Final Fantasy 16 DLC The Rising Tide is Coming April 18th

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Final Fantasy 16: The Rising Tide DLC Release Date Announced at PAX East 2024

During Square Enix’s panel at PAX East 2024, the gaming company officially announced that The Rising Tide DLC for Final Fantasy 16 will release on April 18th. The expansion will cost $19.99 USD.

Panelists and New Footage

The panel featured producer Naoki Yoshida, DLC director Takeo Kujiraoka, and Localization Director Michael-Christopher Koji Fox. Square Enix also showcased new footage for The Rising Tide. The developers teased a variety of new heroes and Tonberries, a boss fight, Leviathan abilities, and the new area Mysidia.

End Game Content: Kairos Gate

Square Enix first announced The Rising Tide DLC last December at The Game Awards 2023. It follows up on the Echoes of the Fallen DLC, which received mixed reviews from fans. Some praised the creativity and difficulty of the boss fights, while others criticized it for not contributing much to the story.

For The Rising Tide, Square Enix revealed that the Dominant of Leviathan needs to be rescued. This mission sends Clive and other heroes to the “hidden land” of Mysidia. The story also adds new allies like Shula, who joins Clive during performance.

The expansion will include new End Game content called “Kairos Gate,” featuring 20 stages of escalating battles. Players need to complete both the main game and The Rising Tide DLC to unlock it.

Previous Announcements and Improvements

Square Enix first announced The Rising Tide DLC last December, following up on the Echoes of the Fallen DLC. Producer Naoki Yoshida previously informed fans that the final patch for Final Fantasy 16 is in “the final stages of optimization.” A demo is also on the way, and it “won’t be too distant in the future; it won’t be a year.”

Additionally, Square Enix confirmed a free update is coming to the base game with QOL improvements and 40 new Orchestrion rolls.

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