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Eorzea Reborn: The Heavensward Hype Train Keeps Going

Columns By Victor Barreiro Jr. on May 22, 2015

The Heavensward Hype Train Keeps Going

Hey folks! Welcome back to another installment of Eorzea Reborn, where we’ve just seen the FFXIV hype train barrel along, breaking cold, cold gamer hearts everywhere.

Today’s talk is less of me talking and more of you folks watching a bunch of videos. To wit, there are actually four videos we’ve got in store for you today with regard to Heavensward, so we’ll start with the order they’ve been presented in YouTube, save for this one video that’s already been shown in a previous news release.

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Dragonsong - Spoilers in the video -

Below, you’ll find a video called Dragonsong. This is basically your theme song for the Heavensward expansion.

Lyrics, according to this reddit post, follow after the video, if you want to sing along.

Children of the land do you hear

Echoes of truths that once rang clear

Two souls intertwined

One true love they did find

Bringing land and heavens near

But flames that burn full bright, soon fell dark

Memories dimmed by shadowed hearts

In the waxing gloom did wane the lover's moon

Watching as their worlds drift apart

One soul's cry

A passion dwelling within

Sacrifice, a final plea to her kin

Yet this bond of hope, by treachery was broke

Scattering her words to the wind

Swelling over long,

seas of blood, are a song

And death an afterthought

To those who fight for naught

A throne, lying empty

A reign, incomplete

Alone, for eternity

A pain, without cease

Children of the land, answer this

Why must you turn to empty bliss

Tell me why break trust, why turn the past to dust

Seeking solace in the abyss

Tell me why create, a circle none can break

Why must you let go, the life you were bestowed

This I fear I'll never know

Never know

Dungeons and Job Actions

The next two videos up for people to view are a visual overview of the new dungeons and the added job actions for both existing and new characters.

Heavensward Dungeon Crawl Video

Heavensward Job Actions Video

Community Representative Bayohne has the following thread on the FFXIV forums for those looking for some information on these new actions, along with a general recap of what to expect in new Heavensward areas as well as with regard to the changes to jobs in general.

The basic ideas, however, are that nearly every existing job gets a new stance of some kind, or a situational skill (especially for the Scholars) that will enhance general effectiveness. Alas, the Ninja job doesn’t get a lot of new toys to play with, and also will be getting positional adjustments as a balancing tune-up.

Happy FATErs!

The final video, which came up nearly a day after the the first three videos above, is a wacky greenscreen video from the Tokyo FATE event.

Aside from cosplayers, you also get the added bonus of seeing Producer Naoki Yoshida dressed in Final Fantasy garb.

That said, check back in a week for more Final Fantasy XIV awesomeness, as we draw ever closer to the opening of Ishgard’s gates. Cheers, folks!

Victor Barreiro Jr. / Victor Barreiro Jr. maintains the the Landmark/Everquest Next and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn columns for MMORPG.com. He also writes for news website Rappler (Rappler.com) as a technology reporter.