Final Fantasy XIV previews Alexander, claims 5M all-time subs

    
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Looking like armor doesn't mean anything now, does it?
It might not be your cup of tea, but Final Fantasy XIV is certainly the cup of tea for a large number of MMO players, though how many remains unclear. At a recent event in Japan, producer and director Naoki Yoshida stated that the game has acquired five million total subscribers since its rerelease, although he did not state that the game currently has that many. Exact subscription numbers remain something of a mystery, as Square-Enix has declined to release them. Still, it’s something to chew on during speculation.

Final Fantasy XIV‘s first expansion launched two weeks ago tomorrow, and during those first two weeks the game it has given players no weekly lockouts. The idea, from the beginning, was to allow players to just relax and enjoy leveling without any sort of pressure. Now a tiny bit of pressure is being added as the game opens up its first weekly lockout in the form of Alexander, a former Sharlayan structure used as the nexus for the Primal of the Goblins. Check out the vid below.

Source: Official Site, GameRevolution; thanks to everyone who sent in the latter tip!
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AdeptusEnginus
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Bolaum AdeptusEnginus Krem Dope_Danny True, but at the same time that was dealt with when we cleared T10. Further, the only one who really retains the absolute knowledge on how to “resurrect” him again is Tiamat, whom shares when you encounter her at the end of Heavensward that she clearly has no intention of ever doing so again under any circumstances. The Bahamut primal was effectively the result of the Ascians taking advantage of Tiamat’s grief, and she regretted the end result to such an extent she now sits bound in Azys Lla despite being more than capable of freeing herself, punishing herself eternally for what she did. Were there some straggler worshipers, it could technically happen eventually, but without Tiamat’s aid a new Bahamut would never be able to reach the heights of power the old primal was capable of, and she’s very adamant about how such a thing will never happen again.

Fresh Meat
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This is so excit- ResidentSleeper ResidentSleeper ResidentSleeper

samruck
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I think they have around 500k-800k subs, but the only number that gets close to WoW’s 7 millions is the all time subs, that’s why they said it.

solipsis
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solipsis

Tridus that sounds like a total opposite of ESO where the group finder never works.

FyreyEnigma
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shaw sbst Detton The irony is that you’re coming off as more of a zealot than any of the comments I’ve seen here so far…

Halaegus
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Halaegus

ManastuUtakata I wondered about you a few days ago. If you were to focus more on FFXIV, would you change your avatar to a cute little lalafel?

jackinthegreen
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jackinthegreen

Decided to resub .It’ll be nice to play a successful subscription based mmo again . I miss my Choccobo Wicked Pecker

jackinthegreen
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jackinthegreen

RamsayIV Do you really need to rush to the endgame in a pve mmo such as this . Why not take your time and enjoy what you do casually ? Its not all about being max level enjoy the journey to it .

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RamsayIV Sobach One of the things I really like about this game is that it kind of has something for everyone. and a form of player progression for every type of player. from casual to ‘hardcore’, although the definition fo the latter is somewhat questionable.
To put my statement into context, I played WoW for almost 9 years during which time i was a guild leader, a raid leader, a progression raider, and an active pvp’er, before finally burning out on it. Wow’s model is effectively “skip through irrelevant low level content to level as fast as humanly possible to get to endgame”, which is an endless cycle of gearing up to raid and then logging in only to stand around bored in a city talking to your friends.

In XIV its… not really like that. FF-XIV is the sort of game where gathering classes have full cutscene driven story-quests and their own class armor sets, or being a 4 star master craftsman is much more difficult and impressive than clearing the hardest content in the game, or a community of players  that are willing do a raid where the only reward is a special dance emote. its very refreshing coming from other mmo’s. 
The game is very heavily story driven with things you experience and characters you meet early in the game coming back later down the line. each class or job has its own story that gives you a better understanding of various aspects of the world and the history of its people. Old content is also never irrelevant, as high level zones exist alongside low level zones, and many aspects of the game, like fates or dungeons, level synch the players. High level players can earn rewards (like currency for gear or money) by queueing into the duty finder for low level dungeons, and many aspects of high level gameplay, like relic weapons,  
Dungeon gear is never irrelevant since players can level every class or job on the same character, and all gear is heavily customizable though dyes or glamours. Dungeons drops can also be turned into grand company vendors for seals, which are a currency you can use to buy high qualiy leveling gear, housing items, and crafting materials. everything is heavily intertwined.
between level 15 and level 50 there are:
29 Dungeons (17 of which are specifically level 50),
24 Trials (including all the different difficulty settings like hard or Extreme)
2 main story 8 person raids
3 side-story 8 person raids (Binding coil, which has 13 individual sections /variable difficulty settings)
3 side-story 24person  alliance raids (crystal tower)
and that’s just the base game! In Heavensward, currently there are 8 new dungeons, 5 new trials, with the first section of the new 8 person raid launching only 2 weeks after release! And that’s just dungeons. There are beast tribe factions, treasure hunts, chocobo raising/racing, gambling, a collectible card game you can play against other players, pvp, etc.
I have Free Company (ie: Guild)mates who do nothing but crafting, gathering, and they’re stoked about it. My partner is a tank, and loves raiding and running trials. I like to craft, collect cool looking gear, pvp, and I almost never raid, but despite that manage to stay super busy and have really good time. 
So a little bit of something for everyone :D

Loyheta
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I’ve been having a blast. Did get drunk and accidentally delete deleted my 160 white mage staff xD. Started gearing up with law armor. Have a new guild that enjoy doing things with each other. Haven’t had this much fun since tBC in WoW. Working on my miner, black mage, and dragoon.