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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood adds Red Mage, swimming and new raids By Erren Van Duine on December 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM

Final Fantasy XIV‘s Fan Festival 2016 in Tokyo has begun and with a wealth of new information featuring the game’s second full-fledged expansion. Stormblood, as it’s called, is set to release next year and is bringing with it a number of new additions.

Producer/director Naoki Yoshida was on stage today to recap previous developments, share new ones and a few surprises along the way. Read on for the full summary of the show’s opening keynote.

One of Final Fantasy‘s mainstays are job classes and FFXIV is no exception. Following up on Fan Festival in Las Vegas, Yoshida revealed that yes, Red Mage would be making its way into the game as the next major job class – the first of multiple new ones.

In the images we can see the Red Mage wearing its specific job gear, but it won’t be available right away in the expansion. Red Mage is a DPS who uses ranged magic – similar to Black Mage but uses a rapier and magicked crystal medium (tentative name) as a weapon instead. These two pieces go together to form one weapon in battle.

As with the new job classes introduced in Heavensward, the jobs in Stormblood will have no associated class. You’ll start at level 50, though this too is tentative. Because the team received a lot of feedback from fans having to get to Ishgard to unlock Machinist, Dark Knight and Astrologian, the new class will be available in the original A Realm Reborn areas so players can get the job earlier in the story.

On battle design, the Red Mage uses ranged magic attacks using red magic – a hybrid of black and white magic. There’s also the rapier so the battle style is a hybrid of closed ranged melee attacks and magic attacks. The Red Mage has an action that creates quick positioning and chain spells will also play a roll. Use chain spells to build up magic power and then you combine that magic to use special actions.

After a brief recap of everything we learned about Stormblood at Las Vegas Fan Fest, Yoshida moved on to some of the new features we can expect in the game. In Heavensward they introduced flying mounts, but in Stormblood we’re heading to a new horizon: swimming and diving. We’ve had swim suits in the game for a while but there’s been no use for them really outside of glamour purposes. Starting with the new expansion you’ll be able to dive right in.

First, there will be bodies of water unsuited for swimming such as shallow rivers. Upon entering a body okay for swimming, you will seamlessly start to swim. No special swim action is needed. Movement speed – was talked about for a long time, but the development team didn’t want swimming to be that fast. For example, if you walk normally, you’ll perform a breast stoke while using the sprinting action lets you crawl.

Additionally, flying mounts can swim. Regular mounts won’t be able to enter these bodies of water. They plan on allowing swimming in a few select ARR areas as well such as Costa del Sol. Movement speed will be a little bit slower than moving on land. There will also be no battles in water – this was talked about in the development team but it was decided to be too stressful.

That said, if you go in water with a damage over time status you might die, so they created a special water death animation.

On diving, there will be locations where diving isn’t possible; the water has to be deep. Transition between swimming and diving will be seamless and you’ll be able to endlessly dive without needing air due to magic. All flying mounts can also dive with diving restricted to Stormblood areas.

Similar to swimming there won’t be any underwater battles. You can interact with NPCs and even gathering (such as fishing) is possible. How will you learn to dive and breath underwater? You can’t immediately but like flying mounts, there will be a quest early on the main scenario to unlock it.

When you visit the new areas you will visit new people and this includes new beast tribes. One of the new beast tribes coming to Stormblood include the Ananta, who live in the Ala Mhigan outlands. They’re made up mostly of females and are currently oppressed by the Garlean Empire. They’ve actually been around since the time of the Allagans for those familiar with the Binding Coil of Bahamut. The Ananta are very adept with magic and very talented with gemcraft and jewelry.

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The Ananta play host to a new primal: Lady of Bliss – Lakshmi. Everything surrounding this goddess will be revealed over the course of 4.0.

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Music fans rejoice! The father of Final Fantasy music is back once again to helm a new theme song for Final Fantasy XIV. That’s right, composer Nobuo Uematsu is currently writing the main theme for Stormblood.

In a special video message, Uematsu said he’s almost done! Or rather, the song is about 60% complete. Compared to his previous work with “Answers” and “Dragonsong” the new piece is a tad more uptempo and features an emotionally powerful melody.

Moving on to high-end raids, which previously saw the Binding Coil of Bahamut and Alexander, Yoshida noted there was a lot of debate over difficulty, and they learned a lot to create something new. Enter The Bend of Time – Omega. Omega Weapon has been hinted at for a while now – culminating at the end of Patch 3.4’s main scenario. Omega will also appear in Patch 3.5 and will connect here into the main story. Similar to Alexander, Omega won’t be required to complete the main quest.

