I've never been shy about my love of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I might not play it anymore, since MMORPGs are super effective against my free time, but each and every passing screenshot and trailer is an alluring excuse to jump back in.
The latest from Square Enix is a massive info dump for the upcoming expansion, Heavensward. Of the two released trailers, one details the northern lands our protagonists have been banished to, and the other explores the job class upgrades that the expansion allows.
The accompanying mountain of screenshots also look absolutely glorious. This game is second to none in capturing the old spirit of JRPGs these days, and the cold, icy mountains resemble the most inhabitable northern reaches of early Final Fantasy games. It's as rigid and unforgiving as my childhood brain imagined it.
The main kicker of this batch, though, is a piece of the puzzle that no Final Fantasy fan can refuse, an original track composed by the famed Nobuo Uematsu. It's probably my favorite lyricized theme song of its type since Snake Eater. Give it a listen below. Good stuff.
Final Fantasy XIV just keeps getting more and more impressive as time goes by. Some will never give it a second glance because it is online and not a "traditional" Final Fantasy game, whatever that means anymore, but when Square Enix wraps it all up and finally finishes working on it, I wonder where it will stand on the series' grand quality scale. Something tells me history will favorably remember this one as one of the best.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC on June 23.