Troubled MMO Final Fantasy XIV gets reborn

Square Enix has announced it will relaunch FFXIV as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

The publisher claims the troubled MMORPG has been completely rebuilt from the ground up, with a brand new world to explore and a fresh storyline behind all of the quests.

It is currently in development for both PC and PS3. A new redesigned website – www.finalfantasyxiv.com – will keep fans up to date with its progress.

Final Fantasy XIV was first announced in 2009 and went live in September 2010. However, it was instantly stricken with technical issues, forcing Square to extend the free trial.

The problems continued, the PS3 version was delayed and Square Enix eventually announced it was planning to relaunch the game.

"Since announcing our plans for the future of the title last October, we have been working tirelessly to include all of the elements that we have promised in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which we announced today," said producer and director Naoki Yoshida.

"This new title not only becomes a symbol of a completely new Final Fantasy XIV, but also marks the beginning of a new stage as the latest title in the Final Fantasy series. I hope you’re looking forward to it."

There is no word on when the planned relaunch will occur.

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