Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward starts early access, welcomes back players

Just a heads-up: If you have friends who play Final Fantasy XIV, you may not be seeing them at all today. That’s because early access has begun for the Heavensward expansion, which will go on to officially launch June 23rd.

The patch notes for the expansion are up and cover the incredibly long list of additions, changes, and features. Heavensward adds several new zones to the game, increases the job cap to 60, introduces the Au Ra playable race, and throws in a trio of new classes. Oh, and there might be something about flying.

If the expansion isn’t exciting enough, Square-Enix is hoping to draw back former players with a new welcome back campaign. This will open up the game to play from next Tuesday to Thursday for those who subscribed prior to March 31st and haven’t been in FFXIV since.

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NobleNerd
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NobleNerd

Dope_Danny Wow! I was going to log in today too. So no free log in for previous subscribers?

Dope_Danny
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Well Square Enix removed the “return to eorzea” event as including free login time and now just list it as an event to get silver feathers to trade for lvl 120 gear to catchup instead. Just FYI.

JonBuck
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Bereman99 It’s been quite a journey. I’m at the Hard Mode King Moggle Mog trial now and am stressing over it a bit. Never done an HM trial before. I’m watching some videos to prep.

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JonBuck zyrusticae I assume by now you know there’s a not small amount of MSQ content that occurs post-50 but before you can go to Ishgard, including somewhere close to 10 required pieces of group content. I do hope someone warned you of that, that it hasn’t deterred you, that you were able to experience it quickly (and enjoyed the wild ride at the end of 2.5), and now have your very own machinist. I started one shortly after reaching Ishgard myself, and it’s definitely near the top of classes I want to level once my main is 60.

Halaegus
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Halaegus

Estranged Aww you’re so sweet. ♥

Halaegus
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Halaegus

Mmm machinist so sexy.

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

mjfife85 daaaaaaang.

Undahill
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Undahill

Telos_ I’m right there with you. I actually got a refund on my purchase before the game came out. The insanely slow pacing, boring quests are all here as ARR. I thought that SE may make the game less boring since they made this expansion from scratch rather than the old team. So disappointed with it, back to WoW I go.

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AvatarOP Bannex19 Besides having mostly different animations, that picture is also an extremely conservative example of the customization options. Better examples:comment image (male)comment image (female, image on the left is a succubus monster from the game for comparison).

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Welcome back program is not Tuesday to Thursday, it’s a whole month