In preparation for FINAL FANTASY XIV‘s second expansion, Stormblood, Square Enix changes one of the most fundamental restrictions present in the free trial of the MMORPG.
One of the most relevant online games of its generation, FINAL FANTASY XIV is slick, desired, and filled with content. Those who feel comfortable with the theme park layout will find themselves at home with this MMO based on the long-running franchise of the same name. However, in order to keep updates pouring, the developers decided to include monthly subscriptions, a business model rather uncommon nowadays.
The fee ($12,99 for 30 days and one character per server) proved successful as the changes made and content introduced to FFXIV throughout the years were worth the price, but there are still those who wish the game was free-to-play instead. The trial version previously offered 14 days to explore Eorzea up to level 20, with some other restrictions in place, most notably the inability to engage the game’s economy or freely chat with the community. It was just enough to have an understanding of the game’s mechanics, but not to get to know the community or understand Eorzea’s economy.
On a turn of events, it was announced today at the Lodestone that the free trial of FINAL FANTASY XIV will no longer have a time restriction. “Adventure can continue for as long as you want,” states the official announcement. Now with a level cap of 35, the trial will allow players to have access to the world of Eorzea without ever paying fees or even purchasing the game. However, it’s expected that there will be other restrictions to encourage players to acquire an original copy of A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, and Stormblood, as well as continue subscribing after the 30 days trial that comes with the base game expires.
PlayStation Blog mentions that “adventurers can try awesome jobs, test their skills on the first 10 levels of the Deep Dungeon and indulge in all the activities the Gold Saucer has to offer, such as Chocobo Racing!” Even accounts that have previously reached the 14 days time period will be able to dive back into the game and enjoy a restricted Eorzea for as long as they like. Is not the F2P fans and those eager to play FINAL FANTASY XIV have been clamoring for, but that players don’t have to worry themselves with a time limit at all is already something.
FINAL FANTASY XIV and its first expansion, Heavensward, are available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Mac. Set to release on June 20, the second expansion, Stormblood will mark the end of PlayStation 3 support as it will be released only for computers and PlayStation 4. Pre-orders are already available.