Square Enix has released Endwalker, the fourth expansion for MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC (Windows, Mac, Steam). As in previous releases, Endwalker is a stand-alone, paid expansion ($39.99).
Endwalker concludes the Hydaelyn-Zodiark storyline that began way back during the Realm Reborn reboot in 2013. The Warriors of Light will travel to new areas, such as the island of Thavnair, and the capital of Garlemald to confront Zenos and the Garlean Empire.
The new story will begin through major patches in the coming months, taking players to all new areas.
Two new jobs have been added in Endwalker, the Sage and the Reaper. The Sage is the first healer class since Heavensward, using nouliths to protect teammates and defeat enemies. The Reaper is a powerful melee fighter who wields a signature scythe, and summons an avatar from the void to unleash big attacks.
The new race is actually a twist on an original. For players who own Shadowbringers and Endwalker, they’ll be able to create male Viera, the popular bunny-like humanoids. In the world of FF14, male Viera are much rarer than females.
Other additions include a level cap increase from 80 to 90, and new crafting recipes, equipment, and high-end raids.
Square Enix is also celebrating an impressive milestone with Endwalker’s release: 25 million registered players. Final Fantasy XIV has officially become the most profitable Final Fantasy game to date.
Final Fantasy XIV originally released in 2010, but was a huge flop. In 2013 a massive 2.0 reboot was designed, called A Realm Reborn, and was a huge improvement, becoming one of the most popular MMORPGs on the market, and one of the few still using the classic monthly subscription model.
Final Fantasy XIV is available on PC and PlayStation. It’s rated T for Teen.