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#1 Jul 27 2013 at 3:49 PM Rating: Good
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I have a 1.0 CE copy of the game that isn't legacy/early access, but I'm interested in playing as soon as possible. Can I buy a SE copy of ARR and apply the early access code that comes with it to my 1.0 CE account, or is the early access code linked to the SE copy of ARR that I buy? Ultimately, I'd like to buy a new copy and apply the code to my CE account and give away the SE copy of ARR to a friend or something that is interested.
#2 Jul 27 2013 at 3:52 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yup it should work thats what I did. Preordered a reg copy and gonna add the preorder code to my 1.0 CE account, than give the game code to a friend

Edited, Jul 27th 2013 5:54pm by silverhope
#3 Jul 27 2013 at 3:57 PM Rating: Good
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I actually have another question, does a 1.0 CE account get any special in game items like 2.0 CE accounts? If not, it would make more sense to just play on the 2.0 SE copy I buy since it gets more free game time wouldn't it?
#4 Jul 27 2013 at 4:00 PM Rating: Good
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You will get 14 days and an onion helm plus all the 2.0 CE stuff with your 1.0 CE account. If you register a SE purchase on top of it, you'll get a cumulative extra 30 days of game time, plus the pre-order bonus items, if you preordered.
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#5 Jul 27 2013 at 4:10 PM Rating: Good
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PhoenixOmbre wrote:
You will get 14 days and an onion helm plus all the 2.0 CE stuff with your 1.0 CE account. If you register a SE purchase on top of it, you'll get a cumulative extra 30 days of game time, plus the pre-order bonus items, if you preordered.


Oh I didn't even know that was an option. So I can either use the SE ARR code on my 1.0 CE account to get pre-order items plus 30 days of game time or give the code away to a friend so they can actually play? But not both, correct? If I use the SE ARR code on my 1.0 CE account, it's like there's only one account as opposed to two?
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PhoenixOmbre wrote:
You will get 14 days and an onion helm plus all the 2.0 CE stuff with your 1.0 CE account. If you register a SE purchase on top of it, you'll get a cumulative extra 30 days of game time, plus the pre-order bonus items, if you preordered.


It has been said that if you have a 1.0 account of any kind you dont get any free game time. But yes if you owned 1.0 CE you get all the new CE items free so if you put the preorder code in (reg) you will have all the ingame items you can get (minus the CD minion).
#7 Jul 27 2013 at 4:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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Trying to find an official link for this. Google is not helpful today.

Edit: There you are: http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/61990-FINAL-FANTASY-XIV-A-Realm-Reborn-Purchase-Questions?p=997580#post997580

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Producer and Director Yoshida here.
I apologize for the delay in preparing various announcements.
With the beginning of official service on 8/27, we will be implementing a two-week long Welcome Back Campaign for those of you who have a FFXIV 1.0 service account, regardless if you are a Legacy Member or if you have Collector’s Edition/Standard Edition. During this time period you can try out FFXIV: ARR for free, so please take this opportunity to check out the game!
Once the date draws closer we will be announcing the details on the Lodestone as well as sending out an email from the development team.


Edited, Jul 27th 2013 6:32pm by PhoenixOmbre
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#8 Jul 27 2013 at 4:39 PM Rating: Good
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Jeraziah wrote:
PhoenixOmbre wrote:
You will get 14 days and an onion helm plus all the 2.0 CE stuff with your 1.0 CE account. If you register a SE purchase on top of it, you'll get a cumulative extra 30 days of game time, plus the pre-order bonus items, if you preordered.


Oh I didn't even know that was an option. So I can either use the SE ARR code on my 1.0 CE account to get pre-order items plus 30 days of game time or give the code away to a friend so they can actually play? But not both, correct? If I use the SE ARR code on my 1.0 CE account, it's like there's only one account as opposed to two?


That's my understanding. You could also, if you intend to dual-box, apply the new purchase to a different service account on the same SquareEnix account. Only the first one would have the CE stuff though. It's all very confusing ahah. I'm trying to find where I saw that you could cumulate the 14 days and the 30 days if you register your new purchase in the same service account as your original 1.0, but I can't find that one ><

This one has some good information thtough.

http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/61990-FINAL-FANTASY-XIV-A-Realm-Reborn-Purchase-Questions?p=999555&viewfull=1#post999555
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#9 Jul 30 2013 at 3:05 PM Rating: Good
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PhoenixOmbre wrote:
You will get 14 days and an onion helm plus all the 2.0 CE stuff with your 1.0 CE account. If you register a SE purchase on top of it, you'll get a cumulative extra 30 days of game time, plus the pre-order bonus items, if you preordered.


Just to clarify, I'm 99% sure that you can't add a new game code to an existing account, only a pre-order code. In other words, existing accounts will only be able to acquire up to two weeks of 'free' game time. A new code requires a new account, so you couldn't effectively add that 30 days time to an existing account.

