|Platform PS3, Win, PS4||Publisher Square Enix||Developer Square Enix||Release Date 2013-08-27|
By Philip Kollar on Sep 20, 2013 09.20.13
Square Enix has done the impossible The slightly self-aware story of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn picks up five years after the original game's server- and world-ending events. The first version of the game ended with the continent of Eorzea nearly destroyed and the disappearance of player-controlled heroes. At the outset of A Realm Reborn, those heroes are, well, reborn into a world recovered from the dramatic events of the past five years — but facing new and more worrisome troubles on the horizon. Players choose from eight main classes — such as archer, lancer or conjurer — each of which fall into one of the three common MMO roles: damage dealers, tanks and healers. But Final Fantasy 14 has more flexibility than most of its contemporaries thanks to one simple...
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By Dave Tach on Aug 01, 2014 08.01.14
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is now free to try, developer Square Enix announced this week. The trial program will run for 14 days after players create their accounts. Those who sign up through its official website can play through level 20. The trial is limited to the Windows PC version of the massively multiplayer online role-paying game, which is also available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. For more on the game, be sure to read our Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn review and watch its video portion below.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jul 28, 2014 07.28.14
Nintendo 3DS role-playing game Bravely Default has sold one million copies worldwide, placing it ahead of most recent titles in Square Enix's long-lived Final Fantasy RPG series, Dengeki Online reports. Bravely Default launched in Japan in 2012, in December 2013 in Europe and in North America this past February. The game's lifetime sales, including downloads, exceed one million copies — 400,000 copies in Japan and 600,000 copies overseas, Square Enix told Dengeki. While the game is not a true Final Fantasy title, the game does borrow many elements of the 27-year-old JRPG franchise: a focus on narrative and character development, different job classes players can develop — such as mages, warriors and thieves — and a storyline focused around crystals that protect and power the earth. A...
By Philip Kollar on Jul 10, 2014 07.10.14
MMOs continue to be released every year with gameplay built primarily around aping World of Warcraft's approachable style. Tens of million of people have already devoted hundreds of hours to Blizzard's behemoth. That has to be a majority of the total audience for the massively multiplayer genre, and they've already experienced the pinnacle of that style of gameplay and know that they can return to it for ten year's worth of expansion and patch content at any time. I've been playing two massively multiplayer role-playing games that draw a lot from the World of Warcraft model: Wildstar and Final Fantasy 14. I like both of these games. In fact, Final Fantasy 14 is one of my favorite MMOs ever. But the more time I spend with both of these and the many other MMOs I've played over the last...
By Dave Tach on Jun 24, 2014 06.24.14
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is expanding again, and a video released today puts the upcoming patch 2.3 Defenders of Eorzea in motion. Press play above to see the expansion's battlegrounds, including the Borderland Ruins of Carteneau Flats, as well as quests like The Hunt and much more. You can browse Defenders of Eorzea in still form through the gallery below. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida told Polygon at E3 2014 that patch 2.3 will also bring large-scale player-versus-player to the game. The MMO's next major expansion — 3.0 — will be detailed at the Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festivals this fall. For more on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC game, be sure to read Polygon's review.
By Philip Kollar on Jun 11, 2014 06.11.14
In an interview with Yoshida during E3, he told Polygon that the game's first expansion — what the team is referring to as "version 3.0" of the game — will be revealed at the Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festival. Multiple Fan Festivals will be held throughout October and November in Las Vegas, London and Tokyo. "We want the fans to know it first," Yoshida said. "They've been the ones supporting us." But the wait for an expansion pack doesn't mean waiting for content. Yoshida assured us that Square Enix has a lot of things planned as additions to the game in its series of 2.x patches. As an example, patch 2.3 is on the way next month. This will bring large-scale player-versus-player to the world in the "Frontlines" system — a much bigger PvP battlefield than the current 4v4 Wolves' Den. On...
By Emily Gera on Jun 11, 2014 06.11.14
Final Fantasy 14 developer Square Enix is at long last bringing same-sex marriage to the massively multiplayer game, two years after first confirming it was under consideration. Director and producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed the new addition during a live streamed E3 developer talk, stating same-sex relationships will become available in the next patch. Speaking via translator, Yoshida said: "People within Eorzea will be able to pledge their eternal love and or friendship in a ceremony of eternal bonding. And this will be open to people regardless of race, creed, and gender. Two players...if they want to be together, in Eorzea, they can-through this eternal bonding ceremony." "We discussed it," he added, "and we realized: within Eorzea, why should there be restrictions on who pledges...
By Emily Gera on May 12, 2014 05.12.14
Square Enix confirmed net income of 6.5 billion yen (roughly $65 million) for this year's fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, according to the company's latest financial report. The company reports net sales of 155,023 million yen, an increase of 4.8 percent from last year's total sales, in addition to a 10,543 million yen operating income compared to last year's 6,081 million yen operating loss. Its digital entertainment sector, which includes the massively multiplayer game Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn saw net sales of 94,571 million yen, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Likewise, titles including Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster, Thief and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition saw "Favourable sales," while Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn saw "favourable...
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Thief, Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster boosts Square Enix forecast
By Jenna Pitcher on May 09, 2014 05.09.14
Square Enix adjusted its projected financial results for the year ending March 31, 2014 with net sales and operating income expected to exceed its forecast largely that it largely attributes to strong sales of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. Projected financial results for the year ending March 31, 2014 from expected net sales of 140 billion ($1.37 billion) to 155 billion yen ($1.52 billion). The operating income, ordinary income and net income are also expected to exceed the range of the consolidated results forecast. According to the notice of adjustment of consolidated results, company reports encouraging sales of Japan-exclusive Dragon Quest Monsters Super Light released in January 2014, and "favorable sales" of Thief, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Tomb Raider Definitive...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Apr 28, 2014 04.28.14
Square Enix will host player-focused festivals for massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn around this globe this fall, the company announced today. The North American Fan Festival is currently slated to be held this Oct. in Las Vegas. Similar events will also be hosted in London and Tokyo throughout Oct. and Nov. The festivals will include staged events, appearances by special guests and other activities. More details on event specifics will be revealed in June. Earlier this month, Square Enix announced the total number of registered users for A Realm Reborn — the reboot of 2010 MMO Final Fantasy 14 — had exceeded 2 million worldwide. The game was released for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC last fall, with a PlayStation 4 version launching...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 24, 2014 04.24.14
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's 2.25 patch is now live and adds new content and a higher level cap for player-vs-player matches, Square Enix announced today. PvP players can now raise their rank from the previous level cap of 30 to 40. New weapons, armor and other gear is also now available to purchase, while some class requirements for gear have been changed. The patch also brings new items to dye, quests and unlocks the Material Transmutation system, which becomes available after the Marvelously Mutable Materia quest is completed. For the full list of changes, check out the patch notes. Final Fantasy 14 relaunched as A Realm Reborn last August. The game is now available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. For more on where the original game went wrong and how...