Final Fantasy XIV Online Shadowbringers Expansion: New Race, Job, Raid, Trailer, Screens, And More Revealed At Fan Fest

Square Enix kicked off the 2019 Fan Fest in Tokyo with a stunning new trailer and lots more details for the PS4 and PC game's next expansion.

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The 2019 Final Fantasy Fan Fest in Tokyo began today with a keynote address from game director Naoki Yoshida, and the 90-minute briefing was packed with news and insight on the new Shadowbringers expansion for Final Fantasy XIV coming out later this year. Perhaps the biggest news was the announcement of a new Job. The new Job is Dancer.

As the name suggests, Dancer uses dance moves, in a way, to combat their enemies. Performing dances executes certain abilities, while some specific dances buff nearby party members.

Dancer is a ranged DPS Job, and its main arm is used for throwing weapons. It has no associated class, according to Square Enix, and you'll be able to start using Dancer at level 60.

Another huge announcement was the next playable race for Final Fantasy XIV--the Hrothgar. Cat-like humanoids, the Hrothgar will be available in male and female variants, and each will have unique heads and customisable features. They also each have two clans.

Also during the presentation, Square Enix showed off two new cities, the Crystarium and Eulmore. The Crystarium is a beautiful, expansive place with blue-hued environments. Eulore is also a sight to behold, as it sits atop a massive, ornate, and steampunk-looking structure.

Square Enix also used the news-packed keynote to reveal Final Fantasy XIV's latest Beast Tribe--the Dwarves. Not a whole lot of information was shared, but the company confirmed these dwarves always have beards and they always wear helmets--even at the dinner table. They're experts in mining and metallurgy.

The new Dancer
The new Dancer

Another big piece of news was the announcement of the game's next eight-player raid series. It's called Eden, and while little is known about the specifics, Square Enix confirmed that none other than legendary designer Tetsuya Nomura is working as a character and boss designer for it.

Shadowbringers launches on July 2, but an Early Access period will start on June 28, Square Enix announced. However, that was only a tentative date, so it is subject to change.

An epic new, six-minute trailer for Shadowbringers was shown during the keynote. You can see this trailer above, while a number of brand-new screenshots can be seen embedded in this post.

The Hrothgar
The Hrothgar
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While fans have to wait a while longer for Shadowbringers, the next big update for Final Fantasy XIV, update 4.56, launches on March 26. Everything announced today is on top of all the previous Shadowbringers announcements, which include a level cap jump from 70 to 80, as well as the introduction of a new system called the Trust System. There is also more end-game content and more.

Here are some further facts and details about today's Shadowbringers news that Square Enix shared after the panel wrapped up (text written by Square Enix):

  • New Job – Dancer: Dancer joins gunbreaker as one of the new jobs in Shadowbringers. This ranged attacker not only unleashes powerful attacks using throwing weapons, but also performs dances to execute abilities and provide beneficial effects to their party
  • New Player Race – Hrothgar: The Hrothgar player race compliments the recently announced Viera as the second new playable race in Shadowbringers. The Hrothgar and Viera will both have unique, customizable features specific to their races.
  • New Player Cities – The Crystarium and Eulmore: Located in Norvrandt, the former will serve as a player hub, while the latter—an affluent city ruled by the elite will play a key role in the Shadowbringers main storyline.
  • New Raid – Eden: This new high-end raid content will feature multiple challenging bosses, as well as a new character--both designed specifically for this raid series by Kingdom Hearts Director and Final Fantasy series veteran, Tetsuya Nomura.
  • New Beast Tribe and Primal: The bearded dwarves and the "sin eater," Innocence.
  • New Field Area – Lakeland
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You said the Hrothgar have male and female variants. This is patently false. The entire point of the Hrothgar being announced is they're male ONLY. Most likely because last announcement showed off the FEMALE ONLY bunny girl race, Viera.

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Every time I see news about this game I think "looks cool I should buy" but then I remember the monthly fee and think "forget it".

Just put cosmetic MTs in or something.

Having fee based MMO in 2019 is way too outdated imo.

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@siarhei: They have several million active subscribers. I'm sure they have people with a little more info and know how than you or me and have determined the monthly fee is working for them.

That being said, I don't know what kind of gamer you are, but if you just like to play a game once through and enjoy the story at all, FFXIV is still a great choice. It has a hell of an amazing story and it plays easily like solo-ish narrative driven game. Even if you didn't play it long term, I'd highly recommend subscribing for a month or two and just going through the Main Scenario campaign. If you have friends who like that sort of thing, the main scenario can be done with friends too. I played through the whole story with my girlfriend and a buddy over a few months then we cancelled. Wasn't really any more expensive than a new $60 at thay time.

