|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...
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By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 25, 2014 02.25.14
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...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 19, 2014 02.19.14
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...
By Emily Gera on Feb 19, 2014 02.19.14
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...
By Emily Gera on Feb 18, 2014 02.18.14
Square Enix announced today both the Collector's and Standard editions of its relaunched massively multiplayer online game Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will be available at a 50 percent discount on Steam until Feb. 25. The discount will halve the price of the game's Standard Edition from $29.99 to $14.99, while the Collector's Edition is halved from its typical $49.99 price tag to $24.99. This follows the game's worldwide launch on both PlayStation 3 and Windows PC last year. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game will go into its beta phase for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 22, 2014 in North America and Japan, the same date as the Japanese launch of Sony's next-generation console. Since the relaunch of the troubled massively multiplayer release, Square Enix confirmed sales...
By Jenna Pitcher on Feb 18, 2014 02.18.14
Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that its PlayStation 4 has cumulatively sold more than 5.3 million units worldwide and was January's bestselling console in the U.S., according NPD Group data as of Feb. 8. Since its North American launch on Nov. 15, PS4 is available in more than 32 regions across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. It will launch in Japan on Feb. 22, coinciding with the launch of Sega's Yakuza Restoration and the next-gen beta of Square Enix's Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. "The PS4 system's momentum just keeps growing stronger, and we are extremely grateful for the continued passion and support of PlayStation fans." Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a prepared statement. "I'm looking forward...
By Philip Kollar on Feb 13, 2014 02.13.14
Yoshida and his team have spent the last few years rebuilding Square Enix's disastrous MMO, Final Fantasy 14. Last year, they successfully relaunched as Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, a completely different and astoundingly better game. And since then, they've remained hard at work churning out fresh content and working on a PlayStation 4 version of the game. "We had a very challenging time trying to relaunch Final Fantasy 14," Yoshida says, "and we don't want to forget the struggles we went through." The more Yoshida talks about what he's achieved so far and what they have planned, the less tired he seems. He starts with the hard stats: 1.8 million players around the world, 6.7 million characters created, over 400 million hours played. It is, he says with certainty, "the largest...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 12, 2014 02.12.14
The PlayStation 4 beta for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will be an open one, and publisher Square Enix will run it in two phases: one in February and another in April, the company announced today. Phase one will begin Feb. 22, as previously announced, and will conclude on March 3. The second phase will run from April 4-7. Anybody who owns a PS4 will be able to download the beta from the PlayStation Store for free. While Square Enix will wipe all characters after the end of the first phase, any characters created during the April beta period will carry over to the full game, which launches April 14. People who already have characters in the PlayStation 3 or Windows PC versions of A Realm Reborn can transfer them to the PS4 for the beta. In the final retail game, everybody — PS4,...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 05, 2014 02.05.14
Square Enix is continuing its efforts to effect a turnaround after a disastrous 2013 fiscal year, and the plan is producing solid results so far in the first three quarters of the company's 2014 fiscal year, Square Enix announced today. The publisher tallied net sales of 102.47 billion yen ($1.01 billion) during the nine-month period ending Dec. 31, 2013. Although that figure represented a decrease of 0.3 percent from the same period in 2012, Square Enix recorded an operating income of 7.82 billion yen ($77.23 million) and a net income of 5.18 billion yen ($51.15 million) during the three fiscal quarters. In the same period one year prior, the company suffered an operating loss of 4.85 billion yen and a net loss of 5.75 billion yen. According to Square Enix, positive results during...
By Dave Tach on Jan 28, 2014 01.28.14
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and The Stanley Parable topped the list of the most accessible games in 2013, according to AbleGamers' annual awards. Square Enix's Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn was the most accessible mainstream game of the year, according to the organization. The online game scored a 9.1 in AbleGamers' accessibility-focused review for its ability to be played with one hand, the inclusion of subtitles and its colorblind-friendly design. "In terms of the visual aspect, especially how color is displayed, we took in the players' feedback and continuously performed updates so that any player from around the world can enjoy the game, and are firmly committed to this moving forward," Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, told...
By Dave Tach on Jan 27, 2014 01.27.14
PlayStation Vita owners with PlayStation Plus subscriptions will find Smart As... has joined their Instant Game Collection tomorrow, Jan. 28, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. Climax Studios and XDev Studio Europe's connected collection of brain-training minigames is designed to "foster a sense of community and competition," Nicolo Accordino, assistant producer at Sony Santa Monica, told us ahead of the game's release. Check out our interview for our impressions of Smart As... and its logic, memory and word puzzles. Sony will also discount 11 Final Fantasy titles for all, with extra discounts for those with PS Plus. Games on sale include the PS Classics Final Fantasy 9 and Final Fantasy Origins, both of which are normally $9.99, are on sale for $5.99 or $5.39 for PS Plus...