'Final Fantasy XIV' Removes Free Trial Time Limit

Timed demos can make it hard to judge an MMORPG. They're meant to be played for untold hours--how are you supposed to know if you'll want to invest that much time into a game within a few days? Square Enix has apparently decided you can't, as evidenced by the announcement that Final Fantasy XIV will no longer offer a 14-day free trial, and will instead let you play to your heart's content without having to worry about any timers.

There are a few restrictions on the free trial. Square Enix won't let you progress beyond level 35--the current level cap is 60--and will restrict you to the first 10 layers of the 200-layer Deep Dungeon. But you'll otherwise be allowed to explore Final Fantasy XIV as much as you would like, and if you decide that the game is worth paying for, you can transfer your character from the free trial into the full version of the game whenever you so desire.

Lifting the free trial's time limit is the latest example of Square Enix's commitment to Final Fantasy XIV. Those demonstrations started with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which changed the game's story, engine, gameplay, and basically everything else; went on with Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, which added a new race, areas, classes, and gameplay while also raising the level cap to 60; and will soon continue with Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood Trailer

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood was announced in October 2016. The expansion includes two new jobs as well as new raids, dungeons, and other additions, such as the ability to swim and a level cap increase from 60 to 70. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is available for preorder for $40 now on PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4. (You can also get the Collector's Edition for a whopping $200 instead.) It's expected to make its public debut on June 20.

That's probably why Square Enix nixed the time limit on the free trial. The company will also let anyone whose trial expired take another stab at the game, so if you downloaded Final Fantasy XIV a few years ago but never got to experience the changes made in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, you'll be able to see if it's worth revisiting. That's extra useful given that you have to buy that version of the game to play the coming expansion.

The removal of the free trial's time limit applies to the PC, Mac, and PS4 versions of the game. Square Enix offers a variety of subscription options ranging from $13 per 30 days, which limits you to one character per server and eight characters total, all the way to roughly $78 for 180 days with eight characters per server and 40 characters total. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood are sold separately.

NameFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornFinal Fantasy XIV: HeavenswardFinal Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
DeveloperSquare EnixSquare EnixSquare Enix
PublisherSquare EnixSquare EnixSquare Enix
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
Where To Buy
Release DateAugust 24, 2013June 23, 2015June 20, 2017
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  • Lkaos
    Would love to see actual gameplay of this game....I like the game but the last time i played this the turn based play put me off for being too repetitive..
  • CelicaGT
    Anonymous said:
    Would love to see actual gameplay of this game....I like the game but the last time i played this the turn based play put me off for being too repetitive..

    This is not turn based, all spells and actions have a cool down period which varies with stats and status. For gameplay google it, there's about a million youtube videos of various dungeons and Raids.
  • BankaiEzra
    Don't Know if this is true or not but reading the Term and condition of of free trial still states that "The Free Trial will expire at midnight (00:00 hours) on the fourteenth (14th) day after the licensed software is downloaded.", and also " Players have ninety (90) days after the Free Trial expires to upgrade to the full retail version of the game in order to keep playing with the same in-game and character data."

    So which is true?