Square Enix Are Trying To Get More People Into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

By Ishaan . August 1, 2014 . 10:29am

Square Enix have announced a free trial campaign for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. By downloading the game’s client, you can try the game out for 14 days free of cost, and see if it’s something you’re into or not.


The free trial client can be downloaded at this site. The trial will allow you to raise yourself up to level 20. Certain other limitations have been placed on the free trial as well, which you can learn about here.


Additionally, Square Enix have also announced a “Recruit a Friend” campaign for existing players of the game. You can recruit a friend  via the Mog Station, and if your friend accepts your invitation and begins playing the game, both players will receive bonus items within the game.


Here’s a couple of things to note about the Recruit a Friend campaign:


  • Recruiters must currently be subscribed to FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.


  • Rewards will be given to the recruiter and invitee once 30 days of subscription have been purchased by the invited player. An additional reward, an exclusive two-seat chocobo mount, will be provided to the recruiter after the invitee has purchased a cumulative 90 days of subscription time.

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  • endril

    I’d really like a two-seater chocobo if anyone wants an invite, haha.

  • Kango234

    I’ll give it a try.

  • Ziggy Wish

    Does this promotion work on the ps3 as well.

    • No.

      I was curious too about the Playstation consoles. From the official site (had to dig a little bit):

      “* The Free Trial is currently only available on Windows PC. Players can play for free for up to 14 days from account creation to a maximum level of twenty. Free trial players will have various limitations on available in-game activities. For more details, please click here.”


  • Kaetsu

    I’m trying to sign up but it won’t send me my confirmation code :/ Anyone else with this problem?

    • Kango234

      I just refreshed my email after a couple of minutes.

  • mojack411

    Great, now I can finally get some of my friends to at least try the game!

  • Namuro

    I don’t know why, I just stared at the “p” that got connected to the “l” for a while…

    • 古戸ヱリカ

      Part of the plan to get people into the realm.

    • s07195

      That is a mesmerising thing, isn’t it?

  • lluksavahc

    isn’t this offer only for pc?

    I used to dislike the game because nowhere on the psn did it state you needed to pay a sub fee.
    went trough the trouble of signing up for the service, then after the trial I decided I might want keep playing it only to find out is another hassle to pay for the sub. (this was before the time cards)

    I think if they want more players they should simplify the sign up process and make the time cards more readily available. Last time I checked on Amazon you still have to wait for the card to arrive through mail instead of being emailed a code like psn cards and the like.

  • James Robert Thompson

    They should instead be trying to get people to give Dragon Quest X a try, but nope… at least the IP Block has gone now I guess.

  • SuperSailorV

    As a legacy player, I really enjoyed this game up until the patch that pushed ilvl past 90. That kinda drew the MMO bug out of my system (which is a good thing for me the way I see it, because these jaded eyes see MMOs as time+money lost). Still, this game scratched my MMO itch and I’m sure it’d scratch yours if you gave it the chance!

  • 하세요

    I plan on joining in the XIV family later this year. Guess I can tell my friend about this to invite me when the time comes.

  • They’re currently ranked 10th, have a long ways to go

  • Chris Cruz

    Is it wrong to feel there is something wrong with clearing 2.3’s Main story content A DAY from release? Here’s hoping the actual expansion packs will have more uh… meat ( I guess? ) in em.

    • greeeed

      with cap level character + to much free time = no

    • AndyLC

      How many hours did it take you?

    • flameraver64

      Expansions will definitely have more story content, since there will be entire new zones with lots of quests.

  • James Darkly

    Recruit me… [email protected]

    • artemisthemp

      I have send you a RaF

      • James Darkly

        Ok got it

  • Guest

    Now I just need a friend to recruit for that mount

  • Erikdayo

    I play this game too much. Have had t9 on farm for over two months now.

    More players always welcome though. Come to Leviathan server and join my FC. :P

    • Christopher Nunes

      Same here… working on my Animus Weapon at the moment (my god getting all 12 atma items first took me roughly a month to get) and got my materials ready for my Novus weapon.

