Square Enix’s popular MMORPG “Final Fantasy XIV Online” is still going strong after six years. The publisher announced that the game surpassed 16M registered users in May, and outlined the new content and features that are launching this summer.
The publisher confirmed the player count during a Letter from the Producer LIVE segment streamed from San Francisco this month. The segment is part of the build-up for the game’s third major expansion, “Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers,” which is launching on July 2, 2019.
Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida also revealed several new details for the upcoming expansion during the livestream, including the new battle system, and the charged action system. There will also be updates to the open-world FATE system, side quests, and the addition of role quests.
If you are curious to see how your rig will handle the game, there’s new benchmark software to download. The benchmark software includes all-new Shadowbringers footage, as well as a character creator that allows players to view playable characters as they appear in game—including the new Hrothgar and Viera races. Users who create characters using the benchmark will also be able to carry them into the full game as well. The official benchmark software can be downloaded here.
The new expansion marks the first time that Warriors of Light will travel the rift between worlds to become Warriors of Darkness, to restore night and save the world from the apocalypse the Flood of Light promises. The expansion is packed with new features including the new Dancer and Gunbreaker jobs, Hrothgar and Viera races, an increased level cap, sprawling new areas, raids, and much more.
Final Fantasy XIV Online is currently available on Windows, Steam, PS4, and Mac.
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