Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail Unveiled - What to Expect from the Upcoming Expansion
At the highly anticipated Final Fantasy 14 FanFest 2023, Square Enix dropped a bombshell with the announcement of the game's fifth major expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail. The expansion was unveiled by producer-director Naoki Yoshida, who expressed his gratitude to the dedicated player base and vowed to continue expanding the world of FFXIV for years to come.
Dawntrail is set to be a significant departure from the previous Endwalker expansion, signaling the beginning of a new story arc for the game. Players will venture to the New World, a continent called Tural, located southwest of Eorzea, and embark on a thrilling adventure. The story centers around a "rite of succession" in the city of Tuliyollal, where factions vie for power, and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn find themselves divided in their allegiances.
Everything New Coming with the Dawntrail Expansion in FFXIV
The New World of Tural offers a diverse and lush environment inspired by Meso-American and Indonesian cultures. Players will explore breathtaking vistas and a new player hub, and day and night cycles will dynamically change specific areas, adding depth and immersion to the world.
The expansion also introduces the Pelupelu tribe, well-known to fans of Final Fantasy X and X-2, a race with bird-like masks and exceptional skills in trade and beverage-making. In addition to the intriguing storyline and new tribes, players can expect an array of content additions:
Level Cap Increase: The level cap will rise from 90 to 100, bringing new skills for all jobs.
New Jobs: Two new DPS roles will join the game, one being melee and the other ranged magical DPS. While details remain scarce, speculation points to a potential Beastmaster class.
New Dungeons, Raids, and Enemies: Players will face exciting challenges with new dungeons, raids, and a thrilling encounter with Valigarmanda, a serpentine dragon with an eagle's wings.
Graphical Upgrades: The game's first major graphical update will enhance character faces, foliage, shadows, and material textures, elevating the overall visual experience.
Dye System Overhaul: Players can now apply two dyes to gear, offering more customization options for their characters' outfits. Additionally, the ability to wear glasses alongside headgear will provide further fashion choices.
System-Wide Improvements: An increase in housing furnishings and materials will enrich the game's world, offering more details and immersion.
Dawntrail's release is slated for Summer 2024, with Square Enix aiming for an early summer launch. Players can also look forward to an extended free trial, which will include all content from Heavensward to Stormblood. Furthermore, an Xbox Series X/S version of the game is set to arrive in spring 2024, enabling cross-play with other platforms.
The expansion's announcement has sparked excitement among the Final Fantasy XIV community, and players eagerly await further revelations at the London Fan Festival in October 2023. With Dawntrail promising a thrilling new chapter in the FFXIV saga, it seems that the adventures in the realm of Eorzea are far from over.