Square Enix unveiled the second major update for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, promising new quests, more dungeons, and the return of one of the most iconic villains in the long-running Final Fantasy series.
Patch 4.2, named Rise of a New Sun, will launch on Jan. 30 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.
What's In The Next 'Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood' Update?
As detailed by Square Enix on the official Final Fantasy XIV website, Patch 4.2 adds a new main scenario of the same title to the Stormblood expansion. In Rise of a New Sun, the recovery of Ala Mhigo is suddenly threatened by a great power from the Far East.
The update also introduces a new side quest named The Jade Stoa, beast tribe quests for the Ananta tribe Vira, and two new dungeons with Hell's Lid and a hard version of The Fractal Continuum. Players will also get the Crystal Tower Training Grounds as a new map, along with a new team system and rules for player-versus-player modes.
Rise of a New Sun will also add glamour dressers, which will covert weapons, tools, and clothes into glamours; the ability to build submersibles, to explore the depths of the ocean; and new mounts.
The Return Of Kefka From 'Final Fantasy VI'
The Rise of a New Sun trailer opens with a battle against the iconic Final Fantasy VI boss the Phantom Train, which means the continuation of the Omega: Sigmascape raid will feature elements from the SNES classic.
The most exciting part of the trailer, however, is right at its ending. As the video fades to black, Kefka, the villain of Final Fantasy VI, makes an appearance, followed by his trademark laugh. Kefka is regarded as one of the most memorable antagonists in the Final Fantasy franchise, and while it is unclear what role he will play in Rise of a New Sun, his mere presence is already a huge deal for hardcore fans of the series.
'Final Fantasy' In The News
Gamers who could not wait for Kefka to arrive to Final Fantasy XIV can try playing him on the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT open beta, which will run until Jan. 21 on the PlayStation 4.
Meanwhile, Square Enix will launch Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition on March 6, which will include all of the game's season pass contents and new additions such as a first-person mode, bosses, and dungeons.
Nothing is generating as much excitement for Square Enix as the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, though. More details on the game will be shown off in an exhibition in Tokyo next week.