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⚡ Welcome again to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 171st edition's got the lowdown on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, Samsung's Galaxy A13 launch, all you need to know about the FF14 Endwalker expansion, and more...


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The Final Fantasy Endwalker expansion is finally here, in early access! Though the game doesn’t officially launch until Tuesday (December 7), early access opened on Friday, whether you’re ready for it or not.

Square Enix has been anticipating lengthy queues, blaming an influx of new players and the global chip shortage preventing new Worlds from being created for players to log into.

Who can play early access and when does it open?

A few handy things to know about early access:

  • Early access started at 1AM PT/ 4AM ET/ 9 AM GMT on Friday.
  • It’s only available to those who pre-ordered the game on Steam, the PSN store, or through the Square Enix site.
  • The game costs $40 on Mac, PC, Playstation 4, and Playstation 5
  • Square Enix’s Endwalker FAQs are a good place to find more information on early access.
  • Early access runs until December 10, after which you’ll need a Final Fantasy Endwalker code to continue playing the game.

How big is the expansion?

The total file size for the full game and Endwalker on Steam is 80GB. With the full game taking up 60GB, it looks like a 20GB download for the expansion, so make sure you’ve got enough space.

Are there going to be long queues?

Queues are inevitable during any new game launch, particularly during early access for a game as popular as Final Fantasy 14.

The company posted some tips and information in a blog post earlier this week — here are a few key takeaways:

  • As with many early access periods, inactive players will be kicked after 30 minutes.
  • You may see Error 2002 codes when selecting a character, if the login server is experiencing high amounts of traffic.
  • Players on the full version of the game are prioritized for login over Free Trial accounts.
  • Even if queues don’t appear to be counting down, they’re still functioning, so don’t log out and lose your place!
  • No accounts are able to create new characters during congested periods.
  • Even once you’re logged in, you might also notice in-game queues when teaming up for instanced content like dungeons.

What’s new in Endwalker?

Endwalker is Final Fantasy 14’s fourth expansion, drawing the long-running story to a close. As well as new areas to explore, weapons, and raids, there are two more jobs: the Reaper, who summons specters to fight, and the Sage, who can heal and buff other players. The Viera also has a new male race, where previously there were only females. 

Polygon has a great rundown of all the biggest changes to expect.

What’s next for the Final Fantasy franchise?

The hotly anticipated Final Fantasy 16 is on its way, and here are a few things you need to know:

  • It’s said to be a PS5 console exclusive.
  • It’s set in the fictional land of Valisthea.
  • The continent will have six factions on the verge of war due to The Blight, a sickness that’s spreading across the land.
  • No official release date has been confirmed yet, but the game is apparently “near to completion.”
  • At the Playstation showcase event, a sign in the video intro said “Valisthea 06.16,” which has led to rumors of a June 2022 release.
  • Trailers show a style similar to Final Fantasy 15 and the Final Fantasy 7 remake, though we haven’t seen much gameplay yet.
Tech Calendar
  • December 6-8: RISC-V Summit
  • December 7: Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker expansion official launch
  • December 8: Halo Infinite release date (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC)
  • December 12 (TBC): Xiaomi 12 series launch
  • December 14: Aliens: Fireteam Elite comes to Xbox Game Pass
  • December 17: The Witcher Season 2 hits Netflix
  • December 22: The Matrix 4 release date

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Until next weekend!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor

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