Today, during the initial keynote of the 2016-17 Fan Festival held in Tokyo, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida announced the first job that will be released with the upcoming expansion titled Stormblood.
The new class is Red Mage, and it won’t be the only one coming with the expansion. The announcement was welcomed by loud cheering from the audience, which isn’t very surprising considering that Red Mage is one of the most beloved classic jobs of the Final Fantasy series, and many players have been asking about it for a long time. We shouldn’t forget that it’s the first mage class that ever appeared in a Final Fantasy game, right on the character selection screen of the original Final Fantasy.
The jo will be mainly a ranged DPS, fighting with a rapier and a magicked crystal medium. The two weapons can be joined to become a single staff-like composite weapon.
The fighting style is actually a hybrid between ranged red magic (which is itself a hybrid between black and white magic) and melee. You will use a “chainspell” feature to link multiple spells from range to unlock a final melee action, including quick positional abilities activated during the chain.
Players that will purchase Stormblood will be able to start playing Red Mage from level 50, without needing to level a prerequisite class, as it happened with Dark Knight in the previous expansion Heavensward.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will be the second expansion of Square Enix’s successful MMORPG. Announced back in October, it will come for PS4 and PC (the support for PS3 platforms and 32 bit operating systems will be discontinued)
early next summer Update: on June 20th, 2017.