Final Fantasy XIV Launches
Final Fantasy XIV (ファイナルファンタジーXIV Fainaru Fantajī Fōtīn?), also known as Final Fantasy XIV Online, is the fourteenth installment in the Final Fantasy series.
It was released in September 2010 for Microsoft Windows, with a PlayStation 3 port in development. The game is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and is developed and published by Square Enix. The game takes place in a land called Hydaelyn, mainly in a region named Eorzea, which has a contemporaneously aesthetic blend of science fiction and classic fantasy elements. The game was released in Japanese, English, French, and German.
The first stage of alpha testing began on March 11, 2010. This was announced at VanaFest 2010, an event to commemorate the eighth year of Final Fantasy XI. The second stage of alpha testing began on June 10, 2010. The PlayStation 3 release of Final Fantasy XIII contained a key for a chance to access a beta, to be held later in the year. Beta testing officially started on July 13, 2010.
The cheaper "Standard Edition" Windows PC version was released on September 30, 2010, while the "Collector's Edition" was released about one week earlier, and servers officially launched at 18:00 PDT on September 21, 2010. The PlayStation 3 version was originally planned to be released in March 2011, but owing to the game's initial reception, subsequent staff changes, and a desire not to "release a simple conversion of the Windows version in its current state, but rather an update that includes all the improvements", the release has been delayed. The game has shipped 630,000 copies worldwide as of November 4, 2010. The game has been met with notably negative reception.