Good news for Final Fantasy fans who are waiting for a good f2p MMORPG to play – FINAL FANTASY XIV is scheduled to relaunch its new and improved 2.0 version in late 2012 or early 2013. The new version will be called Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Players may remember that the MMO was first released in 2010. Unfortunately, it was not successful, which is putting it very mildly. The president and CEO of Square Enix president, Yoichi Wada, even apologized to fans about the lack of quality of the MMORPG, saying that FFXIV “greatly damaged” the Final Fantasy brand (source). Ouch! That’s why everything will be redesigned.
Update: Beta test applications are now open for the PC and PS3 versions. http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/news/article/betatest_open
Correction: Also, FFXIV will be a subscription game, according to an interview at VG247.com.
(Revisions added January 24, 2013)
Now, according to the MCV website, version 2.0 will be a complete overhaul of the entire game. As little as 10 percent of the original content will be kept while all of the rest, including the user interface, controls, character creation, job system, instanced dungeons, mobs/enemies, battle algorithm, PvP, in-game communication, and so forth will be changed – hopefully for the better.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will also be a traditional subscription type of game but the devs have stated that they are willing to look into other business models in the future, probably because free-to-play has become the norm for more and more releases recently. For example, the high-profile switch of Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) from subscription to f2p has made waves in the industry and a lot of companies are no doubt taking note of the fact that even the most polished, big-budget titles can find it hard to succeed as a pay-to-play game.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be available for both the PC and PS3.