Final Fantasy XIV is releasing its second major expansion, Stormblood, early Summer 2017. At todayâ€™s FFXIV fan fest, Game Director Naoki Yoshida announced Version 4.0 and a variety of coming changes.
Development has already begun on Stormblood, which will primarily take place in the new Ala Mhigo zone. â€œThe main concept is getting Ala Mhigo back into Eorzean control from the Garlean empire,â€ Yoshida said. Monk will be the main class.
A new zone called Rhalgerâ€™s Reach will be the beginning location for the storyline and many â€œsprawlingâ€ new zones will be added as well.
Yoshida announced that new jobs will accompany the expansionâ€™s release, but did not give details. On the topic of new jobs, Yoshida simply pointed to his shirt, which cryptically says â€œthe scarlet witchâ€ and described his affinity for Marvel superheroes. Fans are speculating that Red Mage or Dancer will be introduced.
Square Enix will also be revamping FFXIVâ€™s battle system and overhauling the skill system, to ameliorate concerns that the current one doesnâ€™t accommodate all of the actions high-level characters must do. Also, since changing classes and necessary skillsets is clunky, â€œWeâ€™re regrouping and recategorizing skills so theyâ€™re categorized as roles rather than jobs,â€ Yoshida said. â€œFrom those shared roll skills and actions, youâ€™ll choose which you need.â€
For example, skills necessary for a Paladin to tank will be groups together under a â€œtankâ€ category rather than a simple â€œPaladinâ€ category. Essentially, this will clear up space on the hotbars.
Other exciting additions:
- The level cap will be raised from 60 to 70.
- New primals
- An â€œextremeâ€ item inventory expansion
- A 4th residential area that will â€œdirectly affect the main storyline,â€ and was therefore not clarified
Square Enix will release several patches before the early Summer Stormblood launch.
[Update: 2:57 PM]â€”Square Enix is ending PlayStation 3 support for FFXIV alongside Stormbloodâ€™s release.