Final Fantasy XV: Shadowbringers

The Shadowbringers expansion for Final Fantasy XIV is slated to be released on July 2. Square Enix provided this news today alongside some fresh information about the expansion.

For instance, did you know that the Viera will be a new playable race? It's true. You may recall them as the tall, rabbit-eared race from Final Fantasy XII. There is also a new Gunbreaker job coming. Perhaps the coolest news revealed is the fact that Yoko Taro has designed a NieR themed alliance raid for the expansion. It's called YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse.

Here is a bit more on what was revealed this past weekend during a recent event in Paris, France.

  • New Job: The gunbreaker – master of the gunblade.
  • New Playable Race: The Viera – rabbit-like wardens of the wood.
  • Trust System: An all-new system allowing players to tackle Shadowbringers instanced dungeons with familiar NPCs by their side (excluding dungeons requiring more than 4 party members).
  • New Areas: Il Mheg–a lush, awe-inspiring vale, and the Rak’tika Greatwood–a sprawling forest of ancient, towering sentinels.
  • New Beast Tribe and Primal: The pixies and their almighty regent, Titania.
  • New Alliance Raid: YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse–from the minds of renowned NieR creators Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO.
Before we get into the rest, feel free to check out this extended Shadowbringers teaser trailer. It was also shown off this past weekend in Paris. It's still a teaser trailer but it's extended.

If you already know you want to pick up Shadowbringers, perhaps Square Enix can entice you with a special Collector's Edition as well? This Collector's Edition will be available for pre-order starting February 6 at 11AM (PT). It contains the following extras.

  • Shadowbringers Special Art Box: A unique silver-inlaid box featuring an illustration by artist Yoshitaka Amano.
  • Dark Knight Figure: An impressive high-quality figure of the Warrior of Darkness as a dark knight.
  • Shadowbringers Art Book : An art book featuring behind-the-scenes illustrations and concept art from the development of Shadowbringers.
  • Shadowbringers Logo Cling : A reusable vinyl cling featuring the Shadowbringers logo.
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Playing Card s: A deck of playing cards featuring artwork from A Realm Reborn® through Shadowbringers.
  • Exclusive In-Game Items
    • Grani Mount
    • Wind-up Fran Minion
    • Revolver Gunbreaker Weapon
But wait, there's even more! Everybody that pre-orders the game will get the following in-game items. These items are apparently slated to start being distributed on March 1 at 12:01AM (PT).

  • Baby Gremlin Minion
  • Aetheryte Earring – This earring grants a 30% increase in EXP when worn, up to level 70, as well as attributes that vary based on the user’s class/job and current level.
Early access to Shadowbringers will also be granted to those that pre-order the expansion. This early access period is slated to begin on June 28, 2019.

And if THAT all wasn't enough, there was also an announcement of a Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition for the PC. This is included with Twitch Prime starting today, February 4, and runs until May 3, 2019. This includes 30 days of subscription time. You can find out additional details on that by hitting up the dedicated Twitch Prime website.

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