Free Trial Period For Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Available From Today

Square Enix launches its Recruit a Friend program alongside the release of its 14-day trial for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

For friendship!

Square Enix has announced the launch of a 14-day free trial period for its MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

The free trial software can be downloaded from the site, which allows players to play the game for free for up to 14 days until their character hits level 20. The free trial also limits what in-game activities players are able to participate in.

Launching alongside the free trial period is the Recruit a Friend program, which grants in-game rewards to players who invite others to join them on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Should the recruited player subscribe for 30 days, both parties receive a Friendship Circlet, which increases in-game experience gained by 20% when below level 25. The recruiter also receives an Aetheryte Pendulum, which teleports them to the closest new adventurer on their friends list for free.

If a recruited friend subscribes for 90 days, the recruiter will receive a whistle which summons a draught chocobo; a mount that is capable of transporting two characters.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released in August last year for the PlayStation 3 and PC, followed by a PlayStation 4 launch in April this year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's reviews.

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62 comments
pandadan86
pandadan86

If I use the trial and max it out at level 20, when I buy the game through steam do I lose my char or is it carried over?

mrpantaloons1
mrpantaloons1

Looks like a lot of fun. Really enjoy the gameplay, graphics, combat effects and the UI seems really well done. The game just feels polished. Although there seems to be a lot of lore and dialogue, much more so than in other mmorpgs, so it can be a bit tedious at start, but if you have never tried Final Fantasy 14 before, this is the perfect time to give it a shot.


You can check out my first impressions here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD0znniDjfk

Howlam
Howlam

@soulesshidan Nope, you don't have to buy the game. You will only need to buy the game with subscription after the 14 days are over.

soulesshidan
soulesshidan

if i tried the trial, do still need to buy the whole game or i can only buy the subscription card?

Howlam
Howlam

@Jacen22 Major cutscenes are voice acted with text. You can choose several languages for voice overs depending on preferences.
@jenovaschilld  PC version support controller.


Jacen22
Jacen22

Is this game voice acted? Cutscenes for quests? Or is it old school text based?

imajinn
imajinn

I stopped playing this as it got dull for me. Then again there wasn't much for me to do after maxing most jobs in 1.0 and the content in ARR gone through.
 Waiting on EQ next to see if it can bring back what once was.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

A good MMO; but needs far more content to keep my interested.  The story-locked dungeons and instances need to go too. 

DarkLingwistix
DarkLingwistix

As a Final Fantasy fan that always hated MMO's this game's charm completely won me over, it has the feel that a Final Fantasy should have and with the giant content patches that release every 3 months I never feel like my money is wasted. For me this gem makes up for FFXIII despite being an MMO.

m_bd89
m_bd89

Yeah nah screw subscriptions, I'm already drowning enough in bills as it is. Also, I'm not a big fan of paying full price just to play a game for a month. And if I ever want to revisit that game later on, which happens a lot in mmos, I'd have to shell out even more money.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

I truly long for the day that I can see another "Tales Of Eternia Online" as it has so very long since I could find a MMO that I have been interested in with real time gameplay, great mechanics and a great community.

It didn't have anywhere as close as good graphics compared to the other MMOs of today but it sure had it where it counts.

It's basically been the only MMO game that I've been interested in until they canceled it :(

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

If they had pre-paid time cards for FF 14 AAR I would play this game. No credit card for me. Since this is a first MMO Final Fantasy 14 Realm Reborn is a good starter for MMO newcomers. I kinda liked this game when I played the Beta. The fee is reasonable as on-line game servers do cost money to keep up and running.

amia5724
amia5724

Was about to try this then I saw Wildstar. Hmm... Is FFXIV: ARR all grind? Does it have a housing system? huhu. Can't decide which to download first. Just saw Wildstar's trailer a while ago and it was awesome. :o

alterzero
alterzero

Downloading, gave TERA Rising a shot and it sucks, never played a FF online so I'll try it out, could this be the beginning of another addictive experience!?... I'll find out, currently very disappointed about LR!... -_- 

metallunar
metallunar

I wish they hadn't crank down the graphics and the physics in FFXIV: ARR.

PumpkinTribunal
PumpkinTribunal

I've literally been reading Gamespot since the beginning, and I've also played just about every MMO that has ever come out, but I've never felt the need to post, so I just created an account to make this post. I'll agree that FFXIV:ARR isn't for everybody, but it certainly IS for a lot of us lost MMOers that are looking for a home. FFXIV:ARR is a very, very traditional MMO, there's no two ways about it. However, what it lacks in originality, it by far makes up for it in charm. Combat is satisfying and fun, dialogue with NPCs is actually worth reading, class/job options will certainly suit you down to the ground, and leveling is a reasonable pace, not being too slow so as to bore you, nor is it too fast to not make it feel like you accomplished something when you leveled. Most importantly, if you grew up with Final Fantasy, the game has that distinctive Final Fantasy feel that's so nostalgic and warm and fuzzy. To me, this is the biggest selling point. I've purchased this game for both my PS3 and my PC, and both are very fun ways to play the game. I want this game to succeed so badly, but everyone is weary of subscription based models. I don't know about you folks, but I rather pay $12.99 a month for a good game with a good community instead play a free to play game with 9,999 gold spammers sending my a message a minute while having "PURCHASE GOLD MEMBERSHIP NOW" popping up over my character every 10 minutes. And come on, is $12-$16 a month really that bad? Do any of you smoke? Drink? Play Magic: The Gathering? I'm guessing a lot of you do, and for the price of a pack of cigarettes, or two beers at a bar, or three booster packs of the latest set, you can play a damn fine game.

