Everything is up in the air with the Covid-19 pandemic delaying games left and right, but Final Fantasy 14’s next expansion is coming this fall—we just don’t know anything more specific than that. Announced today during the Final Fantasy 14 digital fan fest—an annual event that is laying bare all the details on the upcoming expansion and beyond, Square Enix surprisingly didn’t commit to a specific date, but fall 2021 is pretty much what we expected (if only a little behind schedule).
That makes sense, though. Unlike other MMOs, Final Fantasy 14 runs on an incredibly strict schedule with major patches dropping every 3ish months, but having to switch to working from home last year caused some minor delays. Previous FF14 expansions always launched during the summer, but those delays have understandably pushed things back a bit.
Along with the release date, Square Enix also unveiled an extended CG trailer for the new expansion which, as always, was pretty damn awesome. You can watch the six minute trailer above, which doesn’t reveal too many new details but is chalk-full of looks at the new locations while teasing some major story developments.
Endwalker is going to be an extremely important expansion. It represents an end to the current story arc that has been in the works since Final Fantasy 14 first launched as a deeply flawed MMO and then remade into a very good one. Not common to MMOs, this one will have a big, dramatic conclusion that feels like a proper end to the story—even though the MMO will live on.
We’ll have more details on the expansion as they become available. Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker arrives this fall.
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