EDIT: As in new account, I refer to Service Account and not a whole new account, so you would have 14 days free on the old purchase and 30 days free on the new, which would not have interchangeable characters and items and would require their own subscription fees. (Also, they would deplete simultaneously) To make a long story short, there is no way to get 44 days of free time with a 99% certainty (although I've heard some saying that adding a PS3 code to an existing PC service account will allow it, I would be skeptical, at best)

Edited, Jul 30th 2013 5:09pm by DragonBourne

Edited, Jul 30th 2013 5:11pm by DragonBourne
#10 Jul 30 2013 at 3:39 PM Rating: Good
So I have the 1.0 CE, and when I register my early access I will get the 2.0 CE goodies. Will I also get the extras from the SE (Cait
Sith minion and moogle cap) I pre ordered or are they tied to the new registration code?

#11 Jul 30 2013 at 10:22 PM Rating: Good
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You will automatically get the 2.0 CE items just by owning the 1.0 CE. If you register the pre-order code to your existing 1.0 account, you will get early access on that account and the pre-order items. However, you can not add the actual game code to your existing 1.0 account. You can only register a new game code to a new Service account. The pre-order code and the game code are separate.
#12 Jul 31 2013 at 9:28 AM Rating: Decent
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I still am having difficulty understanding how PS3 users who proeordered a physical copy of the game are supposed to receive early access without a copy of the game disc... Do I need to pay for and download a digital copy as well just to get a week ahead?
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#13 Jul 31 2013 at 9:33 AM Rating: Good
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Valkayree wrote:
I still am having difficulty understanding how PS3 users who proeordered a physical copy of the game are supposed to receive early access without a copy of the game disc... Do I need to pay for and download a digital copy as well just to get a week ahead?


Most likely, they will offer a free download from the PS store which will work for P4 (and early access if you have a registered account that meets the conditions for it). Once the game goes live, you'll probably have to reinstall with the actual physical copy for the full game (or possibly just be able to update the first patch if you're game still isn't there yet).
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#14 Jul 31 2013 at 9:37 AM Rating: Decent
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There are ways to get early access for your 1.0 account for free.
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#15 Jul 31 2013 at 9:51 AM Rating: Good
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Thanks, sounds complicated. I'm a lifetime XBox user, buying a PS3 just to play ARR. Too expensive to upgrade PC. I won't pick up the new console until the 19th though, when Gamestop has a coupon that will go active for 50% extra in trade-ins. Looks like I am going to have both a console and game learning curve, since I didn't play FFXIV 1.0 or any of the betas.
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Valkayree wrote:
Thanks, sounds complicated. I'm a lifetime XBox user, buying a PS3 just to play ARR. Too expensive to upgrade PC. I won't pick up the new console until the 19th though, when Gamestop has a coupon that will go active for 50% extra in trade-ins. Looks like I am going to have both a console and game learning curve, since I didn't play FFXIV 1.0 or any of the betas.


I wouldn't worry about it. The game caters to new players very well with tutorials and a gradual difficulty slope. And don't forget, the forums are here to answer questions you aren't sure of in-game, so make sure to take advantage of that!
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#17 Jul 31 2013 at 10:07 AM Rating: Good
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DragonBourne wrote:
Just to clarify, I'm 99% sure that you can't add a new game code to an existing account, only a pre-order code. In other words, existing accounts will only be able to acquire up to two weeks of 'free' game time. A new code requires a new account, so you couldn't effectively add that 30 days time to an existing account.



I am still convinced that I have seen this officially somewhere... but anyway, here's the unofficial translation of an official post. Bonus points if you speak Japanese and can tell me if it's right!

Source: http://forum.square-enix.com/ARR-Test/threads/6401-Translation-JP-to-EN?p=600865&viewfull=1#post600865

Naoki_Yoshida wrote:
Welcome Backは「期間」になりますので、PS3版のレジストレーションコードを追加した場合、
このWelcome Back期間が終了してから30日の消化が開始されます。
Welcome Back is within a period so, if you added the PS3 versions registration code, once this Welcome Back period ends the 30 days will start.

逆にWelcome Back期間が終了したのちに、PS3版レジストレーションコードを追加した場合には、
単純に30日付与されるのみとなります。単純な合計ではないので、その点はお間違えなきようお願いいたします!
If you enter the PS3 versions registration code after the welcome back period you'll just simply get the 30 days. It's not summed total so please be careful not to make this mistake!
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#18 Jul 31 2013 at 10:15 AM Rating: Good
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BartelX wrote:
Valkayree wrote:
Thanks, sounds complicated. I'm a lifetime XBox user, buying a PS3 just to play ARR. Too expensive to upgrade PC. I won't pick up the new console until the 19th though, when Gamestop has a coupon that will go active for 50% extra in trade-ins. Looks like I am going to have both a console and game learning curve, since I didn't play FFXIV 1.0 or any of the betas.


