Digital FanFest 2021 Keynote

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Nemekh Kinryuu
Nemekh Kinryuu Site Founder | EU | Cerberus

Hello everyone, Nemekh here with a summary of today’s Digital FanFest Keynote!

Repeat mentions of items from the earlier Announcement Showcase in February have been omitted to focus on the new information.

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Endwalker Release Date: November 23 2021

FFXIV Endwalker Release Date
FFXIV Endwalker Release Date

Endwalker’s confirmed release dates are:

  • Early Access: November 19th 2021
  • Standard: November 23rd 2021

New Jobs

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: New Jobs
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: New Jobs

With Endwalker comes a new Healer and a new Melee DPS.

Yoshida's Reaper Cosplay
Yoshida's Reaper Cosplay

For today’s announcements they decided to tease the new Melee: Reaper.

Reaper

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Reaper
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Reaper

Revealed by Yoshida in cosplay, Reaper the second new job to Endwalker.

It is a brand new concept with a focus on channeling the power of voidsend and close-combat with its two handed weapon: Scythe.

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: About Reaper
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: About Reaper

Of the characters in the trailer, it would appear that Zenos is the one who has first changed to Reaper.

A rundown was given for how the job works:

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Reaper's Concept
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Reaper's Concept

The Reaper will be a Melee DPS job that shares Maiming armour with Dragoon. It starts at Level 70.

Wielding a large scythe for dynamic close-quarter combat, the Reaper also calls upon a voidsent avatar to assist them in combat, with the ability to serve as the voidsent’s host.

If you are interested in playing Reaper as soon as the expansion hits, be sure to log out in Ul’dah as this is where the job’s quests begin.

Please look forward to the new Reaper job!

Reaper Video

Reaper Video

Endwalker Theme Credits

Endwalker Theme Credits
Endwalker Theme Credits

Koji had a tight schedule of 3-4 days to write the lyrics. While it may be short, it was long when compared to Sophia, which had to be completed in 2 hours!

Amanda Achen, who is an additional voice in the theme, was also the singer for Tomorrow and Tomorrow in Shadowbringers.

Sam Carter from the Architects band is also contributing the main vocals.

Endwalker Characters

In the full trailer several “new” characters were revealed.

The first is one of the children of Midgardsormr and one of the First Brood. The Great Wyrm, Vritra, is seen fighting alongside Estinien Wyrmblood and is one of the few Great Wyrms we still had not encountered yet. Of them we have yet to encounter Azdaja and witness Bahamut’s original form.

Another character is revealed to be having a heated exchange in Old Sharlayan with Y’Shtola. While Koji and Yoshida mentioned they would not reveal who he is, only that he has an important role to play in the story, we’re pretty certain he’s the father of a certain pair of twins.

New Areas

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: New Areas
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: New Areas

The Crystarium equivalent has been revealed to be Old Sharlayan. This will be the main player hub of Endwalker.

Sharlayans have a code of non-interference when it comes to worldly matters - choosing to focus on the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

Nautilus motifs can be found throughout, even in their meeting room. You may recognise the aesthetics from Idyllshire, a location whose design was inspired by Old Sharlayan.

Old Sharlayan Video

Old Sharlayan Video

New Beast Tribe #2: Loporrits

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: The Loporrits
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: The Loporrits

A race of creatures found on the Moon, the Loporrit are a beast tribe of small anthropomorphic rabbits.

Little is known about these mysterious moon bunnies.

New Encounter: The Magus Sisters

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: The The Magus Sisters
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: The The Magus Sisters

A trio of sisters hailing from FFIV, Cindy, Sandy and Mindy each fought in their own styles befitting of their form.

However, their names in FFXIV may be something entirely different. They could be seen lurking in the concept art for one of the dungeons.

New Dungeons

Further footage of the dungeons shown in February returned, the first seemingly inspired by the Tower of Zot from FFIV, the second the Garlean train station and a newer third one with elements of old Amaurot.

Dungeons Video

Dungeons Video

New Alliance Raid: Myths of the Realm

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Myths of the Realm Alliance Raids
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Myths of the Realm Alliance Raids

Myths of the Realm promises to delve into the lore and history of Eorzea in a way that has never been done before, uncovering the secrets surrounding The Twelve.

Race Update: Male Viera & Female Hrothgar

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Digital FanFest May 15-16 2021
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Digital FanFest May 15-16 2021

A surprise towards the end, Square Enix heard the pleas of many players and worked on creating male Viera at long last. They will be ready for Endwalker.

Female Hrothgar were not able to be implemented in time, but are expected to appear in the future. Please look forward to it.

Male Viera Video

Male Viera Video

Endwalker Release Editions & Items

FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Collector's Edition
FFXIV 6.0 Endwalker: Collector's Edition

During the latter part of the keynote Yoshida and Koji announced the contents of the Collector’s Editions.

From Endwalker onwards it will no longer be possible to buy a physical copy of the future expansions. Instead they will be digital code only.

One of the explanations for this is that 85% of players who purchased Shadowbringers bought the Digital download.

Players who wish to obtain the Physical Collector’s Edition that play on Steam or on console will have to buy the Endwalker Collector’s Box for the items and the digital game separately, as game codes on PSN and Steam cannot be accompanied with physical goods.

Within the physical Collector’s Edition is:

  • Box with a high quality print of Yoshitaka Amano’s art
  • High quality statue of Meteor as a Paladin
  • Art Collection + Frame
  • Azem Soulstone Pin
  • Loporrit Mini Plush

Digital Collector’s Edition in-game items are as follows:

  • Wind-up Porom minion
  • Arion mount
  • Death Scythe (Reaper weapon)

There are also bonuses for preordering:

  • Early Access for November 19th release
  • Wind-up Palom minion
  • Menphina earring

You can see images of the items in the gallery below.

New Data Center Region: Oceanea

Digital FanFest Keynote: Oceanea DC Announcement
Digital FanFest Keynote: Oceanea DC Announcement

Originally intended to open the new DC before 6.0, Square Enix are setting up servers in a data center in Australia for the Oceanea region.

However, with covid-19’s pandemic, the schedule has been pushed back. SE’s engineers have not been over physically, but been working remotely. The goal is to have it ready by 6.1.

Introducing Staff For FanFest

Digital FanFest Keynote: FFXIV Staff
Digital FanFest Keynote: FFXIV Staff

For Digital FanFest 2021 we will be having numerous panels featuring multiple members of the FFXIV Development Team.

Their images are in the image collection below.

In order they are:

  • Kate (English Localisation Lead)
  • Daisuke Nakagawa (Battle Systems Developer)
  • Masaki Nakagawa (Battle Systems Lead)
  • Takanobu Miyazwa (Lead Animator)
  • Shinya Ichida (Lead Artist)
  • Banri Oda (Lead Story Designer)
  • Yoshiki Takanashi (Lead Background Artist)

Official Amano Artwork

Official Endwalker Artwork: Please Look Forward To It!!!
Official Endwalker Artwork: Please Look Forward To It!!!

Endwalker Full Trailer

Endwalker Full Trailer