When it comes to videogame keynotes, viewers will always be hoping for the “one more thing” announcement. These last-minute reveals are often the most exciting, the news that will ensure pandemonium in conference halls and Twitch streams. At the Final Fantasy XIV keynote at Fan Fest Las Vegas, fans were treated to two. The second of which is a brand new job: the Blue Mage.
Just as things were wrapping up on the briefing that revealed the game’s third expansion, Shadowbringers, none other than the Square Enix CEO, Yosuka Matsuda delivered the news. Clad in an appropriately-coloured cloak, Matsuda lifted the lid on the new job with a teaser trailer showing off the new abilities and news that it, quite atypically, will be coming before the next expansion in patch 4.5.
The Blue Mage allows players to don flamboyant costumes and masks as thy deal ranged DPS damage with their staff. However, while this is the third mage job to come to FFXIV, the blue mage will be the first “limited job”. Yoshida remarked on stage quite how difficult it is to add new jobs to the game, so perhaps this is designed as a compromise between acknowledging this challenge and providing the new content fans crave
More information on what a “limited job” really means will be detailed tomorrow at the Fan Fest ‘Letter from the Producer’ special preview, including the patch’s release date. But we already know that the Blue Mage will not be connected to any class and that you’ll be learning most of your actions from monsters. Also the level cap is 50 when patch 5.4 lands, but this’ll be increased with successive Shadowbringers patches.
There are more jobs to come, too. As part of the the opening ceremony briefing Yoshida announced that “multiple new jobs would be on their way.” This headline announcement was of course the Shadowbringers release date, however, which sees us visiting new areas, a level cap increase and loads more. Final Fantasy XIV is already in our list of the best MMOs you can play on PC, but thing are shaping up to look much better by the time next summer rolls around.
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