FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Launches July 2, 2019

New expansion pulled out of the shadows at FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival in Paris
By Duncan Heaney

This past Saturday, FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida delivered a bombshell: Shadowbringers, the third expansion to the critically-acclaimed MMO will launch on 2 July 2019!

The news was delivered during the keynote speech at the FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival, which took place in Paris on February 2-3, 2019. As well as the release date of the much-anticipated expansion, Yoshida revealed a slew of other information about what you can expect when you get your hands on Shadowbringers.

Extended FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Teaser Trailer

During the presentation, an extended version of the Shadowbringers teaser trailer was revealed. Take a look:

New Job Revealed

The first new job coming in the Shadowbringers expansion is the ‘gunbreaker’ – a gunblade-wielding fighter that occupies the tank role. Even better, if you get the collector’s edition (more on that below), you can use Squall’s iconic gunblade, Revolver, from FINAL FANTASY VIII. Check out the gunbreaker in action below:

New Playable Race

The Viera will be a playable race in FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers. Their lithe forms and long-ears like rabbits will be familiar to any fans who’ve explored the world of Ivalice in games like FINAL FANTASY XII.

New Raid from the Minds behind NieR:Automata

The Stormblood alliance raid series, Return to Ivalice, will be followed by another exciting collaboration in Shadowbringers! Titled YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse, the new raid series is a collaborative effort featuring special guest creators Yosuke Saito (Square Enix producer) and YOKO TARO (game designer), reuniting the duo that helmed the NieR series.

NPC ‘Trust’ system

This all-new system allows players to tackle Shadowbringers instanced dungeons with familiar NPCs by their side.

New Areas to Explore

We also were given a deeper look at two of the new areas coming to Shadowbringers: Il Mheg - a lush, awe-inspiring vale, and the Rak’tika Greatwood - a sprawling forest of ancient, towering sentinels. Take a tour:

New Beast Tribe and Primal

The pixies and their mighty regent, Titania are coming to FINAL FANTASY XIV with Shadowbringers.

A Stunning Collector’s Edition

Square Enix is releasing an impressive FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Collector’s Edition. Exclusive to the Square Enix store, it’s full of amazing extras that are sure to excite fans.

Preorders start from February 6, 2019. Here’s a taste of what’s included:

  • Shadowbringers Special Art Box - A unique silver-inlaid box featuring an illustration by artist Yoshitaka Amano.

  • Dark Knight Figure - An impressive high-quality figure that features the Warrior of Darkness as a dark knight.

  • Shadowbringers Art Book - An art book featuring a wealth of illustrations and concept art used in the creation of the expansion.

  • Shadowbringers Logo Sticker Cling - A reusable vinyl cling featuring the Shadowbringers logo.

  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Playing Cards - A deck of playing cards featuring a range of artwork from A Realm Reborn through to Shadowbringers.

  • In-game Grani Mount - Ride the formidable Grani and strike terror into the heart of any foe in your path. Caution is recommended when mounting the rather pointy beast.

  • In-game Wind-up Fran Minion - Take Fran along as your partner in the skies, on land, or under the water.

  • In-game Revolver Gunbreaker Weapon - Squall's iconic gunblade makes its appearance in FFXIV as a gunbreaker-exclusive weapon.

This isn’t all that is in store for FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers! The final stop of the FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival tour is on March 23-24 when we head to Tokyo, and with it will come more exciting announcements!

Don’t forget that Fan Festivals are streamed live, free of charge on the official FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Twitch channel:

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