Square Enix has announced that Shadowbringers, the third expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, will be released on July 2, 2019.
Shadowbringers was unveiled at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival which took place in Paris on February 2 and 3, by producer and director Naoki Yoshida. Square Enix provided plenty of detail about the expansion: “The first new job coming in the Shadowbringers expansion is the ‘gunbreaker’ – a gunblade-wielding fighter that occupies the tank role. Alongside this, a new playable race was revealed – the ‘Viera’, a lithe race equipped with long-ears like rabbits and familiar from the world of Ivalice and Final Fantasy XII. The follow-up to the Return to Ivalice alliance raid series is revealed to be YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse – a collaborative effort with special guest creators Yosuke Saito (Square Enix producer) and Yoko Taro (game designer), reuniting the duo that helmed the NieR series.”
Square Enix also revealed that Shadowbringers will add a new ‘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)” and new areas: “Il Mheg – a lush, awe-inspiring vale, and the Rak’tika Greatwood – a sprawling forest of ancient, towering sentinels.”
The video above shows the new gunbreaker job. Square Enix also announced the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Collector’s Edition. It will be available to pre-order from February 6. Yoshida also announced that the Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition for PC, including a 30-day subscription, will be made available for free to all Twitch Prime members between 4 February 2019 and 3 May 2019 – full details can be found here.
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