'Final Fantasy XIV' Update 2.3: Defenders of Eorzea TRAILER Shows Off New Content & Dungeons, Finally Gets A Release Date This Summer

By Steve Buja , Updated Jun 24, 2014 12:04 PM EDT

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn, the revamped MMO from Square Enix, is eagerly awaiting its next major content patch, 2.3 dubbed 'Defenders of Eorzea'. A new trailer has been released showcasing some of the changes coming down the pipe, and we finally have a release date.

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The patch will hit servers on July 8 and with it comes a wealth of new content, including three new 4 player dungeons, a 24 man raid and a 72 player PvP event called 'Frontlines'. It also expands the current game's storyline and the reintroduction of Ramuh, an old summon from previous games that has been reimagined into an imposing and impressive boss. All of this is leading up to the introduction of Shiva in the 2.4 patch, whose date and details are currently unknown.

The trailer is quite impressive, it would have to be, there's a lot of ground to cover and they do it in 8 minutes. I have never played Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn, but I have to say, if I needed to get back into an MMO, I'd probably pick this one up.

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Additionally, the game takes a step away from its brooding, 'the end is nigh' narrative and puts players into the amusing Hildibrand side-story narrative, as all heroes need a respite from saving the world every now and then.

Final Fantasy XIV is one of current gaming's best comeback stories. The original game launched in 2010 and was active for about two years until it was shut down due to poor reception. Square went back to the drawing board and in 2013, released A Realm Reborn to much acclaim. Here we are, several major content patches later and the game shows no signs of slowing down.

Check out the full Defenders of Eorzea trailer below.

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