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Square Enix's Latest Desperate Attempt to Lure People into Final Fantasy XIV

BlogFinal Fantasy XIV didn't get off to a great start. The game was launched on PC to little/no fanfare. In fact gamers reported so many problems and issues that Hiromichi Tanaka resigned as producer along with a number of other staff changes1. Now that Square Enix have spent time re-designing and re-working the game - they want people to give them money.

All returning players will be granted free time for 10 days from May 9 to 20 in order for them to prove the game no longer sucks. Anyone who's already subscribed for at least 90 days between January 6 this year and when the 2.0 beta testing starts (who is?) will be awarded a $5 (USD) per month discount on subscription. Given 8 worlds (servers) were removed in March2 the company really needs to haul in people with cash to keep the game afloat.

Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 promises a re-designed graphics engine, re-designed maps, completely re-created user interface and a number of community enhancements. The new version is set to be launched later this year, as is the long-delayed PlayStation 3 version. Square Enix hopes it will improve on the existing game, which currently earns a 49/100 based on 26 reviews at Metacritic3.

Will 2.0 be different enough to woo series fans back? Will anyone care about it given the popularity of World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic? Only time will tell.


  1. /sblog/2189/ffxiv-free-game-time-extended-again-key-staff-resign-or-are-re-shuffled-from-game FFXIV free game time extended again, key staff resign or are re-shuffled and PS3 version delayed -

  2. Final Fantasy XIV Dumps Worlds For Merger - Kotaku

  3. Final Fantasy XIV - Metacritic

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  1. I have a feeling that no matter how good it is, it will be considered a failure and people will not want to play it. The market for a FF-MMORG seems to be too niche in general.

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