Silver Dragon Stronghold


On Friday during the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Las Vegas, producer and director Naoki Yoshida shared some information about the next major expansion for the MMORPG, Stormblood, and the accompanying Update 4.0 during the keynote presentation. Square Enix didn’t follow up with any official information through the normal news channels, so all we have is the tidbits of information provided during his presentation, and a teaser trailer showing some prerendered action.

First, Stormblood will arrive sometime during the summer of 2017. Yoshida said the expansion’s story will focus mainly on reclaiming the nation of Ala Mhogo from the Garlean Empire, which has ruled this nation for decades. The story’s antagonist will be called Zenos, who has persuaded many Ala Mhogo locals into following his lead.

The expansion will add a new zone called Rhalger’s Reach (shown in the video above) that will serve as a starting point for the Stormblood storyline. There will be other associated zones that will be added as well, providing lots of new territory to explore. Players should expect the same amount of new content as seen in the previous expansion, Heavensward.

That said, the expansion will bring new Primals, new dungeons, new high-end raids, and so on. There will also be a fourth residential area added to the game that will “directly affect the game storyline,” so Yoshida couldn’t elaborate any further. Expect to see a “full stand-alone game’s worth of content,” he assured the audience.

One area players will get to explore is called “The Forbidden Land Eureka.” This zone will feature super-rare materials to collect, and super-rare monsters to defeat, the former of which can be used to upgrade the player’s high-end weapons. Yoshida didn’t expand on how this area will be different than other zones, so we’ll have to wait and see what makes it so special.

Additionally, players will see an “extreme” expansion to the inventory system....
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