Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy IV makes a very quiet appearance on Steam

Andy Chalk at

Final Fantasy IV debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, which means that if it was a human being it likely would have graduated college by now. But it's not a person, it's a videogame, and so instead of going to college, it's gone to Steam.

Square Enix interested in bringing more Final Fantasy to PC

Emanuel Maiberg at

There isn't a lot of Final Fantasy available on the PC. Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are the few games in the Japanese role-playing franchise currently available on Steam. Publisher Square Enix says they've been quite popular on the PC, however, and while it didn't share specific sales figures, it's interested in bringing more Final Fantasy games to the platform.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn passes 1.5 million registrations, first content patch detailed

Perry Vandell at

After enduring a couple of rough launch issues, it seems that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has a bright, chocobo-filled future ahead as Square Enix has announced more than 1.5 million players have registered for the game since its release two short months ago.


Final Fantasy XIV offers up free world transfers this week

Patrick Carlson at

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is waiving fees for switching servers this week, allowing players to move between the MMO's game worlds free of charge, according to its official website. The free transfer period runs from Tuesday through Sunday and is a response to problems that surfaced during the game's unstable launch at the end of August.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn producer apologizes for server issues

Perry Vandell at

If you’ve booted up Square’s do-over of Final Fantasy XIV, chances are you’re running into the bane of all MMOs—server issues. It can be baffling as to why we run into same issue with every new MMO, but Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s producer, Naoki Yoshida, brought answers along with his apologies.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn announces last open beta as it nears launch

Patrick Carlson at

In advance of its release, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will run one last open beta before unleashing its mounted chocobos and unicorns on the world. Beta Test 4 for the MMORPG will take place August 17-19, according to a Q&A with developers that took place yesterday.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn gets benchmark and character creation tools before launch

Perry Vandell at

Final Fantasy XIV has had a rough ride. After launching to poor critical reception and dismal sales, Square Enix ended up erasing the world from existence with a meteor shower and spent the next three years building A Realm Reborn from the ground up. It was a bold endeavor, and now the developers want to make everyone’s rebirth as smooth as possible by offering a benchmark and character creation tool almost a month before the game comes out.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn release date announced

Perry Vandell at

After almost a three year hiatus, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn—Square Enix’s second go after botching the first attempt in 2010—is releasing on Aug. 27, 2013 on the PC and PlayStation 3.


New Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn screens show off some nice scenery

Ian Birnbaum at

There’s really nothing negative I can say about the temporarily offline Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG—at least, there’s nothing I can say that wasn’t already said by the game’s own director, Naoki Yoshida.


FFXIV: A Realm Reborn interview: "We took our fanbase for granted. We lacked the knowledge of other titles. We didn't have the passion."

Kim Richards at

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a complete overhaul of Square Enix's much maligned MMO, FFXIV - and, by crikey, it needed it. No one is more convinced of this than A Realm Reborn game director Naoki Yoshida, who I've conveniently just interviewed using a box which captures changes in light and sound across time, as you will see after the jump. He doesn't pull his punches: "We took our fanbase for granted," he says. "We lacked the knowledge of the global standard for MMOs, the knowledge of other titles. We didn't have the heart, the spirit or the passion to challenge the market."

Oof. He then goes on to check off a list of the game's gigantic errors - an unpalatable progress structure, inadequate server architecture, a woeful interface - none of which, we can presume, Square Enix will be making in its ground-up renovation. Certainly, Yoshida knows his MMO onions - he's played pretty much all of them, is currently smacked up on Guild Wars 2 and harbours a long-time love of Dark Ages of Camelot's PvP. These are good things by which to be inspired and it all suggests that A Realm Reborn is definitely not to be written off.


Final Fantasy VII finally re-re-released on PC

Richard Cobbett at

Yes, after many years and one false start the other week, you can now relive the epic adventure that is Final Fantasy VII on your PC. In the unlikely event you've never even heard of it, it's widely held to be one of the best JRPGs ever that doesn't involve time travel and a guy called Crono, and is easily the most beloved Final Fantasy adventure of all time. Price-wise, it's £7.99 for the moment, rising to £9.99 in September, and there's a trailer to give you a flavour of its action embedded right here...


Final Fantasy VII getting PC re-release

Tom Hatfield at

Yes, the news has finally broken. Final Fantasy VII, Square Enix's most beloved spiky haired JRPG, is coming back to PC. The new version will be updated and optimised for modern PCs, with achievements and cloud saves. Please feel free to make your own 'Cloud saves' joke here. Everyone else has.