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@Deltath: I expect I would play it the same way I play ESO: play it for a week, go away, come back when new expansion is announced, play some more.

Does it have matchmaking? Cause I really don't like playing MMOs by myself.

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@siarhei: What Deltath said is true. The story in FFXIV is absolutely amazing. It's by far the best story ever featured in an MMO and I've played dozens of them. The world itself is also massive and stunningly beautiful. There's so much to do in-game that you will never get bored. You can level all jobs, combat, crafting, gathering, on one character so there's no need to create new ones if you decide you don't like the job you're playing.
It does have matchmaking of course, if you're referring to dungeons and raids and stuff, just as most all MMOs do. You can also always join a guild if you want to have people who will help you progress. The only issue with the game is that very low level combat can be rather boring, as you only have a couple skills to spam while your character auto-attacks, but this goes for most MMOs and as you progress you'll get access to many, many more skills that eventually create very complex endgame rotations for the different classes.
If you don't like playing by yourself you could always look for a guild as I already mentioned or use an FFXIV discord server (there are many) to find a friend to play with. It's an amazing game, you should definitely give it a try.

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The presentation was going wonderfully until they revealed the gender-locked content as if they were some crappy 2011 f2p korean mmo. So many people are pissed, unsurprisingly. It doesn't help that the Hrothgar models look incredibly low quality and ugly compared to other races. Hopefully they see the uproar. Their decision really makes zero sense after people complained about gender locked Miqote and Roe in 1.0, which they fixed in 2.0. Did they think people would just magically accept it this time? Why make the exact same decision you made 5 or 6 years ago that annoyed so many people you already had to go back and fix it once?

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@prnjsn: Mithra and Galka were gender locked in FFXI, long before FFXIV was even a conception.

Blaming the wrong game!

Besides, 98% of catgirls and fem hulks are dudes intentionally playing them anyway, notably for e-sex with other dudes playing girls. And male cats are usually gay guys, or actual girls. Funny that..

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@DAOWAce: As a guy who plays a female Au Ra I think it's a bit ridiculous to say "notably for e-sex". I find the concept itself ridiculous, and I've never been approached for that reason nor have I ever heard from fellow players and guild members about that being an actual thing. I remember back when Tera was big there would be a couple trolls in main channels trying to charge for "cybering" but I've never heard of a legitimate e-sex activity.
Most of us simply play women because if you're gonna be staring at your character constantly for the years you play then you may as well make it pleasing to the eye no? A large part of MMOs is the gear grind so if you're essentially playing dress-up all the time you should like what you're looking at. That's also why, as you mentioned, gay guys and girls often play as male characters.

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@DAOWAce: The fact that there were locked races in 11 is irrelevant. 11 is ancient at this point and the times were different.

There were three locked races in ff14 1.0: Roe Men, Miqo'te Women, and Hyur Highlander Men. People complained about all 3 being locked, and so all 3 had their counterparts added in the 2.0 relaunch. They already made this mistake and had to fix it 6 years ago, and they learned nothing from it.

Honestly the 1.0 locking made zero sense either way. Yda is supposed to be a Highlander, since she's from Ala Mhigo, but because no female Highlander models existed at the time she uses a Midlander model instead. Merlwyb existed in 1.0 and had the same custom female Roe look she has now, yet players couldn't use the female Roe model for their own characters.

It really makes you wonder about odd decisions being made behind the scenes. For 1.0 at least you could potentially blame its chaotic development and overall lack of polish, but now that the game has come so far and become so successful, it's hard to just quietly accept the new information.

If funding/limited resources are the main issue here, I personally would have been fine if they gave us 1 fully completed race now and then saved the other for another time, so that both races would have gotten the proper amount of attention.

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They also withheld this information until after many people had already preordered and redeemed their preorder bonus items, which means they can't cancel the order if they're disappointed. They were directly asked about male Viera a couple months ago when the girls were revealed, and their response was "Wait until the next fanfest and you'll see ;)", and that got people's hopes up. They should have went ahead and admitted that Viera would be locked after they revealed them. That would have eliminated all speculation, and people wouldn't have had time to get worked up over unconfirmed theories.

(I personally haven't preordered, but I've seen some people annoyed over this.)

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