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 Michael Moore on Dec 26, 2013 12.26.13
This month, we'll be interviewing co-workers about the games they believe deserve the title of Game of the Year. Today on Friends List Editor-at-Large Chris Plante asks Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar: Is the game of the year Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is Kentucky Route Zero game of the year? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Dec 06, 2013 12.06.13
The next major update for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Patch 2.1 "A Realm Awoken," will launch on Dec. 17, Square Enix announced today. The update brings with it player housing and a handful of new features, as well as introduces player-versus-player arenas starting with the Wolves' Den. The patch also adds a new event, the Crystal Tower 24-player dungeon. Player housing will be restricted to three specific residential areas in each of Eorzea's city-states. Houses can be setup after purchasing a plot of land. More details on features coming with the "A Realm Awoken" update can be found in the preview video above. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn launched in August for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC, with a PlayStation 4 version slated to launch in beta in February and in full in...
By Colin Campbell on Oct 14, 2013 10.14.13
A new trailer from Square Enix offers more details about Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's Wolves' Den PvP arena. Wolves' Den was announced earlier this year by director Naoki Yoshida, when he promised regular updates and content drops for the MMO. The arena opens for four-vs-four player combat this winter, featuring PvP-only actions that grant recovery from sleep, bind and other enfeeblement effects. The forthcoming update will also introduce player housing, new battles, quests, dungeons and the appearance of The Crystal Tower that "fans of Final Fantasy 3 will be eager to visit," according to Square Enix. The company has also announced a Halloween promotional event called "All Saints' Wake." From Oct. 18 through Nov. 1, the world of Eorzea will be decorated with ceremonial...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Sep 26, 2013 09.26.13
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn players have the opportunity to earn Final Fantasy 13 costumes in a brand new event starring the trilogy's pink-haired heroine, Square Enix announced today. A new quest created in collaboration with the development team of Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy 13 sends players into battle alongside Lightning — dressed in her original Final Fantasy 13 soldier outfit — to defeat a string of deadly monsters. In addition to scoring the traditional loot and rewards, players who successfully complete the mission will also snag gear and weapons featured in 2009's Final Fantasy 13. Female characters will get Lightning's outfit, while male characters will receive Snow Villier's beige trenchcoat and headband get-up from the first game. Check out the trailer above...
By Colin Campbell on Jul 05, 2013 07.05.13
Square Enix has released the third part of its "Tour of Eorzea" walkthrough videos for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. The new video shows Windows PC and PlayStation 3 footage of various areas of the game including La Noscea, Thanalan, Coerthas, The Black Shroud and Mor Dhona. A Realm Reborn is due to be released on Aug. 27, with a PlayStation 4 version pencilled in for 2014.
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By Alexa Ray Corriea on May 30, 2013 05.30.13
The third wave of beta testing for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, the upgraded re-launch of massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy 14, will begin on June 14, Square Enix announced today. According to the game's beta roadmap, the third phase will include both PlayStation 3 and Windows PC testers and will open access to all players with existing Final Fantasy 14 accounts. The MMO has been in beta since late February and is now entering its final testing stages. Those interested in participating can apply on Square Enix's website. A new trailer released for the title highlights the score of job classes available for players to choose from. Players can take on the job of a warrior, or mix swordsmanship with a dash of white magic as a Paladin. Monks prefer...
By Dave Tach on May 27, 2013 05.27.13
A video released late last week for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix's upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game, takes viewers on a multiplatform tour of the realm of Eorzea. Check out the video above to see seven minutes of characters and landscapes as they appear across platforms. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is set for an Aug. 27 release on Windows PC and PlayStation 3, and recently announced pre-order bonuses include an art book, Blu-ray, music and more.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Apr 18, 2013 04.18.13
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will implement tweaks to its materia system and how players can customize their Chocobos' appearance and abilities, according to the latest development video from producer Naoki Yoshida. According to Yoshida, players will be able to customize their Chocobos' abilities to best assist them in battle, honing them into "tank" or "caster" niches, among others. Players are free to change their job class at will, which result in fluctuating skill levels and in turn affect their ability to control their Chocobo. A Realm Reborn will tie Chocobo levels to that of the player, keeping player and mount in sync. Players can also level up Chocobos and teach them new skills through a system "a lot like a skill tree," said Yoshida. Chocobos can be set in offensive,...