      I took a 5 month break from it, but I’m glad to return to it. Can’t stop playing! XD

  • TheManWithPants

    I don’t know… I don’t really play online multiplayer games often. Don’t really have the time for it these days, either. Can’t really see myself paying a subscription fee for a game I’ll probably only play every once in a while.

    • Same here. I grew up on FF games but I don’t care about this online crap. nothankyou.gif

  • I’m not a huge fan of any MMO in the first place, but the fact that after paying for this game you still have to shell out a subscription fee each month makes this game even more unappealing to me.

  • Greg

    While I’m sure the game is something I’ll be interested in, that subscription fee is a HUGE deal breaker. I’ll stick to the games in my backlog, thank you.

  • Suicunesol

    I have been interested in playing this game. I bought a new PC recently–plays the benchmark like a breeze. I made a character with the character creator and everything.

    However, I have been SO burned by MMOs in the past. They all have the same model with the same weaknesses.

    -You grind grind grind.
    -Complete “quests” that you don’t care about that reward items with little or no value.
    -Go on raids that award items with extremely low drop rates to a single person, while everyone else gets junk.

    -Late game becomes even grindier. As you gain levels, reaching goals becomes progressively more difficult.

    -Primary goal is to level-up. After all is said and done, the only thing left to do is increase your number.

    -After hitting the level cap, you try to obtain impossible-to-obtain armor, which wastes so much time.

    Final Fantasy is a story-centered series. When the story is complete, the game is complete. You might have some post-game content, but those are just bonuses. The problem is that MMOs need you to keep playing, but also don’t have enough content to justify doing so. The only thing developers can do is increase the grind and integrate gambling to keep you coming back. And that is my primary fear when entering a new MMO: there is no official end, and therefore there is no official satisfaction. :(

    The only possibly redeeming quality is that it is subscription-based. The last few MMOs I played were free, and the tactics used to nickel-and-dime me were atrocious. I actually didn’t mind paying some money here and there if I got my money’s worth. But I usually didn’t because it was almost always a gamble. Oh, I hate gambling for digital content sooo much. A great game ruined because of greed. Hopefully Final Fantasy XIV is different, but I doubt it.

    So, my friends, why is Final Fantasy XIV good? What does it have that other MMOs don’t?

    • flameraver64

      It’s a Final Fantasy game, so that’s really its main difference from other games. Sure, it’s an MMO, but it feels very much like a Final Fantasy game.

      But you listed a lot of problems you have with MMOs, and while some aren’t really applicable to XIV…at the end of the day, it’s still an MMO.

    • Firekitty

      I feel like most of your points boil down to you don’t like grinding or low drop rates…well, you’re in luck, because this game is very reasonable in both respects. Almost all dungeons have a certain number of guaranteed drops, though whether the items you specifically want drop is naturally up to luck. This includes the end-game ‘raids’.

      As for grinding, well, most of the REALLY grindy stuff is optional? Obviously if you want the absolute best of everything, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort, but there are reasonable alternatives!

      And story IS a very important part of the Final Fantasy series…which is why there are substantial updates to the story (and everything else!) every three-ish months, with smaller updates in between those.

      FFXIV has an engaging story with an actual cast of characters who move around and do things and continue to be important throughout the story, rather than just being quest-givers who you never need to see again once you outlevel them. It also has a world that changes based on where you are in the narrative, rather than just remaining static and shuffling you off to the next area.

      An example…there’s a sort of ‘home base’ which most of the cast works out of. Depending on when you are in the story, NPCs will come and go, or say something different. Furniture might be moved around, a vendor might set up shop…It doesn’t sound like much, but it makes the world feel a lot more real.

