When a new expansion of a prominent MMORPG like Final Fantasy XIV is announced, it’s difficult not to draw a comparison with the one that come before, and Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward was a really big expansion.
At PAX East DualShockers had a chat with Final Fantasy XIV Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida, who gave us a few interesting terms of comparison to size up Stormblood against its predecessor.
First of all, Yoshida-san mentioned that the main scenario campaign in Stormblood won’t be any shorter than the one featured in Heavensward. He also added that the voice overs for the new expansion are definitely longer than Heavensward‘s, so the campaign itself will “probably” be even longer.
We also get a very interesting detail about Kugane, one of the new cities introduced in Stormblood, and announced at the European Fanfest in Frankfurt: according to Yoshida-san, it’s approximately as big as Ishgard, but for the first time it will be seamless, without leading screens between different areas.
Interestingly, the city is also built so that players will be able to climb on top of its roofs and traverse like a Ninja running on the rooftops. Players will be encouraged to explore that part of Kugane as well.
If you want to see more about the Stormblood expansion, you can check out the latest trailer, and some rather awesome screenshots. More information was also shared during a panel yesterday. Of course, we’ll have much more info to share soon in our full interview.
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.