Today, Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV has exceeded 10 million players worldwide. Square Enix touts their 'robust updates' as the reason why their MMORPG has reached this milestone.
This announcement comes on the heels of the release of the title's most recent expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, which expanded in-game content with two new playable jobs, an increased level cap, and a 'entrancing storyline' that takes players to unexplored lands. Since the expansion's release, content patches have added high-level raids, enhancements to player jobs, and 'other' new features for players.
Square Enix notes that this milestone coincides with the release of patch 4.06, which is the start of the annual Moonfire Faire seasonal event. During this event, players can participate in a new questline, which includes a matchup against Ultros and his 'uncontrollable' tentacles. Those who triumph will be able to collect event items, which includes a 'dyeable Fair version' of a popular set of equipment.
For those that are interested in trying out Final Fantasy XIV, a free trial is available here, which gives anyone full access to all available content up to level 35. This means that the player can create up to eight playable characters and play through the different playable races, classes, and jobs with no restrictions on game time.
Quick Take:For a game that had such a disastrous beginning, Final Fantasy XIV's subsequent redevelopment and relaunch is probably one of the biggest success stories in all of gaming history. Square Enix has put a ton of effort in making this a title worth playing, and it shows. While I personally could never get into the game, the amount of care and polish was clearly evident during my time in-game.
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