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FFXIV PS3 coming Q3 2012, v2.00 confirmed for PC

Friday, 14 October 2011 09:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Square Enix has announced a complete overhaul of Final Fantasy XIV with the introduction of v2.00, as well as penning in a Q3 2012 release window for the PS3 version of the MMO.

As part of V2, the MMO will begin its paid subscription plans, with the game to bill players from the end of November-early December this year. The game has un-billed players since release last September due to a catastrophic launch period which was touched upon recently by the company, basically making it F2P for the past year.

“Between now and release of the new FINAL FANTASY XIV, we will do as much as possible by way of fine-tuning the game and adding new content. Our focus will be on the theme of a story that can only be experienced in the here and now, and the dramatic changes to Eorzea will be incorporated into that storyline,” said producer and director Naoki Yoshida in an open letter.

“Each update will deliver an unprecedented and unrepeatable game experience. For those of you continuing to play, I promise that the release of these updates and the eventual transition to the new FINAL FANTASY XIV will both come smoothly and seamlessly. ”

Before subs begin for the game, accounts who have automatic renewals set have had the option suspended until they wish to turn it back on again.

Square Enix has also announced it’s planning to release the PlayStation 3 version of FFXIV – first announced at E3 2009 – between October-December 2012. Within that period, a second free period will be offered, along with a mandatory switch to a new client for PC users.

“In the ten months since the FINAL FANTASY XIV team’s restructuring, we have put forth the utmost effort into not only improving the game’s existing features, but also creating a concrete plan to outline the game’s new direction,” said Square CEO Yoichi Wada.

“Today, I am pleased to announce we can confidently present that plan to our customers. We fully realize this is but a single step towards our ultimate goal, and that to meet the high standards set in the plan, more time is required. In the meantime, however, we will not waver in our commitment to bringing players exciting and engaging content, even as the game moves through its evolution.”

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20 Comments

  1. Patrick Garratt

    How bad is FFXIV? Should I try it?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Kaltherz

    I thought about trying it aswell. But mostly because the CE is 15€ @ amazon.de ^_^

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    I might give it a waz if they’re going to make an effort. They’ve had some proper bloody horrors with this game.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Let it die, SE.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. silkvg247

    Unless they’ve overhauled the UI, still not interested.

    I dont’ expect to have to navitage through slow, laggy menus in a PC game. I expect to hit a shortcutkey and click. Pretty industry standard.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    @Patrick – I was actually initially impressed with the game and the intro. But the UI is the main killer, it really does feel like a lousy console port which you’re better off playing with a gamepad. A game like that has no place being on the PC, really.

    Also, the questing system is shiate. Don’t know if it’s one of the things they are changing but being asked to go to Point A to activate a quest which is timed which then directs you to Point B to slap some chickens, then return to point A before the time runs out even though you slapped the chickens in time. It’s just… arrrghh!

    And I was already bored of walking long distances to do stuff within 30 minutes of gameplay.

    Change the ridiclous quest system and make the UI smooth and PC geared and I would definitely give it another try, but they aren’t really showing me any indication that these are the things they’re changing.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    @6 – Gawd. That doesn’t sound amazing. I’ve been wanting to get into a new MMO on PC for a little while now, but not sure if I can be arsed with that.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. silkvg247

    The frustrating thing is it has potential. If only they’d done a bit of research into how a PC MMO should look and feel, it’d be a great game.

    Instead they based it on FFXI, with shinier graphics. FFXI had the exact same UI flaws, they were never fixed.

    TBH; Since the game is absurdly cheap and free to play right now, no harm in giving it a try if you’re really desperate for an MMO.

    Are you going to be trying SW:TOR at all?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll try TOR, yeah. Mike’s been playing the beta and he reckons it’s brilliant. I’m not a massive Star Wars fan, but I do think it looks cool. Quite looking forward to The Secret World as well.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. viralshag

    SWTOOOOOOOOOOOOOR ME UP BABY!

    I have a week booked off to lock myself away and play SWTOR. I was running out of time to take holiday and I’m pretty broke so I figured I would have a couple of staycations around game time. Also got a week booked off to play Skyrim.

    Suck it, working biatches! 8)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    I’m not a Star Wars fan. Well, when I was little I did love the original films but the new ones are just.. ugh.

    Buttt lots of peoples I know are giving it a try, and I hear good things about it, so preordered I have.

    If anyone wants a clealy super serious and ultra evil PvE guild, feel free to join mine. Officer ranks for all!

    http://www.swtor.com/guilds/220355/fluffy-bunnies

    #11 4 years ago
  12. viralshag

    I was momentarily blinded by the evil fluffiness. I would totally join but I’m not sure if you can join more than one guild. Let’s try anyway…

    Edit: Me is stoopid. I is Republic… so of course I can’t join.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Hunam

    The new stuff presented for 2.00 look kinda like a proper MMO, with open field areas and an interface that looks like it was made for human use, but the game on offer right now is utterly worthless.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. silkvg247

    @13 any screenies of the new interface?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Hunam

    Over at EG, link: http://www.eurogamer.net/gallery.php?game_id=11938&article_id=1410746

    #15 4 years ago
  16. silkvg247

    Hard to dig out the new UI from those, did find this one though. Looks like they’ve gone for a standard action bar now. If so it’s looking good, so long as it’s setup for keyboard/mouse input of course.

    http://images.eurogamer.net/2011/articles//a/1/4/1/0/7/4/6/ss_preview_ffxiv2.jpg.jpg?slideshow=true

    Now, I just hope that NPC dialog is also changed and no longer menu based.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. silkvg247

    Been reading up a bit more on 2.0 and you know what, I’ll give it another try once it’s out.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Clupula

    I just wonder if the PS3 version will still come before Versus XIII.

    Anyway, as a PS3 owner, I say they should just skip it if they’re not going F2P. If I wanted to pay a subscription fee, I’d buy a 360.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Hunam

    It looks like they are changing the mess of corridor based areas (they literally look like a randomly generated grid at the moment) to a more field based approach too, wasn’t sure they’d go that far.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. FredEffinChopin

    For everyone talking about why they won’t go back to it and are naming reasons from back when they first played it:

    *whisper*
    It’s changed a lot.

    Kinda the point of this story, isn’t it? 2.0 is probably going to be even more drastic, but people who are playing the game right now have said that it is already a world away from what it was at launch. I’m not saying the game is awesome now, but it certainly isn’t the game from 12 months ago that you’re still complaining about.

    They’ve definitely lost a little bit of my confidence with this initially, but their approach to rectifying the situation is one that I approve of, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for something really solid when they’re finished with it.

    #20 4 years ago

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  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

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  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

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  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

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  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

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  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

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  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

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  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

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  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]