Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood is under a month away from launching, and Square Enix has been aggressively marketing the many changes coming with the expansion through a series of trailers and other multimedia marketing tools. The developer is clearly confident in the product as a whole – Final Fantasy 14 is getting a Netflix show later this year – and Square Enix has proven that there will be massive additions to the universe of Final Fantasy 14 when Stormblood, its second major expansion, finally releases.
The latest trailer for Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood might not be as exciting as some of the previous videos Square Enix has released, largely because it doesn’t feature much in the way of gameplay, but it’s still an extensive, intriguing tour of the expansion’s new Eastern regions. There’s clearly a lot of content on the way in Stormblood, and the six minute long tour demonstrates that gamers won’t need to worry about things getting too repetitive – the trailer showcases a number of unique locations:
There’s a lot to take in during the tour, but the biggest takeaway appears to be the sheer diversity of the locations that Stormblood will introduce. With any MMORPG expansion, there’s a danger that a visually compelling and exciting new major location will be watered down by the fact that everything related to the expansion looks fairly similar. That doesn’t seem to be an issue for Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood, which will feature, among other things, gorgeous under water content and several Bushido-inspired locations.
The new Stormblood trailer makes a compelling case for Final Fantasy 14‘s expansion as the most visually compelling yet, and, coupled with the already massive changes coming to the way Final Fantasy 14 will approach character classes, skills, and dungeons, Stormblood should mark an exciting new opportunity as an entry point for fans who haven’t given the MMORPG a try yet. Square Enix has already suggested it is interested in bringing Final Fantasy 14 to the Nintendo Switch, and the drastic overhaul of a game that was already thriving in its genre suggests that Square Enix could be keeping a potential new audience in mind as well.
Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood will be available on PC, Mac, and PS4 on June 20.