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FFXIV Expansion Releases and the Arrival of Dawntrail

Final Fantasy XIV has seen a series of expansions that have extended its rich storytelling and gameplay mechanics, introducing new locations, classes, and more challenging content with each release.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of each expansion leading up to the upcoming release of Dawntrail.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
Each FFXIV expansion, including the upcoming Dawntrail, has a unique release timeline and features that continue expanding the FFXIV universe.
Past expansions like Shadowbringers and Endwalker faced delays, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dawntrail expansion, set for release in July 2024, promises new adventures and early access for pre-orders starting June 28, 2024.

A Realm Reborn

A Realm Reborn launched on August 27, 2013, which had initially stumbled at its original release in 2010. This reboot saved the game and set a high standard for MMO revivals.

Available for PlayStation 3 and Windows, A Realm Reborn effectively replaced the game’s original, less successful version.

Heavensward

The first expansion, Heavensward, was announced in October 2014 and experienced a slight delay from its intended Spring 2015 release.

It officially launched on June 23, 2015, after starting early access on June 19. This expansion introduced players to new adventures, setting the stage for future expansions.

Stormblood

Announced in December 2016, Stormblood brought players to new political landscapes within the FFXIV universe.

This second expansion, which did not face any delays, began its early access on June 16, 2017, and officially launched on June 20, 2017. It expanded the game world and deepened the complex narratives that the series is known for.

Shadowbringers

Revealed in February 2019, Shadowbringers promised a darker turn in the saga.

Its early access started on June 28, 2019, and it launched officially on July 2, 2019. This expansion was well-received for its engaging storyline and significant additions to the game mechanics.

Endwalker

Endwalker faced several hurdles, including a delay from its initial release date.

Originally teased in February 2021, it was pushed back two weeks from its scheduled November 23, 2021 release due to unforeseen issues.

It finally launched on December 7, 2021, after an early access period starting December 3.

Dawntrail

Dawntrail is set to be the fifth expansion for FFXIV, with Square Enix announcing an official release date of July 2, 2024. Early access will begin on June 28, provided players pre-order the expansion.

This release breaks the typical cycle of announcements at Fan Fest events, a change attributed to delays from the COVID-19 pandemic affecting Shadowbringers and subsequent development schedules.

Yoshi-P, a key figure in the development of FFXIV, said that Dawntrail would launch during the summer, reassuring fans eager for a precise release timeline.

In his words, Yoshi-P stated during the Tokyo Fan Fest, “We will not be releasing on Square Enix time; we will be releasing on [Final Fantasy] XIV time, which means properly in summer. So we will work very hard to get you that info as soon as possible and will have it for you next time, so thank you for your patience.”

Features of Dawntrail

  • New Playable Race and Jobs: Dawntrail introduces the female Hrothgar, adding to the diversity of playable races. New jobs include the Viper, a melee DPS class, and the Pictomancer, a magical DPS job that creatively uses a brush to affect the battlefield​.
  • New Locations: Players will explore various new locations, such as Yok Tural and its major city Tuliyollal, alongside other unique areas like Urqopacha and Yak Tel.
  • Level Cap and Gameplay Enhancements: The level cap in Dawntrail will be raised from 90 to 100. This expansion will also introduce new dungeons, raids, and core battle content to enhance the multiplayer experience and provide more large-scale duties.
  • Graphical Updates and Lifestyle Content: Dawntrail will bring significant visual improvements to FFXIV, enhancing textures, lighting, and environmental aesthetics. Players can also look forward to new lifestyle content, including expanded features like the dye system and furnishing limits.

Start Your Adventure in Final Fantasy XIV!

Each expansion of Final Fantasy XIV builds on the last, refining gameplay and enriching the game’s world and lore. Dawntrail promises to be an exciting new chapter, offering new adventures, better graphics, and more engaging content for both new and experienced players.

If you’re new to the game or want to revisit previous expansions, now is the best time, with options like Stormblood included in an expanded free trial.

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