A lot of people have been waiting a long time for this and it's finally been unveiled. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be hitting the shelves worldwide on August 27th, 2013 for both the PC and PS3. Gamers who have some more moolah to spend and prefer a little more bang from their game purchases have the option of grabbing the collector's edition. Here are all the details you need:
The game itself costs $29.99 on PC and $39.99 on Playstation 3. The monthly fee, unfortunately, will remain and is set at $12.99 per month. You do get one free month to try the game out though so you can at least dip your feet in the water and so far, there's been no word on whether or not you can purchase game time in 3 or 6-month increments for less. As for users who already have the original game, you will get to download the game for free on their website through your Square ID.
For those of you who plan to opt for the collector's edition, that will cost you $79.99 for PS3 or $69.99 for PC through the Square Enix online shop. Specific details are here.
On top of all of the above, you also get a handful of in-game items from purchasing the collector's edition like the Baby Behemoth minion, a Coeurl Mount, The Helm of Light, and a Behemoth Barding for your chocobo:
Also, pre-ordering any version of the game gets you early access(OBT 4), where characters you create and level-up will transfer over to the final game. No official time period for early access has been made. For those who are not interested in the collector's edition, then pre-ordering the game in-general nets you two in-game items (The Mogcap & Caitsith Minion) that only people who owned the original version of the game were originally going to obtain:
Following the disastrous launch of the original game in 2009, it took several updates to get the game where it needed to be and once it got there, the long-forgotten MMO actually wasn't that bad. I managed to get both the Conjurer and Thaumaturge to lv.50 and thoroughly enjoyed both my fantasy and social adventrues in the land of Eorzea but even then, the content didn't quite justify the monthly fee they enforced before temporarily going free-to-play and eventually shutting down. This time around, I can tell Square Enix put A LOT of work into creating the game and based on what i've heard from beta alone, from dozens of people, the game is great and has so far, done every single thing in the book right.
Do you guys think Square Enix will be able to rebound from a terrible original launch? Do you think the monthly fee is justified? Well, we're all going to find out soon because this behemoth of an MMO will be launched worldwide for both the PC and PS3 on again, August 27th, 2013. See you there!