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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn opens August 27

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will get a second chance for a first impression on August 27. The rebuilt MMORPG will hit both PC and PS3 simultaneously.

The standard version will cost $30 on PC, or $40 on PS3. A collector's edition which includes a hardcover art book, special videos and music, collectible art cards, an account security token, and in-game bonus items will go for $70 on PC and $80 on PS3.

You can download the PC version for free if you were one of those unfortunate souls who bought the original FFXIV. No free PS3 version, seeing as the PS3 version never actually came out.

The game is still subscription based at $13 a month, though new accounts receive a 30-day trial period. The beta is free and still accepting applications for sessions this summer.

14 comments

  • Talvari - May 24, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Hopefully phase 3 will be the final nail in the coffin to convince me to get this. Might finally be able to get back into an MMO for once :|
  • shawksta - May 23, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Wat
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - May 23, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Holy shit! This is still coming out? It's things like this that make me wonder whether Squeenix will survive next gen. They're going to re-release an MMO whose first iteration was universally maligned on a console two months before it becomes obsolete AND charge $12 a month? Whose going to pay $12 a month for that crap?
  • BladedFalcon - May 23, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Sometimes the short term memory of gamers/fanboys baffles me. It's kinda stunning to see a rather large amount of people commenting on this of how excited they are and they can't wait to play it... Which, look, I get being cautiously optimistic, or wanting to check it out if you're into MMOs and Final Fantasy, but it's as if the entire catastrophe of the FFXIV launch had never happened, so much so that people are willing to pay money for it before even KNOWING if it'll be good this time around, or if they'll get screwed once again >_>;
  • Tyrlanae - May 23, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    I honestly can't speak for everyone but I know a lot of people are speaking from experience in the beta. It's not that XIV never happened, it very much did and it was bad, but this isn't the same XIV. You have to understand that the entire game has been reworked from the ground up; new engine, new servers, new maps and environments, all new questing system and a completely reworked combat system. It has nothing in common with the horrible first launch outside of the name and the most basic principles like races and such. It's not about being a fanboy, it's about being excited for a game you're looking forward to. By the same token I could ask you why you're being so negative regarding a product you seem to know very little about.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - May 23, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    This ^ If my time with the beta is indicative of the game as a whole, it's an infinitely better game than 14 was at launch.
  • BladedFalcon - May 23, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Okay, a few things: If I remember correctly, most of the people that had played the beta for the original FFXIV were also raving that it was fantastic, and even some sites commented as much. So forgive me if positive reactions from the beta isn't enough to erase my skepticism. Secondly, if they changed virtually everything, why not change the name as well? If they chose to keep calling it FFXIV, you can't really blame me, nor anyone else for always comparing and hold the stigma that the original has on the name. And if I'm being negative, is because Square has brought this upon themselves. Again, if they were making a different game altogether, calling it FFXIV still is a baffling decision that will do the new game no favors at all. It benefits them in no way because the brand recognition in this case is VERY negative. So even if I'm being unfair in distrusting the new game itself, it's not my fault that Square chose to go trough this route.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - May 23, 2013 2 p.m.

    I totally understand the skepticism. I don't mean to imply that I have none myself--I only played for ~30 hours or so, which is next to nothing in an MMO. The monthly fee, though... that I find a bit vexing
  • BladedFalcon - May 23, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Yes, that's another thing, far as I can tell, the monthly fee RPG is dying left and right, and yet you have this game, which not only it's charging an initial cost of admission, but a monthly fee right out of the gate... Which to me feels like the least inviting thing they could do, specially considering that being attached to the FF XIV fiasco, you would THINK they'd want to make it so people can check it out without paying first >_>;
  • Tyrlanae - May 23, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    The beta from the original did not progress into anything; that was the problem. For a beta it was good, but it never changed. What we got at launch was still a beta. There were a bunch of half measures and "sort of but not quite" ideas that were floating around and supposedly going to be implemented that we never saw. This time around the beta in and of itself is already a playable and fun game. As far as the name goes, I don't know. They added "A Realm Reborn" to signify it's a reboot, and I'm guessing they didn't want to just scrap a numeric entry in the franchise. Not sure if it was a good or a bad call, but it is what it is. I assume they're hoping the fans who have been following the changes and word of mouth will help to counter the stigma of the original. Hell, they've released almost everything to do with this game via video format by now, so if you look for it it's not like anything about this game is a secret. Here's the thing; I don't blame you for skepticism, it's warranted after the failure of the first launch. What I don't like is that you're coming into this game which you obviously know very little about and bashing it just for existing while at the same time chastising those of us who have been following it and are actually excited for it. It's becoming the "cool thing" to hate on Square-Enix, which means that even if they come out with a promising game everyone trashes it just because it's from SE. I'm not convinced how fair that is. Has SE made some bad decisions? Sure. Does that mean that everything that they're doing right now is destined to fail and be terrible? I don't think so.
  • BladedFalcon - May 23, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Fair enough, you're right in the sense that just because they have been screwing up left and right lately, that doesn't mean they can't actually make something good anymore. Of course they can. And note that from the beginning of my first post, I said "It's entirely okay to want to check the game out, or be cautiously optimistic". If I was all about blind hate, I wouldn't have said that, now would I? ;) Here's the thing, it's not the "cool" thing to hate on square-enix, at least, not in the sense you're making it sound. They have earned every single bit of animosity for the last years considering that all the later entries for the FF franchise have been underwhelming or mixed at best, and the one branch that consistently makes good games for them (Eidos) gets now blamed for the low sales and financial woes of the company. So make no mistake, Square deserves every single bit of scorn it gets. Lastly, I gotta recognize, I don't have a beef with you, nor with any of you that have played the demo and have genuinely enjoyed the game, and know exactly what you're getting for. (Or at least, what you think you'll get based on the demo.) But read the comments in a few other sites, specially on IGN, and tell me that the majority of those people don't sound like they are blindly getting excited for no reason other than they are fans, and probably haven't even tried the demo. THOSE are the people for which my original post was aimed for.
  • Tyrlanae - May 23, 2013 9:15 p.m.

