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Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker early access: Start time, download size, what you should know

Time to experience the new expansion before it comes out.

Time to get your spot in the queue
Get ready to do some raiding.  
Square Enix

Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker comes out Dec. 7, but players can jump into the game starting Friday. Early access to the upcoming expansion is available now for those who already preordered the new game. 

Here's everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker Early Access.

What is the Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker Early Access? 

Endwalker is the newest expansion for Square Enix's MMORPG, Final Fantasy 14. It's set for release on Tuesday following a small delay in November. Players who preordered the expansion will be able to play the game before its official release starting Friday. All of the new content and changes coming in the expansion will be available during the early access, allowing players to get an early start to the game. 

When does Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker Early Access start?

Start time was 1 a.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) on Friday. Players on the Final Fantasy 14 subreddit saw long wait times on certain servers following the 10GB-20GB update. In some cases, the queue lasted for a few hours and resulted in an Error 2002 message, which appears when servers are congested. Expect to see long queues Friday evening when more players can jump onto the game. 

One problem players were seeing with Endwalker is with the audio. Square Enix added a new Immerse Spatial Audio add-on to give 360 degrees of sound. However, players noted various audio issues from garbled sound to battle sound effects not working. Square Enix listed some of the other issues players have faced and when they will be addressed. 

Early access ends Dec. 10, requiring players to use their Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker code to continue playing with the new content. 

How do I get into the Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker early access? 

Early access is available only for those who preordered the game either on Steam, through Square Enix's site or through Sony's PSN Store. Steam users will find their early access codes under the "CD Keys" option, PS4 and PS5 owners will have their accounts automatically registered for early access and those who preordered via Square Enix will receive a code they'll have to use on the Mog Station site. For those in need of help, Square Enix provided more-detailed steps on getting access

Endwalker costs $40 on Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5.

What's new in Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker? 

As the fourth expansion for Final Fantasy 14, Endwalker will be the culmination of the game's storyline since the beginning. Players will also have access to two more jobs: the Reaper, who summons spectral monsters to fight, and the Sage, who can heal as well as buff other players. The new race of male Viera will also be available in Endwalker. Previously, the big hare-eared Viera race was limited to females. There will also be new areas to explore, raids, weapons and more content in Endwalker. Players can also level up their characters to 90 now, up from level 80.