Square Enix has announced that their upcoming MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released on August 27th. In addition, the company has also revealed incentives to players who wish to pre-order the game early along with a fancy collector’s edition. To celebrate the news, they released a new trailer composed of nothing but gameplay, showcasing some of the revamped areas in the magical world of Eorzea.
Players who pre-order the re-done Final Fantasy online installment from the game’s site will be given:
- Early access to the game
- A Cait Sith Doll Minion
- Mog Cap
Alongside the normal game, players can get also buy a collector’s edition that comes with a large arrangement of various goodies that includes:
- A Collector’s box designed by Yoshitaka Amano
- 80-page Art of Eorzea – A Realm Reimagined hardcover art book
- The Waning of the Sixth Sun, a movie that showcases some of the game’s lore
- Sounds of Eorzea album that features music from the game
- Five computer generated character art cards
- A Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn security keychain to secure user accounts
- In-game bonus items:
- Helm of Light
- Baby Behemoth Minion
- Coeurl Mount
- Behemoth Barding
The game, which originally launched back in 2010, underwent a massive overhaul when players and reviewers alike heavily criticized the MMO, stating that it was barely playable as it was riddled with thousands of bugs and clunky systems. After receiving the lowest metacritic score of all Final Fantasy games, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada announced a major shift in the development team for Final Fantasy XIV alongside various apologies to players. The original version of the MMO shut down in November 2011 with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn announced a mere month before its closure.
It’s nice to see Square Enix trying to appease fans by completely redoing an entire game. Hopefully this time the company can get it right when Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launches on August 27th for PC and PlayStation 3.