    • Enma_Kozato

      Main scenario wise, the game doesn’t feel all that grindy but the npcs sure do love sending you on fetch quests. Lots of fetch quests; the reason you go into Brayflox is to get cheese for a party in Costa del Sol. My boyfriend warned me that the plot wasn’t all that exciting until the end since he finished it weeks before me and… he was right. Opinions, understandably, vary on this though.

      Post game, on the other hand, was a tedious grind and it still is. Myth gear can easily be acquired through allied seals (hunting) and darklight armor drops in the various hard mode dungeons. Before though, you had to grind dungeons to cap out tome stones each week. Weathered gear is primarily gathered this way right now (soldiery tomes). Upgrading a relic weapon, frankly, is a grind quest no matter what stage you’re at. There’s absolutely no way of avoiding it.

      Another thing to watch out for is that if you want to level up more than one class… you gotta grind. Cross class skills start to become a thought the higher level you get (swiftcast, invigorate, fracture) and the only way to level those if you’ve already done all the side quests is dungeons, FATES, and leves. I’ve been working on lancer for my monk to get invigorate but I lose interest after maybe 5 leves. Low level dungeons aren’t particularly run often (twelve have mercy on you if you need to do a guildleve) and FATES are just… ick.

      IMO play with friends to make it feel less grindy. Hop on skype, or teamspeak, or whatever to chat and play. It really does help. I’m going to be completely honest though and say the only reason I picked up FFXIV was to role play. It’s always been something I wanted to do in a MMO. Hydaelyn’s lore is very interesting and I’m always excited to watch how others play their characters to fit and bend it. I just wish my character was more sociable to talk to all of them (; v ;) Instead, he just snoops around the Quicksand.

  • Nyandroid

    Will you still get to use the free month trial that comes with the purchase of the game?

    • flameraver64

      If you do the 14 days, then buy the game, you get the free month.

  • The Watcher

    Go F2P, that’ll be the only reason i’ll ever come back

  • Anontastic

    How is this game doing, guys?

    I have a friend who’s really into MMOs and MOBAs, and FF14 is his current addiction. I thought it was doing alright since Yoshida revamped the whole thing, but I honestly don’t know how successful it currently is in the grand scheme of things.

    • endril

      Seems to be going just fine. There’s still plenty of folks playing on Balmung, at least.

    • flameraver64

      I don’t think there are any concrete numbers, but it’s definitely a very healthy MMO. It’s not WoW in terms of subscribers, but it’s got a really dedicated fanbase that’s more than sizable.

  • s07195

    I…barely have played MMOs. My newish PC probably can’t make the benchmark. Subscription based sounds nice since it would avoid the usual microtransaction thing, but I don’t know if I’d get my money’s worth back from the amount of time I’d put into playing. I’m also just kinda bad at these kinda games for some reason. I’ve never actually gotten absorbed in a FF game, tried 4 and I’m just not connecting with the characters.

    But I do want to try this game out…the soundtrack I listened to on Youtube is great, and I really want to make a female miqote character… or get married to one. >.> They’re too cute. orz

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Yes but ugh I’ve already got arche age on my computer and that’s taking up so much space.

  • Bobby

    This game just showed me that no matter how u dress up an MMO I still won’t enjoy it. matter of preference I suppose but I did the 1 Month trial and rreached max lvl on scholar. dungeons were pretty terrible btw, crafting was super grindy and i spent majority of my gil fast traveling

  • shenlong234

    Ugh. In my opinion, SE should’ve made FF14 an rpg instead of a second MMORPG in the main series.

  • Reno Takamiya

    I’d definitely play, if I could pay the subscription fee with PSN Credit. That’s the only thing that’s stopping me (since I doubt my PC could handle it) from getting the PS3 version of the game. I wouldn’t mind if the game went f2p though.

  • I Love Anime Women

    Anybody need to be recruited? I’d have the mount already, but Squeenix just so happened to launch this promotion a month after I got my two best friends to start playing, one who already has 120 days subscribed. It’s actually a lot of bullshit, so you’d be doing me a favor. :/

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