Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
During the keynote address at the Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest event in Las Vegas earlier today, series producer Naoki Yoshida (a.k.a Yoshi-P) announced the next expansion for the popular and ever growing MMO. Called Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, it will not only launch in “early summer” of 2017, but will also complete the game’s transition into version 4.0.
Much like the previous expansion, Hevansward, Stormblood will flow into the game’s overall narrative, and focus on the new desert town of Ala Mhigo, a town that has suffered from “two decades of oppression” from the occupation of the Garlian Empire, lead by Zenos Yae Galvus. There will be a focus this time on the Monk job, and in addition to a new hub area called Rhalgar’s Reach, the expansion will have a revamped combat system, an inventory expansion, and an increased level cap to 70. Though they’re saving specifics for future Fanfests, it was also revealed that two new classes would be added as well, one of which is hinted at being a Dancer. However, Yoshi-P did tease the audience that his Scarlet Witch shirt was a hint at another possible class; Red Mage perhaps?
In addition to a new strategy to roll out the expansion (release part of the expansion on day one, and waiting until things calm down before rolling out the rest) and getting better servers, the keynote ended by encouraging players to upgrade to 64-bit systems, as the PC specs would get an increase. Additionally, the team also announced that support for the PlayStation 3 version will be dropped entirely, though the game will be supported until the release of Stormblood, and all PlayStation 3 players can upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version for free.
You can check out the new teaser trailer for the expansion below. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood releases in Summer of 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.