Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker, the upcoming growth for Sq. Enix’s massively profitable MMORPG, marks the finish of a significant story arc that stretches throughout one reboot and 4 expansions. Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida shared with IGN how this long-running saga was solely potential because of the MMO’s continued success.Earlier this month, Yoshida appeared on stage in Japan to disclose the subsequent growth for Final Fantasy 14, Endwalker. The upcoming growth closes the ebook on a storyline that first started in Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, which was launched in 2013. This storyline focusing on a warfare between two gods, Hydalin and Zodiark, will probably be eight years previous by the time Endwalker is launched later this 12 months.

However even getting thus far was not assured for the growth staff. “The concept of making a large-scale saga and bringing closure to it after a number of expansions took place once we had been working on A Realm Reborn,” says Yoshida in an interview with IGN. “Nonetheless, to be able to make that concept a actuality, gaining reputation and buying the sufficient funds and acclaim to proceed long-term service can be required.”Yoshida says that till the launch of the second growth, Heavensward, it was nonetheless unclear if the growth staff might obtain its objective of telling an extended, multi-expansion storyline. “Our objective largely depended on if gamers had been having fun with the sport and persevering with to play,” admits Yoshida. He goes on to say that it wasn’t till the launch of the Stormblood growth when he “lastly felt assured that we’d be capable of make this a actuality.”

As as to whether future storylines in Final Fantasy 14 will probably be as lengthy, Yoshida is not sharing simply but. “I imagine the growth employees is most eager on discovering out extra about the subsequent story, together with how lengthy it proper be and if we’ll be stepping into the course of shorter storylines.”

Final Fantasy 14 famously suffered a disastrous launch again in 2010. Preliminary impressions from critics and gamers discovered there have been simply too many sophisticated techniques and bugs weighing the MMO down for it to be pleasing. IGN reviewed the authentic model and gave it a 5.5.

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Yoshida was tasked with revitalizing Final Fantasy 14, a course of that took over two years. Then, in 2013, the widespread MMORPG that gamers love at this time launched renewed underneath a brand new title, A Realm Reborn.

However given such a rocky begin and the want for a whole overhaul, it is comprehensible why Yoshida would really feel unsure whether or not or not Final Fantasy 14 might even make it to Endwalker. Eight years and 20 million gamers later, Final Fantasy 14 might be in its strongest place but after glowing evaluations for the final growth, Shadowbringers.Together with the conclusion to the Hydalin storyline, Endwalker will introduce two new job lessons. The primary class that was revealed is Sage, a brand new “barrier” healer kind class the place characters management floating swords that deal injury and heal allies. Yoshida tells IGN that the character animation work, specifically, will probably be one thing that can impress followers.

Yoshida can be serving as producer on the upcoming Final Fantasy 16, developed by a staff that features former Final Fantasy 14 builders. Yoshida has already shared particulars about the heroes and world of Final Fantasy 16 right here. Final Fantasy 14 may even be coming to PS5 later this 12 months.

Matt T.M. Kim is Information Editor at IGN.

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