The Final Fantasy 14 expansion Stormblood‘s release date is on June 20, 2017.
Final Fantasy 14 Stormblood happens in the location of Ala Mhigo. Players are set to fight a new antagonist named Zenos. New areas have been added to the game, and there will reportedly be a “full standalone game’s worth of content.” There will be a fourth residential area as well as new Primals, dungeons, and high-end raids.
The game will also be expanding the players’ swimming and diving abilities. The flying mount can even be brought in this new skill added to the game. These underwater areas may now be open-ended but battles will not ensue in these areas. A player has to complete a quest at the beginning of this expansion to be able to use these abilities.
The new Red Mage class may probably be the biggest addition to the game. The class can deal with ranged damage by using magic which is quite akin to Black Mage. However, the difference lies in the new Mage class having a one-of-a-kind melee weapon that can be used in combat.
Stormblood also introduces a new beast tribe called the Ananta, a snake-like mostly female tribe. They are able to do magic. Another new raid called The Bend of Time Omega sets the players on a journey for the Omega Weapon.
Old-time Final Fantasy fans will also enjoy the new expansion because composer Nobuo Uematsu and game designer Yatsumi Matsuno will be returning to the franchise. Uematsu is a renowned veteran composer in the saga who has provided the legendary music in the 30-year run of the game. Matsuno has worked for the Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy 12 versions. Uematsu currently works on the theme music and Matsuno works on the new 24-player raid, Return to Ivalice, for the said expansion.
The Stormblood expansion marks the end of PlayStation 3 support for this version of the game.