New Classes, Race Coming In Final Fantasy XIV 3.0, Heavensward

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New classes, a new playable race, a level cap increase and airships? Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion has been announced, and it's pretty massive.

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With players still eagerly awaiting the release of patch 2.4 — "Dreams of Ice" — producer Naoki Yoshida took the stage at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Las Vegas tointroduce the game's first big expansion — Heavensward.

With a fresh logo from legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano and a name that evokes reaching towards the heavens, the spring 2015 expansion pack for the award-winning MMORPG finally sees players heading towards the Northern city of Ishgard. The focus of the expansion's story will the the 1,000 year-old Dragonsong War between Ishgard and Dravania and the players' role in the conflict and its potential end.

Along with a massive adventure in the north, Heavensward will be adding a ton of fresh features to the game, including:

  • Level cap raise from 50 to 60 across all jobs and professions.
  • Massive new areas.
  • A new player race with both male and female characters.
  • Multiple new jobs.
  • New Primals, one of which will be completely unique to FFXIV.
  • Many new dungeons — more than 3 or 4.
  • High-end raids
  • Airships, Airship, Airships — Free Companies can band together and build their own airships.
  • New gear and recipes.

Here's a look at the teaser trailer for the expansion.

Want more? Twitch user HolyDragonXIV has the entire keynote speech available for your viewing pleasure below.

DISCUSSION

What's the general word on FF XIV? I've been looking for an MMO to get into recently, and my attempt to get back into WoW was abortive, at best (I played for about three years through and just after graduate school, got sick of it, got married, and found other things to do—coming back was the mistake I anticipated it would be, and lasted about six weeks).

My brother and sister-in-law bought me a copy of ESO, and I can't get behind that, either.

I'm a longtime FF fan (since the first one on the NES in 1990), but I know the MMOs are a vast departure from their console brethren; if the general hamster-on-a-wheel sensation of WoW/ESO drove me away from those titles, should I even bother with this one?