Final Fantasy IV will play a fundamental role in the story of Final Fantasy XIV, not only in secondary aspects such as mounts and minions. Here because.
To prepare you worthily for the new chapter in the history of Final Fantasy XIV, it’s worth taking a look at Endwalker’s references to Final Fantasy IV, which, you’ll soon find out, go far beyond mounts and minions. A few days after the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, it’s time to get ready for all the news coming: finish the main story quests and level up your side jobs, first of all. Not only that, though: it’s also time to fortify your knowledge of FFIV, so that you can deepen the story by grasping every aspect. To help you on this journey, here’s an explanation of the more explicit elements taken from Final Fantasy IV, as well as the story passages the two games have in common.
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Although Endwalker isn’t out yet, you can see FFIV influences all over the place. Towards the end of Shadowbringers, the previous expansion, the development team began this process of implementing Lunar Bahamut. Fandaniel, an ascian who wants to kill lots of people and destroy the world of Eorzea, summons an altered version of many primals, including il Lunar Bahamut. This creature is only an optional boss in FFIV, but the Lunar Bahamut has created a connection between that game and FFXIV, at the same time indicating that the Moon will play an important role in the story from here on out.
The connection between the two games was confirmed at the FFXIV Fan Festival, when the trailer for Endwalker was unveiled. Square Enix also announced new items for the Mogstation shop: three new minions and a new mount, all originally part of the main FFIV story.
The three minions are based on the main cast of characters from FFIV. You can buy Rosa for your collection: she is a childhood friend of the main character, Cecil. There’s also Edge, an edgy ninja and prince of Eblan. The third character you can have with you is a miniaturized version of Rydia. As a young man, Rydia met Cecil after he and his friend Kain attacked her village and killed her mother, defeating the eidolon she had summoned. Eventually, she finds herself following Cecil and her party. During their journey, however, she falls into the ocean and is taken from Leviathan to Feymarch, where time passes faster. When she reunites with Cecil and the others, she is already a young woman and a powerful summoner.
As if that weren’t enough, having these three important characters reunited with the Warrior of Light in Eorzea, players can also fly in their next adventure in full FFIV style. The Lunar Whale eight-player mount It may attract a lot of attention due to its size and price, but it’s also an integral part of the FFIV story. Once they discover the truth about what is happening, the characters must leave for the moon. To do this, they have to use a strange whale-shaped spaceship.
Other FFIV-inspired elements were teased in the latest Live Letter, which unveiled the tomestone gear sets. In FFXIV, these sets can be bought using tomestone, a specific currency that is acquired by completing various tasks. They are an important part of a player’s routine, as they usually need to be used to get the best pieces of gear that can be obtained with a new patch. New sets have been introduced at the beginning and during the life cycle of the new expansions, and that won’t change with Endwalker. Some of the new pieces of equipment have been shown since producer e director Naoki Yoshida, and among them are some based on the main characters of FFIV. For example, tank players will be able to purchase Cecil’s armor, ninjas will be able to use Edge’s, and Rydia’s outfit will likely be suited to summoners. The connections go beyond the aesthetic aspects, however. Cecil’s story is the heart of Endwalker.
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Ever since it came out, Final Fantasy XIV has always been a playground for fans of the series. There have been tons of crossovers with other titles in the saga but choosing FFIV for this specific moment in the game’s history it’s really symbolic by the development team.
Upon the announcement of Endwalker, Naoki Yoshida explained that it would be the last expansion that would cover the story that began with A Realm Reborn. His statement was misunderstood and many thought it would be the end of the game, but this chapter is meant only to close the story of the conflict between the two entities involved in the main narrative so far: Hydaelyn e Zodiark. After that, the game will take new directions, immersing fans in different stories.
New stories, changes, perspectives and the idea of transition are key parts of both FFIV and FFXIV. In each expansion of FFXIV, the protagonist acquires new jobs (the classes of this MMO). In Shadowbringers, you start out as a knight. In the Endwalker trailer, the Warrior of Light appears, walking on the moon and wearing the glittering metal armor of a paladin complete with a sword and shield. This same change happens to the protagonist of FFIV, Cecil. At the beginning of the game, Cecil is a dark knight who works as the captain of an airship called Red Wings. During his journey, after defeating his demons, he transforms into a paladin.
The transformation Cecil arrives when he discovers that his father was a Lunarian, a member of the advanced civilization hibernating on the Moon. Changing his job (i.e. class) symbolizes his inner transformation as a person. This gives players a lot to think about what we might see in Endwalker. In Shadowbringers, it is shown that even Hydaelyn is not purity embodied as previously thought and that too much light can hurt a world that should aim for balance. The main story implies that the main character’s spirit may have come from the original Ascians, another little piece of information that ends up relativizing the world as known until then. Will players uncover the truth behind the Warrior of Light’s origins? Is something fundamental about to change in the protagonist?
It’s unclear if the new expansion will delve into these themes, but it would make sense if the story pointed to reflect that of FFIV. The expectations are huge for Endwalker, considering the position that Final Fantasy XIV occupies today – that is, that of one of the best Final Fantasy ever made. Whether or not it respects these expectations, it is not yet known. But, considering what has already been shown to the public and all the possibilities that FFIV opens up to the Endwalker narrative, it is clear how much the development team is striving to create a memorable experience for fans of the saga.
Written by Paulo Kawanishi for GLHF
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