Final Fantasy XIV free trial period extended for a second time

The free trial period for Final Fantasy XIV has been extended for the second time, granting players an additional 30 days of free playtime while Square Enix continues to work on updates for the MMO. The second extension follows a rough launch for Final Fantasy XIV, which received mixed reviews.

PC Gamer’s review awarded Final Fantasy XIV a 30/100, saying “The kindest thing that can be said about the Final Fantasy MMO is that it has a good intro movie.” GamesRadar’s own review was also less than enthusiastic, giving the title a 4/10.

Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada responded to the negative reception from critics and fans in a recent investor briefing, and explained that the burden is on Square Enix to satisfy its customers. “If we satisfy our users, they will return. On the other hand, once the users say, ‘forget this,’ there’s no turning back. We can only recover our trust so far,” said Wada.

The extended trial period will be followed by a big update for the game, which is tentatively scheduled to launch on November 25. According to the announcement on the official Final Fantasy XIV site, the update “marks the first step in bringing about significant improvement to Final Fantasy XIV, guided in large part by the feedback you, the players, have provided. We are adamant that you should be given the opportunity to experience these changes firsthand before deciding to fully commit to the game.”

It will be interesting to see if the next big update will be enough to convince Final Fantasy XIV’s disappointed fan base to commit to paying the monthly subscription fees once this second free trial period expires. Have you been playing Final Fantasy XIV since launch? Share your experiences and concerns with us in the comments below.

[Source:FFXIV, The Lodestone]

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