Keen-eyed Square Enix fans have swarmed over news of the company trademarking the ambiguous title of 'Stormblood' without any clear indication as to what the acquired wording could possibly relate to.
Of course, it's possible Stormblood is the title of a yet unannounced video game; but whether it's a brand new title or purely the name given to a DLC pack, or subtitle for a currently established game is also on the table.
Yet cunning players of Square's current monolithic MMORPG - Final Fantasy XIV - are convinced it's more than likely the title for the upcoming expansion readying to take over the similarly short-titled current add-on - Heavensward. After all, the game's first expansion was announced at the dedicated 'Fan Festival' event back in October 2014. There's only a few weeks before Fanfest descends on Vegas again, with news of the expansion's existence already well established.
Cementing the idea even more is a crypic poem left during the recent in-game 'Rising' event used to celebrate the anniversary of the game's launch each year. The 2014 iteration clearly hinted at players venturing to the dark, snowy region of Ishgard through the great gates locked in Coerthas since the game's release; while the new poem talks of whorling strife (used in the Leviathan storylines) deep oceans and high gales - indicating the storm in question.
Though it's all just speculation at the minute, the timing seems to coincide a little too well with the short timeframe between the Heavensward trademark and the expansion's impending announcement. Though it's still entirely possible the Stormborn name will lead to something else, it feels as if the clues are already aligning.
We'll just have to wait and see.