When Final Fantasy XIV first launched, in 2010, it was such a disaster that publisher Square Enix made the unprecedented move of taking it offline and launching a brand new version three years later. What was it like to be there? Today on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss.
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In Japan, there's an upcoming TV drama centred around Final Fantasy 14. Previously, all we've seen were stills from the show. Now, we have the show's intro sequence.
The Stormblood expansion for Square Enix's MMORPG will introduce a new continent to the game as well as two new character classes. We knew the first was Red Mage and now we know the second: Samurai.
We've already seen what Microsoft's HoloLens can do to Portal. Now, let's picture what it can do to Final Fantasy 14.
A substantial patch for Final Fantasy 14 just went live, changing up the MMORPG's party system in a big way. Players had complained that it was a little sterile, with minimal options for customisation. Now, players can recruit each other for cross-server parties, form password-protected private parties and keep their Chocobo companions summoned when they have registered for duties.
Wanderer Sabaku met me at the foot of his mansion's grand double stairway on the Diabolos server of Final Fantasy 14. He was nearly twice my size and towered in a purple floor-length coat. A crown sat on his blue-grey head. He welcomed me from behind a partition and led me down some winding stairs into the basement, which opened onto a theatre. It was his theatre, where, on December 31 and January 1, he will direct a full-scale, in-game production of "I Want to Be Your Canary", a play from Final Fantasy 9.
The biggest barrier for entry in Final Fantasy 14, a tremendous video game, is that you have to catch up with the entire story to play each new expansion pack, which can take dozens and dozens of hours if you're behind. Square Enix wants to change that.
It's time for a graphical showdown, MMO style. If you are curious about the different versions of Final Fantasy XIV, particularly when it comes to the visuals, then you should watch this comparison video by IGN. To me, it seems like the differences between all the versions aren't too pronounced -- but obviously the PS3 version doesn't quite look as good as the PS4 and PC versions of Final Fantasy XIV.