The Epic Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
First came the fall of Final Fantasy XIV Then, the miracle of A Realm Reborn came along and re-energized Square Enix’s, the second and bigger Final Fantasy MMO: Heavensward. Now, the world of Hydaelyn is set to expand even further because of the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood expansion is just around the corner.
Fallen City-States of Hydaelyn: Domestic and Abroad
Aside from its core focus on the MMO aspect, FFXIV, in true Final Fantasy fashion, puts a significant emphasis on the story. In fact, it’s the tale that drives the game’s content. In Stormblood, the narrative takes millions of Heroes of Light to places that remain unvisited: Ala Mhigo and Doma. So, what do these two areas have in common? Well, they are both occupied by the Garlean Empire.
An Eorzean city-state (Ul’dah, Gridania, and Limsa Lominsa, Ala Mhigo, Ala Mhigo) takes pride in its engineering, military prowess, and devotion to the God Rhalgr (the Destroyer). Unfortunately, despite its might in battle, it fell into the hands of the Garlean Empire. Those who refuse to live under Garlean rule either formed a resistance or lived across the other three city-states as refugees (mostly Ul’dah).
As early as A Realm Reborn, Ala Mhigo is a concern and hot topic in the storyline and the continent’s political climate; that’s why it’s common for players to hear about it. In fact, there are a handful of quests that touch on the Ala Mhigan refugee crisis. A strangely timely and relevant issue if viewed with today’s current affairs.
Then there is Doma, a far eastern land an ocean apart from Eorzea. It was first brought up in Episode 2.4, Into the Whorl, by Lady Yugiri, the leader of Doman refugees who seek protection in the continent. As mentioned before, Doma (being a non-Eorzean city-state) is suffering the same fate as Ala Mhigo. Instead of having those Tolkien-esque aesthetics, Doma features Japanese-inspired architecture.
Red Mage and Samurai: New Blades and Better Magic
FFXIV expansions are about giving Heroes of Light more options when it comes to taking on Hydaelyn’s ever-growing challenges. Stormblood has two classic Final Fantasy archetypes as new classes: the Red Mage and Samurai. Both classes have no base classes and can unlock by anyone who reaches level 50. The Red Mage, however, can unlock within the base game, while the Samurai requires players to reach Stormblood story content.
The Red Mage is a ranged and mixed DPS, dealing both physical and magical damage from a distance. The class wields a blad and employs Red Magic, a combination of both Black and White magic. With high-damage chained spells and melee attacks, the class is versatile (something it has always been known to have in the franchise). The Samurai, on the other hand, is a purely physical DPS class that is all about dealing massive damage and pulling off combos. The class uses a katana and shares gear with the Monk class.
New Stormblood Content for Better Gameplay
Aside from new major areas and classes, Stormblood has new dungeons, a new 8-man raid, International Rift (Omega), and a new alliance raid. The latest coalition Return to Ivalice, is a treat for Final Fantasy Tactics and XII fans. There are new primals with a new race of beastmen: the beautiful Lakshmi and the serpent-like and solely feminine Ananta. We can’t forget about the bladed Susanoo, the Lord of Revel, which is summoned by the tortoise-like Kojin.
Stormblood has incorporated changes to the battle system that increase the level cap from 60 to 70. If you’re a seasoned veteran of Final Fantasy XIV or any MMO, it should be obvious that it means new skills and higher-tier gear for all classes. Those new dungeons and raids are tougher. Be ready!
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is anticipating to be greater than Heavensward. The early access launches on June 16 while the official release date is on the 20th. In the meantime, check out our FFXIV deals today.