Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

In a press release, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, a redesigned version of Final Fantasy XIV online. Set for release on Playstation 3 and PC, the reimagined MMORPG will focus on themes of rebirth, and contain probably a ton of the usual crazy nonsense the series has long been famous for, but in MMO form. The official site was launched to coincide with the announcement, featuring a new, and very trippy story set in “Aldenard, the westernmost of the Three Great Continents, and its surrounding islands,” during which a great culture is on the edge of collapse. Essentially it sounds like the Decline and Fall of Rome, but ith crazy JRPGness. Neat! And probably confusing for no reason!

And yes, it will also look stunningly gorgeous.

Because we care, here’s the press release in full:

Square Enix announces redesigned Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Square Enix, the publishers of Square Enix interactive entertainment products in the Americas, announced today the fully-redesigned, massively multiplayer online adventure Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Previously referenced as “version 2.0,” this title has been rebuilt from the ground up, and centers on the core concept of rebirth, featuring a new world to explore and storyline to experience.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn offers visually-stunning graphics and game design that appeal to both Windows PC and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system players.

“Since announcing our plans for the future of the title last October, we have been working tirelessly to include all of the elements that we have promised in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. This new title not only becomes a symbol of a completely new Final Fantasy XIV, but also marks the beginning of a new stage as the latest title in the Final Fantasy series. I hope you’re looking forward to it!” said Naoki Yoshida, producer/director of Final Fantasy XIV.

A new website dedicated to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/) also went live today, which offers background information on the realm of Eorzea, its inhabitants and the much larger world of Hydaelyn. The website will also serve as the central location for regular updates and news about the game.

Players are invited to visit the official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIV) and participate in the official forum at http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com. Also, the Final Fantasy XIV YouTube page features the new launch trailer.

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