Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker is ready to conclude a decades-long storyline that started at launch. Aside from hours and hours of latest story content material, the subsequent enlargement, Endwalker, will embrace a number of new areas and two new job courses: the healer-class Sage, and melee DPS Reaper.
IGN was given hands-on time with each of the new courses, a chance to check out a brand new dungeon, in addition to a tour of three of the six new areas coming to Endwalker. Here is every little thing we noticed throughout our preview with the upcoming enlargement.
What’s New in Endwalker?
As far as MMORPG expansions go, Final Fantasy 14 retains issues comparatively easy. Each new chapter provides a couple of new courses, new areas, and tentpole content material like dungeons and raids. This makes Final Fantasy 14 one in every of the simpler MMORPGs to preview as there aren’t game-changing meta-systems added with every enlargement.
Along with the two courses and 6 new areas — together with a brand new hub metropolis referred to as Old Sharlayan — there might be a degree cap enhance from 80 to 90.
There may even be some downscaling coming down the pipeline. Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida was eager to elucidate how the downscaling is required to resolve a couple of incoming points like bugs ensuing from calculations overflow, and enemy HP turning into monstrously excessive.
To clear up this, gear attributes, total participant HP, harm values, and enemy HP and harm have been diminished, making the total problem steadiness comparatively the identical as earlier than the downscaling.
The core of any Final Fantasy 14 enlargement, nevertheless, is the story, and Yoshida says Endwalker has the largest “quantity of story quests” thus far. Unfortunately, none of the story content material was obtainable throughout our preview.
Two New Classes: Sage and Reaper
Instead, IGN spent most of our hands-on time with a work-in-progress construct of the new courses. Yoshida confused that growth for each the Sage and Reaper courses is ongoing and that the expertise shared with us are not ultimate.
Before diving in, I ought to point out first that my fundamental class in Final Fantasy 14 is Dancer, a ranged bodily DPS. And whereas I’ve accomplished the most up-to-date high-end Savage content material, I’m not a theory-crafter like my raid chief. I’m simply an excellent Dancer.
This is meant as a basic have a look at the new courses, and if it’s useful, perception into whether or not both of the new courses is pleasant for people seeking to dip their toes into Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker. If you’re on the lookout for a extra granular preview, I’ve included the toolkits for each new courses beneath whereas reiterating that these should not the ultimate specs for both of those courses.
Sage and Reaper are the two latest courses added to Final Fantasy 14 with the Endwalker enlargement. The Sage is the new barrier healer class, whereas Reaper is a melee DPS. On a floor degree, each courses are fairly flashy as they each make the most of distinctive and visually beautiful weapons and skills. The Sage makes use of hovering machines that heal and fireplace lasers referred to as Nouliths, whereas the Reaper carries an enormous scythe and may summon a darkish acquainted.
Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker – Reaper Skills and Tooltips
Reaper is a reasonably simple class and one I think about might be fairly common with veterans and newcomers alike. The character has two gauges, a soul gauge and a shroud gauge which might be constructed up utilizing particular assaults. You’ll then spend this meter to unleash much more devastating – and really cool-looking – assaults on something that wrongs you.
In an interview with Yoshida after the demo, he defined that the aim with the Reaper class is that it has a quick tempo. And as a substitute of ready to fill your gauge totally for a burst assault, gamers will as a substitute unleash assaults once they develop into obtainable to them. “There are sure expertise you’ll be able to throw in there to shortly replenish your gauge and quickly cycle by means of these,” Yoshida defined.
The Sage class is a bit trickier and I might not suggest this class to rookies. The core idea, so far as I can inform from my hands-on time, is to make the most of Sage’s skill to heal or defend celebration members whereas concurrently attacking.
Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker – Sage Skills and Tooltips
At the larger ranges, a Sage can translate harm carried out to enemies into therapeutic or buffs for celebration members, which is likely to be welcome information for the extra offensive-minded healers at present taking part in Final Fantasy 14. But as you’ll be able to see beneath in my full run-through of the new dungeon, The Tower of Zot, ineffective utilization of your talents will imply you are not maximizing harm or therapeutic all through your celebration.
10 Years of Final Fantasy 14
Final Fantasy 14 has come a great distance because it was first launched in 2010. Following a rocky launch and a delicate reboot with Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Yoshida introduced that Final Fantasy 14 has formally surpassed 24 million players worldwide. According to Yoshida, Final Fantasy 14 is the most worthwhile recreation in the Final Fantasy collection, which isn’t any small feat.
Despite the decade of growth, there is not any indication Final Fantasy 14 is slowing down and Yoshida tells the press the workforce is already trying ahead to the subsequent ten years of the recreation. By wrapping up the long-running storyline, the Final Fantasy 14 workforce is already trying in direction of new sorts of experiences, together with a patch content material referred to as Island Sanctuary that sounds pretty similar to Animal Crossing.
Much has been made about Final Fantasy 14’s reputation in latest months, particularly as discontent mounts in opposition to its rivals. But Endwalker is shaping as much as be an enlargement from a growth workforce assured in its imaginative and prescient for an MMORPG. Check out our earlier interview with Final Fantasy 14’s director, and hold an eye fixed out for Endwalker when it is launched on November 23.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can attain him @lawoftd.