Final Fantasy XIV Version 2.0 Is Now Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

By Ishaan . July 26, 2012 . 9:00am

The upcoming Final Fantasy XIV Version 2.0, which will overhaul Square Enix’s latest MMO, has a new name, the publisher announced today—Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. You can watch a new trailer for the game below:



“Since announcing our plans for the future of the title last October, we have been working tirelessly to include all of the elements that we have promised in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn,” says producer, Naoki Yoshida.


“This new title not only becomes a symbol of a completely new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, but also marks the beginning of a new stage as the latest title in the Final Fantasy series. I hope you’re looking forward to it!”


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is still scheduled for release on PC and PlayStation 3. Square Enix have not yet committed to a firm release date. You can access the game’s new website for more information here.

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  • Safros9

    It would be pretty cool to see this trailer as a commercial on TV (Shortened, obviously). I’m sure it would get a lot of MMO players pretty hyped.

    • Solomon_Kano

      That would be cool. Those World of Warcraft trailers sure used to get me hyped when they came on TV. And I don’t even play MMOs lol.

  • Jungo

    I’m sold! I have no concrete reason to be sold, but I’m sold none-the-less!

  • Paradox me

    I really enjoyed the time I spent with Final Fantasy XIV, but decided not to go past the free trial period because the game clearly needed more work (despite really wanting to experience XIV’s original story before it’s gone in 2.0).

    Can’t wait to try out 2.0 though, especially the new areas (XIV’s were pretty copy/pasted; Gridania’s forest was just a huge, winding maze made up of the same assets). However, more than 2.0 I’m just looking forward to them being able to focus on content. I don’t think I’d be around very long if all there is to do are levequests. I’d like to think they just haven’t had the time, what with rebuilding the entire game and such.

    Either way, Final Fantasy XI wasn’t particularly amazing right off the bat. Rise of the Zilart really cemented its excellence and I’m willing to give XIV the time to grow as well.

    • I was going to the same but I decided to buy myself 3 months to get the legacy status. Legacy members only pay like 10 dollars and can have unlimited characters on every server. Its like the ultimate gift for people who played before 2.0 while paying.

  • Nitraion

    Okay go on… its on ps3 as well, I might try this game as long I don’t pay monthly…

    • Paradox me

      It’ll have a subscription fee.

      • Nitraion

        ==”  lol how much and why?
        Don’t get me wrong but I don’t like idea to pay game that I bought….
        Edit: is it monthly or year or lifetime?

        • Guest

          Monthly. Probably like $11 a month or something like that.

          I hate MMO’s….

          • Nitraion

            The only MMO i play is Ragnarok Online lol..
            well i don’t really Hate MMO…. but to pay to play
            you know what in the past my country server is like that too “pay to play”
            then when i stop playing Ragnarok Online….I just thinking “what the hell am i doing, why i pay just to play” now MMO is usually free you just only pay for special items i feel more dumber Lol XD
            That’s why i hate “Pay to play” if i hate MMO i would hate Phantasy star…XD

          • Guest

            Yeah Phantasy Star is cool. Kinda makes MMO seems stupid.

          • Did you know that Ragnarok Online was pay to play until a few years ago? What people would was play in private servers but that was kind of illegal. I also played on a private server back on my days of RO. 

          • From what I see, a lot of F2P dudes spend much more money on their F2P games every month compared to what other people spend on their P2P games in a year.
            Knowing that, I don’t think MMOs being P2P is really a big deal.

          • Guest

            Its not even just that; I just like a more focused character based RPG. I dont really care about playing with a bunch of people and losing the quality of the classic combat structure and having to deal with other technical issues and drawbacks due to having to deal with a persistent world. 

          • Luna Kazemaru

             Yeah F2P mmos you would be spending more on there then a p2p mmo’s.

          • It is kind of a big deal. It’s because some people don’t want continue paying for a game they already bought, or they don’t want to pay monthly, that they just don’t play the game at all.

            I think that’s why the F2P model, with cash shop is a much better system, if balanced. It’s good for both sides; you make more money, and more people get to play your game.

