Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Sees 1 Million Beta Sign-Ups

By Ishaan . July 1, 2013 . 11:00am


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has reached 1 million registered users for its ongoing beta test, Square Enix announced this morning.


Final Fanatsy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently in its third phase of beta-testing. The game was re-booted with its new “A Realm Reborn” subtitle and brand new content after the original version of Final Fantasy XIV failed to prove satisfactory.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released on August 27th for the PC and PlayStation 3. Find more details on its launch here.


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  • KyoyaHibari

    And yet despite pre-ordering, I’m not one of them -_-.

    • Neophoton

      In the event you legitimately didn’t get a code: I wish I didn’t activate mine, I would’ve given it to you since I wound up not playing too much in phase 3.

      It’s not a bad game (I really enjoyed it, if anything), I just realized why I don’t really get into MMOs before: Losing track of time without noticing a thing.

      • Ferrick

        thankfully nowadays mmos have added a real-time clock so that we don’t lose track of time… which is kinda useless since we lose track of it anyways XD

        • Neophoton

          Hahaha, definitely! I have a horrible sense of time when it comes to MMOs, so I’m afraid of getting sucked into those games, as good as FFXIV is.

  • Asap Nina

    is the beta still going on.

    • Zal_Yagun

      From what I can tell, they have test phases every weekend. Not sure when it ends though

    • Ereek

      Yes, one more for Phase 3, then Open beta in a few weeks.

  • James Williams

    Was happy to finally get into this beta as it cemented my pre-order down for the collectors edition.

  • Shinobikens

    If it was free to play I would’ve cared about the beta. But it’s not. So why bother.

  • KuroNathan

    I want to join in the beta, or at least play around with the char creator. Hell if they released the game’s char creator i’ll play that

  • zferolie

    Does the PS3 get into this Beta? I preodered the special edition for the PS3…

    • Yes the beta is currently for both ps3 and pc.

      • zferolie

        cool… now how do I get the beta though?

        • They have beta signups on the site

          • zferolie

            Ah. I thought I was automatically signed up by getting the collectors edition. I’ll check it out tonight. I am very curious on trying the summoner class types.

  • Ethan_Twain

    If Square Enix actually managed to turn this game around, it would be one of the most compelling comeback stories ever. That would blow my mind.

    Do you guys actually think it could happen? FF XIV makes a comeback? Makes a comeback as a paid MMO in a world where so few paid MMOs can survive? Makes a comeback despite the disastrous launch and subsequent un-launch? Make a comeback despite finally releasing on the PS3 so shortly before the PS3 becomes outmoded?

    Just… I always figured it was impossible.

    • Wiccan1109

      Will it do better than it did before? Undoubtedly. Will it dominate the market? Absolutely not. SE played it very safe and besides the unique story and job changing, it really doesn’t offer anything that you can’t see in other MMOs, however it does have everything that has become standard. It has fantastic art direction and music though and for people who value that it may well be above anything else on the market.

      My guess is it’ll hold its own alongside the current top 10 big names but its just going to be another name among them instead of a joke. If thats how you define a comeback i’d say yeah, mission accomplished.

      • Zeik56

        Honestly I think the fact that it’s available on the PS3 (and later PS4) will be a pretty notable boon for it. The fact that FFXI was one of the only MMO’s on a console was a big reason for its success. (They were still releasing updates for that game on the PS2 until just recently.)

        I don’t expect it to dominate the market or completely revitilize the MMO industry or anything, but I feel that is something that will make it stand out among the crowd of MMO’s. Especially considering the console controls are actually pretty good, and it has cross play with the PC version, and I assume the PS4 version as well.

        I’m not much of an MMO person myself, but having spent some time with the beta it’s making me consider picking up the full retail version, where I had literally zero interest in it previously.

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      Yeah I’m with you. I never saw this coming. When the game first released, I expected by now that it would be announcing free ro play or just closing up entirely. In the business of video games, especially MMOs it’s so cutthroat, people lose interest so fast and there is SO MUCH competition I never imagined a comeback story was even feasible. I know my favorite MMO of all time, City of Heroes, got shutdown despite being profitable rather because it just wasn’t profitable enough. Something with a two-fold development where the game had to be fully recreated, with a huge length of ‘free play’ where servers were up for free making no money and then already blowing large wads of cash on the initial advertising which turned into negative advertising because the game was so bad…

      All that and the suits/accounts didn’t pull the plug… and it seems like the gaming community is willing to give the game a second chance as well…

      Well, even as I find myself having zero interest in actually playing, I hope it does well enough, and Squenix’s expectations are reasonable enough, that does go on to establish itself, because it would be a real shame to see this amazing comeback story with an epilogue like “and it got 5 million subscribes but Squenix was expecting 10 million so they pulled the plug”.

