stormblood™, the second expansion pack for FINAL
FANTASY XIV, will launch in North America, Europe, and Japan on June 20, 2017.
Players can pre-order the highly-anticipated follow-up to Heavensward™ starting
January 24 to receive exclusive bonuses.
During the keynote address, producer/director Naoki Yoshida announced a plethora
of new details for Stormblood, including the following:
- New Job – Red Mage (DPS Role): 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
- Stormblood Theme Song: Legendary composer
Nobuo Uematsu will return to create the main theme song for Stormblood.
Rounding out the announcements, SQUARE ENIX revealed information on the
Stormblood collector’s edition. This version features a special box with art
decoration by Yoshitaka Amano, as well as:
- 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
- Exclusive In-game Items
- Syldra Mount
- Wind-up Bartz Minion
- Chicken Knife
Pre-orders for Stormblood will begin on January 24, 2017. Additional details
for Stormblood will be shared during the European Fan Festival in Frankfurt on
February 18-19, 2017.