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Final Fantasy 14's expansion will introduce Dark Knights, flying mounts

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The upcoming expansion for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, will introduce the new Dark Knight job class as well as flying mounts for players, it was announced over the weekend.

Speaking at a Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festival event in London, director and producer Naoki Yoshida shared more details on Heavensward, which is expected to launch in spring 2015. The Dark Knight job class — another popular class within the Final Fantasy franchise — gives players access to two-handed greatswords and darkness-based attacks. Dark Knight also will not feature a base class that eventually involves into a job; rather it will be a selectable class on its own.

As for flying mounts, players will be able to choose from a special airborne black Chocobo and single-rider airships. Both creature and machine will allow players to reach an area of floating islands that factor prominently into the storyline of Heavensward. Additionally, two new beast tribes, the Gnath and the Vanu Vanu, and their respective primals, Ravana and Bismark, will be introduced in the expansion.

Yoshida promised more details on Heavensward will be revealed at a third Fan Festival event, to be held in Tokyo Dec. 20 and 21. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn launched in August 2013 and is currently available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.