During their digital FanFest this year, Square-Enix gave Warriors of Light more details about Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the upcoming expansion for the ongoing MMORPG. Going strong since its reboot in 2013, Final Fantasy XIV has attracted millions of players around the globe. Many tuned in for Square-Enix’s online venue replacing their in-person fan festivals, where the Final Fantasy XIV devs typically release new, exciting information about the latest expansions.
This time the spotlight is on Endwalker, the expansion set to wrap up the longstanding era with Zodiark and Hydaelyn, two god-like figures within the game. The expansion also brings two new jobs, several brand new areas to explore, an increased level cap, a (mostly) new playable race, more challenging battles and raids, and many other additions to the story.
Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida told the audience that Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be out on November 23, 2021. This is a change from previous expansions that had typically released in the summer, anywhere from June to August. Due to delays in development schedules with the pandemic, Square-Enix had to push things back a bit. But with the amount of content players can hope to expect, it’s clear that the developers made the most of things, doing their best to make up for lost time. Among the reveals are plenty of fresh surprises, along with some much-requested additions from players.
Warriors of Light will travel to the moon in Mare Lamentorium, and they’ll visit Old Sharlayan, a city mentioned in the lore throughout several years. The Magus Sisters feature as a new primal battle, returning from their latest franchise entry in Final Fantasy X. Along with the already-revealed Sage healer job, players will also have access to the new Reaper job, a scythe-wielding damage dealer reminiscent of the Dark Knight iteration in Final Fantasy XI. Australia and New Zealand players will have their own dedicated Oceania data center, at last giving access to dedicated servers down under.
One of the most requested features was the male Viera, a playable race. After the introduction of female Viera in Final Fantasy: Shadowbringers, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker at last brings this highly-anticipated group to the game. Players can also expect many pre-order bonuses with the expansion, such as new in-game items, as well as the option to jump into the new content a few days early during Early Access. Square-Enix also showed off the impressive Collector’s Edition that includes a special art box, a paladin figurine, and more.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be out for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Steam on November 23.