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Details for accessing the upcoming Las Vegas Fan Festival 2014 Live Stream have been released by Square Enix. Two packages are on offer, with a free version streaming in standard definition and showing most events, except for the opening keynote and closing ceremonies. For $20, viewers get to see the opening keynote on what the studio has in store for the game by producer and director Naoki Yoshida, closing ceremonies, and extra bonuses. The full list of extras included with the premium package is available below. For those wanting to go with the free version, bookmark Square Enix’s official FFXIV Twitch channel.
Square Enix has released some new details regarding the PS4 version of their MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. First off, the game will be available in stores on April 14, the same day when “official service” begins. For those looking to preorder, beginning today, money can be put down on a Standard Edition or a Collector’s Edition, which will also include two in-game items (a Mog Cap and a Cait Sith Doll minion) and Early Access on April 11. The Collector’s Edition will be packed with an art book, a music CD, art cards, a themed security token, and a few exclusive in-game items. Additionally, existing players who have registered FFXIV Collector’s Edition, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition, or digitally upgraded will receive two new in-game items (Fat Chocobo Mount and Wind-up Moogle minion).
After halting digital sales of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn due to “unprecedented demand at launch,” Square Enix has announced that sales have now resumed. Since the suspension on August 28, the studio has increased the number of and “performed extensive maintenance” on the game servers. The improvements now allow for a greater number of players, as well as an increase in the maximum limit of users capable of playing at the same time per World.
Square Enix has released new details about character migration and an upcoming beta for the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The studio has plans to launch a beta for the next-gen version on February 22. Also, for those who are currently playing the PS3 version, a character-transfer program has been announced that will allow you to bring your character over to the PS4 version for free. Additional details about the program are not known, however, but will be released at a later date.
The Final Fantasy series is taking another stab at the MMO genre today with the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Available for PC and PS3, A Realm Reborn allows players of both versions to venture together in a new storyline that takes place five years after the realm of Eorzea was laid waste by the Primal known as Bahamut. Players can now change their abilities, role, and skills using the Armory System, which allows for them to excel in multiple roles using only one character. Characters will switch to one of the 19 different classes by changing their equipped gear, and nine different jobs will unlock as they progress. Players can form Free Companies to go on story-driven quests, ride alongside their comrades into battle on a personal companion chocobo, and fight in open-world battles with other players.
Square Enix had a very Final Fantasy-heavy E3 showing, with news about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, new media from Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster, and the reveal that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV. The studio also had surprises in store, including the announcement that Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut is going multiplatform and that the next entry in the Kingdom Hearts series is well underway.