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Final Fantasy 14 Expands to Xbox: An Epic Adventure with a Subscription Twist!

Calling all adventurers! Brace yourselves for a magical journey like no other as Final Fantasy 14 spreads its wings to the Xbox platform. But hold ont...

George Marston Feb 05, 2024
Final Fantasy 14 Expands to Xbox: An Epic Adventure with a Subscription Twist!

Calling all adventurers! Brace yourselves for a magical journey like no other as Final Fantasy 14 spreads its wings to the Xbox platform. But hold onto your Chocobos, because there's a twist in this tale that's bound to raise some eyebrows. Square Enix has revealed that Xbox players who want to upgrade from the free trial to the full version will need not just one, but two subscriptions—both to the game and to Xbox Game Pass. It's a requirement that has left many scratching their heads and wondering, "Is this a quest or a subscription marathon?"

Let's rewind to the 2023 Las Vegas Fan Fest, where Square Enix first unveiled Final Fantasy 14: Dawntrail, the game's fifth expansion since its relaunch in 2013. Dawntrail promises to be a visual feast, introducing the game's first major graphical update and unveiling exciting new Jobs like the enigmatic Viper and the mystical Pictomancer. The anticipation was palpable during the keynote address when Final Fantasy 14's producer and director, Naoki Yoshida, welcomed Xbox lead Phil Spencer to the stage. The crowd erupted in cheers as the duo confirmed that Final Fantasy 14 was finally venturing into the realms of Xbox Series X/S. The subsequent London Fan Fest teased Xbox players with a target window of mid-January to February to get their hands on the game.

Well, hold onto your Moogle hats, because that target window hit the mark! Square Enix announced that the Xbox Series X/S version of Final Fantasy 14 would launch as an open beta on Wednesday, February 21, at the ungodly hour of 3:00 a.m. Eastern. Now, here's the catch: the open beta is exclusively for new players, so existing adventurers will have to sit this one out. However, fear not, for the game's dedicated servers will unite Xbox players with their PC, PS4, and PS5 counterparts right from the start. It's a grand union of warriors, mages, and cat-like creatures, ready to embark on epic quests and forge unforgettable alliances.

But here's where things get a little dicey. Xbox players itching to upgrade to the full version will need to purchase Final Fantasy 14 and, brace yourselves, acquire both a game subscription and an Xbox Game Pass Core or Ultimate subscription. Wait, what? Yes, you heard that right. It's a double whammy of subscriptions that has left some adventurers scratching their heads like curious Chocobos. Meanwhile, players on PS4 and PS5 can breathe a sigh of relief, as they're not required to wield an additional PlayStation Plus subscription on top of their game subscription. It's a tale of subscriptions, my friends, where Xbox players find themselves caught in a subscription conundrum.

Now, before you unleash your Bahamut-like fury, let's take a moment to consider the Xbox Game Pass. This service offers an abundance of titles and Day One releases, like a treasure trove of gaming goodness. While the requirement for Final Fantasy 14 may seem perplexing, who knows what surprises Square Enix and Microsoft have up their sleeves? Perhaps they'll bestow upon the brave adventurers some special perks to soften the blow of wielding two subscriptions to embark on this epic journey.

Let us not forget Final Fantasy 14's humble beginnings. The original release stumbled and fell like a clumsy Black Mage, drawing the ire of fans far and wide. But fear not, for like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the developers canceled the MMO, only to rebuild it as Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. Since its rebirth, the game has experienced a monumental resurgence, soaring to become one of the greatest MMOs ever crafted. Its vast landscapes and captivating storytelling have captivated the hearts of hundreds of thousands of players, creating a realm where adventure knows no bounds.

So, fellow adventurers, ready your swords, staffs, and oversized Moogle dolls, for Final Fantasy 14 beckons you on a grand quest. With Xbox joining the fray, new heroes will arise, battle fearsome creatures, and form unforgettable bonds. Just remember, the path to greatness may require a subscription or two, but the rewards that await are beyond measure. Are you ready to step into a world of magic, wonder, and double subscriptions? The adventure awaits, my friends. Let the journey begin!