The latest Letter from the Producer Live Part LXVII revealed some disappointing news for Final Fantasy XIV fans. Endwalker which was originally supposed to release on November 23rd, 2021, will now be pushed back until December 7th, 2021. More information, including the early access schedule was also revealed.
It’s never fun to hear that a game you were looking forward to playing has had a delay, but sometimes these things are unavoidable. In the aftermath of the Letter from the Producer Live, Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida took full responsibility for the delay in an announcement, indicating that he wanted to improve the quality of the expansion, specifically because this is the penultimate moment of FFXIV to date.
“…As we neared the end of development and I played through everything—from quests to battle content and the like—I just couldn’t contain my desire to further improve Endwalker’s quality, specifically because this expansion pack marks the first major culmination of events in FFXIV so far. Even as we look beyond Endwalker, the FFXIV story will continue for a long time and we hope to deliver many more enjoyable experiences in the game. However, it was precisely because Endwalker concludes the first major saga that I felt our team needed to push ourselves to the “limits” that I envisioned.” – Naoki Yoshida, Director and Producer, Final Fantasy XIV
Yoshida goes on to explain how important it is that he made this decision. In his entire career he mentions that he’s never postponed a previously announced release date, and he says it weighs heavily on him because people take off work and make plans around these releases, and for that he asks the players for forgiveness.
“…When I also considered that many players had already made arrangements such as taking days off work in preparation for the original release date, I was incredibly torn between whether or not we should cut down the expansion pack’s volume or even release content in installments. As such, I humbly ask you all to forgive me for the decision I’ve made.” – Naoki Yoshida, Director and Producer, Final Fantasy XIV
Players looking to get into the game a little early will still be able to do so, here is the Early Access Release Schedule:
- Official Release: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
- Start of Early Access: Friday, December 3, 2021
- Patch 6.01 Scheduled Release: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
- Patch 6.05 Scheduled Release: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Also revealed during the Letter from the Producer Live, was the new Launch trailer!
These are just some of the reveals that happened during the Letter from the Producer Live. You can watch the show in its entirety below, and stay tuned for more information related to Final Fantasy 14 in the next few days.