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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is nearly upon us and, to make sure everyone is good and pumped for the impending launch, Square Enix has released a video showing off the opening cinematic to the upcoming expansion to their highly successful MMORPG.
It should go without saying that the following clip sports some spoilers, but the PlayStation Blog was kind enough to point out that, beyond catching a glimpse of new areas, monsters and the like, the following Heavensward clip also includes scenes pulled directly from the end of the Final Fantasy XIV campaign. If you haven't seen the initial story through to the end and you don't want to have anything ruined, you might want to just skip past this and continue with your grinding. Otherwise, here's the goods:
So, as you can see, things have gotten pretty rough for the people of Eorzia. Some familiar faces are in less-than-fantastic situations, dragons have returned and the forces of evil are finally showing just how strong they've become. Thankfully, the Heroes of Light are ready to fight back and start (literally) fighting fire with fire.
As was revealed earlier this year in another video, Heavensward will be taking players into the clouds, where several floating settings wait to be explored. In order to do that properly, you'll have new flying mounts at your disposal, allowing for easier travel than ever before.
Square Enix has been pretty open about the contents of Heavensward so far, showing off new classes, enemies, story beats and even going so far as to state that the new areas pretty much double the landscape of an already big game.
There have also been a number of updates to the game as of late to help prepare it for the journey into Heavensward, tweaking systems, adding in new portals and locations, including the Golden Saucer casino where you can play games of chance, participate and bet on chocobo races, or even dive into the super-popular card game from Final Fantasy VIII, Triple Triad.
It's getting harder and harder for an MMO to maintain a subscription these days, as plenty of nice free-to-play options exist that allow you to pay for what you want as you go, rather than dish out 10 bucks a month. With content like this, though, Square Enix is certainly making a strong argument for keeping the model alive.
Also, if you'd like to get in on Final Fantasy XIV's newest content before anyone else, pre-ordering the $40 expansion on the official website is apparently the way to go. And according to the trailer post, the publisher is also working to bring similar pre-order opportunities to the PlayStation Network ASAP. Look for Heavensward to arrive on June 23.