        • Paradox me

          $12.99 for 30 days; 1 character per world, 8 characters total
          $14.99 for 30 days; 8 characters per world, 40 characters total

          As for why, things like server maintenance and the fact that successful paid MMOs (i.e. Final Fantasy XI) are cash cows. Mostly the latter.

          They’ve also had to essentially rebuild the game, and they’ll want to make that money back somehow.

          • Nitraion

            Hmm per world? Like server?
            $12.99 per month hmm that’s kinda pricey for me….
            that dragon quest is pay too no?
            Well that’s a shame i wanna play legit FF game again… guess wait for Versus then

        • Then MMORPGs will probably not be your cup of tea. Most MMORPGs have monthly fees. They are needed to pay for the large amounts of servers necessary for keeping thousands of players in the same game world. It also pays for the continued development of new content for the game, etc etc. However there are some MMOs that are free to play and survive on cash shops like Guild Wars 2 and Phantasy Star Online 2. This are experimental models and are not MMO standard. 

          If you want a taste of MMOs then Guild Wars 2 and Phantasy Star Online 2 will be to your liking. Its free unless you want extra character slots, flamboyant cosmetics that no one else has, etc. However you can play the whole game and all the time you want without dropping a cent. Guild Wars 2 you have to purchase the game but Phantasy Star Online 2 is free to download. However Guild Wars 2 comes out on August and Phantasy Star Online 2 is currently only out on Japan but the english version is coming out next year. 

          • Nitraion

            Haha yeah you’re right beside I am Like to play variety game not just one game….I think mostly MMO player just focus to play one game….
            I just thought this game will be like WKC….

          • Yeah but WKC isn’t eaxactly an MMO. You only have 4 characters at once in one screen. In a MMO you could be in a party of 4 yet you are playing in the same world as thousands of people. So you could run around with 100 people for example all in the same world. Hence why MMO stands for Massive Multiplayer Online. Its tons of people playing together all at once. All that people playing at the same time requires a lot of servers and money to maintain.

            Phantasy Star Online 2 is very similar to WKC in that regard. On the lobbies you can meet up with people but its only 4 players when you go on missions. 

        • AFatHouseCat

          I kind of agree with this, if I’m going to pay a monthly fee I don’t like having to put the money out on the base game as well. If the base game was free to download I’d be more willing to spend the money per month, but I guess they know enough people are going to buy it, try it and not continue past the free trial month, so they want to get that $50 or whatever from everyone for entrance fees before they bolt.

        •  You could buy version 1.0 of the game now and get to download FFXIV: ARR for free when it is released since people who already own the first version don’t have to buy it again. And it costs only ~6-16 bucks on amazon or ebay right now.

          The fee you pay is monthly but you can decide to pay for several months/a year in advance and in return get a discount on your fee.

          I understand you not wanting to keep paying for a game you already bought but a “normal” game just ends after a certain amount of time while with MMORPGs they continue to add content and story and other features for years so you basically pay for that (as well as running costs) :)

          The Free2Play model has several flaws and has yet to bring an enjoyable experience to any player not buying stuff from the cash shop. It’s kind of obvious but I’m still gonna point it out: since the Cash Shop is the publisher’s main source of income they will do everything to make you want to use it as many times as possible. Because of that, most people waste more money on F2P games than they would pay with a monthly fee :)

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    Mind blowing CG video, I’m really excited for this game although I could never get into games like WoW and LineAge II no matter how many hours I wasted.

    They seem to be promising a gorgeous game and a great story. I’m picking it up for the PS3 and keeping my fingers crossed.

  • AzuNo17

    ick.. not my favorite narrator, but hot damn. Kudos to whoever canonically restructured Eorzea. A more dynamic environment is always a good thing in MMOS ;D

  • DanteJones

    FFXIV 2.0 seems like its going to be a lot better than when the original game launched. I hope they stick with what they say they’re going to fix, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it in the months to come. :)

  • Wow, this looks really really good. He did say that 2.0 or A Realm Reborn would be much better and more appealing, and it seems that he did not lie. I played it on the PC when it first came out, but stopped playing because, well you know lol. Looks like I will have to pick this up again after seeing what it’s gonna be like after it comes out.

