‘Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker’ Delayed, Will Go Up Against ‘Halo Infinite’

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Think we were too late in the year for more video game delays? Wrong. The much-awaited expansion for Final Fantasy 14, Endwalker, has just been delayed a short while, now putting it up against Halo Infinite in December.

Endwalker was originally supposed to be released on November 23, but the new date is December 7, though if you pre-order it, early access will begin on December 3. The official December 7 date puts it right next to Halo Infinite on December 8, and in my corner of the world, on top of Destiny 2’s 30th Anniversary Update on December 7, which brings a lot of new content to that game.

Final Fantasy’s Naoki Yoshida, or Yoshi P as he’s known, is extremely torn up about even this short delay, as this marks the first time he’s ever delayed a release date, despite that being a beyond common practice in the industry. Here’s what he had to say about the delay:

“There are several reasons for the postponement, but as I’m the one overseeing all aspects of the title as the head of the project, the responsibility falls solely on me,” Yoshida said. “Allow me to convey my sincerest apologies to our players, our Warriors of Light around the world who have been looking so forward to the release of Endwalker. I am truly sorry.”

“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,” Yoshida said. “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.”

Yoshida was almost in tears when he was talking about this on video, leading to many fans trying to tell him it was okay and not to feel so bad. While I agree, a two week delay isn’t a huge deal, an MMO expansion like Endwalker would be likely to have caused at least some players to schedule time off work around its release, which may be too late to shift now, a reality that Yoshida acknowledges in the announcement, and profusely apologizes for.

Butting up against Halo Infinite may not be the end of the world, given that at least the two are wildly different genres, though I certainly know many players will want to play both. One sub-storyline I’m looking forward to seeing unfold is what the arrival of Endwalker might do to the already declining playerbase of rival MMO New World, and how many may flip back to FFXIV when it launches.

It’s a bummer to see Yoshia so broken up about this, but at worst, it’s a mild annoyance for fans, and shouldn’t be the end of the world. We’ll see if it helps Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker launch more smoothly soon enough.

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