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Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood Gets New Details & Benchmark Trailer

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Live Letter 35 - Illustration

In the Letter from the Producer LIVE XXXV recently, Square Enix shared more details on the upcoming Stormblood expansion for the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV as its release is getting closer. The Live Letter stream was started off with an illustration (shown above), and continued with introducing the key characters in the Stormblood expansion.

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Live Letter 35 - Character - Lyse

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Other than these characters, Yoshida also mentioned that Raubahn and Pipin will take part in the story. One thing that Yoshida confirmed during the Live Letter is that Gosetsu is a Roegadyn, since some had doubts.

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Key Art

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood key art

Similar to what happened with Heavensward, they are also releasing a benchmark trailer for Stormblood (shown below). You can also do the benchmarking to see how your PC handle the game ahead of its release. Do keep in mind that the benchmark is only available for PC.

At the end of the Live Letter, they announced the minimum and recommended system requirements for PC to run the Stormblood expansion. Check them out below.

Since the end of service for the PlayStation 3 is approaching, they will be doing a final free login campaign for PlayStation 3 users.

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Live Letter 35 - Final PS3 Free Login Campaign

Yoshida also replied to a lot of questions from fans. Here are the highlights of the Q&A session. Check out the forum for a full coverage of the Q&A session.

Q: Are the new areas being added in Stormblood larger when compared to Heavensward ones?
A: The amount of areas is same and the general sizes are same as well. However, players have grown accustomed to travelling with flying mounts, so you might feel these areas are very large. That compass you all used in 3.0 might come in handy once again.

Q: For the new jobs, will there be new weapons added from existing content such as primal fights and Allagan tomestone equipment?
A: Allagan tomestones of esoterics/lore/scripture gear will also include the new jobs’ gear. Furthermore, starting in 4.0, all previous tomestone exchangeable gear will be available via poetics.
The Ironworks gear obtained from poetics will be exchangeable, and equipment for the new jobs will be available in level 60+ content.
Primal fight rewards from Ifrit through Zurvan will all be available, including those with additional visual effects. As for raids, gear from Gordias/Midas/Alexander are all prepared. Coil and Anima weapons will not be added.

Q: Will there be a new underwater gathering system implemented?
A: All gatherers will have a new underwater gathering implemented. For fishers, spearfishing will be added.

Q: There was an announcement regarding inventory slot expansion, but we would like to know which inventory (inventory/Armoury chest) is being increased and by how much!
A: We received comments that the Armoury chest and inventory could not be expanded due to PS3 limitations, but the two are separate issues. When players move areas or go into instances, all item data is being moved along with the character, so if we were to add additional item slots without much thought, the amount of data being transferred could become ridiculous, network usage would skyrocket, and servers could go down.
With this in mind, in Patch 4.0 we will implement the first inventory expansion, take a look at the state of the servers, then prepare for additional expansions.
The Armoury chest will receive 10 extra slots for each category of equipment, while the item inventory will be increased by 40 slots.

Q: Will Omega, the next raid tier, be released some time after patch 4.0, similar to Alexander?
A: Yes, we will be releasing the normal version two weeks after 4.0 release, and Savage will be released two weeks after that. Please feel free to play story content and level your jobs at your own pace.

Q: In Heavensward, players were able to increase their item level through main scenario quest rewards, but will players be able to increase their item level in the same way in Stormblood?
A: Similar to 3.0, players will be able to obtain gear through main scenario and side story quests. With 3.0 dungeons, there were times where gear for the role you wanted didn’t drop, or you may have lost the loot to other adventurers, so your item level may have increased slower due to these reasons. For these reasons, with the 4.0 dungeons, we made it so players can obtain the gear for their role after defeating the last boss in that dungeon.

Q: Will there be job-specific gear in Patch 4.0? If so, I would like to know how we obtain them.
A: In 3.0, players exchanged Allagan tomestones of esoterics to obtain their job-specific gear, but since they were job-specific, it was difficult to obtain them, and it also caused situation where player item levels were not same when they hit level 60. We want everyone to look cool when they hit level 70, so we added a new system which offers a set of gear in a box, and players will be able to choose one. Additionally, I’m sure players will request this, so I just want to mention that once you take the gear out of the box, you won’t be able to put them back in.

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Live Letter 35 - Dark Knight AF

Dark Knight

Q: I’m curious to know if there will be any other underwater mounts aside from Syldra! Can you please let us know if there are any other mounts?
A: Falcon. This is a single person mount. It may have a protective barrier underwater… but it may not. The art doesn’t show it, so maybe not…
*The dev. team followed up afterwards stating this mount will not have any barrier.

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Live Letter 35 - Mount - Falcon Airship

Tiger. This mount will be able to go underwater using the same protection that the Warrior of Light receives.

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Live Letter 35 - Mount - Tiger

Q: Will the interior and exterior layout of Shirogane housing match what is currently available in existing houses? Also, we are expecting Doman furnishings, please tell us what you can about the items that are being added!
A: Eastern furnishings will be added at the same timing the Shirogane housing area is released.

Q: On the forums, there was a comment that hinted at a group pose function where we could use combat action motions. Is this planned for implementation in Patch 4.0?
A: Yes. We plan on showing these more in depth during community streams and the Developers’ Blog.

Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood - Live Letter 35 - Group Pose - Battle Animation
As a side note, we are also finalizing the dynamic theme for the PS4 digital pre-order bonus. The details of this will be announced on the Developers’ Blog as well.

In case you missed it, Square Enix announced Tactics Alexander as an April Fools’ joke. Click here to see the details.

Final Fantasy XIV is now available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac. The Stormblood expansion will release tentatively on June 20, 2017, and will no longer support PlayStation 3.

 

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