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Final Fantasy XIV’s next expansion “Stormblood” revealed, out Early Summer 2017 By Tony Garsow on October 14, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Live from the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Las Vegas, the team has revealed that Final Fantasy XIV’s next expansion will be called “Stormblood” — releasing in Early Summer 2017.

We’re going to Ala Mhigo! The story will revolve around freeing Ala Mhigo from the Garlean Empire. Does the new generation of Ala Mhigans welcome or shun the Empire? It’s complicated. The focus now will shift back to the Empire – toward the occupying ruler of Ala Mhigo – Zenos Yae Galvus.

The focus now will shift back to the Empire – toward the occupying ruler of Ala Mhigo – Zenos Yae Galvus. Who is this woman (in red)? She’ll be revealed in the coming months. The Warrior of Light has job changed to Monk! Rhalgr’s Reach, where the trailer takes place, is the base of the Ala Mhigan Resistance – its where the story begins.

Regarding new jobs, Yoshida takes off his jacket and shows off a Scarlet Witch shirt. Perhaps something to do with Red…

The Level Cap will raise from 60 to 70 for all jobs. The team is planning to revamp the battle system to address old and new actions. Actions will be grouped by role rather than Job. The user interface will also be revamped where job-specific buffs like the Dragoon’s “Blood of the Dragon” will be easier to see than looking at the buff bar.

New areas will be introduced in Stormblood — it won’t just be desert areas because it’s toward Ala Mhigo. New dungeons, raids, and a fourth residential area will be added. New primals will be added, including Final Fantasy favorites and ones original to Final Fantasy XIV. New dungeons, alliance raids, and high-end raids will arrive too. They’ve been thinking on the feedback from previous raids regarding difficulty modes which will manifest in how Stormblood raids will be designed. Flying mounts will be able to fly in Stormblood areas, but you’ll need to collect Aether Currents first like in Heavensward — the team wants you to explore and experience these areas on foot first.

A new area called Forbidden Land Eureka will be a new type of area to explore — perhaps you’ll run into Notorious Monsters here. The team also hints this area will involve building a new relic-type weapon.

Inventory expansion will also come with Stormblood, and the team is working around the clock to make it as massive as humanly possible. However, this will be tricky, so the team may need to stagger the launch of the expansion for it to work. More details will be revealed later.

Support for the PlayStation 3 version will end, but Sony and Square Enix will team up for an upgrade campaign where it will be free (aside from buying an actual PlayStation 4). Minimum specs for the Windows PC version will also be raised to provide the best experience for Stormblood.

We’ll be updating this post as details develop — stay tuned!

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  • Miqote

    Ohhhhhh

  • Starlord

    The art style has a “Chains of Promathia” vibe from FFXI.

  • Flimflamberge

    Calling it now: The woman in red is Yda.

  • Daniel Masterson

    Hell ya! cant wait to get this.

  • RealComingIn

    It’s gotta be lol.

  • Pierre

    Definitely! Reminded me of tavnazia

  • MULTIPLE JELLYBEAN

    Looks like we were right about that Stormblood copyright they filed a while back! It definitely sounded like a FFXIV name

  • Gerald Gauthier

    woman in red has no neck tattoo

  • Jesus Christ

    I wonder what’s the next cool primal to fight.

  • Jesus Christ

    I love sailor moon.

  • Jesus Christ

    OMG, I just realized there’s a teaser trailer.

    Who’s the handsome stud and that beautiful (blonde LOL) girl in the trailer?

    That dude has similar facial characteristics to that other handsome fella in the older CG for FFXIV when it first came out. Wow.

  • Jesus Christ

    who’s yda? fill me in!

  • Cody

    Is it possible she’s a dancer? Like the job from the final fantasy series?

  • Hezkezl

    The dude is Derplander, the standard ‘replacement’ for showing that it’s meant to represent the player. The same guy who is the main feature of the HW trailer too.

  • MULTIPLE JELLYBEAN

    me too man

  • Jesus Christ

    Yeah I noticed that after second viewing. For a “generic” type of model SE reuse, he’s… <3 I noticed poeple made comparison on tumblr. so it's very clear to me now. I take it SE will continue to use him as long as XIV is online.

    Derplander is like …. my uhl…sigh so yummy.

  • Jesus Christ

    You fighting evil my moonlight winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight, you are the one name Sailor moon. πŸ˜€

  • Randy Marsh

    I hope that gear at the end is the WHM AF3, it looks so amazing!

  • NewestType

    Right? I think the closest was ronoa in 8. The guys are quite handsome. He is attractive even though he seems to be aging. As for the female face. It looks a bit… overused :p

    And Monk WOL is way more attractive IMO to noctis. I dunno maybe it’s the muscles…

    But what would be very shallow of me.

  • NewestType

    I told my buddy about you guys saying that some time ago. Now he acys like I never told him lol. I remember it.

  • D.3ND

    it is

  • Randy Marsh

    Yda is one of the members of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, mainly the MNK job character. Recently she has been theorized by many in the community to be an Ala Mhigan princess and even the main scenario in 3.4 gave more of a hint at this.

  • Miqote

    Play the game and find out

  • Jesus Christ

    I have chemistry, biology, and physics homework to do. And you?

  • Jesus Christ

    I concur with you that Yda (or someone else)’s face is a very cookie-cutter picture perfect CGI face. It’s like barbie doll like Luna. Kinda tells me why they chose to change her looks in the movie along with the rest of the main cast to make her more reasonably and uniquely human and not a human barbie-barbie. LOL

    Noctis is a skeleton he is not loved in my Kingdom.

    “I dunno maybe it’s the muscles…

    But what would be very shallow of me.” Oh please, you’re fine with me!

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  • Miqote

    Dumb response, and btw your over posting and your name being jesus christ is just outright offensive and over the top

  • Jesus Christ

    Thanks for the info.

  • Jesus Christ

    Well, if that’s how you feel. I ain’t stopping ya.

    And for the record, I’ve made a total of 1.4K posts and I admit most of them are on this site. But, compared to a few other commenters on this website, I’m hardly over posting. KOKAYI5 has over 20K posts on disqus total. There are regulars here that are near and over 2K. So excuse me,

    And with my username and avatar, that you just have to live with it because I will not change it. It’s not a crime and it’s not violating any rules. You can continue to be irritated and I will continue to express my freedom of expression.

    And lastly, I ask someone and question and you felt irriated enough because of what I am online to start something with me. I chose to be friendly and end my response with πŸ˜€ and you chose to go sour. OK, I digress. I’m moving on. But you have to deal with it because I aint changing my online persona for you.

  • Karl Joyal

    The man is the Warrior of Light, the woman we don’t know. It will be revealed in a later patch, most probably 3.5 or 3.55

  • Jesus Christ

    I had my eyes on him ever since original FFXIV cinematic trailer.

  • Randy Marsh

    Hm not entirely, Yda recently got a new voice actress so her voice is largely unfamiliar to the player base at this point. She got a new voice actress due to the Heavensward using new British VAs, as opposed to the American anime voice actors used in A Realm Reborn.

  • The guy almost looks like a Garlean.

  • ( it’s probably Yda or her sister )

  • Jesus Christ

    i learn something new everyday

  • Justice V

    Could be, but would be weird since she’s doing martial arts and not dancing.