I last played sometime during Heavensward. I am looking at coming back. From the Shadowbringers preorder page:
- To be granted early access and play the new contents from FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers, users need to be playing FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood and have completed certain quests.
- Please note that the FINAL FANTASY® XIV: SHADOWBRINGERS expansion pack also includes FINAL FANTASY® XIV: HEAVENSWARD & FINAL FANTASY® XIV: STORMBLOOD, which will be provided at release on July 2, 2019.
So does that mean to play the early access, I will need to purchase Stormblood separately (even though it is theoretically included with Shadowbringers) because Stormblood will not unlock until retail access to Shadowbringers drops on July 2?