Final Fantasy XIV is giving away Heavensward for free until June 27

    
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If you’ve been dabbling in Final Fantasy XIV but have been vacillating on whether you want to shell out for the expansions just yet, then you might be interested in the game’s latest promotion, which is giving out copies of Heavensward, the game’s first expansion, completely free-of-charge. There are a couple of caveats to the deal, however: Firstly, it is available only to players who already own the base game or the starter edition. Secondly, it is not compatible with the Steam version of FFXIV. But if you meet the criteria and want to snag your own copy of Heavensward, you can do so over at the expansion’s promotional site, though as of this writing, the site hasn’t been updated to include the appropriate link to allow players to claim the expansion. Don’t worry, though; the offer will remain open until June 27th, so there’s no rush.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in FFXIV, the release of The Orbonne Monastery in patch 4.5 brought with it the exciting conclusion to the game’s Return to Ivalice raid series, which came to be thanks to a collaboration between Square Enix, Yasumi Matsuno (creator of the Ivalice series), and Keita Amemiya (Executive Director of Japanese tokusatsu series GARO). While Matsuno worked on the scenarios themselves, Amemiya employed his design skills to create the concept art The Orbonne Monastery’s bosses, which Square Enix is now putting on display for the world to admire. Amemiya’s trademark style blends beautiful, vivid colors with truly bizarre grotesquerie, resulting in some truly gorgeous art. If you’d like to check out the eye candy for yourself, you can do so over on the game’s official site.

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Danny Smith

I cannot recommend this enough to people that don’t have it. Heavensward is maybe the best story content in Final Fantasy as a brand since IX or X. It was so refreshing to have a mmo expansion where its not “and heres another world ending threat, and its the real deal this time swer on me mum!” but a much more grounded -or not given the subject matter- of a blood fued and what happens in a fantasy universe where one race lives far longer than the others and have emotional wounds that for the other side are literal ancient history.
To say nothing of the characters and story. From the end of ARR to the end of HW i’ve not seen people treat an mmorpg story content with such strict spoiler coverage like this outside of Warframes The Second Dream and its for good reason.

also that soundtrack still bloody slams.

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ihatevnecks

It also doesn’t seem to work if you’re a PS4 player who originally bought ARR on PS3 and then migrated to PS4. Both PSN and the website PS store fail to recognize your ARR purchase, and tell you that you have to buy the starter edition first.. even if Mog Station recognizes it just fine.

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AngryDolphin

And you can still snag the Starter Edition for free if you are a part of the Twitch Prime service through May 3 (tomorrow!) which comes with 30 days of play. The promotion started back in February so it’s probably been long forgotten!

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Robert Basler

This is the URL for North America. Their account process is terrible, I had to log in 4 different times.

https://store.na.square-enix-games.com/en_US/ffxiv_heavensward_free

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Dagget Burmese

Isn’t that promotion only if you are in the EU?

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Nope, NA and presumably JP also.