“Shadowbringers” Expansion Announced for Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has announced the next expansion for Final Fantasy XIV.

Titled “Shadowbringers,” the new expansion is launching for the game sometime early next summer. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the new content.

Here’s a rundown on the new expansion:


Shadowbringers is the third expansion pack for FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online, the award-winning MMO with over 14 million registered players.  Scheduled to release in early summer 2019, the next great chapter will take players on new adventures to battle against the threats to the realm as they become Warriors of Darkness.

Shadowbringers made its debut during the Fan Festival 2018 in Las Vegas, as Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida presented a stunning trailer which set the stage for the beginning of this next chapter in the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online epic.

Players will become the Warrior of Darkness in Shadowbringer.

The new expansion will bring an abundance of new content, including a new player race, multiple new jobs, an increased level cap up, sprawling new areas, adjustments to the battle system, as well as a variety of new battle, crafter and gatherer content. In addition to these core features, a number of new systems will be introduced with Shadowbringers.

  • NPC “Trust” System – Players will now be able to fight alongside familiar NPCs.
  • New Game+ Feature – A feature that allows players to “replay” the FINAL FANTASY XIV main scenario stories.
  • World Visit System – Players will be able to travel to other servers on the same data center and interact with more players than ever before.

As a surprise announcement, Yoshida also revealed the addition of blue mage to FINAL FANTASY XIV Online at the release of Patch 4.5. Blue mage will be available to all players that own A Realm Reborn, have reached level 50 as a Disciple of War or Magic, and have completed the 2.0 main scenario. Taking inspiration from previous FINAL FANTASY titles, the blue mage job will provide a unique solo gameplay experience in which players will learn monster actions and advance through blue mage-specific content. Blue mage will begin with a level cap of 50, and increase in the future with the addition of new content for the job.

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