We’re at the FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Fest 2019 in Paris, and Naoki Yoshida has not long finished his Keynote Address to kick off the event, revealing a lot of new Shadowbringers information to an event full of excited fans of the game.
Coming to the stage dressed in the Gunbreaker outfit worn by Thancred in the extended trailer (below) Yoshida announced first and most importantly, this expansion will be launching on July 2nd 2019 worldwide, with pre-orders beginning on February 6th 2019.
Revealed for Shadowbringers:
- New Job – The ‘gunbreaker’– master of gunblade (trailer embedded at the bottom of this article).
- New Playable Race – the ‘Viera’, rabbit-like wardens of the wood (see above).
- ‘Trust’ System – An all-new system allowing players to tackle Shadowbringers instanced dungeons with familiar NPCs by their side (excluding dungeons requiring more than four party members).
- New Alliance Raid – YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse – from the minds of renowned NieR creators Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO.
- New Areas – Il Mheg – a lush, awe-inspiring vale, and the Rak’tika Greatwood – a sprawling forest of ancient, towering sentinels. If you fancy it, Il Mheg can be seen here, and Rak’tika Greatwood here.
- New Beast Tribe and Primal – the pixies and their almighty regent, Titania.
Alongside information about the game, SQUARE ENIX revealed the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Collector’s Edition. Available to pre-order from the SQUARE ENIX Store starting 6th February.
The Collector’s Edition includes:
- Shadowbringers Special Art Box – A unique silver-inlaid box featuring an illustration by artist Yoshitaka Amano.
- Dark Knight Figure – An impressive high-quality figure that features the Warrior of Darkness as a dark knight.
- Shadowbringers Art Book – An art book featuring a wealth of illustrations and concept art used in the creation of the expansion.
- Shadowbringers Logo Sticker Cling – A reusable vinyl cling featuring the Shadowbringers logo.
- FINAL FANTASY XIV Playing Cards – A deck of playing cards featuring a range of artwork from A Realm Reborn through Shadowbringers.
- In-game Grani Mount – Ride the formidable Grani and strike terror into the heart of any foe in your path. Caution is recommended when mounting the rather pointy beast.
- In–game Wind-up Fran Minion – Take Fran along as your partner in the skies, on land, or under the water. Wherever your adventure takes you, just keep it away from Mist.
- In–game Revolver Gunbreaker Weapon – Squall’s iconic gunblade makes its appearance in FFXIV as a gunbreaker-exclusive weapon. Charge into battle with it…or not. Whatever.
Pre-orders for Shadowbringers will open exclusively on the SQUARE ENIX Store from 6th February. Anyone pre-ordering will be eligible to receive the following items, which will be delivered starting 1st March, 2019 at 8am GMT:
- In-game Baby Gremlin Minion – There is nothing more invigorating than venturing into unfamiliar lands with a baby gremlin nipping at your heels and bad-mouthing your every move.
- Aetheryte Earring – An earring modeled after the Aetherytes found in towns across the land. Grants 30% bonus EXP when worn, up to level 70.
- Early Access – Early access grants users the ability to play Shadowbringers on 28th June1, several days before the official release!
Thanks to items being delivered ahead of launch, anyone pre-ordering Shadowbringers will be able to receive their Aetheryte Earrings to catch-up to level 70 before the expansion releases on 2nd July.
Additionally, in a surprise announcement, Yoshida revealed that the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Starter Edition for PC—including 30 days of subscription time—will be made available for free to all Twitch Prime members2 beginning 4th February 2019 through 3rd May 2019. Complete details on this promotion, including instructions on code redemption are available here: https://twitch.tv/prime.
There’s more information on Shadowbringers to come at the Fan Festival in Tokyo on 23rd – 24th March, 2019. All Fan Festival events will be streamed free of charge on the official FINAL FANTASY XIV Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/finalfantasyxiv
That’s everything from the Keynote Address, and what an incredible set of reveals that was! What do you think? Let us know in the normal places and check back for more coverage over the weekend. We’ll be tweeting live from the Fan Fest with thoughts, cosplay and other FFXIV-related things.
Final Fantasy XIV Online: Shadowbringers releases on July 2nd 2019 for Playstation 4 and PC.
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