      • takoyaki_nom

        In an interview, YoshiP spilled the beans on how rebuilding FFXIV
        possible. Basically, they have ZERO investors to please and they’re
        paying everything out of SE’s own resource pool. This means more flexibility but there is still a big risk since a failure means the company will have one less leg to stand on. But with the right person in charge(YoshiP
        in this instance) it’ll be the push forward SE has desperately needed in
        finally turning things around. I applaud the FFXIV for their
        willingness to take the risk and I hope that the game will be a success,
        not just for SE’s sake, but mostly for the player base who will reap
        the benefit of playing a quality modern MMO that won’t go the way of F2P.

        • Setsu Oh

          you just explained the ‘failures’ of western SE titles. ff14 & 15. and yet SE complained w/o acknowledging those money pits(ff15 has been in dev for 7YEARS)

          • takoyaki_nom

            I think the key differences this time around is that they’ve finally been driven into the corner and had to acknowledge their mistakes and they have a person with a head on his shoulders to fix at least one aspect of the company’s problem.

          • Setsu Oh

            ? they just released the first version against the wishes of the guy they afterwards put THEIR mistake on and fired. classic case of white collars vs dev. no one wins.

    • Ferrick

      first things first, its going to be released on ps4 too, so no problems with that, those on ps3 can still play it if they are not going to get ps4 anytime soon

      and honestly, it does need some work here and there, but it is many times better than the original XIV.

      as for the p2p dying part, its not exactly right either, f2p games are the ones that are dying here and there, sure they are still up, but the population is near 10% of initial launch, take raiderz for example, people have been praising it high and low, and just recently i relogged back into it only to find that no one is in the lvl 10+ town and zones

  • karasuKumo

    I’ve been playing it this weekend and I’m a level 13 lancer, I can say that it is a vast improvement over the original (although I never played the original but did watch many videos of it).

    The main thing that I like about it is that the music and location design have a wonderful atmosphere! The boss fights in the story quests have a Final Fantasy feel to them which I thought was fantastic. I’m neutral with the combat but mainly because I’ve never liked the pace of MMO combat. It’s still enjoyable though.

    Does anyone know if they’ll be offering free trials of it after release? If they are I recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in it.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    I guess that gives a confirmation on if people are willing to give a game a second chance or not. I will admit I’m extremely surprised it went this way and not the other.

  • ChiffonCake

    I’m actually really looking forward to this game, even though I most likely won’t be able to play it anytime soon…

    Regardless, I hope it turns out good.

  • StarWarudo

    My PS3 died the same day I got the email about my beta key. ;_;

    • Martian Wong

      can I have ur code?

      • StarWarudo


  • The Watcher

    1 million registrered…. only 100,000 able to play

  • I was in the beta over the weekend. I now want this game so… SO much ( ;A;)

  • HerosLight

    Got into the beta, enjoyed my pugilist and got to Lv14.

    But I’ll get this game ’til it comes for PS4. I don’t really feel like paying monthly yet.

    • Zeik56

      I have to wonder how they’ll handle it with the mandatory online fee on the PS4. I kind of like the idea of playing it on the PS4, but I don’t necessarily want to pay for PS+ and a monthly fee just to play the game. It would be nice if the PS+ fee somehow carried over to the monthly fee, even if it was only a little.

      • Eri

        I was wondering how they are going to solve that as well. I already have a plus account so it doesn’t matter that much, but I’m still curious.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    I have to say I got into the beta and I loved it. Although the learning curve is massive and the map is horrendous.

    • It’s not too bad and yeah the maps take some getting used to but all that can be changed later. Most important thing is you loved it

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        Yep. It’s the best console MMO I’ve ever played and I have a huge soft spot for DC Universe Online and FFXI so that’s a huge compliment.

        Another problem that’s not that game related but hardware related… the game runs at 1280×544 without anti-aliasing and everything is insanely jaggy. It’s probably obvious that the PS3 can’t handle it so I can assume that the PS4 version should run flawlessly in 1080p.

        • Yeah I hear ya, I’ll definitely get the game on the PS4 but for now I’m using my PC

        • Masengan

          Yes the PS3 cannot handle it, I got into a FATE where I had no clue what was going on because it was like watching a slide show. I do like the game as well but after the beta ends if I end up getting it, it will be on the PS4 so I can play it at its best.

          • Zeik56

            I don’t think that was an inherent issue with the game. I’ve been in a number of FATE’s where there were a ton of people and the game ran perfectly smoothly.

            In fact, considering my Internet connection is hardly great, I’ve actually been quite impressed with how smoothly the game seems to run on the PS3. I’ve had lots of experience with slideshow MMO’s on my PC.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            Same here, even with 15 characters all doing special attacks that cast lights (The game uses dynamic lighting) and it ran relatively smoothly.

