When it launched almost two years ago, Final Fantasy XIV was met with a great deal of negativity both initial subscribers and the gaming press. Plagued with bugs and a myriad of bizarre albeit damaging design choices, Square Enix immediately got to work on a shopping list of fixes whilst making the MMO temporarily free-to-play.
Needless to say it was a damaging experience for both Square and the previously infallible Final Fantasy, especially when you compare XIV to the huge multi-platform success of 2002’s Final Fantasy XI. Admirably, Square Enix isn’t letting go of its second MMO project, looking to relaunch the entire game later this year for PC before making the leap to PlayStation 3 in 2013.
To make way for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (or Version 2.0, if you like) Square will be closing down the game servers in a couple of months time. As of September 29th, the publisher will no longer take subscription payments until the game is back up and running later this year. Those who have a rolling subscription or plan to sign-up before the deadline will be able to continue playing up until November 11th. After this time all servers will shut down and player progress will not be saved.
We’ve yet to hear of an official relaunch date for Final Fantasy XIV, though the game’s producer is billed to address fans on the 11th and will hopefully be able to give a clearer insight.
Source: The Lodestone