Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Releasing June 23rd, New Details Released!
Though it may have been unbelievable at one time, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has become a force to be reckoned with in the MMO community. Fans have responded very well to the title, boasting millions of subscribers, further cementing the franchises legacy.
Now, the newest expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, titled Heavensward, has gotten both new details of its content, and a release date.
Producer and Director for the title, Naoki Yoshida, has stated that the upcoming expansion won’t be just giving new material, but adding to the existing realm that has already been created.
Truly though, what Heavensward will bring will expand the true scope of A Realm Reborn. Introducing flying mounts such as the flying Chocobo, and single-rider airships, which will allow players to soar through the vast areas of A Realm Reborn with great ease. Don’t think though that this’ll make exploring too easy, as Heavensward will have giant new areas to explore and delve into.
Though the game has now hit 4+ million subscribers, Yoshida isn’t letting the success go to his head.
“The number of subscriptions doesn’t necessarily affect the development of the game, since the number of people who can enter a certain zone or server is limited,” says Yoshida. “There may be opportunities to increase the number of servers to accommodate more players, but the content itself isn’t affected by the number of people playing.”
Furthermore, certain jobs have been altered for the expansion, now not requiring a base class to do them. Yoshida explains this change:
“We were actually recently deciding what to call these jobs that don’t have a base class, and we’ve decided to call them ‘Extra Jobs.’ Just like when you can switch to different jobs when you’re at level 30, that applies to these as well. As long as any class or job is at level 30, you’ll be able to access any of these three new jobs.”
Yoshida also notes that though the intent is to make new, interesting content for Final Fantasy XIV is precedent, they aren’t afraid to go back to classic Final Fantasy settings and put them in the game.
“You might have noticed the Floating Continent in Heavensward, and I’ve always wanted to go to the moon (like in Final Fantasy IV). There are still many classic elements from Final Fantasy that we can incorporate, and we want to continue blending them into FFXIV for fans to enjoy.”
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will release on June 23rd.