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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  • Cleanser247 - November 17, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Still won't change much...
  • ShirowShirow - November 17, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    I see anoether MMO dying because it was shoved out the door before it was ready. Sorta like an adventurer tring to kill a dragon with a wooden sword. The dragon being WoW. That's the thing with MMOs: You need to commit to ONE. With the monthly fees, ridiculous time requirements for high-end content and friends lists... Why not just play the one everyone else is? I might've given FFXIV a try if it where free and didn't have system requirements that make small children weep. I'll stick with Warhammer myself.
  • RedOutlive10 - November 17, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    From what the reviews say, FFXIV sounds like a ten year old MMORPG trapped in a beautiful, nowadays shell.
  • pr0tostar - November 17, 2010 8:51 a.m.

    I think SE heard me when I was ranting conspiracies that they launched the retail ver as an unofficial beta. But loooooool. Still silly next to a much more compotent and FREE game like LotR especially when SE has more revenue than they know what to do with.
  • Starplatinum - November 17, 2010 3:26 a.m.

    This is pretty sad but at the very least, they are responding to the negative criticism instead of going whatever, ppl will still play cuz we are final fantasy. As far as the whole open beta continuation goes, yeah I totally agree. The only difference is that we paid 50-75 dollars to play beta and be able to keep our stats and items until said launch/update.
  • Tenfey - November 17, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    It keeps getting sadder as time passes.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - November 16, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    Bring the 90-day demo to PS3 and I'll be interested... I really want to screw around with that character creator. Heehee.
  • ChrisCultista - November 16, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    This desperation smells like desperation...
  • n00b - November 16, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    this should just be free to play or like guild wars monthly fees are the reason i don't play mmo's
  • Chrisd - November 16, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    so what is that 90 days free trail now?
  • city17fan - November 16, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    How could so much time be invested into this game with all of it's problems where the developers would actually think the play model would work?
  • FoxdenRacing - November 16, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    They're starting to almost sound like a desperate used-car salesman. 'Play our game. Please? ...please? c'mon...' How soon until they offer to pay people to play?
  • CongratulagentAgentTHEAgentAntista - November 16, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Oh Square Enix why did you have to release this game in an unfinished form? You know you won't get WoW numbers so it would have been best to continued working on it before release. CONGRATULAGENT AGENT! Here's a game delay coupon for a future Final Fantasy MMO. Good job and use it well.
  • Fenny12 - November 16, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    And the open beta continues.

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