Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is Square Enix's latest online installment in the legendary Final Fantasy series. Players enter the land of Hydaelyn to adventure in the regions of Eorzea, and can switch between four distinct classes and 18 sub-specializations by equipping different weapons. The PC game was originally released in September of 2010, but was brought back into development for a full overhaul and will relaunch alongside the PS3 version in 2013.
Final Fantasy XV is out now. One of the draws of FFXIV is the Final Fantasy brand, and so a very large chunk of my friends list have taken a hiatus to go on the road trip of a lifetime. I assume the same is true everywhere, because it's selling extremely well.
It's that time of month again: Yoshida hops in front of a camera to tell people what's coming in the next major content patch. 3.5 will drop in January, and Stormblood is coming 'early summer', so this will represent the state of the game for anything up to six months. 3.5 'part two' will drop in March, but if it's anything like 2.55, it won't have a huge amount of content in it outside of some story quests.
Nova Crystallis has posted a nice summary of the most recent Live Letter from the producer for Final Fantasy XIV. During the event developers revealed that the first part of The Far Edge of Fate (v3.5) will be released in January 2017 and part 2 in March 2017.
It's safe to say that The Binding Coil of Bahamut series is one of the best raids in any modern MMO. Whether or not you like FFXIV, there's a hell of a lot to admire. The encounter design is great: it's hard to look at the fight with Bahamut and not be awed, and everyone who's done the fourth stage has memories of Twintania's divebombs. But, more to the point, the story is fantastic.
Final Fantasy XIV is a traditional kind of MMO. It adheres rigidly to the holy trinity of tank, DPS, and healer, and making it easy enough to jump into.