So I put a lot of time into FFXIV, but left before the news of a new game being made so I'm completely lost about what is going on.
Are they making a completely new game altogether?
What happens to our old game?
Do characters transfer over or is everything new?
Same terrible Crysta plan?
I'm just confused in general as I haven't followed anything really since I left FFXIV behind. Any information is appreciated, or a direction as to where I can find information! Thanks!!! Nilbog Nekurd
I'll take a stab at this.
1) Although the game is based on the same world with a continuing story, characters, and other elements from the first game it's as close to being new as it can get without changing these universe related aspects. Everything has been overhauled, from the graphics, to the server infrastructure, to the design of the world, to class abilities, and a absolute massive amount of systems and content has been added.
The tl;dr is that this game is a real high production value version of XIV, with all the features and comforts that a modern MMO should have (and 1.0 lacked).
2+3) Go to YouTube and search End of an Era FFXIV. The story events at the end of 1.0 set up the overhaul/rebirth of the game in ARR.
In terms of characters, your character will carry over so your progress will not be lost. You can change your name and race at startup if you wish, though I suggest you re-roll anyway as so much is different.
4) No there are like 17 methods of payment now, including a direct credit card billing.
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