    • Zeik56

      What’s wrong with the map? I mean, it’s not amazing or anything, but I don’t recall having any real issues when I was playing the beta.

  • AokiShizuku

    From what I’ve played of FFXIV:ARR, it’s not looking to be the most innovative or ground breaking MMO out there. It’s just improving on already existing aspects of MMOs such as the questing system. Quests have variety and they have tried their best to minimize the amount of text to read so it doesn’t become boring and it’s still possible to speed through text if the player wishes to.

    Another aspect I’d say they’re doing well in is the party aspect. For the first 15 levels, it’s possible just to solo it so you can learn about the game at your own pace and not have someone yell ‘the right way’ at you. Plus, I’d say the community is quite good from what I’ve experienced in other MMOs.

    If anything I enjoy this much more than PSO2 despite me wanting an action MMO. I still enjoy playing this a lot.

  • Kalis Konig

    i missed out on last weekends beta. the one weekend I neglect my emails is the one week I finally get invited lol.

  • The game is quite good despite what people think. Not really surprised that it has so many users, and I’m glad to be one of them. The difference between this and FFXIV 1.0 is clear, and they truly have made a great realm reborn.

    • Lol I suck at saying non spoilery things so I’ll just say I love the game and can’t wait for lunch! err launch!

  • CirnoLakes

    I feel terrible, but I haven’t been paying attention to the beta date for Final Fantasy XIV lately. I suppose it is too late for me to sign up and get in the beta? It has been so long since Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 was closed down that thinking about Final Fantasy XIV was out of my mind for a long time.

    If not, that’s really too bad. Guess that means I have to wait until the game is launched?

    • Zeik56

      As I understand, there’s only one more weekend for the closed beta, but there’s going to be an open beta after that.

    • AndyLC

      I’ve been playing it. Compared to 1.0 it’s drastically improved.

  • CirnoLakes

    By the way, 1 million, that’s a lot of Final Fantasy fans on the PC out there. Yes, I know this is being released for the PlayStation. But no doubt a huge number of those are playing on the PC.

    I think this shows further numbers of why releasing Final Fantasy XV on the PC is a good idea, as well as Square Enix games in general. There is apparently a large number of Final Fantasy fans playing games on the PC and owning gaming PCs to justify releasing the games on there. To justify spending so much money on Final Fantasy XIV to begin with.

    I sure that the people who have invested in gaming PCs to push the beta sign-up of Final Fantasy XIV: ARR to a million has many people who would enjoy also using their gaming PCs to play Final Fantasy XV. I sure as heck would.

    • Zeik56

      Well FFXIV is a bit different than your average FF. MMO’s are almost universally PC exclusive, so that’s where most people go when they want to play an MMO. Not saying they shouldn’t release anything else on the PC, but it wouldn’t have the same draw.

      Although I’m willing to bet a good chunk of those million are on the PS3.

      • CirnoLakes

        There’s a lot of overlap, I think. Some people are interested in Final Fantasy XIV because they’re MMORPG fans, some people are interested in Final Fantasy XIV because they’re Final Fantasy fans. Some people, are, obviously, interested in Final Fantasy XIV because they’re interested in both Final Fantasy and MMORPGs.

        Having the Final Fantasy brand is certainly a boon to Final Fantasy XIV. As it does drawn in lots of Final Fantasy fans that might not otherwise be all that interested in MMORPGs.

        I would say that Sony, Nintendo, and PC users all have a lot of people who would be interested in playing Square Enix games on those systems, to be honest.

        Final Fantasy XIV may be different from you “average Final Fantasy”, but it is still a numbered, mainline Final Fantasy title. It may be an MMORPG, but it is still Final Fantasy. In fact being an MMORPG doesn’t make it any less of a Final Fantasy game. I think that fact is very important.

        I don’t think that the fact that Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV are MMORPGs while other Final Fantasies are offline RPGs is an important of a fact as many people make it out to be. If Final Fantasy XIV was an MMORPG before it was a Final Fantasy game, there wouldn’t be much point in giving an official Final Fantasy number, now would there? Final Fantasy XIV is called Final Fantasy XIV because it is as much of a Final Fantasy game as the others.

        • Zeik56

          Personally I don’t agree that putting a number on it as part of the main series makes it any more of a “main title”. It’s certainly a Final Fantasy game, but the game feels much more like an offshoot like Final Fantasy Tactics than it does any of the main titles. (FFXII is closest, but even that feels remarkably different from XI or XIV.)

          Frankly I really think they shouldn’t have numbered either of these games as part of the main series, but they did, so whatever.

          • Ehren Rivers

            They really should have stopped numbering Final Fantasy titles entirely after XII, when they decided to change up their development pattern. The numbering system is super outdated by this point, and it only serves to confuse non-fan potential buyers. Oh, and the fact that anything without a number tends not to be given a fair shake by the majority of the fanbase, whereas anything WITH a number (starting with VIII) sees some form of lambasting and nerdrage comparing it to x-other numbered game.

