Last Fantasy 14: Endwalker is ready to conclude a decades-long storyline that started at launch. Other than hours and hours of recent story content material, the subsequent growth, Endwalker, will embrace a number of new areas and two new job lessons: the healer-class Sage, and melee DPS Reaper.
IGN was given hands-on time with each of the brand new lessons, 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 all the things we noticed throughout our preview with the upcoming growth.
What’s New in Endwalker?
So far as MMORPG expansions go, Last Fantasy 14 retains issues comparatively easy. Every new chapter provides a couple of new lessons, new areas, and tentpole content material like dungeons and raids. This makes Last Fantasy 14 one of many simpler MMORPGs to preview as there aren’t game-changing meta-systems added with every growth.
Together with the 2 lessons and 6 new areas — together with a brand new hub metropolis referred to as Previous Sharlayan — there can be a degree cap improve from 80 to 90.
There can even be some downscaling coming down the pipeline. Last 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 changing into monstrously excessive.
To unravel this, gear attributes, general participant HP, injury values, and enemy HP and injury have been lowered, making the general issue steadiness comparatively the identical as earlier than the downscaling.
The core of any Last Fantasy 14 growth, nevertheless, is the story, and Yoshida says Endwalker has the most important “quantity of story quests” to this point. Sadly, not one of the story content material was out there throughout our preview.
Two New Courses: Sage and Reaper
As an alternative, IGN spent most of our hands-on time with a work-in-progress construct of the brand new lessons. Yoshida pressured that growth for each the Sage and Reaper lessons is ongoing and that the talents shared with us are not closing.
Earlier than diving in, I ought to point out first that my major class in Last 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 meant as a common take a look at the brand new lessons, and if it’s useful, perception into whether or not both of the brand new lessons is pleasant for folk trying to dip their toes into Last Fantasy 14: Endwalker. In case you are searching for a extra granular preview, I’ve included the toolkits for each new lessons under whereas reiterating that these should not the ultimate specs for both of those lessons.
Sage and Reaper are the 2 latest lessons added to Last Fantasy 14 with the Endwalker growth. The Sage is the brand new barrier healer class, whereas Reaper is a melee DPS. On a floor degree, each lessons 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 fireplace lasers referred to as Nouliths, whereas the Reaper carries a giant scythe and may summon a darkish acquainted.
Reaper is a reasonably simple class and one I think about can be fairly well-liked 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 purpose with the Reaper class is that it has a quick tempo. And as an alternative of ready to fill your gauge absolutely for a burst assault, gamers will as an alternative unleash assaults once they change into out there to them. “There are particular expertise you may throw in there to shortly replenish your gauge and quickly cycle by these,” Yoshida defined.
The Sage class is a bit trickier and I’d not advocate this class to newbies. The core idea, so far as I can inform from my hands-on time, is to make the most of Sage’s capacity to heal or protect social gathering members whereas concurrently attacking.
On the greater ranges, a Sage can translate injury carried out to enemies into therapeutic or buffs for social gathering members, which could be welcome information for the extra offensive-minded healers at present enjoying Last Fantasy 14. However as you may 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 social gathering.
10 Years of Last Fantasy 14
Last Fantasy 14 has come a good distance because it was first launched in 2010. Following a rocky launch and a smooth reboot with Last Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Yoshida introduced that Last Fantasy 14 has formally surpassed 24 million gamers worldwide. Based on Yoshida, Last Fantasy 14 is probably the most worthwhile recreation within the Last Fantasy collection, which is not any small feat.
Regardless of the last decade of growth, there is no indication Last Fantasy 14 is slowing down and Yoshida tells the press the crew is already wanting ahead to the subsequent ten years of the sport. By wrapping up the long-running storyline, the Last Fantasy 14 crew is already wanting in the direction of new sorts of experiences, together with a patch content material referred to as Island Sanctuary that sounds fairly just like Animal Crossing.
A lot has been made about Last Fantasy 14’s reputation in current months, particularly as discontent mounts in opposition to its rivals. However Endwalker is shaping as much as be an growth from a growth crew assured in its imaginative and prescient for an MMORPG. Try our earlier interview with Last Fantasy 14’s director, and hold a watch out for Endwalker when it is launched on November 23.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s Information Editor. You may attain him @lawoftd.