Friday, May 24th 2019

Final Fantasy XIV Online Surpasses 16 Million Players Worldwide

The global community of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online continues to grow as SQUARE ENIX announced the game has now surpassed 16 million registered users worldwide during a Letter from the Producer LIVE segment streamed from San Francisco. Accumulating almost six years of critical adoration and passionate fandom, the positive momentum of the MMORPG carries into the upcoming release of its third major expansion, FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers on July 2, 2019.

Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida also revealed several new details for the upcoming expansion during the livestream, including:
  • Details on battle system changes, including the introduction of the charged action system.
  • Updates to the FATE system, side quests, as well the addition of role quests.
  • Adjustments to job synergy and rebalancing of jobs
  • Various quality of life changes and UI updates
The Shadowbringers job actions trailer was also debuted and showcases updated and new abilities for all jobs-it is available on YouTube:

Additionally, the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers official benchmark software is now available for download. The benchmark software includes all-new Shadowbringers footage, as well as a character creator that allows players to view playable characters as they appear in game-including the new Hrothgar and Viera races. Users who create characters using the benchmark will also be able to carry them into the full game as well. The official benchmark software can be downloaded here: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/benchmark/.

Furthermore, the Shadowbringers benchmark software trailer can be viewed here:

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers will mark the first time that Warriors of Light will travel the rift between worlds to become Warriors of Darkness, to restore night and save the world from the apocalypse the Flood of Light promises. The expansion is packed with new features including the new Dancer and Gunbreaker jobs, Hrothgar and Viera races, an increased level cap, sprawling new areas, raids, and much more.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Online continues to deliver upon the promise of bringing the best of the FINAL FANTASY experience to the online realm and is currently available on Windows, Steam, the PlayStation 4, and Mac . All editions of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online can be purchased through the Square Enix Online Store here: https://ffxiv.na.square-enix.com/

Players may also pre-order all versions of Shadowbringers at the official pre-order website here.
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12 Comments on Final Fantasy XIV Online Surpasses 16 Million Players Worldwide

#1
lynx29
It is a great game. I have been playing 1-2 months per year since original non-Reborn launch. I pre-ordered Shadowbringers day 1.
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bogmali
In Orbe Terrum Non Visi
lynx29
It is a great game. I have been playing 1-2 months per year since original non-Reborn launch. I pre-ordered ShadowBringers day 1.
Nice!! Been playing since 1.0 (pre A Realm Reborn) and pre-ordered 5.0 as well
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natr0n
Benchmark gonna be fun to check out. It's 2GB.
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Tartaros
I did the original campaign and a pair of raids after quitting wow and it was really good and engaging. If I were to return to an mmo I'd probably play this one over wow.
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Solaris17
Dainty Moderator
I love this game, so good for them. Been playing since forever. If anyone needs a BRD or AST on balmung lmk.
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bogmali
In Orbe Terrum Non Visi
Solaris17
I love this game, so good for them. Been playing since forever. If anyone needs a BRD or AST on balmung lmk.
I main BRD and BLM @Solaris17 on Midgardsormr
natr0n
Benchmark gonna be fun to check out. It's 2GB.
Will be doing that sometime today
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Franzen4Real
Tartaros
I did the original campaign and a pair of raids after quitting wow and it was really good and engaging. If I were to return to an mmo I'd probably play this one over wow.
Same, I picked this up back when it came out as a break from WoW and really enjoyed it. I recently got an ultrawide and wanted to check out several games on it so I re-installed this and subbed. I think it has aged very nicely. It is good to see their user base this big, the game is deserving of it.
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spectatorx
Released benchmark is pretty long, about 7 minutes of single run. I'm totally not into this series but i wanted to see how this benchmark is different from ffxv benchmark. Definitely much less demanding as it is running ok on my old gpu.

As this benchmark is pretty small in size (a bit over 2GB) i decided to check how it performs when loaded into ramdisk. There is no difference in score but is in loading times. Ryzen 2700x, ddr4 3000MHz 2x16GB dual channel and radeon r9 380 4GB, 1920x1080 maximum preset.
HDD: score 7179, total loading time: 27.083sec.
RAMdisk: score 7184, total loading time: 10.022sec.
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#9
lynx29
@Solaris17 @bogmali I am transferring from Moogle Europe server, since I was in Europe for a few years. Transferring my main, which is a Paladin. Are either of you planning to be very active? Have room for me in a guild/clan/linkshell? I will transfer to your server if so. I was just going to pick random one, I don't really raid, I just enjoy the story, convos with people, 4 man dungeons, etc.

Let me know I will make sure I transfer to one of you, I prefer an active clan though if I am to join you, voice chat, etc.
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#10
ratirt
Is it really that good? I've seen it on steam yesterday while I was looking through games and been wondering if it's time starting something new. Maybe FF XIV is the way to go :) 16milion people is quite impressive for any game. I understand it's purely online game?
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lynx29
ratirt
Is it really that good? I've seen it on steam yesterday while I was looking through games and been wondering if it's time starting something new. Maybe FF XIV is the way to go :) 16milion people is quite impressive for any game. I understand it's purely online game?
yes online only. it has a good story.
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#12
JL87
Not trying to knock Balmung in any way! But I would be hesitant to recommend it to anyone looking to transfer.

A little history from someone who has been playing since 1.0...Balmung was one of the new servers from the 1st merger of servers (Fabul + Besaid) back when they removed/merged dead 1.0 servers.

FFXIV never had official RP servers like WOW did, even though the community asked for them. So people on the forums decided to make Balmung the “unofficial” RP server of 1.0.

When ARR came out square once again moved/added servers. The server me and my friends played on (Gungnir) became a Japanese server. Having played FFXI for many years we knew the latency involved with playing on servers so far away and decided to take advantage of the free transfer system that came with ARRs release.

At the time we all decided on Balmung, since it was a legacy server and figured it would provide us with the best chance at endgame players right from the start as at the time we was heavily focused on endgame.

The problem with Balmung, which again I’m not knocking the community at all, is that it remains a heavily congested server, because it’s still the main “RP” server, during main patches/next major releases. This makes for very long que times and at times severe server instability.

When stormblood came out it was a total nightmare as part of the main story quest was tied to an instanced fight....when most of the population was up to that point it overloaded the servers bringing them crashing down for days! This in itself sucked, but it made it even worse by stopping your progress. In FFXIV lot of times you can’t even access the higher level zones/quests until you are caught up/current with the main story while leveling!
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