Remaining Fantasy 14: Endwalker is ready to conclude a decades-long storyline that started at launch. Except for hours and hours of latest story content material, the subsequent enlargement, Endwalker, will embody 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 brand 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. Right here is every part we noticed throughout our preview with the upcoming enlargement.
What’s New in Endwalker?
So far as MMORPG expansions go, Remaining Fantasy 14 retains issues comparatively easy. Every new chapter provides just a few new courses, new areas, and tentpole content material like dungeons and raids. This makes Remaining Fantasy 14 one of many simpler MMORPGs to preview as there aren’t game-changing meta-systems added with every enlargement.
Together with the 2 courses and 6 new areas — together with a brand new hub metropolis known as Outdated Sharlayan — there shall be a stage cap improve from 80 to 90.
There will even be some downscaling coming down the pipeline. Remaining Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida was eager to clarify how the downscaling is required to resolve just a few incoming points like bugs ensuing from calculations overflow, and enemy HP changing into monstrously excessive.
To resolve this, gear attributes, total participant HP, injury values, and enemy HP and injury have been decreased, making the general issue stability comparatively the identical as earlier than the downscaling.
The core of any Remaining Fantasy 14 enlargement, nonetheless, is the story, and Yoshida says Endwalker has the biggest “volume of story quests” up to now. Sadly, not one of the story content material was out there throughout our preview.
Two New Lessons: Sage and Reaper
As a substitute, IGN spent most of our hands-on time with a work-in-progress construct of the brand new courses. Yoshida harassed that growth for each the Sage and Reaper courses is ongoing and that the abilities shared with us are not ultimate.
Earlier than diving in, I ought to point out first that my essential class in Remaining Fantasy 14 is Dancer, a ranged bodily DPS. And whereas I’ve accomplished the latest high-end Savage content material, I’m not a theory-crafter like my raid chief. I’m simply an excellent Dancer.
That is supposed as a common have a look at the brand new courses, and if it’s useful, perception into whether or not both of the brand new courses is pleasant for people trying to dip their toes into Remaining Fantasy 14: Endwalker. If you’re searching for a extra granular preview, I’ve included the toolkits for each new courses under whereas reiterating that these should not the ultimate specs for both of those courses.
Sage and Reaper are the 2 latest courses added to Remaining Fantasy 14 with the Endwalker enlargement. The Sage is the brand new barrier healer class, whereas Reaper is a melee DPS. On a floor stage, each courses are fairly flashy as they each make the most of distinctive and visually gorgeous weapons and talents. The Sage makes use of hovering machines that heal and hearth lasers known as Nouliths, whereas the Reaper carries a giant scythe and might summon a darkish acquainted.
Remaining Fantasy 14: Endwalker – Reaper Expertise and Tooltips
Reaper is a reasonably simple class and one I think about shall be fairly widespread with veterans and newcomers alike. The character has two gauges, a soul gauge and a shroud gauge which can 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 an alternative of ready to fill your gauge totally for a burst assault, gamers will as an alternative unleash assaults once they grow to be out there to them. “There are certain skills you can throw in there to quickly fill up your gauge and rapidly cycle through those,” Yoshida defined.
The Sage class is a bit trickier and I’d not suggest this class to learners. The core idea, so far as I can inform from my hands-on time, is to make the most of Sage’s means to heal or protect celebration members whereas concurrently attacking.
Remaining Fantasy 14: Endwalker – Sage Expertise and Tooltips
On the greater ranges, a Sage can translate injury achieved to enemies into therapeutic or buffs for celebration members, which could be welcome information for the extra offensive-minded healers at present enjoying Remaining Fantasy 14. However as you’ll be able to see under in my full run-through of the brand new dungeon, The Tower of Zot, ineffective utilization of your talents will imply you are not maximizing injury or therapeutic all through your celebration.
10 Years of Remaining Fantasy 14
Remaining Fantasy 14 has come a good distance because it was first launched in 2010. Following a rocky launch and a delicate reboot with Remaining Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Yoshida introduced that Remaining Fantasy 14 has formally surpassed 24 million gamers worldwide. Based on Yoshida, Remaining Fantasy 14 is probably the most worthwhile recreation within the Remaining Fantasy collection, which is not any small feat.
Regardless of the last decade of growth, there isn’t any indication Remaining Fantasy 14 is slowing down and Yoshida tells the press the workforce is already trying ahead to the subsequent ten years of the sport. By wrapping up the long-running storyline, the Remaining Fantasy 14 workforce is already trying in the direction of new sorts of experiences, together with a patch content material known as Island Sanctuary that sounds fairly just like Animal Crossing.
A lot has been made about Remaining Fantasy 14’s recognition in latest months, particularly as discontent mounts towards its rivals. However Endwalker is shaping as much as be an enlargement from a growth workforce assured in its imaginative and prescient for an MMORPG. Try our earlier interview with Remaining 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 Information Editor. You possibly can attain him @lawoftd.