E3 2019: Final Fantasy XIV shows off the Shadowbringers launch trailer

    
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Warping shadow.

We’re going to go ahead and guess that Final Fantasy XIV fans do not need to be brought on board for Shadowbringers at this point. The sales pitch has already gone over, so to speak. But there’s still something in the new launch trailer for fans, with some teases about the expansion story, some familiar and unexpected faces, and an absolute bastard of a stinger that will have fans talking in hushed whispers about what it could mean for… well, the next couple of weeks until early access kicks off.

You will also see some unfamiliar faces, more of the Sin Eaters, more lore about the Sin Eaters, and all of the things needed to get properly hyped about the expansion if you somehow were not hyped already. Check out the whole thing just below, although you should be fairly warned that all of this may be construed as spoilers.

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Toy Clown

My first speculation: The dev who created Solus is a fan of Rammstein.

I have to say, this expansion is the most exciting that I’ve looked forward to out of all FFXIV expansions. It has a high-fantasy, dark theme to it, and I’m eager to change my alt over to a Viera to explore it all! As a Red Mage, even!

In the meantime, I’ve played the ESO expansion and looking forward to Shai creation in BDO soon, which will hold me over until Shadowbringers releases. Did I say I was excited? It’s a good time to be an MMO player this year.

Alyn
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Alyn

I’m level 69.5. I hope I can get through all the rest of the story before Jun 28th! LOL, well that’s my goal! My Free Company has been very kind to help me catch up a bit. I certainly have learned much about this game in the past month and half, with much more yet to learn.

WoW players, if you are truly tired of the same ol’ same ol in BFA, welp look into Final Fantasy 14. It’s a truly friendly community and is very, very healthy. I think it looks strong for future development.

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Danny Smith

I’m kind of surprised how many people are taking Solus at his word when his defining character trait is being a many faced habitual liar who the other ascians neither like or trust whos clearly working on his own agenda. Thats the guy you know speaks only truths!

after founding an entire empire on lies, faking his death and making a secret clone army. Those Palpatine types are always known for their reliability!

Personally i think it was a massive misdirection. Right before that the monstrously obese guy describes Sin Eaters in the exact way either Vidofnir or Hreasvalgr described the true nature of Primals back in Heavensward. Void sent come into this world as twisted spirts from a fallen world that need to possess the bodies of the dead, most folks seemed to assume Sin Eaters were just the ‘lightsent’ equivalent. I wonder if that was the actual teaser to something important and Solus was just a very meta lie to distract us from the big reveal.

Alyn
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Alyn

Yeah. BTW, for those of you that haven’t tried this wonderful mmo, it is story-driven!

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Some wild speculation.

Light and Dark exist in a balance, and seemingly independent of H and Z. But both are needed for life to exist. If H and Z were prayed into existence in prehistoric times (as the cave paintings indicate) that implies that there was a time before they existed when there was complete chaos between Dark and Light. H and Z may exist to regulate their respective aethers.

The Dark Knight job quests show that too much darkness is detrimental. So perhaps the Sundering 12k years ago was needed to ensure Dark didn’t overwhelm the Source.

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cursedseishi

We’ve known in some fashion or another a leaning to either side can quickly become detrimental. When the Warriors of Darkness were introduced in Heavensward, it was made clear that should a star fall too closely to one side or the other bad things happen. And it’s been shown that the aether in our world is seemingly beginning to falter and weaken as we’ve continued to win time and time again.

But, more to the point, and this too is some out-there thought… There is a mural shown towards the end. One obviously of Zodiark and Hydaelyn separated by some black shape. But there’s another to the right… Something that is, quite clearly, not Hydaelyn though it shares the same color. For what we know of Zodiark, is that he once likely worked in tandem with Hydaelyn–which would make sense. But what if working in tandem meant more than simply existing alongside one another? A case of one being that split itself into two halves? It’s common fantasy material after all–especially in the cases of godly beings.

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rafael12104

A good showing at E3 for FFXIV. Not a huge one but then they don’t need the hype show because they have their own. It complemented the Square show perfectly as the lead into the Avengers, which I must say, is on my playlist.

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BigAngry

I audibly said “HOLY SHIT!” to the final stinger when I watched the trailer. Why didn’t they release this trailer SOONER?! NOW I’m really on board the hype train for ShB!

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Vincent Clark

Discord on my phone pinged at 3Am, it was the folks in my Free Company going ballistic over the launch trailer. Everything about that trailer is epic and once again the music–especially in the last minute and half of the clip-blows you away. #hype

Dantos
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Dantos

They also mentioned that they are at their highest concurrent subscriber count in the history of the game, but they didnt say how many. It seems like shadowbringers is generating alot of interest.

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Dagget Burmese

Not sure how much we can trust the word of an Ascian. That trailer answers almost nothing but piles on a lot more questions.

Dantos
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Dantos

I believe it, sometimes an uncomfortable truth is better at manipulation than a straight up lie.

