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Final Fantasy XIV Reaches 16 Million Players, Shadowbringers Expansion Coming Soon

Gaming article by Dan Hodges on May 24, 2019 at 11:30 AM
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In a recent livestream, Square Enix revealed that their flagship MMO Final Fantasy XIV has surpassed 16 million players worldwide. This announcement comes a little over a month before the game's third major expansion Shadowbringers launches July 2nd.

Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida also revealed several new details for the upcoming expansion during the livestream, including:

  • Details on battle system changes, including the introduction of the charged action system.
  • Updates to the FATE system, side quests, as well as the addition of role quests.
  • Adjustments to job synergy and rebalancing of jobs
  • Various quality of life changes and UI updates
Square also debuted the job actions trailer, showcasing new and updated abilities for all jobs. See below.

Additionally, the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers official benchmark software is now available for 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.


FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers will mark 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 features new Dancer and Gunbreaker jobs, Hrothgar and Viera races, an increased level cap, sprawling new areas, raids, and more.

You can preorder Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers here.


Quick Take

I've always enjoyed the Final Fantasy games but never gave XIV a proper shot. It might be time to change that with Shadowbringers just around the corner.

What do you think? Is Final Fantasy XIV still going strong? Are you looking forward to Shadowbringers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dan Hodges

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Dan is a lover of games, music, and movies from the UK. He can usually be found buried in RPGs, shooters, roguelikes, and sometimes World of Warcraft, but he'll play anything he can get his hands on really.