            But it’s tradition, and I doubt they’ll stop it anytime soon.

    • AndyLC

      Square-Enix has expanded onto mobile lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if they begin to make a presence on PC too.

    • dotzeno

      I’m curious as to your source of information behind this apparently ‘large number of FF fans playing games on the PC’.

      Mostly because I didn’t realize that ‘most FF fans are PC gamers’. I mean, what with most of the FF series not being on the PC at all. I would imagine that any correlation between Final Fantasy and PC Gamers would be difficult to prove.
      Does console emulation count? Because it shouldn’t.

      I think the question that surrounds whether or not there will be a FFXV for PC is if it is, at least, profitable in Japan. IMO, I just don’t really see that happening. If it was, wouldn’t there already be more Final Fantasies on the PC? Honestly, if they could do it for VII and VIII, it should have been possible for IX and X. Not to mention that even the more recent titles have not been deployed on the PC – Dissidia went to the PSP for goodness sake. I’m going to ignore XI due to fundamental differences between XI (which I never played) and all the other Final Fantasy games.

      • CirnoLakes

        “most FF fans are PC gamers”
        I never said that most Final Fantasy fans are PC gamers.

        There were a large number of Final Fantasy fans who have games capable of gaming on the PC and game on the PC.

        I would say that Final Fantasy has a larger fanbase on the console than on PCs. Merely by the fact that they have indeed released most of their games on consoles and handhelds exclusively. That doesn’t mean they don’t have an worthwhile and sizable audience who games on the PC.

        Especially since Square Enix has required people have gaming PCs in order to play Final Fantasy XIV. Who is a PC gamer and who is not is kind of a nebulous concept. However, I think it is safe to assume that many of this million are playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PCs rather than consoles. And I think it is safe to assume that many of those people would also be willing to purchase other Final Fantasy titles for their PCs. Perhaps even above a console version.

        Is that a “PC gamer”? I don’t know. I don’t care. It is close enough to warrant PC releases of games.

        “FFXV for PC is if it is, at least, profitable in Japan.”
        I disagree. Because they have launched several games on the XBOX 360 long after the XBOX 360 stopped being profitable in Japan.

        Also, they’re porting Final Fantasy VIII to the PC in Japan before the West. So there is clearly some interest there.

        • MogCakes

          XIII went multiplat for both PS3 and 360 in the west, but was PS3 exclusive in Japan. SE is no stranger to excluding markets if they’re small enough. The MMO player base and the traditional RPG fanbase are two different groups, though there is some overlap. Don’t underestimate the number of people playing ARR on PS3 – XI had many PS2 players.

          I’m not opposed to FF breaking down the barriers and being released on all platforms, but keep in mind there is money exchanging hands somewhere. Part of what allows consoles to have the mindshare that they do is exclusives. I know PC players absolutely hate it (and I sympathize with those PC-only gamers), but that’s how it is.

  • Spectacularity

    I became addicted. It’s my drug and I want moar! ;~;

  • Aqua King

    The game looks great, until it gets laggy. Quests are fun and it seems there is always something new to do. Unfortunately… group fights require absolutely no strategy at all, and are quite disappointing. FATES are boring most of the time since the enemies just lay there and get attacked by 25+ players all at the same time.

    This game need a party system and instanced battles. Not a big fan of the way the battle system works at all.

    • Zeik56

      There is a party system and instanced battles. It’s basically the same thing as what Guild Wars 2 does. You’ll randomly run into the dynamic quests while you’re exploring and anyone can join in, but there are still instanced dungeons that require an actual party and teamwork.

      The first 15 or so levels of the game are designed to be soloable though, so you won’t see much partying until after that.

    • Eri

      While I agree that a lot of FATEs are get boring fast because they are easy to win by just mindlessly attacking whatever monster(s) you are supposed to kill, I’ve also been in some that were completely opposite.

      Encounter a fate in an area where there are not many players around (at the time) and’it suddenly becomes a lot more challenging. I’ve been in several ones that were downright hard, needed a lot of cooperation, and where parties were formed on the fly in order to survive.

  • I hope they do well. I did not like the beta. I did not get past the second quest. I had to find some guy or gal and had no idea where to go. I roamed around and gave up.

    • Eri

      Considering that all quest locations are shown on the map, that is just you being stupid.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Played a bit of the beta with no prior experience with FFXIV and it was pretty decent. I don’t think they should really make a huge deal about the amount of beta signups they’ve gotten, though, because that number could drop quite a bit once people actually have to start paying for it.

  • tirnoth

    Biggest turn off of this MMO: Click and Buy.

  • Setsu Oh

    is anyone playing the beta now? or is there a date?

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