For those of you who play Square Enix’s most successful MMO, you’ll no doubt be aware that Final Fantasy 14 is getting its first full expansion pack on June 23rd. It’s a highly anticipated release which will see players able to obtain flying mounts, venture into new areas and try out a range of new jobs.

There are three new areas to travel to: Ishgard, the mountainous dragonlands of Dravania and, perhaps most enticingly, Abalathia’s Sea of Clouds, which as the name might suggest promises floating islands and airship travel galore.

Finally, the level cap has now been raised from 50 to 60, and the three new jobs are: the long-awaited tank role of Dark Knight, new healer role of Astrologian and the funky magitek-influenced ranged DPS role of Machinist. On top of new jobs there’s the new race of the Au’Ra, horned beings who are rumoured to be the descendants of dragons.

The Au'Ra

The Au’Ra in all their horned glory. They’re sort of like a Roegadyn/Hyur crossbreed… with dragony bits.

In fact, there’s many a promise of dragons with this release. Here’s the official storyline detail from the Heavensward promotional site itself:

“Owing to schemes in the shadows of Ul’dah, the Scions of the Seventh Dawn have been scattered, and the Warrior of Light has been forced to flee North. Though granted shelter by Lord Haurchefant, our heroes must press on to Ishgard. But what trials await in this reclusive nation, locked in a never-ending struggle with dragons? Come what may, they must not falter, lest the light of hope be forever extinguished.”

The footage from the theme “Dragonsong” (a lovely, somewhat understated song composed by Nobuo Uematsu and sung by Susan Calloway) has sneak peeks of storyline and encounters with new creatures, so check it:

Heavensward is available for preorder now, so don’t miss out! There are collector’s editions available, and Square Enix now support Mac OSX as well as the usual suspects: PC, PS3 and PS4.

all images © Square Enix

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