I wouldn't worry about it. The game caters to new players very well with tutorials and a gradual difficulty slope. And don't forget, the forums are here to answer questions you aren't sure of in-game, so make sure to take advantage of that!


I will do that =)
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#19 Jul 31 2013 at 1:36 PM Rating: Good
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PhoenixOmbre wrote:
DragonBourne wrote:
Just to clarify, I'm 99% sure that you can't add a new game code to an existing account, only a pre-order code. In other words, existing accounts will only be able to acquire up to two weeks of 'free' game time. A new code requires a new account, so you couldn't effectively add that 30 days time to an existing account.



I am still convinced that I have seen this officially somewhere... but anyway, here's the unofficial translation of an official post. Bonus points if you speak Japanese and can tell me if it's right!

Source: http://forum.square-enix.com/ARR-Test/threads/6401-Translation-JP-to-EN?p=600865&viewfull=1#post600865

Naoki_Yoshida wrote:
Welcome Backは「期間」になりますので、PS3版のレジストレーションコードを追加した場合、
このWelcome Back期間が終了してから30日の消化が開始されます。
Welcome Back is within a period so, if you added the PS3 versions registration code, once this Welcome Back period ends the 30 days will start.

逆にWelcome Back期間が終了したのちに、PS3版レジストレーションコードを追加した場合には、
単純に30日付与されるのみとなります。単純な合計ではないので、その点はお間違えなきようお願いいたします!
If you enter the PS3 versions registration code after the welcome back period you'll just simply get the 30 days. It's not summed total so please be careful not to make this mistake!


Here ya go. Managed to track down one of the sources here.

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The code that comes with the PC Collector’s Edition can only be used with a new Windows service account, not existing ones.


Just think of the game code as a proof of purchase and the pre-order as proof that you purchased it prior to release. They are two different proofs. Hope this helps.

EDIT: Sorry, just noticed your post touches on a different issue. That is interesting that the Welcome Back is a specific time frame and not tailored to the individuals return. What that means is that if you don't come back at release, as a 1.0 player, you miss out on the chance to try it out. I still wouldn't recommend buying a full version of ARR just to get 30 days free, as the cost of a month is much less. For standard edition 1.0 accounts, it's still more economically viable to just buy the digital CE upgrade then pay for a month than to buy the full CE version just to get 30 days free. Unless, of course, you wanted the physical CE items, but you would be forced to abandon your old Service account to register the code. This is all assuming that you do not own both a PS3 or want the PS3 edition. If so, then it is simple. Simply buy the PS3 CE edition and bind the game code to your existing Windows Service account. (One Service account can have a Windows and PS3 version bound to it simultaneaously, but not two of the same platform). I know it's confusing to grasp at first and hope I explained it well enough. Again, hope this may help someone make an informed decision.


Edited, Jul 31st 2013 4:31pm by DragonBourne
#20 Jul 31 2013 at 6:36 PM Rating: Good
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So basically:

If you have a 1.0 account, you get two weeks of free play that starts at launch. If you pre-order any version of the game, you can apply the pre-order code to you 1.0 account for early access and the bonus items, but you can only apply the full-game PS3 registration code to your 1.0 service account.

If you add the PS3 game code to your existing service account, you will get 30 days, and those days will start after the 2 weeks of the welcome back campaign. If you pre-order the PC version, you can either give away the game to someone, or add a second service account to your SE account but those service accounts don't share characters so it's only good if you intend to dual box and maintain two monthly fees.

Additionally, if your 1.0 account is a collector's edition, you will automatically get by mogmail the 2.0 collector items, without having to do anything. You will not receive the pre-order items unless you pre-order, or get into early play.

Well, I'm not sure if that's less or more confusing, after all Smiley: lol
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#21 Jul 31 2013 at 8:51 PM Rating: Excellent
PhoenixOmbre wrote:
So basically:

If you have a 1.0 account, you get two weeks of free play that starts at launch. If you pre-order any version of the game, you can apply the pre-order code to you 1.0 account for early access and the bonus items, but you can only apply the full-game PS3 registration code to your 1.0 service account.

If you add the PS3 game code to your existing service account, you will get 30 days, and those days will start after the 2 weeks of the welcome back campaign. If you pre-order the PC version, you can either give away the game to someone, or add a second service account to your SE account but those service accounts don't share characters so it's only good if you intend to dual box and maintain two monthly fees.

Additionally, if your 1.0 account is a collector's edition, you will automatically get by mogmail the 2.0 Smiley: tonguecollector items, without having to do anything. You will not receive the pre-order items unless you pre-order, or get into early play.

Well, I'm not sure if that's less or more confusing, after all Smiley: lol


I'm going to go with slightly. Maybe a flow chart would help Smiley: tongue
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