Extra details on Stormblood, the second expansion pack for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, have been provided by Square Enix.
Last year during the Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festival in Tokyo, the MMORPG's producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced announced the Stormblood expansion and a few details.
Below is a recap of the upcoming content along with more information sent over today by Square Enix.
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 guest creators were invited to assist with the design of the newly-announced alliance raid “Return to Ivalice”: Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy 11, Final Fantasy Tactics) will write the scenario surrounding the raid, while Keita Amemiya (Onimusha 2, Shin Megami Tensei 4) will spearhead monster and boss design.
Stormblood Theme Song: Composer Nobuo Uematsu retruns to create the main theme song for the expansion.
Other details provided today surround the Stormblood Collector’s Edition. It features a special box with art decoration by Yoshitaka Amano, along with the following:
- Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood
- Stormblood Special Art Box
- Zenos yae Galvus Figure
- Stormblood Art Book
- Cloth Map of Eorzea
- Stormblood Logo Sticker
The Collector's Edition also contains the following exclusive in-game items:
- Syldra Mount
- Wind-up Bartz Minion
- Chicken Knife
Slated for release in North America, Europe, and Japan on June 20, the expansion will be made available for pre-order starting January 24. It will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 and PC. PS3 users will need to upgrade in order to play the new content.
Additional details for Stormblood will be shared during the European Fan Festival which takes place February 18-19 in Frankfurt, Germany.