Square Enix's FFXIV relaunches today, prompting a letter from Yoshi-P
Many will be logging in—or remaining logged in from Early Access—to revel in the wide expanses of a lush new world. It's always exciting to jump into an MMO on day one to see just what's on offer, but just what does FFXIV bring to the table?
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, the problem that many fledgling MMOs have is a lack of community. Just from the response to our new sites XIVwiki and XIVDB, it's obvious there is a passionate community already encamped. It's unlikely you will be hitting empty servers when you log-in.
Though we will be producing a proper in-depth review from the illustrious Ragar in the next week—once he has enough play time under his belt—my first impressions of FFXIV are of an old school, gorgeous MMO with a large world and an abundance of content, all with a very particular Final Fantasy flavor. Though FFXIV has a very crisp and modern engine, there's a very nostalgic feel to the gameplay and world that I find very endearing.
Hopefully, the server issues that have dogged the game in recent days have alleviated enough to make everyone's experience enjoyable.
Producer and director of FFXIV, Naoki Yoshida has marked the launch with the latest Producer's Letter. In the post, Yoshi-P looks back on development since FFXIV 1.0 and promises much more to come:
"Again, the release is only our first step, and there's still so much we would like to do. With plenty of plans well underway, the story we're working on is sure to amaze you. Having achieved the impossible with the release of A Realm Reborn, we look forward to continue doing the impossible together with our fans, creating an online experience we can all be proud to be part of."
As stated in a press release today, the game's features include:
- All the hallmarks of the FINAL FANTASY franchise, including genre-leading graphics and real-time cut scenes, beautiful music, and an immersive story experience
- Band together with your friends to create guild-like “Free Companies” to take on the game’s story-driven adventures
- High level detail and quality of graphics on both the PlayStation®3 system and Windows PC through the new graphics engine
- Flexible class system that allows players to change to any of the 19 different classes on the fly by simply changing their equipped weapon or tool. Players can also unlock 9 different jobs as they advance in level.
- New takes on classic FINAL FANTASY elements like the “Materia” and “Limit Break” systems that originally appeared in FINAL FANTASY VII
- Varied options available for leveling and growing the player’s character − including class quests, main story quests, quick-action “Guildleves and Guildhests” that act as events players can tackle alone or with friends, and exciting “Instanced Dungeons" to raid in search of vast treasures
- Full Active Time Events (FATEs) − unique events that allow for dynamic open world battles and adventures with other players
- Personal companion chocobos for players to ride and fight alongside in battle
Congratulations to Square Enix on the unprecedented achievement of relaunching a completely revamped MMO on such a grand scale and stay with us at ZAM for lots more FFXIV content in the weeks ahead.
Are you heading to Eorzea today? What are you looking for out of your first day experience? Have you been in Early Access? If so, is the game living up to your anticipation?
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FFXIV:ARR is available for $39.99 on PlayStation3 and $29.99 for Windows. After the initial 30 days, subs begin at $12,99 per month.
Scott "Jarimor" Hawkes, Editor in Chief
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