Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

PC, PS3, PS4 / RPG / Release: Aug 27, 2013 / ESRB: T

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Why Final Fantasy XIV's reboot needed to keep the original name

Why Final Fantasy XIV's reboot needed to keep the original name

Has there ever been a comeback story as dramatic as Final Fantasy XIV's? Launched to disastrous results, the game was rebuilt and relaunched as "A Realm Reborn," essentially a brand new game with the Final Fantasy XIV moniker. So, why didn't Square Enix simply cut their losses and shed the name? Game director Naoki Yoshida said it was important to preserve faith in the Final Fantasy brand.

"Even if we were to, say, shut down this game within a year and put out the next Final Fantasy game, that would lose the trust, and it would completely disappoint all of our fans," he explained. "I'm sure there would be a lot of players who would say, 'I'm never going to play Final Fantasy again,' or 'I'm never going to buy a Square Enix game ever again.' I, too, am a fan of the Final Fantasy series. I would have said the same thing, too."

Read more: No more concern over 'business or commercial success' »

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Final Fantasy 14 reaches 2 million registered users

Final Fantasy 14 reaches 2 million registered users

Just as Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn rolls out to PlayStation 4, Square Enix has announced that it has surpassed 2 million registered accounts worldwide.

Read more: Upgrade from PS3 to PS4 for free »

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Final Fantasy 14 expansion to let players fly

Final Fantasy 14 expansion to let players fly

The first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 will let players fly. The heads of the team recently shared a few more details about the expansion in a Q&A, and among them was confirmation of the new navigation option.

Read more: "Players can expect to look to the skies" »

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How to upgrade from the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV to PS4

How to upgrade from the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV to PS4

PS3 owners of Final Fantasy XIV will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version for free starting today. The upgrade will be available until "at least" the end of the year, giving players time to upgrade their PlayStation consoles. However, do note that once the upgrade is performed, you'll lose access to the PS3 version.

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Final Fantasy XIV free PS4 beta weekend starts now

Final Fantasy XIV free PS4 beta weekend starts now

Yet to try A Realm Reborn, Square Enix's reboot of Final Fantasy XIV? Perhaps you're already a subscriber and you want to see how much prettier the PS4 version will be. Either way, if you want to explore the world of Eorzea, you'll be able to do so for free this weekend through an open beta.

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn director explains what went wrong with original

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn director explains what went wrong with original

Final Fantasy 14 has been pretty well received since it relaunched as "A Realm Reborn," but that was only after Square went back to the drawing board after the original tanked. At the Game Developers Conference, director Naoki Yoshida gave more detail on just what went wrong, and how they began the process of fixing it.

Read more: A game killed by indulgent flowerpots »

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Final Fantasy 14 patch 2.2 trailer shows new battles and features

Final Fantasy 14 patch 2.2 trailer shows new battles and features

Square Enix is giving players an extensive look into the upcoming 2.2 patch for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, titled 'Through the Maelstrom.' In addition to offering a look at some of the battles ahead, the eight-minute video also takes a glimpse into some of the patch's other notable features, including new areas, cosmetic items and glamours, gardening, and side-quests.

Watch: Patch 2.2's many features »

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Final Fantasy 14 PS3/PS4 character transfers detailed

Final Fantasy 14 PS3/PS4 character transfers detailed

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is bracing to make its PS4 debut on April 14, with the beta already underway. Those adventuring through the PS3 version will likely want to transfer their accounts and characters to the game's next-gen version and Square Enix has detailed how to do just that.

Read more: Transfers begin April 11 »

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Final Fantasy 14 trailer shows PS4 features; beta plans detailed

Final Fantasy 14 trailer shows PS4 features; beta plans detailed

With the PlayStation 4 release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn now poking its head over the horizon, plodding steadily towards us and an April 14 launch, Square Enix is showing a little more. A new trailer gives a brief rundown on the port's features, which include Remote Play through a Vita and controlling a cursor with the touchpad.

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Square Enix cites Final Fantasy 14 in profitable financial report

Square Enix cites Final Fantasy 14 in profitable financial report

It wasn't too long ago that Final Fantasy 14 was considered such an embarrassment for Square Enix that it scrapped it for a much-publicized revamp. The publisher's CEO apologized, the new creative director said it was a mistake to launch in that state--it was a whole big messy thing, you might remember. But what a difference a relaunch makes. Square Enix's recent earnings statement shows the company is profitable again, and it mentions sales of A Realm Reborn as a factor.

Read more: From $56 million loss to $51 million profit »

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Final Fantasy 14 birthing on PS4 on April 14

Final Fantasy 14 birthing on PS4 on April 14

Square Enix had said that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn would launch on PlayStation 4 in the month of April and gosh, it really meant it. Over the weekend, the publisher pinned its revamped MMORPG down to an April 14 launch. People who already own the MMORPG on PS3 will be able to transfer their account over to PS4, but it'll be permanent with no undosies.

Read more: Beta test coming in February »

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 1: Rayman Legends, Final Fantasy 14, Battlefield 4

Chatty Twitch Highlights 1: Rayman Legends, Final Fantasy 14, Battlefield 4

Over recent months, the Shacknews Chatty community has fully embraced the idea of broadcasting some of their favorite games on Twitch. So much so, in fact, that Shack user fuell has compiled a list of Shacknews Twitch channels to share with the community and the online gaming world.

Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of January 18, 2014.

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Final Fantasy 14 offers free weekend to returning players

Final Fantasy 14 offers free weekend to returning players

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has undergone some significant changes since it first launched. Version 2.1 introduced some new features, like personal housing and PvP arena battles. The game has changed to such a degree that Square Enix hopes to bring back former players with a free weekend.

Read more: For returning players only »

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Final Fantasy 14 launching on PlayStation 4 in April

Final Fantasy 14 launching on PlayStation 4 in April

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will launch on the PlayStation 4 in April 2014, Square Enix has announced. This will follow a brief beta test scheduled to start on February 22, 2014--the same day the PlayStation 4 is set to launch in Japan.

Read more: Preview coming December 14 »

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Final Fantasy 14 free world transfers coming this week, upcoming events outlined

Final Fantasy 14 free world transfers coming this week, upcoming events outlined

Final Fantasy XIV will let you hop servers for free this week, in a move that will make it easier for you to join your friends if you found yourselves separated. The free World Transfer service will begin tomorrow, and lasts until Monday, October 21. Square Enix also outlined a few of its upcoming events.

Read more: Halloween, Lightning, and other game tie-ins »

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