<i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn</i> is a re-release of <i>Final Fantasy 14.</i>
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Platform PS3, Win, PS4 Publisher Square Enix Developer Square Enix Release Date 2013-08-27

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn review: life after death

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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What makes a good console MMO?

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn registrations exceed 2 million worldwide

The total number of registered accounts for Square Enix's revamped massively multiplayer online game, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, now exceeds 2 million worldwide, the company announced today. Famitsu reported last October that the game reached more than 1.5 million registered users worldwide. However, Siliconera pointed out at the time it was not transparent how many of the figure were active users of the relaunched version. Final Fantasy 14 was originally released in September 2010 and was revamped to address its crippling issues. It relaunched with server congestion problems as A Realm Reborn last August on Windows PC and PS3. A Realm Reborn was released to PlayStation 4 on April 14 following a beta test phase and then a brief in Early Access period on the console. Users who...

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Final Fantasy 14 launch trailer shows off multiplayer combat on PS4

You can now catch a glimpse of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn running on PlayStation 4 in a new gameplay trailer released by Square Enix. The massively multiplayer online game makes its official launch on the Sony console today, and PlayStation 3 users will be able to transfer all of their in-game content to PS4 for free. The video itself, which you can check out above, will give you an idea of how the game will look compared to other platforms. The release follows the game's worldwide launch on both PlayStation 3 and Windows PC last year. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game was previously available in a beta phase for PlayStation 4 earlier this year in North America and Japan, to coincide with the Japanese launch of Sony's next-generation console.

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn lets PS3 users upgrade their game to PS4 for free

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is live on Early Access for PlayStation 4 ahead of its April 14 launch, and existing PlayStation 3 users can begin upgrading their game to the newer console. In doing so, those who currently own the PS3 version of the game won't be required to purchase another copy for PS4; however, once the massively multiplayer release is upgraded to the PS4 system, players will no longer be able to access the PS3 version. All data, including characters and in-game items, will be carried over after upgrading to the PS4 version of the game by registering the PS3 title to the Final Fantasy 14 service account then upgrading via Mog Station. This upgrade system will be offered for free until Dec. 31 this year.

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Final Fantasy 14 killed by Square Enix’s stubbornness, reborn by a new approach

What went wrong Beginning with a history of Final Fantasy 14, Yoshida noted that the game originally launched in 2010 to an extremely negative reaction from both fans and press. It had a Metacritic average of 48 and suffered from unstable servers — up to 400 crashes per day! — a lack of content and minimal story in a franchise known for having plot as one of its core parts. Yoshida pointed to three main reasons for Final Fantasy 14's failure in that first form. First, the team had an "unhealthy obsession with graphical quality." In a series of videos comparing the original version of Final Fantasy 14 to A Realm Reborn, he showed that the core game may have looked slightly better, but its areas were also empty and it took up a lot of processing power. For a specific example, Yoshida...

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These are Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's newest difficult dungeons

The upcoming patch 2.2 for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn — Through the Maelstrom — will bring a set of new Hard Mode dungeons when it drops later this month, as detailed in the latest trailer for the update. The video above offers a first look at these new dungeons: the dead Lost City of Amdapor, the Halatali training grounds and Brayflox's Longstop. The latter is overrun with a race of goblin scholars called the Illuminati from which players must defend an ancient and secret recipe. Players at higher levels will also get the opportunity to tackle the Second Binding Coil of Bahamut, a second entrance into the labyrinthine dungeon that gives access to a raid at the game's highest difficultly level available. Through the Maelstrom will launch for both the PlayStation 3 and Windows PC...

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Here's how to transfer Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn from PS3 to PS4

If you don't own the game already on PS3, you'll need to purchase a copy for PS4; but PS3 A Realm Reborn players have the option to upgrade to the PS4 version for free. Here's how to make the leap with minimal fuss before the game launches on April 14. The transfer service will begin on Friday, April 11 for players with the PS3 version of A Realm Reborn. Players will multiple accounts can transfer them all over to the PS4 version. Since all character data including levels, earned items, story and quest progression is stored on Square Enix's servers, all of this will carry over into the PS4 version and be ready to go when players first sign into A Realm Reborn on PS4. However, player-created data such as in-game macros, saved customized gear sets, item sorting and hotbar data cannot be...

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Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida to speak at GDC

Director and producer Naoki Yoshida will give a talk at the 2014 Game Developers Conference detailing the design process behind Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix announced this morning. Yoshida will discuss the massively multiplayer online role-playing game's development, from the botched launch of the original Final Fantasy 14 in 2010, to its negative reception and the decision to remake the game, to the successful release of A Realm Reborn on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC last August. In his Design and Production track talk, "Behind the Realm Reborn," Yoshida will also cover key factors of the game's initial failure, how Square Enix determined the title's subscription model, as well as share new behind-the-scenes information on decisions made during the remade version's...

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Square Enix is 'definitely interested' in bringing future Final Fantasy games to PC

Future releases in the Final Fantasy franchise could be coming to Windows PC, according to series producer Yoshinori Kitase who confirmed Square Enix is interested in developing for this platform. While the series has a long history of console releases, Kitase tells Eurogamer this could change in the future. "Let's not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC," Kitase said. "Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn't think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security....

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn Releases
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  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-08-27
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Square Enix
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    • Released 2013-08-27
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Square Enix
    • Score 9.0
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-04-14
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Square Enix
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