Final Fantasy XIV expansions only roll out every two years or so, but when they do arrive they bring big changes and features with them. One of those new features in the upcoming Endwalker expansion is the Reaper, a melee DPS class that utilizes a scythe in battle.
According to the game’s director and producer Naoki Yoshida–who took to the Fan Festival stage dressed up as the class–the Reaper’s design came from the team looking at how to make a class that could use a large two-handed scythe, something which western fans had requested.
“One idea that came up was to utilize not only the player’s own aether, but to combine it with a different source of aether to fight in battle,” Yoshida said in a PS Blog post. “It was from there that we came up with the idea of a grim reaper from the scythe aspect, and from there it was a fairly straightforward process to settle on the reaper’s current form. A scythe and the grim reaper. It’s unexpectedly straightforward.”
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