Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will be released on June 23rd and is already available for pre-order. This is the first expansion pack for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and it was announced at the 2014 Fan Fest in Las Vegas. Initially the game was set to release in the spring of 2015 but ended up being delayed so they could make some last minute tweaks. Ishgard is where the main storyline takes place throughout the game.
There have been two key plot points revelead before the release of the game, one being the “Dragonsong War”, the bloody thousand-year conflict between Ishgard and Dravania. The second is “The Wyrmking versus Thordan and his Knights Twelve”, they haven’t elaborated much on this one. Along with the expansion the level cap will automatically be increased to level 60 for all disciplines. Heavensward has a new playabale race, Au Ra, and multiple new jobs will be in the expansion. One new Job has been announced for each of the three roles: The Dark Knight for tanks, the Astrologian for Healers, and the Machinist for some ranged DPS.
The expansion has three new areas with it as well:
“In the central region of Abalathia’s Spine, that great mountain range that spans Aldenard from east to west, can be found the forbidding highlands of Coerthas and the Holy See of Ishgard. The archbishop of the church, while leading his people in the teachings of Halone, the Fury, rules also as the nation’s sovereign.
Ishgard’s formidable army of knights wages constant battle against its mortal enemies, the dragons. Faced with ever more aggressive attacks from its serpentine foes, as well as an unprecedented spell of bitter cold, the theocracy’s days are dark indeed.
Matters have grown so grave as to prompt the archbishop and his advisors to consider throwing open the heretofore sealed gates of Ishgard and calling for outside aid.”
“To the west of Abalathia’s Spine lies the rugged, mountainous region of Dravania.
As its name implies, these lands are styled after the dragon kin who call her forelands home, long feared by the people of Ishgard. The hinterlands to the south bask in the beauty of the Thaliak River and fields of evergreen. They once played host to the great seat of knowledge, Sharlayan. But alas, she was abandoned in the exodus fifteen years prior. Left to the wildlife roaming her once proud estates, she is resigned to slowly fade into memory.”
“Nestled in the mountains of Abalathia sits the Sea of Clouds.
The water and wind-aspected energies of the surrounding area create a perpetual mist reminiscent of clouds, thus making the location true to its name. These same energies can be attributed to floating islands within its mist-shrouded borders. The unique climate conditions of these islands have given rise to heretofore unseen animal life. And with the advent of airship technology, Ishgard has slowly expanded into this brave new frontier.”
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