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cursedseishi

True, but there’d be little reason to lump their god in with ours for a lie–and it’d also make some amount of sense. How is it we’re able to resist the ‘Tempering’ most Primals enact on others, for instance? One could say that is a byproduct of the Echo, but at the same time there’s also no evidence that one can be tempered by multiple Primals. And we can imply that, even with what we’re told in game, you can’t be tempered multiple times as Primals use it as a means to enforce worship to themselves–guaranteeing a source of power for themselves. And as such, they’d be disinclined from sharing said battery. It, too, is also irreversible.

And, specifically to the big two? Both Voidsent and Sin Eaters are confirmed now to be born from people who were exposed to their respective world’s ending. Voidsent from the total darkening of their world, and Sin Eaters from those caught in the light that seared the world of the First. And I’d argue this’d be some extreme form of Tempering–something so absolute that it turns those now worshiping the Light or Darkness into something far more than a battery. We also know both now feed off aether. And in the absence of a primal to draw aether in, Voidsent and Sin Eaters seem an apt replacement for its enforcement and presence in a world. And why one can’t simply ‘kill’ off either.

But, most importantly? We know not all Primals use Tempering or support its use–especially those inherently more knowledgeable and conscious of their actions–such as Ramuh. In a way, such an ancient Primal then might be able to do more than simply temper a soul. And while we know Hydaelyn to be the ‘good’ to the Ascians ‘bad’, we can also infer it might be single-minded. It’s only ever encouraged us to fight against the darkness of the world, and as we’re hearing at the end of Stormblood we could be at a tipping point. So far, we’ve bested nigh every attempt by the Ascians time and time again.

We know very little behind the mechanisms of the Echo aside from one can be born with it. Aside from our immunity to tempering, we also know those who possess it can utilize it to possess bodies (familiar, right?) as well as commune with anyone regardless of language… A useful tool if one, for instance, wanted to encourage Beast tribes to summon stronger and stronger Primals.

Of course, the Too-Long, Didn’t-Read of this is essentially ‘road to hell paved with good intentions’ and ‘best lies are those of partial truths’ and etc. etc. We’ve little reason to trust an Ascian, but they’ve never explicitly lied to our characters either.

Dantos
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Dantos

There is also the issue that the echo can be artificially copied, and Zenos certainly didnt seem to have a change of heart after he got it, so it may be a sort of soft tempering/blessing/attunement type thing.

I’m also thinking that the tech Zenos had developed to copy the echo could come into play to help fight the sin eaters, perhaps copying a portion ascian essence onto the WoL to make them the WoD? be able to attune to Zodiark’s power to cancel out the sin eaters regeneration?

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cursedseishi

I’d imagine the artificial echo isn’t a one-to-one with the genuine thing. The machinery and cost of even instilling one person with the artificial echo was immense after all. Going off memory, it essentially ‘drained’ multiple subjects of whatever aether they had and then worked in tandem likely with something of Garlean design (and aided in creation by Ascian hands) to instill someone with a facsimile. I believe him becoming a Resonant was much the same then. Which means the power of Zenos and Fordola exists outside of Hydaelyn’s (or Zordiak’s) gift. Plus like I said, as some Primals appear loathe to use the Tempering–even though it’s a result of their appearance and not wholly controlled–this could be something given and allowed out into the world. Hydaelyn’s never made direct commands, and has in numerous times provided some sort of aid so at the very least as a Primal she may be closer towards Ramuh than Ifrit.
And due to the Leviathan questline, the Echo may not even be a gift exclusively to Hydaelyn–or to any Primals at all. When Leviathan was first summoned, the high priest responsible for it had used the Echo to possess another’s body to complete the primal summoning.

And the thing I caught watching the trailer was a line we’ve been hearing time and time again leading up to the full trailer.

“How many years have I waited for this moment? For the one whose possessed of her Blessing? For you?”

Before it was for the ‘Warrior of Light’, but more simply they may have needed one who still bore a connection to Hydaelyn. After all, at the end of that line it has our stand-in WoL–even in Dark Knight gear–apparently relying on Hydaelyn’s power to split a wall of light.
I’m hesitant to make a claim on how we become a Warrior of Darkness, since simply opposing the Light seems more than worthy enough to do so–and in that fashion, the Echo and our attunement might mean our character can actually draw in and act upon the aether released at a Sin Eater’s death, which is why they always come back, since ours and theirs would be of similar make. I think even just mixing a bit of Ascian with our characters would be dangerous though–as from what I’ve seen they can only possess those without the Echo… Or fuse with another whom has it.

But, I’m not one to deal in absolutes in regards to this game. Since it even plays a little fast and loose at times. After all, Zenos–even as a resonant–appears wholly able to possess others when such a thing requires a mastery of sorts that Zenos never quite showed, at least in game. We see him overwhelm a Primal, sure, when he fuses with it… But that, far as my knowledge and recollection goes, has been the most he’s made a show of.