Ultimate Fantasy 14: Endwalker is ready to conclude a decades-long storyline that started at launch. Other than hours and hours of latest story content material, the subsequent growth, Endwalker, will embody a number of new areas and two new job courses: the healer-class Sage, and melee DPS Reaper.
IGN was given hands-on time with each of the brand new courses, a possibility to check out a brand new dungeon, in addition to a tour of three of the six new areas coming to Endwalker. Right here is all the things we noticed throughout our preview with the upcoming growth.
What’s New in Endwalker?
So far as MMORPG expansions go, Ultimate Fantasy 14 retains issues comparatively easy. Every new chapter provides just a few new courses, new areas, and tentpole content material like dungeons and raids. This makes Ultimate Fantasy 14 one of many simpler MMORPGs to preview as there aren’t game-changing meta-systems added with every growth.
Together with the 2 courses and 6 new areas — together with a brand new hub metropolis referred to as Previous Sharlayan — there will probably be a degree cap enhance from 80 to 90.
There may even be some downscaling coming down the pipeline. Ultimate Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida was eager to clarify how the downscaling is required to unravel just a few incoming points like bugs ensuing from calculations overflow, and enemy HP changing into monstrously excessive.
To resolve this, gear attributes, total participant HP, harm values, and enemy HP and harm have been decreased, making the general problem stability comparatively the identical as earlier than the downscaling.
The core of any Ultimate Fantasy 14 growth, nonetheless, is the story, and Yoshida says Endwalker has the most important “quantity of story quests” thus far. Sadly, not one of the story content material was obtainable throughout our preview.
Two New Courses: Sage and Reaper
As an alternative, IGN spent most of our hands-on time with a work-in-progress construct of the brand new courses. Yoshida burdened that improvement for each the Sage and Reaper courses is ongoing and that the abilities shared with us are not remaining.
Earlier than diving in, I ought to point out first that my principal class in Ultimate Fantasy 14 is Dancer, a ranged bodily DPS. And whereas I’ve accomplished the latest high-end Savage content material, I’m not a theory-crafter like my raid chief. I’m simply an excellent Dancer.
That is supposed as a normal have a look at the brand new courses, and if it’s useful, perception into whether or not both of the brand new courses is pleasant for people trying to dip their toes into Ultimate Fantasy 14: Endwalker. In case you are searching for a extra granular preview, I’ve included the toolkits for each new courses beneath whereas reiterating that these should not the ultimate specs for both of those courses.
Sage and Reaper are the 2 latest courses added to Ultimate Fantasy 14 with the Endwalker growth. The Sage is the brand new barrier healer class, whereas Reaper is a melee DPS. On a floor degree, each courses are fairly flashy as they each make the most of distinctive and visually gorgeous weapons and skills. The Sage makes use of hovering machines that heal and hearth lasers referred to as Nouliths, whereas the Reaper carries a giant scythe and might summon a darkish acquainted.
Ultimate Fantasy 14: Endwalker – Reaper Expertise and Tooltips
Reaper is a reasonably easy class and one I think about will probably be fairly well-liked with veterans and newcomers alike. The character has two gauges, a soul gauge and a shroud gauge which can be constructed up utilizing particular assaults. You’ll then spend this meter to unleash much more devastating – and really cool-looking – assaults on something that wrongs you.
In an interview with Yoshida after the demo, he defined that the objective with the Reaper class is that it has a quick tempo. And as a substitute of ready to fill your gauge absolutely for a burst assault, gamers will as a substitute unleash assaults once they grow to be obtainable to them. “There are particular expertise you’ll be able to throw in there to shortly refill your gauge and quickly cycle by way of these,” Yoshida defined.
The Sage class is a bit trickier and I might not advocate this class to newcomers. The core idea, so far as I can inform from my hands-on time, is to make the most of Sage’s means to heal or protect social gathering members whereas concurrently attacking.
Ultimate Fantasy 14: Endwalker – Sage Expertise and Tooltips
On the greater ranges, a Sage can translate harm performed to enemies into therapeutic or buffs for social gathering members, which is likely to be welcome information for the extra offensive-minded healers at the moment taking part in Ultimate Fantasy 14. However as you’ll be able to see beneath in my full run-through of the brand new dungeon, The Tower of Zot, ineffective utilization of your talents will imply you are not maximizing harm or therapeutic all through your social gathering.
10 Years of Ultimate Fantasy 14
Ultimate Fantasy 14 has come a great distance because it was first launched in 2010. Following a rocky launch and a tender reboot with Ultimate Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Yoshida introduced that Ultimate Fantasy 14 has formally surpassed 24 million gamers worldwide. In line with Yoshida, Ultimate Fantasy 14 is essentially the most worthwhile recreation within the Ultimate Fantasy collection, which isn’t any small feat.
Regardless of the last decade of improvement, there is not any indication Ultimate Fantasy 14 is slowing down and Yoshida tells the press the workforce is already wanting ahead to the subsequent ten years of the sport. By wrapping up the long-running storyline, the Ultimate Fantasy 14 workforce is already wanting in direction of new sorts of experiences, together with a patch content material referred to as Island Sanctuary that sounds fairly much like Animal Crossing.
A lot has been made about Ultimate Fantasy 14’s reputation in latest months, particularly as discontent mounts in opposition to its rivals. However Endwalker is shaping as much as be an growth from a improvement workforce assured in its imaginative and prescient for an MMORPG. Try our earlier interview with Ultimate Fantasy 14’s director, and hold a watch out for Endwalker when it is launched on November 23.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s Information Editor. You’ll be able to attain him @lawoftd.