Final Fantasy XIV Game's 'Stormblood' Launch Trailer Streamed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
2nd expansion for MMORPG arrives on June 20

The official YouTube channel for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV game began streaming the launch trailer on Wednesday for the game's upcoming Stormblood expansion.

The expansion will feature the new Red Mage and Samurai jobs. Stormblood, which is the second expansion for the game, will launch in Japan, North America, and Europe on June 20. A Collector's Edition will also launch on June 20.

The expansion will feature Ala Mhigo as its backdrop, and the storyline will center on the city's liberation. XIIth Legion Legatus Zenos yae Galvus, who is the ruler of the occupied city, serves as one of the enemies players will face.

The expansion will also raise the level cap from 60 to 70 and will add new dungeons, new high-level raids, new alliance raids, and new gear. The expansion will also let players swim and dive, and will increase players' inventory size. Other additions include a fourth residential district, new crafting recipes, new areas, a new primal, and changes to the battle system. Nobuo Uematsu is composing the theme song for the new expansion.

When Stormblood launches, Sony and Square Enix will stop support for the game for the PlayStation 3. The companies plan to launch an upgrade campaign that "will allow PS3 players to seamlessly join in the battle for Ala Mhigo at launch."

Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIV Online for personal computers in September 2010. After criticism from fans, the company revealed an updated version of the game titled Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn that added a new world and story. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launched on Windows PC and PS3 in August 2013, and then on PS4 in April 2014. Square Enix released the first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, titled Heavensward, in June 2015.

Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida stated on Monday that Square Enix is in talks with Nintendo and Microsoft for a possible port of the game on the Switch and Xbox One consoles. However, Yoshida noted that "these conversations will take a long time."

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