Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers details revealed at Fan Fest

Brodie Fogg 3 February 2019 NEWS

Everything you need to know about the upcoming expansion straight from the floor at Fan Fest.

At the opening keynote for the 2019 Final Fantasy Fan Fest, producer and director Naoki Yoshida revealed more details on the latest expansion coming to the world of Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV). Most notable was the reveal of the new job players will be able to choose when the new content drop and the long-awaited playable race: the Viera.

Release date confirmed

During the keynote, an official release date of 2 July 2019 was announced. Those who pre-order will get to try the expansion early with early access opening up in March.

New extended trailer

New job: Gunbreaker

The new job coming to FFXIV is the Gunbreaker role. Its biggest draw is the iconic gunblade weapon that Gunbreaker's will tote. The gunblade weapon has been used throughout the series' history in many variations but the gunblade coming to FFXIV is specifically based on its first appearance in Final Fantasy VIII. Those who preorder will also get to wield Squall's iconic revolver gunblade when the expansion launches.

The Gunbreaker job is a tank role; a refreshing change from the previous expansion's two DPS jobs, Red Mage and Samurai.

Players can use the new job from level 60 when the expansion launches.

New playable race: Viera

In the lead-up to Stormblood's release, Finder spoke to game producer and director Naoki Yoshida who teased the bunny-eared Viera race, telling fans "not to give up hope".

Now that little seed of hope has come to fruition as Viera arrives as a playable race in the Shadowbringers expansion. There will be more details revealed about the Viera race in an upcoming live stream from Tokyo. However, we did see a clip of the race in motion. The race's starting armour set will resemble Final Fantasy XII's Fran and further compromises will be made in order for the race's unique character model to fit existing armour sets. One example given during the conference was the difficult task for creating helmets that can cater to the Viera's large ears.

We've still got a lot of questions about how the finer details of Viera's place in FFXIV; all of which will be revealed during the Tokyo live stream.

New beast and primal

A new beast tribe known as Pixies will join the world of Eorzea in Shadowbringers. Described as mischievous, this tribe is representative of two new areas coming to Shadowbringers: Rak'Tika Greatwood and Il Mheg. These new colourful, high-fantasy areas are very "Secret Garden" with rainbows, toadstools and treetop dwellings so the Pixies are a natural fit.

The flagship primal for the new tribe is known as Titania; the new Pixie primal rules over Il Mheg and will serve as the expansion's main antagonist. It makes sense for the new "Warrior of Darkness" to go up against such a colourful enemy.

Guest creators: Yoko Taro and Yosuke Saito

In one of the keynote's most interesting reveals, Yoshida introduced two new guest creators who would be working on a new Alliance Raid: his old friend Yasuke Saito and the inimitable Yoko Taro.

There were plenty of laughs courtesy of Yoko Taro when the two appeared on screen to introduce the Alliance Raid YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse. The alliance raid (which Taro joked would focus on Saito's recent divorce) will be set in the world of NieR: Automata. We didn't get a look at the alliance raid but there was some beautiful concept art that featured NieR's iconic YoRHa androids.

Finder was sent to Final Fantasy Fan Fest Paris by Square Enix. Flights and accomodation were paid for by the publisher.

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