I'm guessing this post will get flamed or ignored, as is the fate of almost all Gamespot comments, but whatever. Just felt like I needed to say it.

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

this game is fun if its ur first mmo and have no other mmo to compare it to.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

If you like MMOs and haven't given this a try, I'd recommend at least trying it.  It's a pretty solid game.  It couldn't hold my interest but I'm not going to deny that it's one of the better MMOs that I've tried.

karnage27
karnage27

How much does this cost a month anyway?

Halloll
Halloll

so the rewards are basically a baby setting kit, is baby setting fun?

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Sucks when none of your friends are into MMOs so you end up having to socialize in the game lol this game is such a blast, can't wait for the new jobs/classes in update 2.4

lorider25
lorider25

when you limit something I wouldn't even play it if it was free

Howlam
Howlam

@pandadan86 Steam is just a separate place to launch the game. Your account is tied to Mog Station, where you will setup when you use the free 14 days trial.

For safety sake, ensure the email account on FF14 is the same as the Steam account.


Simply put, you only buy the game from Steam, but your subscriptions will be carried out through Mog Station.

soulesshidan
soulesshidan

@Howlam @soulesshidan is it the game with subscription, is the one with the CD?, sorry im just uncertain, i really appreciate your answer... i really want to try this game


Eliwoo
Eliwoo

@Jacen22 Voice acted ( on japanese, english, german and french ) during cutscenes on the main quest storyline.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Jacen22 I am gonna throw in a question also, does the PC version support controller?


jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@m_bd89 I have no problem paying a reasonable subscription for an MMO if it fulfills the basic requirements that my entertainment dollars are spent on. Most importantly- is it entertaining and keeps me so for my dollars times each month. I just spent $18 dollars at Logan's Roadhouse for a meal that was not worth it, should have bought it at the store and cooked it myself. And for $15 I can play an mmo for endless amounts of hours before my wife kills me. Matter of fact no, form of entertainment is better when it comes to price vs hours of entertainment. But when a game gets old, gets stale, or gets out of date - that value falls quickly and it is time to invest your money elsewhere. 

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@Megavideogamer  Um, SE sells 60 day time cards for $29.99. I've seen them at Walmart, Best Buy and GameStop. Amazon sells them too.

whaargarbl
whaargarbl

@amia5724


Gamers these days don't know what grind means. There's no grind in FF14ARR, nor any of the current generation of "AAA" MMOs.

You have quests, and these quests aren't killing 300+ of an enemy for a turn-in. You have area events that can be jumped into without having to join a group, or group missions if you feel like being social.

Let's try to rein in the use of the term grind, shall we? Although meanings do change with time and there is a bit of an opinion flavor with the term, we need to have some sort of basic idea of what grind means.

If we just go into the worthless statement of "it means something different for different people", there's no real reason to use the term at all.

So no. FF14: ARR is not Lineage. I'm not a fan of FF14, but as I'm interested in giving it another chance with a trial and I saw this, I have to wonder if others have turned you away from other games by calling them grinds erroneously.

Rethink other games if that's the case. Odds are you may have been getting the opinion of someone who has never suffered a grind.

(That said, Wildstar is pretty fun and I'm finally at the point where I can pay for my subscription with in-game platinum)

NinjiMaster
NinjiMaster

@amia5724 It isn't all grind, it has a guild housing system(with personal rooms inside the guild house), with personal housing coming later this year. Wildstar I hear some good things, but FFXIV has a lot going for it too.

imajinn
imajinn

@amia5724 ARR is a Fate grind pretty much if your trying to level and these days, depending what server you are on, there's not a whole lot of low level fate parties anymore. The quest system is so so and you can gain experience but don't expect to do it to cap. As iMpLuX stated, after your max level, finished the story, grind fest galore.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@amia5724  Wildstar has personal housing and FFXIV housing is Guild only. So you need to join a Guild in FFXIV that has a house. You can also buy a 'personal room' inside the Guild's house for 300,000.


FFXIV isn't a grind until you beat the main story and begin end game. Wildstar has better group content but the questing was very, very mediocre and stopped playing because of it. FFXIV has better leveling questing.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

@alterzero 

I tried it a while ago and let's just say that if you don't like regular MMOs, this game will not change your opinion.


