Final Fantasy 14 Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that uses a subscription model, so once your sub runs out, you’ll need to buy more time to play the MMMORPG.
If you’re playing the free trial, you have as much time as you want to complete the content included with it. Even if you finish the trial’s story and max out all your job levels, you’ll still be able to log in and play for free.
You only need to pay for a subscription if you’re playing a purchased version of FFXIV. You can purchase 60-day codes for around $30 from most video game retailers, like Amazon, GameStop, or the Square Enix website directly.
If you want to buy a shorter subscription or set up recurring payments, you need the Mog Station website. Mog Station is the site that handles almost all of the paid services for Final Fantasy 14, whether it’s buying an outfit or upgrading your games from the standard versions to the collector’s editions.
Once you log in with your Square Enix account, click “Manage Service Options.” Under the banner that says “Subscription Renewal,” you can choose to either add game time using a card you bought from a retailer or pay with a credit card.
When you pay for your subscription directly through Mog Station, you also have two subscription options.
The Standard subscription costs $14.99 per month and offers discounts if you buy months in bulk. It allows you to make up to eight characters per world and up to 40 total. This is useful if you want to make a lot of different characters or if you want to play with different people across different data centers.
The Entry subscription costs $12.99 per month and offers no discounts for bulk purchases. It allows you to make one character per world and up to eight total. Most people will only need this subscription, unless you need lots of characters or plan on buying many months at once for a cheaper price.