Final Fantasy XIV's Next Expansion Coming In July, Includes Nier: Automata Crossover Raid

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At this year’s Paris fan festival, Square Enix announced some new details on the upcoming expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, Shadowbringers, including a release date and a new raid series based on Nier: Automata.

First, the publisher announced a release date for the upcoming expansion: July 2. Accompanying the news is a new cinematic trailer, including a quick look at the new Gunbreaker class. There’s also a dedicated trailer for the Gunbreaker, showing off what they can do, as well as our first look at the new playable race, the Viera, the rabbit-eared people featured in Final Fantasy XII.

Nier: Automata director and executive producer Yoko Taro and Yosuke Saito also appeared in the keynote as part of a video announcing that the next alliance raid for the game will feature a crossover with their game. As with most post-release raid content, this crossover is endgame content, which likely means you’ll need a fully-leveled character to participate.

In addition to the new Gunbreaker class, Shadowbringers will feature nine new dungeons, a reworked battle system, a new as of yet unannounced job class and village, and a new game plus option that lets players go back through older story missions with a higher-level character.

[Source: Square Enix via RockPaperShotgun]