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New alliance raids are also being added. With 3.5 we’ll see the end of the Mhach series and work has already begun on the next 24-man raid. Yoshida and team want to raise the bar even higher and try something new so they’ve brought in special guest creators to bring more excitement to the project.

Square Enix has grabbed the star-studded team of Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics, etc.) to pen the script for the next alliance raid. Titled Return to Ivalice, Matsuno is joined by Shin Megami Tensei IV‘s Keita Amemiya, who will be providing all-new boss designs.

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Closing out the show, Yoshida revealed Stormblood‘s hefty Collector’s Edition. Armed with special packaging featuring Yoshitaka Amano artwork, a high quality figure of Zenos – Stormblood‘s main antagonist, an artbook, a cloth map of Eorzea and an original decal.

A digital CE will also be available and include an exclusive Syldra mount, a Bartz (FFV) minion and a Chicken Knife weapon for Red Mage.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is due out on June 20, 17 for PlayStation 4 and PC. Pre-orders begin on January 24, 2017.

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  • Red Mage looks sick af. I think I’m going to no longer be a Ninja main.

  • Stonespear

    Hory Sheet!

  • Krijn van Alten

    Return of Ivalice, what, how, when? Shal this the first time that two numbered FF games will share a same world (sequels excluded).

  • Keena Johnston

    If I had the time and money, I’d jump into FFXIV now. Red Mage is my favourite class and it still looks dope af

  • For the swimming, I hope we don’t have to waste our time like we did with the flying finding something similar to the Aether Currents. I found that to be tedious and pointless. Everything else seems pretty amazing though!

  • Randy Marsh

    Highly doubtful, might just be interdimensional travel through the use of the rift, similar to what Gilgamesh does.

  • Shaun Abdilla

    Please for the love of god don’t make me level up a new swimming gathering class, just incorporated in existing ones.

  • Shinobuden

    Holy crap. Red Mage sounds fun as hell, and the fashion is nice. Looks like that’s the DPS class I’ll be going with alongside Ninja.

    I only just got back into the game recently after having stopped in 2014 and started a new character and went with Warrior. First time I go tank in an MMO and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had with a class in XIV. Still, I’m only level 48 so I haven’t gotten to the Heavensward stuff yet and I’m kinda dreading the 8 man stuff seeing as people have a tendency to lash out at people who screw up (from my experience on Monk). Either way, it’s been a fun experience so far and very rewarding.
    At least with Stormblood coming out next year I won’t have any shortage of things to do. I kind of want to get into endgame raiding and stuff too.

  • D.3ND

    Most likely another copy of the book from Tatic Advance made it’s way to XIV.

  • James Stine

    As long as you enjoy your experience playing the game, I think you should go at your own pace! Heavensward definitely upped the quality in story and content, so you will definitely have a lot to look forward to even up until the expansion.

    There are some bad people you will find in the Duty Finder, but there are plenty of good people as well who are patient towards inexperienced players.

    I hope that you can get into endgame raiding. 3.4’s raiding was actually a lot more accessible compared to in 3.2, so it’s something I think you could probably get into if you were at that level.

  • James Stine

    I don’t believe they are adding a new gathering class, they explicitly mentions that the underwater gathering was mainly focused on fishing, but I’m sure even Botanist and Miner will get some rare items down in the waters as well!

  • James Stine

    I liked the Aether Currents as they allowed us to explore and enjoy the zone before getting the ability to fly over all the work put into the area. However, I feel the changes they made to make it easier since launch was how it should have been done from the start where they front-load all of the quests for unlocking the currents instead of hiding them behind multiple other quests.

    I don’t think they’ll do the same for swimming though.

  • James Stine

    Interestingly enough, there’s a location in Othard called Dalmasca and there’s also a Rabanastre!

  • James Stine

    Dalmasca and Rabanastre both exist in Othard (one of the three great continents)! What this means though, we’re not sure…

  • James Stine

    My girlfriend wants to change from Dragoon main to Red Mage main as well.

  • Krijn van Alten

    But there are more places and names in XIV which refer to previous entries, so that is not that surprising. The new elenent here is that for the first time they make a clear reference to a whole world from another FF game.

  • Randy Marsh

    Yes I am fully aware of that. However, Doma is also located on Othard, but that doesn’t mean FFXIV shares the same world with FFVI. Just to make an example.

  • Randy Marsh

    I was theorizing it would be another Grimoire-type thing.

  • Shinobuden

    Thanks for the encouraging words! Yeah, I’ve been taking it as slow as I can. I still need to level Pug to 12 for Internal Release, but whenever I start playing I find Warrior so much fun that I keep forgetting to get it. That and I really want to get Warrior to 50 for that sweet Warrior armor. I’m very glad to hear the quality of the story and content is better in Heavensward. While I didn’t think the story was bad per se I did find the base story lacking at times.

