The lights are on
Final Fantasy XIV has been receiving some pretty strongly negative reviews, and even huge fans of the game seem a bit discouraged by some of the problems still prevalent at launch. Square has clearly seen the concern and responded today by increasing the free trial period for the game from 30 days to 60 days while simultaneously laying out plans for future updates.
The trial extension was revealed in a post on Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone, the official FF XIV site. The extension will apply to all characters started by October 25.
A second post details some of the upcoming updates that players have to look forward to. It looks like Square is currently hard at work on two huge updates, one scheduled for late November and one for mid-December. Among the features being added are a search function for retainers -- which will help with the lack of auction house -- better targeting, and lag reduction in heavily populated areas. The publisher also promised that seasonal events will begin to be introduced to the world of Eorzea in December.
In addition to this good news, Square also just released a major update for the retainer system, introducing named market wards so players know where to look for specific items.
These changes are a very good start, and the addition of a free month of playtime for dedicated fans is wise. Square Enix still has a long way to go toward making FF XIV the MMO it has the potential to be, but it's nice to see that they're listening. You can check out my launch week impressions of the game for more info on what works and what doesn't at the moment.
Wow, just sent this as a news tip item. *** you Phil Kollar and your fantastical time machine. *** you! Hey 30 more days to craft stuff I still can't find in the markets. Sweet.
Glad to see they're paying attention, but I need more before I'll feel comfortable dropping the money on this title.
Get rid of subscription and I might consider getting it......guess I'll never have this in my small collection of games.
I thoroughly enjoyed GameTrailers' review. I can't wait for GI to chime in.
played in the beta. At it's current state then, I enjoyed the world, but the game play wasn't up to snuff. Not to mention the lag was unbearable.
I'll be joining when it hits ps3
About time they paid attention.And the extended free trial is the right thing to do.
It's the caveman of MMO's, and that was true a generation ago when it was XI. Seriously, if you love FF MMOs, you're some kind of masochist in my book.
It would be nice if they actually had a free trial though. I really want to try out the game but I don't want to shell out $50 to buy it and then end up not liking it. I know I could have tried the game during the open beta but I was very busy then and didn't get around to it.
Now they should just fix the payment system.
I quit already and I'm a huge fan of both the final fantasy online and final fantasy series. I just couldn't waste time and money on something and pretend it was good because it bore the final fantasy name. I quit knowing full well that I would come back the second things started to improve so please please please keep us updated. How I wish this game becomes all that it should and can be.
That's not a good sign when they're extending the free trial another 30 days. Things are not looking very good for Square. Would hate to see this find a similar fate as APB.
i cant wait for this game to hit the ps3 it will be awesome!!
I want FF14 to be good but until they use paypal system to pay for subscription then I'll get it