12 Nov 2021 8:34 AM +00:00 UTC

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Release Date COUNTDOWN for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Switch

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Eleven years have passed since Final Fantasy XIV was released. And now we are just a short time away from the release of Endwalker, described as "the culmination of events in FFXIV so far" by Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida. We've put together all the key information you need to know ahead of the big event. We'll tell you the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date, all the key things for you to look forward to, and we'll even include a handy countdown timer, so you can be ready for the big day.

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Release Date

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Endwalker was originally scheduled for release on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. But as per a message from Naoki Yoshida, this release date was postponed, to allow the game to be as polished as possible.

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The new release date is Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The explanation behind the delay is to try to ensure that "stability" will be sufficient upon release. There will almost certainly be a surge in users putting pressure on the servers, and it's nice to see a company placing emphasis on the day one experience.

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As well as the official release date, early access will begin on Friday, December 3, 2021. Patch 6.01 is scheduled for Tuesday, December 21, 2021, while patch 6.05 is expected on January 4, 2021. FFXIV Endwalker will be released on PC, Steam, Mac, PS4, and PS5. If you are an Xbox or Nintendo Switch fan, sorry. No treats for you today.

What Can We Look Forward To In FFXIV Endwalker?

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Endwalker brings with it a host of new features. The story focuses on the end of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark arc, and brings with it new jobs, challenges, and new systems. The list is long, and includes:

  • New jobs: Sage and Reaper
  • A new playable race: male Viera
  • Level cap increase from 80 to 90
  • New cities: Old Sharlayan and Radz-at-Han
  • Travel to expansive new areas, including Labyrinthos, Thavnair, Garlemald, and Mare Lamentorum
  • New tribes to encounter: Loporrits and the Arkasodara
  • New threats to overcome, including Anima and the Magus Sisters
  • New dungeons
  • A new high-difficulty raid: Pandæmonium
  • A new alliance raid series: Myths of the Realm
  • New Small-scale PvP Content
  • 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
  • A new data center: Oceania
  • Expanded horizons via the Data Center Travel System
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This will be the largest expansion pack ever made for FFXIV, and it's easy to see why.

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As well as all this new content, anyone who pre-orders the game can enjoy the following bonuses:

  • Palom Minion
  • Menphina Earring (including 30% EXP bonus up to level 80)
  • Early access to Endwalker
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One final, potentially important piece of information: it has been confirmed by eagle-eyed reporters at PC Gamer that because of some numerical downscaling that's due to happen when Endwalker is released, all mid-level experience will be reset to 0. So if you are on the brink of leveling up, make sure you get there before the 6.0 patch lands on December 3. Otherwise, you risk losing a lot of hard-earned EXP.

Countdown Timer

Below, you'll find our official countdown timer for the official release of FFXIV Endwalker. After eleven years, there really isn't long left until this story reaches its conclusion.