  • eilegz

    make it free to play or at least single pay to play no monthly feee

  • Anime10121

    Looks good, but then again, so did the first CG trailer back when they first
    announced XIV at E3 2010. While I have yet to play XIV (dont really care much for MMOs, I tried XI, but it seemed like it was WAY to big a time sink), I hope that the improvements coming to “A Realm Reborn” actually improve the game a vast amount, and make all the time/money sunk into XIV’s “re-launch” worth it.

    I’d hate to see XIV fail, as XI, made tons of profit for Square, and profit for Square means they can take more risks on awesome new games like Nier, (or put more funding into anticipated titles like Vs. and KH3).

  • Aqua King

    The guy who does the narration is quite annoying. :/

    • Alexander Aubert

      i think that british accent is cool

  • scratchbach

    Cannot wait. I’m not a huge fan of XIV now, but I love what they’ve been showing of 2.0.
    I will say though, I really wish they’d make this F2P. I’ll pay the subscription of course, but the idea of a F2P FF MMO… it sounds like it could make a lot of money. F2P has proven it can be a viable business model, and with a license like FF, I think it could do great.

  • scratchbach

    I think the narrator sound sort of silly.




    If you look beyond the sugar coating here the game is still pretty wretched and I doubt it’ll be pleasant by launch. I just see an impeding second flop. Call me back when the game doesn’t make crafting professions mandatory to do anything.

  • Jrpgfanatic

    Too little too late Square, sorry! Phantasy Star Online 2 awaits!

    • Testsubject909

      My PSV is ready…

  • Alexander Aubert

    does the ps3 version has an online fee?

    • Nitraion

      Look my comment below..
      they say there is online fee…

  • Settsuo

    I’m personally excited for the relaunch. Don’t really care what others think.

    • Testsubject909

      I have no bone to pick with the relaunch.

      The only bone I had to pick on was the original FF14.

  • Speedo Redempteur

    So it’s still on course for the PS3 version , nice to know as i don’t have a pc powerfull enough to run this game

    • harmonyworld

       same here, no seriously, my most powerful computer can’t even muster.

      • Testsubject909

        Y’know, this is something that seems to escape most “PC Master Race” gamers out there.

        PS. In terms of capabilities, I would fit within their classification of those in the “PC Master Race” save for that needless mentality that focuses on having the largest e-peen possible.

  • man, look at all that gameplay!

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    You know how much money would Square do if we can modify our main character to look like one from previous game?

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Trial first before buy.

  • i am still waiting for 
    Final Fantasy XIV to come out for PS3

  • Solomon_Kano

    Oh fudge. This was actually cooler than the game’s original reveal. I’m looking forward to seeing how much its changed. Once it hits PS3, of course.

    • Testsubject909

      They did say that once FF14 is golden, that is to say, properly made and done, that it’d finally get released on PS3.

      And comparatively to FF11 on PS2, FF14 on the PS3 aughta be far more accessible for use and play.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I hope so. The only way I could’ve played 11 was on PS2 but it looked so off-putting. I suppose I could’ve played it on 360 years later, still actually, but ehh.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Well considering that they had done so much there for the game, maybe i should login back there lol.^_^ Who knows this time, they are going to be able to capture me into paying each month lol.^_^

  • komiko12

    Boxart guy looks matured…
    I hope he will become an important character in the plot like Prishe in XI.
    And when the next crossover game comes XIV will have a representative!

  • CirnoLakes

    This is bizarre, since I already have several gaming PCs. But I may actually be looking into getting the PlayStation 3 version. I want to see how it compares to my PC copy of the game. And if anything, it’ll make a great alternative when my PCs are out of commission or doing something else.

    On the other hand, why didn’t I play the original Final Fantasy XIV while I still had the chance?;_; I completely had the chance to be a loyal player who stuck around and got the loyal player type bonuses, but no.

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