I'm afraid the jury's still out on that one.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is the fourth expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. It was announced in February 2021, and is set to release November 23, 2021. The expansion takes players to Radz-at-Han, Garlemald, Old Sharlayan, and the remaining Moon of Hydaelyn, and deals with the second coming of the Final Days.
The Japanese name for the expansion, 暁月の
Yet shadowed by their triumph in the First, the Warrior of Light and Scions of the Seventh Dawn are home at last. An even greater calamity than refulgent oblivion has been building in their absence, however─a second advent of the Final Days. Should all despair, the myriad conflicts that now ravage the land cannot but foretoken an end to life in the Source.
Take heart in the faith of those who walk beside you, and journey ever higher─to the very stars above.
Set to be the end of the Zodiark and Hydaelyn storyline, Endwalker will conclude its narrative within the expansion's Main Scenario Quest, rather than in the later patches, unlike other expansions. Subsequent patches will instead begin a whole new story arc for Final Fantasy XIV.
Endwalker will see players visit the cities of Old Sharlayan and Radz-at-Han, explore the regions of Thavnair and Garlemald, venture through the mysterious subterranean Labyrinthos, and roam the Mare Lamentorum on the surface of the moon.
Two new jobs will be introduced: the barrier healer Sage that wields aetherically enhanced Nouliths, and the scythe-wielding melee DPS Reaper, that can call upon entities from the void to assist in battle; both of which start at level 70. In the main narrative, Alphinaud adopts the Sage job, while main antagonist Zenos adopts the Reaper job. The level cap for all disciplines, excluding limited jobs, will be increased to 90. Belt equipment will be removed, with its equipment slots moving to other types of equipment in the armoury chest. Additionally, to accommodate the introduction of Sage as a barrier based Healer, Astrologian will receive adjustments, making them pure Healers, fitting the same niche as White Mages.
New dungeons and trials will be included at launch including a fight with Anima, with updates to the Trust System and the addition of Estinien Wyrmblood as a Trust member. A new high-end raid series titled Pandæmonium, involving the Ascian Lahabrea, and a Final Fantasy XIV-original alliance raid series, known as Myths of the Realm, which will explore The Twelve, will also be added. Additionally, new tribe quests will be available from the Matanga of the Arkasodara tribe.
Starting with 6.0, and following the successful completion of the Ishgardian Restoration, a new residential district will become available for players to explore, and following further in 6.1, players will be able to buy housing within these districts.
A new type of content—the Island Sanctuary—will debut in 6.0, allowing players to take a break from adventuring to do a number of activities including farming crops and raising animals. This feature will be updated for the entire duration of the 6.x patch cycle.
Player stats will be adjusted with the release of 6.0, to "squish" numbers down, to avoid overflow in the back-end and streamline the damage calculations. This will not affect the effectiveness of characters as health and damage from mobs will be adjusted accordingly.
A new Oceania Data Center will be added. It will not release with 6.0 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in the region. It does not have a confirmed release date, but the development team hopes for it to be released before 6.1.
The main theme of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, whose title is yet unrevealed, was composed by Masayoshi Soken, with lyrics by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and Natsuko Ishikawa, vocals by Sam Carter and Amanda Achen, and performed by The Primals. Its melody combines numerous pieces played throughout Final Fantasy XIV, including the main themes of every other expansion for the game so far.
Our progeny may never know
Wherefore we look unto the sky,
Nor why we dig for truths below;
We bear their scorn or watch them die.From the journal of a resolute man
Weeks later, the date of the announcement showcase was set for 5 February, 2021. During the showcase the title of the expansion and various details regarding the expansion were revealed alongside a teaser CG trailer, with more details set to be revealed during the digital Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival, set to happen in May that same year.
At the Fan Fest, the full version of the CG trailer was showcased, and with it more information on the expansion, including its release date and purchase information.
Note that the below version updates also add features and adjustments to A Realm Reborn (2.x), Heavensward (3.x), Stormblood (4.x), or Shadowbringers (5.x) content.
Patch 6.1 was mentioned when revealing the introduction of Dragonsong War (Ultimate) raid, which was originally planned to be released in patch 5.55, but was delayed to patch 6.1 due to COVID-19-related complications. Ishgard Housing is also set to be available during this patch. Patch 6.1 will also see the addition of an Oceania Data Center located in Australia, allowing players from surrounding regions to play with less latency when usually using Japanese servers.
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