The newest Final Fantasy 14 expansion, Shadowbringers, is up for pre-order right now for PC and PS4. While there are loads of pre-order bonuses announced for Shadowbringers, there is one important fact players who are just jumping into Final Fantasy 14 should know about. Like previous expansions, purchasing a copy of Shadowbringers includes access to the previous Final Fantasy 14 expansions, in this case Heavensward and Stormblood. The only problem is you won't be able to access those expansions right away, even if you pre-order
Unfortunately not. You'll be able to play Heavensward when the early access for Shadowbringers begins.— FINAL FANTASY XIV (@FF_XIV_EN) February 6, 2019
According to the official Final Fantasy 14 Twitter account, Heavensward and Stormblood won't be available for new pre-order players until the early access period, which starts on June 28 at 2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET. If you want to play either expansion prior to the early access period, you'll need to purchase a copy of Stormblood, which includes Heavensward. This is a strange decision considering one of the other pre-order bonuses is an item expressly designed to help players level their characters for Shadowbringers.
To lock the required expansion content so close to the Shadowbringers launch date seems almost counter-intuitive. While this decision shouldn't affect up-to-date players caught up on all Final Fantasy 14 content, this will be inconvenient for new players looking to get into the MMORPG for the first time.
There are currently two versions of Shadowbringers up for pre-order: a standard edition, and a $200 collector's edition. The more expensive version comes with several physical goods like a Dark Knight figure, hardcover artbook, sticker, playing cards, and special box art; along with digital goods like the Revolver Gunbreaker weapon, Fran minion, and Grani Mount.
The standard edition will only include digital pre-order bonuses like a Baby Gremlin Mount and the Aetheryte Earrings which grant a 30 percent increase in EXP for any class under level 70. This is the leveling item that will help players can access Shadowbringers content faster. Although Shadowbringers is available to pre-order today, the digital items won't be distributed until March 1.
Other than that, Final Fantasy 14 fans will have a lot to look forward to in Shadowbringers. The Viera race will finally be playable in the new expansion, and a new Gunbreaker job class will be unlocked. Square Enix fans can also look forward to a Nier: Automata-themed raid written by Yoko Taro.
We wrote recently how Final Fantasy 14 is now the hub of all things Square Enix, which is a good summation of what to expect in Final Fantasy 14 for newcomers. Shadowbringers launches on July 2 for PC and PS4.