With the launch of Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood, Square Enix releases an emotional trailer that celebrates memories and friendship.
In the new Final Fantasy 14 trailer, dubbed Memories, viewers go on a journey through the memories of a group of young friends that shows how they cope with change as adults. The pivotal moment in the video is when it shifts sharply from the joys of youth to the harsh realities of adulthood. One of the friends, now an adult in business attire, looks longingly out the window of a commuter train at a young baseball team celebrating a win. While it’s a sobering look at adulthood, it’s one that many people can relate to.
Don’t lose heart, however, because it ends on an uplifting note. Despite circumstance, the group of friends are still making memories together. This time through Final Fantasy 14, as shown through an intense battle against a Titan. The video can really tug at the old heartstrings – especially if you’ve been that guy on the train. It will likely conjure up pleasant memories for those viewing it; whether they be about Final Fantasy 14 or otherwise.
Square Enix isn’t new to emotionally-charged trailers. Last year, it released the Stand Together live-action trailer for Final Fantasy 15, which also tapped into themes of childhood and friendship. It was also very much a core theme of the game itself, as the main characters are a group of longtime friends.
Though it’s been months since it’s release, gamers are still exploring stories from Final Fantasy 15‘s Noctis and the gang. The muscle, Gladiolus, recently got his own story DLC that details his exploits after venturing off on his own at one point in the main game. The next bit of story content will feature the endearing Prompto, and will release at the end of this month, June 27. The DLC has been confirmed to last around two hours long and feature third-person shooter combat.
Those inspired by the Memories trailer should check out Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood. It departs slightly from its traditionally fantasy-themed settings in favor of a more eastern influence. This is best reflected in its new locations and the new Samurai job class. The expansion is just coming off of a rough early access weekend, but those kinks should be ironed out soon. However, that hiccup shouldn’t deter anyone from experiencing the exciting new content and making lots of new memories with friends.
Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood releases today, June 20, 2017, for PC and PlayStation 4.