Final Fantasy XIV Video Reveals New Pictomancer Job
The director of Final Fantasy XIV, a popular MMORPG, Naoki Yoshida, disclosed at the “Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival” event in Tokyo that the forthcoming “Dawntrail” expansion of the game will feature the second new job, called Pictomancer. This job role is directly inspired from Final Fantasy VI. A new video for the job was shown during the event.
Earlier hints suggested that the new job Pictomancer will be a magical, ranged DPS. There is no class requirement for this job and it involves battling with a brush. The starting level for the Pictomancer role is 80.
Additional news: Square Enix also unveiled the “complete” version trailer of its forthcoming “Dawntrail” expansion.
Trailer in Japanese
Trailer in English
Videos showcasing new regions and dungeons in the upcoming expansion were also presented during the event.
Yoshida elaborated at the event that while they do have a target release date in mind for “Dawntrail,” an official announcement on the specific date is not yet in place. The game’s 6.55 patch, featuring Part 2 of a new main story, will be made available on January 16.
The Pictomancer will join Viper to constitute the duo of new jobs in the “Dawntrail” expansion. The game will also include another new “limited” job, called Beastmaster, as revealed by Yoshida during the event. This role will be introduced sometime during the expansion (patch 7.X).
Considerable information on new “lifestyle content” titled “Cosmic Exploration” was also revealed during the event. This content will enable the exploration of multiple planets within the game.
The event also saw the unveiling of the “ultimate” race in the game, the female Hrothgar race.
The previouslyshared crossover with Final Fantasy XVI is scheduled for early April.
The “Dawntrail” expansion is expected to take off in the summer of 2024. Just like all prior expansions and Final Fantasy series games, Yoshitaka Amano has designed the logo for “Dawntrail.”
Furthermore, the level cap will be boosted from Level 90 to Level 100 in this expansion.
Besides, the expansion will bring a promised graphical update. There will be enhancements in terms of “screen-wide aesthetic appeal” with higher-quality textures and shadows. The upgrade will necessitate an update in the minimum system requirements. However, the PlayStation 4 will continue to be compatible. The game update will also allow players to apply up to two dyes simultaneously on gear, in addition to eyeglasses and headgear. The game’s free trial now goes up to the “Stormblood” expansion, with the 6.5 patch update.
Originally launched in September 2010 for PCs, Final Fantasy XIV Online was refurbished as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in response to fan criticism. This updated version introduced a new world and story. After its launch on Windows PC and PS3 in August 2013, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was made available on PS4 in April 2014, and on PS5 in May 2020. Four expansions namely “Heavensward” in June 2015, “Stormblood” in June 2017, “Shadowbringers” in July 2019, and “Endwalker” in December 2021 were also released by Square Enix. The game has garnered 30 million registered accounts worldwide, as of this month.
Square Enix has an open beta test for the Xbox Series X|S version of the game scheduled around February 21. This version, with expedited loading and 4K support (Series X), is due to launch in spring 2024.
In February 2022, Square Enix announced it’s commitment to continue supporting the MMORPG for another decade.