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 FFXIV  Free Trial Period Extended Due To Game's 'Current State'
FFXIV Free Trial Period Extended Due To Game's 'Current State'
October 15, 2010 | By Eric Caoili

October 15, 2010 | By Eric Caoili

In response to Final Fantasy XIV's cool reception from both fans and critics, Square Enix has extended the MMORPG's free trial period by an extra month due to the game's current state.

Launched across Japan, Europe, and North America on September 21st, Final Fantasy XIV has suffered complaints from fans regarding a number of issues like lag, sparsely populated zones, missing explanations/guides for systems, user interface deficiencies, and other problems.

Reviewers have also panned the online title for the same flaws, calling it "an unfinished product", "a travesty", and "unacceptable -- its aggregate Metacritic score currently sits at 54, the lowest for any numbered Final Fantasy release.

As the company implements changes based on the feedback it's received, Square Enix will extend the subscription-based game's free trial period from 30 to 60 days for anyone that's purchased FFXIV and registered an account before October 25th. The PC game has a $49.99 version and a $74.99 collector's edition (monthly charge of $12.99).

"Considering the nature of much of the feedback we received ... and the current state of the game, we have decided to extend the free trial period for all users," the publisher said in a statement. "We would like to assure players that the world of Final Fantasy XIV is constantly growing and evolving, and the voices of the community are essential to that process."

Square Enix continues, "The development and management teams are carefully considering all player feedback, and working diligently to implement whatever changes and additions will serve to make Eorzea a better home for adventurers. We humbly ask for your continued support to this end."

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Aaron Truehitt
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Well, they obviously knew it wasn't up to standards. So why the rushed release I wonder. Perhaps they just needed the box sales? Seems odd to me.

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Rayco Santana
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Square enix is dying, slowly...

Jerome Beland
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They are in the wrong direction indeed, but I have good hopes in FF13 Versus. Unfortunately FF14 is definitely a waste of money (exept for the pre-order copies), I played the open beta and according to the reviews the retail version is exactly the same thing, seemed more like an alpha version for me.

Benjamin Marchand
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Please no ... Not before Deus Ex : Human Revolution development is over ... :'(

Jonathan Osment
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The irony here is that the original Final Fantasy was supposedly Square Softs final attempt at a video game (thus the name), since they seemed to be "going under". Final Fantasy instead did so well that the company had a huge comeback. After Square merged with Enix, Final Fantasy just may be their undoing now.

Eric Ippolito
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Final Fantasy isn't becoming their "undoing"—but if their products continually receive lackluster responses, then it will just hurt their brand image and their strong reputation. Square, still however, develops and publishes some of the most top of the line products out there.

I think Square the type of company that will find a way to revamp its franchise, or find a replacement/spinoff of sorts. Square is one of the most professional gaming companies in the industry.

Neal Trotter
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Well, SquareEnix did sell 5.8 million copies of FF13 globally so far, so as an overall franchise, Final Fantasy is still strong for the company at least finacially.

John Gordon
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Haven't tried FFXIV, but a 54 metacritic score is pathetically low for a Final Fantasy game. In the past I could always rely on a Final Fantasy game being of the highest quality. Even the recent FFXIII which fans complain about endlessly still got a metacritic score in the 80's. This is a real shame.

Daniel Ferlise
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Hmm, wow. Didn't realize it was doing so poorly.

Either way, I've had little true interest in SquareEnix games for a long time now. Course, no PSX/XBox has helped in that area of disinterest, but they need to try and expand a bit out of Final Fantasy and its typical format. Seems they've been trying with every new iteration, but, I really want to see some original Squaresoft and original Enix titles taken for some real inspiration. 7th Saga and Chrono Trigger were awesome games.

Todd Boyd
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It's not a "free trial" if you have to buy the game (non-refundable) in order to get it. This term redefinition doesn't bother anyone else?

Eric Ippolito
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I'm getting the game this week. I've read the reviews and seen plenty of gameplay videos and it does look confusing—but it still looks interesting and fun. Anyway, I really enjoy Square's public response to the issues. Obviously they have a reputation at stake with lukewarm releases lately, but it's really encouraging to see a company with a good PR staff.