Square Enix held a special broadcast featuring Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida and community manager Toshio “Foxclon” Murouchi who shared details on the upcoming Stormblood expansion for the MMORPG.
First, here’s a look at the Collector’s Edition and its bonuses:
Special Art Box
Expertly Crafted Zenos yae Galvus Figure
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Art Book
Stormblood Logo Sticker
Cloth Map of Eorzea
Next is a look at some in-game bonus items that come with the Collector’s Edition:
Wind-up Bartz Minion
Chicken Knife Weapon for Red Mage
Here are the pre-order bonus items:
Wind-up Red Mage Minion
Ala Mhigan Earrings
The third bonus for pre-ordering the expansion is the early access. Similar to what we’ve seen in previous expansions, you’ll need to register a pre-order code in order to play during the early access period, which begins Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00am PDT/9:00am GMT (Tentative).
The pre-order code will be distributed when pre-ordering copies of Stormblood, and can be redeemed on the Pre-Order Redemption site via the Mog Station or PlayStation Network for PS4 to get the pre-order bonuses. Note that early access codes may not be available immediately upon redemption and will be delivered at a later time.
Keep in mind that there will be a maintenance prior to the early access period, so depending on the maintenance completion time, the early access schedule is subject to change.
Here’s another important note to keep in mind about participating in the early access:
In order to access the content added in Stormblood during early access, players will need to complete certain Heavensward quests. However, as long as you have a Disciple of War or Magic class/job that is level 50, you will be able to acquire the new job, Red Mage, regardless of quest progression as the quest to unlock Red Mage will be in a 2.0 area.
For current PS3 players, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will end the service for PlayStation 3, but there will be another PS3 to PS4 Upgrade campaign. Get more info in the following links for North America, Europe, and Japan.
Here’s the upcoming schedule we got for the expansion:
- January 24: Pre-orders commence. Pre-Order Redemption website opens.
- February 18-19: Fan Festival 2017 in Frankfurt Begins
- February (TBD): Patch 3.55 Releases
- March (TBD) Patch 3.56 – The Far Edge of Fate Part 2 Releases
- June 16: Early Access Begins (Tentative)
- June 20: Stormblood Launch (Tentative)
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will also include the 3.0 expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.
The Standard Edition’s physical version will go for $39.99 on PC in North America.
And the same price for the PlayStation 4 version.
A Final Fantasy XIV Online Complete Edition will also be available. It includes A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, and Stormblood. This pack will be available on PlayStation 4 and Mac for $99.99 for the Collector’s Edition download, Standard Edition for $59.99 for either physical or digital (Mac will only get digital for Standard).
Final Fantasy XIV is also getting a new “Starter Edition” of the game, which is basically Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with a new name, made for new players. It’ll go for $19.99 for physical and digital editions on Windows and PlayStation 4, with digital-only on Mac for the same price.
As for the Collector’s Edition, it’ll be available for $199.99 for the physical version with all the items shown at the top of this article. The digital Collector’s Edition will be available for $59.99 and will feature all the in-game bonus items shown on top. Both editions will be available for PlayStation 4 and PC.
Preorder Start Dates are the following:
- Japan: 12:00am JST on January 24, 2017.
- North America: 12:00pm PDT on January 24, 2017.
- Europe: 4:00pm GMT on January 24, 2017.
And finally, here’s another look at the physical Collector’s Edition to close it off:
Final Fantasy XIV is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 (RIP), and PC.