    Fair enough. I honestly don't frequent IGN (one of the lowest quality game news sites out there if you ask me) so I haven't been keeping up on the commentary behind XIV over there. I only really frequent GR and Giant Bomb. Your final statement is totally reasonable, however, if there are fans just spewing over this game without having any knowledge about it. As someone who's genuinely excited for this game to launch I guess I'm just tired of seeing it get bashed every time it's mentioned. I swear, anytime you see this game blip on GR the comments are pretty much along the lines of what you and Collander initially wrote. Maybe I'm just playing devil's advocate or maybe I want to put some good words behind this project that Yoshida is sweating to bring back to life. *shrug* Finally, I might be mistaken on this but hasn't SE recently acknowledged that their western branches are the only ones succeeding, and their in-house franchises need to be doing better? I remember reading that but I can't recall from where. Maybe I'm wrong, I dunno. Either way, I don't do "internet beef" with random anonymous people I don't know, it's so pointless. So no worries, for the most part I always enjoy your commentary on the site and you're generally well informed regarding your opinions (I agree with your opinions of the Xbox One 100%, for example) so I've got nothing against you. Just standing up for a game I see some promise in. :)
  • BladedFalcon - May 23, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    Yeah, I don't rely on IGN for actual opinions or reviews at all, I just check it out because whether we like it or not, they're a big company with big resources and do get a ton of info and news faster than most sites, this one included, but yeah I also suppose I have no one to blame but myself if I go down the den of stupidity and despair that is the comments section there >>; And well, you're in your every right to defend a game you believe in, specially when you have good reasons and info to defend it as such. I definitely agree that a lot of my animosity towards the project has to do more with how Squeenix has been handling things, and less to do with the game itself, which IS unfair. As for your Square comments... Well, this article should say it all for you: http://www.gamesradar.com/square-enix-reveals-missed-sales-potential-tomb-raider/ I mean... It's pretty clear to me that they either have been mismanaging money terribly if they need those games to make that much money in order to be profitable... (I mean, FUCK, Tomb raider sold more than 4 million in a month, how is that NOT good enough for anyone anymore??) OR they are just shifting the blame to Eidos in order to cover for the expense of their Japanese projects... Which, I'm sorry, it also seems very likely considering that none of their latest Japanese games have sold nearly as well as tomb raider has. Hell, so far,FFXIII-2 didn't even sell half of what TR made in that month. So with that in mind, I think you could see why I have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to Square, no? Anyway, thank you for listening and responding ^^ I know sometimes I may tend to come off as high strung and a bit of an ass, but truth is I also don't seek to make enemies or anything XD I just enjoy a good discussion when I can get one ^^; And well, it's been cool talking to you because as many others here have proven to be, you're very reasonable even if we have differing opinions in some stuff. That, and you did knock some sense into me regarding this game, I'll keep attacking square whenever they deserve it, but if a project of them seems like it's genuinely trying, then I shouldn't take it out on that. So thanks for that, and I'll see you around ^^
  • Tyrlanae - May 23, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    I am so excited for the re-release of this game. The things they have done to this since they brought down the original XIV are truly incredible. It's now shaping up to be one of the most beautiful MMO's I've seen available. This is the game I've been waiting for since I left FFXI years ago. It's hard to believe it even came from the same game, given how much of a travesty the first launch was. Yoshida really went overtime on this project to turn it into the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes. It's a shame the subscription fee and the lackluster performance of the original will deter so many people from experiencing this fantastic reboot. This really has turned into a game worth playing.

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