It has been three years since Square Enix released Final Fantasy 14, the highly anticipated MMO that turned out to be a colossal let down. This led to the development of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, which essentially is a relaunch of the original game. And though the official release date has yet to be announced, Square has narrowed the window by confirming a summer 2013 release.
Same as the original version, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is an MMO that will be available on both PC and PS3.
The game is set to be entering its third and final round of closed beta testing next month, and it will include PS3 players for the first time, allowing them to explore the game’s world alongside PC owners due to its cross-platform functionality. The beta will also open up two new city states: Ul’dah and Limsa Lominsa.
You can sign up for the beta on Square Enix’s website.
Final Fantasy 14 producer Naiko Yoshida said that a rebirth of the game is necessary to help gamer’s regain trust in the Final Fantasy brand.
“Losing your fans’ trust is very easy thing to do. Regaining it is very hard,” Yoshida said. “We believe Final Fantasy 14 is a starting point, and that players joining us will think ‘oh wow, this is great, I’ll see what they can do with Final Fantasy 15 or 16’.