Square-Enix Extends Final Fantasy XIV Free Trial Time

I’m not a fan of Square-Enix’s latest Final Fantasy MMO. It’s pretty much the most frustrating game I think I’ve ever reviewed (including Superman Returns on the 360 and Vampire Rain). It seems that the minds behind the title realize that it is not doing so well in the public eye and have extended the 30-day free period for current owners as a mitigation for a very unsatisfying game.

“Considering the nature of much of the feedback we received … and the current state of the game, we have decided to extend the free trial period for all users,” the publisher said in a public statement today. “We would like to assure players that the world of Final Fantasy XIV is constantly growing and evolving, and the voices of the community are essential to that process.”

Square Enix is extending the subscription-based game’s free trial period from 30 to 60 days for anyone that’s purchased FFXIV and registers an account before October 25th.

“The development and management teams are carefully considering all player feedback, and working diligently to implement whatever changes and additions will serve to make Eorzea a better home for adventurers. We humbly ask for your continued support to this end.”

Well, it’s possible Final Fantasy XIV could be a fun game someday and statements like this show the company are aware of the launch failure. While Final Fantasy XIV is pretty to look at how many folks would stick around at this point while the publisher makes needed changes to find out? There is no mention of changes to be made or in what timeframe they’re coming. This extension doesn’t really change anything because the players will still not have tutorials, population to play with or an economy of non-player crafted loot any time soon.

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