Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Releasing in June

The second Final Fantasy XIV expansion is already on its way

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

If the upcoming release of Heavensword, the first Final Fantasy XIV expansion, wasn’t enough FFXIV hype for you, you’re in luck! SquareEnix officially announced during the 2016 Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Tokyo that Stormblood, the second FFXIV expansion, will be launching in June 2017 in North America and Europe.

That’s not all, though! During his keynote speech, Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida also announced a number of upcoming features for Stormblood for fans to look forward to. For those curious, here’s a list of what you can expect from the expansion so far:

  • 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 design.
  • Stormblood Theme Song: Legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu will return to create the main theme song for Stormblood.

SquareEnix has also confirmed a Stormblood collector’s edition. Not only will this exclusive version feature special box art by artist Yoshitako Amano, but several other goodies as well. The full contents of the collector’s edition are as follows:

  • 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

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is slated for release in North America and Europe on June 20, 2017, with pre-orders available starting January 24, 2017. SquareEnix has promised to release additional information on Stormblood at the FFXIV European Fan Festival in Frankfrurt, Germany, on February 18 – 19, 2017.

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