Everything we learned from the Final Fantasy XIV Digital Fan Festival 2021

    
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Update: We’ve now summarized the event after the intro; the liveblog itself can still be found in the comments. The original intro follows.

It’s time, folks! Time to learn about the second new job coming with Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, along with new areas, most likely the release date and alliance raid, and more! It’s all the fun of the digital keynote happening tonight, and no matter what, you can have a front-row seat to what’s going on via digital streaming or by following along as we liveblog the event right here!

As with prior liveblogging events, the way this will work is simple: The liveblogging will take place in the comments down below (and you can feel free to chime in) while the main post will be updated with important information along the way. There will no doubt be a lot of it on this particular event, so get ready for a whole pile of new stuff as you read along, watch along, or both at the same time!

Summary
Revealed at this keynote was the new DPS job, Reaper. The Reaper will be a melee job using Maiming armor, summoning an avatar from the void to team up and deal damage in melee. Players will need to hit level 70 to unlock the job, with the job quests starting in Ul’dah.

The next major player hub will be Old Sharlayan, while there were four areas shown off in some detail: Labyrinthon (an underground zone with an artificial sun), Garlemald, Thavnair, an unnamed flying area, and Mare Lamentorum (an area on the zone).

Players will also have the option of playing as male Viera! This was a big surprise for players. Female Hrothgar are also coming, but it will not be at 6.0 launch; the team just didn’t have enough time to do both simultaneously.

The release date has also been set for November 23rd, which is quite later than expected; Yoshida apologized for the delay in release and said that it was the product of several factors pushing the date later than usual. November 19th is when early access starts off.

Yoshida also announced that data centers would be added in the Oceania region.

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Lighthope

Interesting. FF14 is adding servers while WoW is connecting them.

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Danny Smith

FUCK.

The show ends with Soken revealing he was in the hospital battling cancer while writing the music for Shadowbringers. Seeing Yoshi behind him in tears after losing a friend to cancer last year hit hard enough but then you think about the lyrics to “To the Edge” and good lord thats going to hit different from now on.

What a goddamn legend.

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Vincent Clark

What an emotional way to end the Fan Fest. Jesus. We don’t deserve them.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah you would never see something like that at Blizzcon or elsewhere. Maybe TennoCon or something (though DE is nowhere near the level of Square Enix), but it got me tearing up when I saw Yoshi-P breaking up. Dude puts his heart on his sleeve and Soken was trying his hardest to keep up his happy/energetic/goofy demeanor to reassure everyone. It was so genuine it hurt to watch.

Soken’s such a treasure too, it’s sad as hell to hear that he’s dealing with something like cancer. Hopefully things will continue on the up-and-up for him and he’ll get through it cancer-free in the end.

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psytic

Wish they would have did Beast Master or a nature based class. I feel like light and dark based classes are beaten to death already in this game with BLM, PLD, WHM, DRK, now Reaper.

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Jeremy Barnes

You missed that they’re removing belts to increase armory space for weapons / rings

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cursedseishi

They didn’t miss that, since the removal of belts and increase in armory slots was already announced well before this event. It would be like saying ‘you missed the new healer Job, Sage’, since the Sage job was announced at the same event as the removal of belts if memory serves.

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Jeremy Barnes

ahh, thanks…I’m the one who missed it then.

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Dagget Burmese

Highlight of the evening – Soken singing La-hee!

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Eric Gray Jr.

Male Viera is nice and all but, I can’t help but think it’s more “miqote.. Bunny mode” and completely forget they exist. Outside of the random “can I haz nyow purrese?” I see in general chat while passing the Quicksand in Uldah, which then swiftly reminds me to turn off Say from general after giving any kind of gameplay guidance to a green leaf.

The female hrothgar has more my attention tho. Hopefully they’re more badass in design like in ff12 and less designed like Belldonna. Less R34 bait please Square, thanks.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Very happy from everything here and starting to think the End for FFXIV (in a sense) might be the true beginning for me. And yay to male Vierra though I don’t see that being more than an alt for me.

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Toy Clown

Old Sharlayan and Thavnair areas are exciting and I’m sure the news of male Viera probably sent some fans through the roof in joy. xD

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SwordBreaker35

You had several classes to pick from previous games square and instead you copy Tera. Just like with blue mage I have to wonder what are you smoking.

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Utakata

The double scythes where more retracting chain weapons though. So they where quite a bit different…

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SwordBreaker35

still it´s like let me copy your homework sure as long as you change something. But im not saying they copy Tera that more just what I see but they have such huge library of past games to take a class from heck even FFXI.

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Minimalistway

What’s wrong with blue mage? from all MMOs i know FFXIV is the only one provide something like that.

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SwordBreaker35

yeah I never said it was bad having blue mage but common it´s limitations was what rubbed allot of people the wrong way. Im not sure how it is now have not played in a while but man blue mage was not loved people said they would main him but ended up not to after playing it for a bit.

Problem there was they should have maybe released the class later when they had worked around what the rely wanted to do with it.

I mean They have stated time and time again that they cant make blu work in this game as a main job, which is why we got the half assed version that we were given. It was a fan service if anything.

Maybe it changed today which is maybe why the class should been out today.

Belive me I wanted blue mage my self but honestly the class was lack luster at best.

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Eric Gray Jr.

At least the edgelords that are currently our crappy tanks (not all DRK’s are bad ones, mind you) can go to the job who’s role they truly wanted to be in the first place. Me personally tho? I still think Square is scared to truly show off Sage gameplay.. Hopefully it won’t play like just another Whm reskin.. again! (SCH main.. every right to be salty due to how boring the gameplay became since 5.0 dropped)