Square Enix has removed the 14-day restrictions from Final Fantasy XIV’s free trial. Players can now play the game freely up until level 35 without any restrictions. All the free trial accounts, including expired ones, will be revived so players can return to the game and resume their progress.
Final Fantasy XIV was released on Sept. 30, 2010, for the PC. The game is set in Eozea and players have the freedom to create their own customized character to go through their journey with. Dealing with both the invasion by the Garlean Empire and the threat of powerful deities called Primals, the player has a long adventure ahead of them. The game was universally panned, however, leaving a feeling that the game wasn’t completed before its release. Elements such as gameplay were criticized in particular. The title was so bad that Square-Enix had another set of developers to make a new version of the game called Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released on Aug. 27, 2013, and was a much better product than its predecessor. “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a great MMORPG experience on PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Grounded in tradition and learning from the lessons of the games that preceded it, it thrives on the strength of its excitingly varied and flexible class system and highly mobile combat. The challenge ahead for Square is to achieve the delicate balance of questing, dungeons, and FATEs for the second half of the leveling process as well as it has the first, because right now the late game bogs down in mindless grinds more than I’d like,” IGN said in a review of the title. The combat system and improvements to the engine made this title a hit with gamers.
The game’s first expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward was released on June 23, 2015. The expansion puts players in the middle of the Dragonsong War between the Dravanian dragon horde and the Holy See of Ishgard. Players come to Ishgard after they have been accused of murder. From here, players take a journey trying to stop the war. The expansion was universally praised for its story and continued the upward trajectory of the Final Fantasy XIV platform.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will be releasing this summer on June 20, 2017. It takes place in Ala Mhigo where players will have to contend with a new villain named Zenos. The main story will start in a new zone called Rhalger’s Reach with more new zones promised when the expansion releases.