Final Fantasy XIV Online’s highly anticipated expansion is set to drop later this year, so here’s everything you need to know about FFXIV Endwalker, including the release date, trailer, and a host of new features.
FFXIV continues to grow in popularity, with former WoW players and MMO fans alike flocking to the plains of Eorzea to take catch a glimpse of the realm’s wonders.
But Eorzea is far from complete, as Square Enix has announced that a new adventure lurks on the horizon for the game. Titled ‘Endwalker,’ the highly anticipated expansion is set to drop later this year and brings one of the game’s most famous storylines to an exciting close.
If Endwalker sounds like your kind of game, we’ve got everything you need to know about it right here, including the release date, storyline, and new features.
- Release Date
- New features
- Crystal Conflict
- PvP Overhaul
- Game Editions
- Early Access
FFXIV Endwalker was originally supposed to release on November 23. However, it’s been delayed until December 7. Director Naoki Yoshida cited several reasons, including the desire to improve stability.
Just like the base game, Endwalker will be available on Windows PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. It can be purchased directly from Square Enix or is also available via the Steam client.
Set days from the second advent of the Final Days – armageddon – the trailer shows some of Eorzea’s most famous faces preparing to battle some of their fiercest enemies yet.
It also gives us a glimpse of some of the all-new cities that players will encounter on their journey, as well as the coveted new male Viera.
Accompanying the exciting new storyline is a whole host of new features, many of which fans have been vying to get their hands on.
- New jobs: Sage and Reaper
- New race: Male Viera
- New cities: Old Sharlayan and Radz-at-Han
- New areas: Labyrinthos, Thavnair, Garlemand, Mare Lamentorum
- New tribes to encounter: Loporrits, Arkasodara
- New enemies: Magus Sisters, Anima
- New dungeons
- A new high-difficulty raid: Pandæmonium
- A new alliance raid series: Myths of the Realm
- New small-scale PvP mode: Crystal Conflict
- New reward system
- An additional Trust ally: Estinien Wyrmblood
- A new residential district: Ishgard
Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker is introducing a new small-scale PvP mode called Crystal Conflict. It’s a five-versus-five mode based on short matches that can either be casual, ranked, or custom and take place on different maps.
Moreover, they’ve decided to remove role restrictions. Instead, they’ll be replaced with actions and jobs specific to the mode. They believe this system will put less pressure on players to perform.
It also includes a rewards system that allows players to unlock titles, achievements, and other accolades for their efforts throughout each season.
It’s not all about Crystal Conflict, though. Final Fantasy XIV Online’s general PvP system is being overhauled, too.
The developers are introducing series periods that run alongside Crystal Conflict seasons. This allows players to earn additional rewards for participating in PvP content by raising their series level over a specified period.
Rewards include everything from gear and mounts to special tokens that can be exchanged for items and more.
Calling Card System
Endwalker also introduces a new feature dubbed the Calling Card system. It allows players to have customizable profiles that are displayed at the beginning of each PvP match. They’ll also be shown in the player search window.
Backgrounds and other additional customization options will be added as rewards throughout each season and series.
Below we’ve compiled some of the best screenshots of some of the game’s new features, including the male Viera and new cities.
FFXIV male Viera race
FFXIV Endwalker new job: Sage
FFXIV new city: Radz-at-Han
Following on from earlier expansions, Heavensward, Stormblood, and Shadowbringers, players are advised to play these first before hurtling into the Final Days.
Endwalker sees the Warrior of Light finally take on the Garlean Empire, hoping to topple the expansionist power once and for all. With mad king Zenos at the helm seeking a confrontation with the player’s Warrior of Light, you’ll have to take down the tyrant to finally restore peace.
However, with cult leader Fandaniel pulling Zenos’ strings, the Final Days draw ever closer for Eorzea. With the apocalypse on the horizon, killing Zenos won’t be enough.
This arc brings an end to the storyline that has been ongoing throughout FFXIV Online, with a new story promised to drop in the main patches following Endwalker’s release.
Players will be able to purchase one of two different editions of Endwalker: the Digital Collector’s Edition or the Standard Edition. Pre-ordering either of these will grant players a special code, allowing early access to the title.
The differences between the two editions are:
- Standard Edition ($39.99) – Early access, Palom Minion, Menphina Earring.
- Digital Collector’s Edition ($59.99) – Early access, Palom Minion, Menphina Earring, Arion Mount, Wind-Up Porom Minion, Death Scythe (Usable by Reapers only).
On November 19, Square Enix shared that Endwalker’s early access window is set to open on Friday, December 3rd, at 1AM PST/ 4AM EST / 9AM GMT / 10AM CEST / 6PM JST.
If you plan on jumping into Endwalker’s action early, you’ll need to register a pre-order bonus code, which is obtained by purchasing either a Standard or Digital Collector’s Edition prior to release (if you haven’t done so already).
We’ve got you covered with a full breakdown of how to redeem your code and get into the Early Access period, so make sure to check that out as well.
Endwalker is closer than ever to release, and fans will finally be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated expansion when early access goes live on December 3. Make sure to redeem your pre-order bonus code before then so you’re ready to jump right into the action!
So that’s everything we know so far about the mysterious Endwalker! As further information becomes available, we’ll ensure that this hub is updated.
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