Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward Expansion Shows Off New Race, Jobs, and More

Square Enix shows off the Au Ra, Astrologian, and Machinist.

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Square Enix has revealed details on a new race, jobs, and raid included in the Heavensward Expansion to MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at its Fan Festival in Tokyo.

The new race, the Au Ra, which didn't appear in any previous Final Fantasy games, come from the continent of Othard. They have curved horns that players will be able to customize, patches of scales on their skin, and long tails.

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The first new job is Astrologian, a healer class that uses the power of the stars to cast healing and supporting magicks.

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The second new job is Machinist, a ranged DPS class that deals damage with a large firearm and mechanical turrets he or she can deploy.

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The new, endgame raid takes place in an abandoned mechanical fortress called Alexander, where goblins have summoned a primal essence. Players will be able to choose to tackle it in either Normal or Hard mode.

Square Enix also announced that the expansion will feature a new musical theme by Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu, and a Collector's Edition featuring art by Yoshitaka Amano, a figurine of a dragon that plays an important role in the story, an art book, and special in-game items.

The Heavensward expansion will release in spring 2015. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released in August last year for the PlayStation 3 and PC, followed by a PlayStation 4 launch in April this year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

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