NinjiMaster
NinjiMaster

@metallunar Although they "cranked" down the graphics and physics in 2.0, it allowed them to give a much greater scope to the game. Compare the tent surrounded by a fence with bland scenery of Revrent's Toll of 1.0 to the grand city it has become in 2.0. It also allows more ppl to be able to play, rather than restricting it to a select hardcore and the graphic change isn't really too noticeable either. I prefer the look of 2.0 than 1.0 and it is because of the scenery change between the two. What is the point of higher resolution textures when you didn't have much to show it off? And to less people?

imajinn
imajinn

@PumpkinTribunal I guess it really all depends on how you look at it. I agree with some, but not all points you've made. I did not find anything nostalgic about ARR, outside of maybe FFXI races and chocobos. There is too much hand holding for me on most everything, but that's just how I feel about it. I actually felt like 1.0 was more of a challenge and worthy time invested in some ways.


That being said.... the community/linkshell you go with makes the difference with this game. If your with good, fun people, your time will be excellent in anything you do in game. If not... prepare to run by yourself unless you queue up for PUGs. Where some people found FFXI very hard, most will find ARR very easy... sometimes too easy.


Most of the jobs feel solid, except for a few that still feel unfinished (SMN), to name one. I am sure this game will keep getting better, but for myself, I have not found a reason to go back to it. Maybe when they have more classes/jobs available, with a lot more content.


Don't get me wrong. there is no reason not to pick it up and play the trial. New people will either enjoy it, or hate it. There is really no in between. Its worth checking out, and its very traditional. Just my 2 cents.

namitokiwa
namitokiwa

@PumpkinTribunal I am finding a job and when I have a job. I will buy this game immediatel. And Thank you for sharing this post. :D

NinjiMaster
NinjiMaster

@PumpkinTribunal I agree with your viewpoint ;D And I haven't commented on gamespot in a long time either til this news story :P Your point about dialogue with NPCs is actually worth reading is somewhat of an understatement. The story, even the side-quests and random quests, are fun to read and get into. This game actually tries(and succeeds for many) in pulling people into caring about the lore. With cutscenes (some have voice acting, though most are saddenly not voiced) and interesting plots, it is a delight to get into the story. With something like WoW, most lore is in real life books, not in the game and not many know about the books(I didn't know about how the Emerald Dream was finished in a book until a friend told me about it) so the lore is missed and I don't even bother reading quest text except for where to go and how many of what to kill, but with FFXIV it doesn't feel like a bother to read the text and get into it.

NinjiMaster
NinjiMaster

@karnage27 $12.99/month for 1 character(but 1 character can be any/all classes in the game), or $14.99/month for 8 characters per server and 40 characters across all servers. There are also discounted rates if you buy 3 months at a time or 6 months at a time. With that subscription, you not only gain access to an amazing game, but also you get perks. You get a perk after paying for 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, and I think 1 year and 6 months of game time. Those perks include but not limited to: Mounts, Pets, swimsuits, a free race/gender change, free teleport tickets x50(usually costs a small amount of gil to teleport around, this just makes it free). And you get all of these perks, so you pay for 1 month of the game through subscribing, you get the 1 month perk, then you pay for your second month, you then get the 2 month perk, and so on. They add perks as time goes by as well, so it isn't limited to the 1y6m perk, they are likely to keep on giving perks.

NinjiMaster
NinjiMaster

@SphinxDemon Tell your friends there is a free trial, and if they like the game you can then use the new "refer-a-friend" and you and your friend get a helm that increases exp gained til lvl 25 and you get yourself a 2 seater chocobo!(after they pay 3 months game time)

NinjiMaster
NinjiMaster

@lorider25 They do this so real money traders don't flood the game due to this free trial. If they didn't limit it, then it would hinder people paying to play the game. Gil sellers have been decimated now since release, it'd be a shame if it was reversed due to no limits on the trial. The trial is just that, a trial...to get a flavor of the game, to see how your computer would run it before you buy it.

Eliwoo
Eliwoo

@jenovaschilld Yes. Although it may be more convenient to play with the keyboard and mouse.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

@TalesOfGod @alterzero Yeah, they basically just trashed the original version and made it into another stereotypical MMO.  It's competent but not unique.

karnage27
karnage27

@NinjiMaster Thanks for the reply man, i love FF and have a PS4 so might give this a go,thanks.

NinjiMaster
NinjiMaster

@karnage27 @NinjiMaster Well, just so you know, the free trial is for PC only(might change to PS4/PS3 later? *shrugs*) but I play on PC and PS4(both are connected to the same servers, PS4/PS3/PC all play together), and the PS4 version is no slouch. It looks and runs great, but...if you have the Playstation app on your phone or if you have a wireless keyboard...do yourself a favor and use those as a keyboard than typing with the PS4 controller. Also, if you have a PS Vita...the game runs superb on there as well, I can run through dungeons and do perfectly fine over wifi. It is a real treat :D