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Over 2 Million Register for Final Fantasy XIV

April 15th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launched last summer for Windows PC and PlayStation 3 and this week for PlayStation 4, showing no signs of slowing down yet. Square Enix issued a press release today stating that the game boasts over two million registered players, likely bolstered by the game’s release on Sony’s newest console.

Rebooted after the original version was considered a disappointment by many fans and critics alike, Square Enix sought to change the legacy that Final Fantasy XIV would leave for the series. A massive undertaking ensued to rebuild the game under new leadership, and goals were set to create a modern game that would appeal to Final Fantasy fans as well as MMORPG players. While it doesn’t offer much new to MMORPGs itself, what A Realm Reborn seeks to iterate on, it does incredibly well — resonating with millions of players both familiar and unfamiliar with the genre.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is also a subscription-based MMORPG, with director/producer Naoki Yoshida adamant that a pay-to-play approach is right for the game, allowing the team to budget properly for future content updates versus a free-to-play model. While the freemium genre has definitely become more lucrative for other publishers, even within Square Enix, it seems that Final Fantasy XIV can still rest comfortably on its solid base of subscribers by delivering hefty content updates every three months.


  • 1Truth

    Only around 500,000 of those 2 million accounts are active subscribers. The rest just registered accounts for either the Beta or the 30 Day Free Trial.