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Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker delayed to early December launch

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Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker has been delayed by precisely two weeks to December 7.

Over the past weekend, a new Letter From the Producer showcase aired, featuring Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida. In the presentation, Yoshida announced that he'd made the decision to delay the launch of the upcoming Endwalker expansion out of this month, to a new date of December 7.

This is a delay of exactly two weeks for Endwalker, and similarly pushes back the early access launch of the expansion to December 3. Yoshida shouldered the blame for Endwalker's delay, writing in a blog post shortly after the presentation that "the biggest factor behind the release date change was my own selfishness as the game’s director."

Yoshida further adds that, as he's now playing through Endwalker from start to finish, he couldn't contain his "desire to further improve Endwalker’s quality, specifically because this expansion pack marks the first major culmination of events in FFXIV so far." It's because Endwalker concludes the Haedalyn and Zodiark story arc, which began over a decade ago, that Yoshida is feeling the pressure to make Endwalker as good as it can be.

As things stand, we've got a little more time to prepare for the arrival of Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker, as the new expansion draws the current storyline to a close. While you're whiling away the days until the expansion though, you can check out our previous interview with director Yoshida, or our expansive Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker preview for standout moments of hours spent with the new expansion.

Additionally, Final Fantasy 14 will do its best Animal Crossing impression with one great new feature in the Endwalker expansion.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.