2.3 Endgame Progression chart (warning, it's huge)http://i.imgur.com/OVDvNpp.png
2.3 Content Patch Trailer
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
(A Game Remade)
For those who don't know, Final Fantasy XIV originally released in September 2010 and was.... well it was basically a train wreck.
Despite stunning visuals and an interesting story the game itself was lacking mechanically. The UI was broken and sluggish, the combat was unresponsive and stiff, the world was bland and sparse, and the quests outside of the story were forgettable and dull. They tried for awhile to stem the bleeding by putting out some content patches and trying to fix a lot of the issues, but the game was on it's death rattle and had barely even begun.
However, instead of just cutting their losses and leaving the game to hobble on and eventually die, Square-Enix decided to take a different approach unheard of in the MMO industry...
They hired this guy.
Mr. Naoki Yoshida (Known as Yoshi-P) took over the project and it was decided that instead of trying to fix the current game. They would just make a new one.
And it's a damned good thing they did.WARNING some Story Spoilers in the following video.WARNING some Story Spoilers in the above video.
The game has since won many MMO of the year awards on many sites and is generally considered by many to be one of the best MMOs out there. With constant Quality of Life updates, and HUGE content patches every 3 months in addition to a scheduled Expansion in the next year which is said to have as much content as the release of the game, it's clear to see Sqaure-Enix has listened to the fans, and made something truly special that will capture and hold the hearts of millions for years to come.
Below are the past Content Patch trailers to give a taste of the sort of updates that happen on a regular basis.
So now we have a game with Stunning visuals, combat that is fun and engaging, a world that is full of life and secrets to be found, quests that are plentiful in number and each with it's own interesting little story to be told, Endgame raiding that is challenging and rewarding, Crafting that is full of depth and overall one of the best MMOs ever made.
Oh and Chocobos that actually fight along side you, Magitech mounts (as well as a myriad of other creatures), Fun PvP (Frontlines), Fishing, Treasure Hunts, Chocobo Raising, Guild housing, Hunts, Minigames, Minion collecting, Gardening, Personal Rooms, and generally everything that we wanted originally in the first game or in an MMO period.
The game is available for PC (Steam and Non-Steam) PS3, and PS4!
And yes all the platforms can play with each other regardless of platform or region.
Come on, who doesn't want some snazzy Chocobos with hats?
Oh and Rogue/Ninja is coming in patch 2.4 (Probably sometime near September)