Preview: Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail Feels Like a New Beginning
Image via Square Enix

Is Final Fantasy XIV Worth Playing in 2024?

When a game has been around as long as Final Fantasy XIV, potential players may start to wonder if it’s still viable to pick up. So, if you’re a newcomer in 2024, is it worth giving it a try?

Recommended Videos

Should I start playing Final Fantasy XIV in 2024?

The answer is a resounding yes. This MMORPG has consistently proven its value with an incredible amount of content and a robust community, making it one of the best online gaming experiences available.

With five major expansions: Heavensward, Stormblood, Shadowbringers, Endwalker and now Dawntrail as of July 2024, players are treated to extensive storylines, diverse environments, and numerous side quests. Additionally, each expansion adds to the game’s lore and mechanics. This gives both new and returning players plenty to explore.

Not to mention, there are the updates for people who aren’t picking up the expansions as they release. For example, the free graphical update appeared alongside 7.0. That completely changed how the game looked and updated it.

Interview: Yoshi-P Discusses the Challenges of Making Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail
Image via Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV offers a massive free trial

Luckily, Final Fantasy XIV offers a free trial, which has been expanded to include a massive amount of content. The free trial now allows players to experience everything through the Stormblood expansion and allow for characters up to level 70. There are a handful of social restrictions, but no time restrictions in the free trial.

This trial includes access to a wide range of classes and jobs, providing a comprehensive taste of the game’s potential. For those on the fence, I feel it is an excellent way to determine if Final Fantasy XIV is worth playing for you. Bear in mind that if you have already bought the game in any capacity, you can no longer take advantage of the free trial.

So yes, Final Fantasy XIV is absolutely worth playing in 2024. The game continues to receive regular updates and support from its developers, ensuring that the game remains fresh and engaging. Seasonal events, new content patches, and quality-of-life improvements keep the experience dynamic and exciting. Additionally, the Final Fantasy XIV community makes it easy for newcomers to find their footing.

Final Fantasy XIV and its Dawntrail expansion are available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. 

Siliconera is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Cory Dinkel
Cory Dinkel
Cory Dinkel is a freelance writer for Siliconera since 2023. An award-winning digital journalist, he has worked for local and national news outlets for nearly a decade. His favorite genre is the JRPG and he will not be taking questions during his "There is Not a Love Triangle in Final Fantasy VII" speech.