During the Final Fantasy XIV FanFest keynote in Frankfurt, that DualShockers attended, Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida offered a large batch of new information on the new expansion, dubbed Stormblood.
Incidentally, the quality of the pictures below isn’t top notch due to last minute damage to my camera, but you can find all the official screenshots here.
The expansion won’t just focus on the Garlean-dominated city state of Ala Mihgo, but it will also prompt players to travel to a new continent beyond the Garlemald Empire, in order to liberate Doma.
The leader of the Doman refugees Yugiri will of course play a major role in Stormblood. The clothing she wears in the first image below is the Ninja AF3 armor, but with its own unique color. The other character is Gosetsu, a samurai who will be introduced in patch 3.5 part 2, before the release of Stormblood.
The new player city of Kugane will be added. It’s the only town open to trade with foreigners in the far eastern continent of Hingashi.
All violence in town is prohibited, but not everyone follows those rules.
There will also be new areas in Othard, including the pirate-infested Ruby Sea, which is connected to Kugane.
A new beast tribe lives in the Ruby sea, named the Kojin. They’re skilled traders that hold many contacts with outsiders. They worship many “Kami,” but the most important one is a new and original primal named Susano.
New Dungeons will also appear, and there are many in the works. One looks like a ship graveyard.
Another new area is named Yanxia, where Doma is located. It’s currently controlled by the Garlean Empire, so players can expect plenty of conflict against Imperial forces there.
A third new area is the Azim Steppe, where the nomadic tribes belonging to the Aura race dwell.
Below you can check out a few stills from a video of the new areas that was showcased during the conference.
The previously-teased fourth residential area will be Shirogane, located in the far eastern continent of Hingashi. It will come with new Asian-style furniture.
Purchasing houses in Shirogane won’t be immediately available at the launch of Stormblood, but it will happen “when the time is right” after the release of the expansion, alongside a moving feature to let free companies easily move to Shirogane.
Housing capacity for houses will also be doubled: small houses will be have a capacity of 200, medium will have 300, and large will have 400.
Last but not least, Composer Nobuo Uematsu introduced the new theme song for the expansion, titled “Revolutions,” which he wants to be more “powerful” than the previous ones. Of course it’s performed by traditional Final Fantasy XIV songstress Susan Calloway. The short sample that was broadcasted during the keynote sounded fantastic
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will release on June 20th exclusively for PC and PS4, with the PS3 version of the game getting discontinued. PS3 users are eligible to a free upgrade to the PS4 version, and you can find out how to get it here.
Below you can see the Japanese cover of the expansion. featuring artwork by Akihiko Yoshida, and important characters that will be introduced soon.