Square Enix launched Stormblood today, the latest expansion of Final Fantasy XIV.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood continues the story of the Warrior of Light in his quest to liberate Ala Mhigo, a vast land conquered by the Garleans twenty years ago. . Players will also be able to depart from the shores of Eorzea for the very first time, travelling to the Far Eastern lands of Doma and Kugane as they fight to liberate those lands oppressed by the Empire. Seamless cross-platform play allows players to adventure together on the PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Macintosh.
Two New Jobs: Samurai and Red Mage – The highly anticipated Samurai and Red Mage jobs make their debut in Stormblood. The DPS jobs introduce new fighting styles for players to enjoy—learn and master the art of “Sen” as the Samurai, or unleash hybrid magic and melee combos with the Red Mage’s Chainspell ability.
Level Cap Increase – The level cap for jobs and classes will be raised from 60 to 70. Players will need to make full use of the new powers at their disposal to defeat their Garlean adversaries.
Swimming and Diving – Explore Eorzea’s pristine waters with the addition of swimming and diving. Players will be able to journey deep into the depths upon completing special prerequisites.
New Beast Tribes and Primals – Players will encounter both the ancient Ananta, an all-female tribe who worship the primal Lakshmi in the mountains of Gyr Abania, and the Kojin—skilled traders residing in underwater settlements who worship the Lord of Revel, Susano.
Fourth Residential District – Shirogane, an island belonging to the Far Eastern nation of Hingashi, is now open to adventurers who frequent the port of Kugane. Those with a fondness for Far Eastern aesthetics will find it the perfect place to call home. Plots of land will be available for sale beginning with Patch 4.1.
PvP Updates – A revamped battle system bring a new, streamlined PvP experience to Stormblood. Job actions will now have PvP-exclusive counterparts, from which players can select to customize their skillset to match their PvP playstyle, for even more balanced and exhilarating matches on the battlefields.
A variety of additional content has been announced for release in upcoming patches, such as:
New High-level Raid: “The Bend of Time – Omega” – Omega returns to the Final Fantasy XIV storyline in a high-level raid series for Stormblood. The mystery behind its appearance and more will be unveiled through the story surrounding this raid.
New Alliance Raid – Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy XII / Final Fantasy Tactics) and Keita Amemiya (Onimusha 2 / Shin Megami Tensei IV) join as special guest creators for the Stormblood alliance raid, “Return to Ivalice.”
Players will also have the option to purchase two types of items to advance through the main scenario and job levels respectively to immediately access Stormblood content. The Tales of Adventure: A Realm Reborn completes all A Realm Reborn main scenario content up to Patch 2.55: Before the Dawn for $18, while the Tales of Adventure: Heavensward completes all Heavensward main scenario content up to Patch 3.56: The Far Edge of Fate for $25. Each of the Tales of Adventure are also available for each job (excluding samurai and red mage), instantly boosting a single characters level in the specified job for $25. Tales of Adventure items related to jobs are currently restricted to one purchase per service account.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood includes the ability to play Heavensward and is available now for the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Mac for $39.99. The Collector’s Edition is available exclusively from the Square Enix Online Store for $199.99. Digital Collector’s Edition upgrades are available on the Mog Station. Additionally, new players may dive into the world of Eorzea with either the Starter Edition (the new name for A Realm Reborn going forward) for $19.99, or the Complete Edition (A Realm Reborn, Heavensward and Stormblood) for $59.99.