    Oh believe me I know. The first time I tried Garuda Extreme it didn’t exactly go well and I got kicked out of the group (and this was a party designed to learn the fight), and after several times of the same experience and the parties disbanding I kind of just lost interest in doing the Extreme primals. I never even bothered to try the Coils.
    My experience as a Warrior so far has been good. It’s a little hard to hold aggro when I get leveling dungeons where Defiance isn’t available and I’m still not that good at managing TP, and I’ve lost aggro in dungeons where I do have Defiance as well, but I haven’t received a single complaint so far and I get a lot of commendations. So I must be doing something right.

    I do too. I’ve seen a video or two of Alexander and it looks like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to try it all out…if I can actually work up the courage to.

    The problem with me is that I have a hard time playing MMOs on my own. FF14 is one of the few MMOs where I’m fine by myself most of the time, but it takes a little enjoyment out of the game for me. None of my friends play it and I’m pretty picky about FCs. I’m 27 and so I prefer playing with more mature players. I’m in an FC right now simply because I wanted people to play with, but the majority seem to be pretty young or just doing their own thing and people don’t really talk much in the FC chat, nor does the FC do anything together as a whole. Been thinking about leaving for a while in an attempt to find an FC more suitable to what I want, but I’m having a hard time leaving it because it makes me feel bad since the FC leader has been kind to me.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Didn’t those two Tatic games not work in the same way that there was an object which brought them too Ivalice?

  • Randy Marsh

    Grimoires from the Advance games are different in those two games. The Gran Grimoire from FFTA is a book that warps reality to match one’s dreams, being based on the Marche and his friend’s favorite game “Final Fantasy”. While the Grimoire of the Rift that Luso from FFTA2 teleports the user to the actual Ivalice from in past, hence the events of Tactics Advance 2 and even Luso’s cameo in Tactics The War of the Lions.

  • Yuntu

    Ivalice raid written by Matsuno? I´m in. 100%.

  • Miqote

    God I can’t wait for this expansion!!!!!!!

  • Starlord

    I have to admit, even though RDM is a job I don’t normally use in Job based FF games, This particular RDM looks really good, not to mention looks amazing. The only way this will not be my main, is if Samurai doesn’t get announced…( I mean Yoshi-P did mention during one of their Anniversary events where they invited you in-game to tour their company, and one of the Dialogues mentions this line: ” And then There’ll have to be new jobs, of course. Samurai? Or how about Red mage? Hmmmmm… Oh! You’ll keep these idle musings to yourself, won’t you!?”

    They already confirmed RDM as 1 of the jobs… so perhaps that quote from the game has some weight to it.

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  • Stonespear

    Agreed. The community isn’t a tight-knit and welcoming as it used to be but it’s still the best MMO community from what I gather. I logged in yesterday for the first time this year and in normal 4-man duty finder everyone was very welcoming and understanding that I was a returning player with no clue what to do.

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  • EnclosureHD

    Aether Currents By love gods. that’s so meh.

  • EnclosureHD

    Look FF12 and FF14 empire. They look same! 😀

  • CRIMSON-XIII

    i wish there was a single player version of ff14 in the style of ff12. but with the story and cutscenes of 14.

  • Krijn van Alten

    To me personally I am more interesting in the role of the Espers of XII and the Ascians in XIV. In XII, the Espers are collectively known as the ‘Scions of Darkness’. There opposites, ‘the Scions of Light’ are never seen in game, but their names are used for the Ascians in XIV. Also interesting is the fact that the two groups of Scions are led by two opposite powers: ‘Zodiark’ and ‘Ultima’. I hope hey are going to do something with that!

  • EnclosureHD

    Yeah I want to know What type Power they Got. Because Espers they lost when they faced scions of light!!!
    Like Matheus(Dark) is Lahabrea, Abyssal Celebrant.(Light)
    Cúchulainn,(Dark) Nabriales.(Light)
    😀

  • Krijn van Alten

    But on the other side: in XIV we are still very unclear about the role all the Gods have in the pantheon. The relationship between the twelve and Hydalean and Zodiark for example.

    Also: this is about a raid, so it’s not very likely that events happing in this raid will have very much impact in the overal XIV world.

  • EnclosureHD

    Yeah you right.. But let’s hope we are wrong about raid ;D 😀

  • Draykez

    Why? Are you a hermit?

  • CRIMSON-XIII

    i dont have time to grind and level up and i dont raid or pvp or whatever. im just tryin to see story and bosses