Adventures in Eorzea will never be the same again. Everything from inventory space to battle mechanics have been fine-tuned to improve day-to-day life as the Warrior of Light. Together with new jobs and new features such as swimming, a brand-new gaming experience is just on the horizon.
Far across the rolling waves, towards the rising sun, there lies the island nation of Hingashi.
In the distant past, the realm's great lords vied for supremacy over its sea-girt confines in a long and bloody conflict. And taking to battle in their lieges' names were noble swordsmen whose art was forged in the crucible of war: the samurai.
Eventually, the nation was unified under one banner, and these warriors came to wield their katana not upon fields as part of an army, but upon streets as protectors of the peace.
But as a neglected blade grows dull with rust, so too do men forget their purpose. Amidst waning memories of the old ways, a determined few hold fast to their convictions, hands by katana grips, awaiting the moment for steel to sing.
On the eastern edge of Abalathia's Spine lies the mountainous region of Gyr Abania.
It is in these elevated lands that people took shelter, when a burning star guided them away from the Sixth Umbral Calamity's treacherous floodwaters. The survivors gathered from near and far, and amongst them were refugees of the sorcerous cities of Mhach and Amdapor.
These sworn enemies buried their history for the sake of the future, and cast aside their vestments of black and white. Upon the remnants of their arts a new discipline was built, and the first red mages stepped forward with rapiers in hand to fight back against the rising tides of destruction.
Ever fancied going for a dip in Eorzea's pristine waters, or wondered what lies beneath the ocean depths? Wonder no longer because swimming is coming to FFXIV! What’s more, players will even be able to explore under the sea once they complete a certain quest. Finally, an excuse to dust off that bathing suit lying in the back of your cupboard!
The new residential area you've all been waiting for is finally here! Shirogane is an island belonging to the Far Eastern nation of Hingashi that will be opened up to adventurers who frequent the port of Kugane. Those with a fondness for Far Eastern aesthetics are sure to find it the perfect place to call home.
The level cap for jobs and classes is going to be raised from 60 to 70! Players will need to make full use of all the new powers at their disposal in a fresh batch of exhilarating job quests.
Hoarders rejoice! The number of indoor furnishings that can adorn your dwellings is going to double. Players will soon be able to fill cottages with two hundred items, houses with three hundred, and mansions with a whopping four hundred items!