Square Enix releases new information about Final Fantasy XIV‘s upcoming expansion Stormblood, including a new trailer that focuses on the Samurai class.
Final Fantasy 14 Fan Fest 2017 is happening right now in Frankfurt and Square Enix is using the event to release new information about the game’s upcoming Stormblood expansion, including a brand new trailer. The CG clip shows off the new Samurai class that will arrive with Stormblood this summer.
Square Enix USA provided live commentary on its Twitter account Saturday morning for those who were unable to travel to Germany for the event. The publisher and developer of Final Fantasy 14 noted that Samurai will join the previously announced Red Mage class as another DPS job for the expansion.
Destructoid reports that while the Samurai is the main focus of the trailer, Square Enix also revealed several other new additions that will soon be coming to Final Fantasy 14. Players will be able to explore a new Eastern-themed region called Shirogane and a new player hub in the port town of Kugane. Stormblood will also introduce a new Beast Tribe called the Kojin, a new Primal named Susano and new dungeons including Yanxia and The Azim Steppe. The official box art for the Japanese release of the game, designed by Akihiko Yoshida, was also revealed.
Stormblood was first announced during another fan convention last year in Las Vegas and game director Naoki Yoshida noted at the time that Stormblood‘s arrival would mark more than just one transition for the game. Yoshida said that Square Enix would officially drop PlayStation 3 support for Final Fantasy 14 with the arrival of the new expansion and announced plans are being discussed with Sony to allow PS3 owners to transfer their account and characters to a PS4 version of the game for free. This was mostly welcome news for fans, who have long felt that the PS3 version of the game was holding Final Fantasy 14 back from a design standpoint because it’s a much less powerful system than the PlayStation 4 or a PC.
Square Enix may also be considering bringing Final Fantasy 14 to the Xbox One or even the Nintendo Switch but the company has not mentioned either of those topics since early 2016. The MMO’s most recent major update was Patch 3.5 The Far Edge of Fate which arrived in mid-January. Players are currently working their way through a new main Scenario, new dungeons and collecting one last batch of new gear as they prepare to take the fight into Stormblood this June.
Final Fantasy 14 is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The Stormblood expansion arrives June 20, 2017.