Final Fantasy XIV has been around for over a decade now, releasing way back in 2010 on PC.
The game has since been ported to PS4 and will soon see a PS5 release too.
Despite over a decade of work and content, Square-Enix show no sign of slowing down.
Years Of Content To Come
The next Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Endwalker, will conclude a decade-long story for the game.
But even after a decade of work on a single story, there is still plenty more tales to be told according to the game's director Naoki Yoshida.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Yoshida believes the game will continue at least another five years.
"Even now, our CEO is encouraging us to strive for more players and for 30 million adventurers, and he still has future plans for us. Luckily, we don’t see any stopping in our momentum. At one point we thought maybe we might plateau, but fortunately, our player base just continues to expand and grow."
The next Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Endwalker, will be released in Autumn 2021.
Endwalker will conclude the Hydaelyn and Zordiark story which has been a large part of the game since A Realm Reborn in 2013.
"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."
Despite not releasing until later in the year, we already know what to expect from the upcoming expansion.
According to the official Final Fantasy XIV website, we can expect to see:
- Level cap increase from 80 to 90
- Expansive new areas, including Garlemald, Thavnair, and the city of Radz-at-Han
- A new tribe: the Arkasodara
- New threats, including Anima
- New dungeons
- A new high-difficulty raid: Pandæmonium
- Secrets revealed in a new alliance raid series
- New small-scale PvP mode
- An additional Trust ally: Estinien Wyrmblood
- A new residential district: Ishgard
- Updates to the Gold Saucer
- Relaxing fun in Island Sanctuary
- New gear and crafting recipes
- Expanded horizons via the Data Center Travel System
Starting on April 13th, an open beta for a PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy XIV will begin.
This beta will be available to all current FF14 players on PS4.
The full game will launch once the beta concludes and all current owners of the game will be able to upgrade to the new next-gen version for free.
FF14 on PS5 will come with all of the current expansions, offering the full experience to new players looking to jump in.