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[[caption-width-right:350:From the flames of Destruction, A new Beginning rises...]]
->''"War born of strife, these trials persuade us not. (Feel what? Learn what?)\\
Words without sound, these lies betray our thoughts.\\
Mired by a plague of doubt, the Land, she mourns. (See what? Hear what?)\\
Judgement binds all we hold to a memory of scorn.\\
Tell us why, given Life, we are meant to die, helpless in our cries?"''
-->-- Lyrics from "Answers"

''Final Fantasy XIV'' is the fourteenth game in the [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons groin-grabbingly]] [[RunningGag popular]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. It is an {{MMORPG}}, similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', and was timed exclusively to the PC in its first release, and was a simultaneous PC & [=PS3=] release in its second iteration (see below). In both its 2010 and 2013 releases, it had both a Standard and a [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Collector's Edition]], whose buyers were able to start the game 8 days early (in the 1.0 CE's case), [[{{Feelies}} get exclusive in-game items, a themed journal (in 1.0) or an artbook (2.0), and some other bells and whistles]].

The game is set in the Eorzea region of the planet Hydaelyn. Before the start of the game, the SteamPunk Garlean Empire had set to use their overwhelming military force to attempt to conquer Eorzea, starting with the city-state of Ala Mhigo. The remaining four city-states- Limsa Lominsa, Ul'dah, Gridania and Ishgard- militarized to meet this threat, but before another shot was fired the Garleans mysteriously halted their advance, leaving the city-states with a large armed force and nothing to really fight against. The cities thus banded together in an uneasy peace, forming the Adventurers' Guild to employ these new mercenaries and investigate the secrets behind the Empire's sudden invasion and retreat.

The game was initially met with mixed-to-bad reactions from players and reviewers alike, citing [[ObviousBeta numerous glitches and bugs, poorly implemented features]] and an unbalanced in-game economy as the game's main problems. Creator/SquareEnix responded by [[http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=ae8d667b53355d8ea364fafa44d5253e4362e17f apologizing for the state of the game]], and [[YouHaveFailedMe replaced]] several key members of the development team. The new development team has greatly overhauled the game, addressing many of its original flaws.

The new version, called '''''Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn''''', [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore brought about sweeping changes by rebuilding the world and engine from the ground up]]. Set five years after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the climax of the original game]], the world has entered the "Seventh Umbral Era": a period of decline brought about by the [[ColonyDrop fall of the lesser moon Dalamud]] and the ensuing rampage of [[SealedEvilInACan the ancient Primal Bahamut]]. The people of Eorzea have survived thanks to the "Warriors of Light", but for some reason [[LaserGuidedAmnesia no-one can remember exactly how they were saved or who the Warriors even are]]. With the aid of the [[BigGood three Grand Companies]] and the enigmatic "Scions of the Seventh Dawn", a new generation of adventurers must rise to take on this brave new world, fighting not only the rallying beastman hordes and the looming Garlean Empire, but a [[BlackMagic dark sect]] of [[MaskPower masked sorcerers]] whose origins [[AncientConspiracy may be deeply rooted in Hydaelyn's history]].

A UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 version, originally scheduled for a March 2011 release and initially put on indefinite hold, was finally released alongside the ''Realm Reborn'' client in August 2013. An UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} version was also in development, but has been canceled after they [[MoneyDearBoy failed to come to an agreement]] with Xbox Live and Microsoft. The UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 version was announced in E3 2013 and was released in April 2014. A UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita version has also been confirmed, along with a smartphone app called ''[[https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-fantasy-xiv-libra-eorzea/id682415504?mt=8 Libra Eorzea]]'' that will allow you to manage aspects of your character offline. Talks are still ongoing with Microsoft and there is potential for an Xbox One version.[[note]]Though it appears contingent on two things: one, the Xbox version absolutely must be allowed to talk to the same servers as the PC and [=PS3=] & 4 versions, which Microsoft seems to balk at; and two, the game should ideally not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access online functions, since it's already a subscription-based game and the additional fee would be unfair for Xbox players who otherwise don't use the Gold services for much. Whether Microsoft is willing to bend on either of these is unclear, and at one point Square seemed convinced they wouldn't.[[/note]]

The hype for ''A Realm Reborn'' was severely underestimated by Square-Enix, who were forced to pull the digital copy of the game after their servers choked from the sheer influx of new players attempting to log in. After improving the capacity of their servers, they began to ease back the restrictions and gave everyone one week of free play as way of apology. Even to this day, many servers remain character-creation-locked during their "prime-time" hours, in an attempt to keep server populations relatively even, due to the sheer number of new people ''still'' joining the game.

The first major expansion to the game, ''Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward'', was initially stated for a Spring 2015 release, but got delayed in order to polish the content and launched in June of the same year. It's set in the formerly closed off country of Ishgard, home of the Dragoons, as well as the nation's long-time [[OurDragonsAreDifferent draconic]] opponent, Dravania; its main story shines some light on the history of fierce war between humanity and dragonkind that has been raging in Eorzea's north for centuries. Among its gameplay-related features, it includes flying mounts (much like those in [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft World of Warcraft]]) as well as the introduction of a new playable race known as the [[DraconicHumanoid Au Ra]] (of which the ninja Yugiri is a part of) and three new classes that start at level 30 as full jobs, the classic [[BlackKnight Dark Knight]], stargazing [[{{Astrologer}} Astrologians]], and [[TheGunslinger gun]] and [[TheEngineer machine]]-wielding [[TheTurretMaster Machinists]].

In October 2016, the second major expansion, ''Stormblood'', was announced with the first [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAobb8_SzHY teaser trailer]] at the Las Vegas Fan Festival, and set for an early Summer 2017 release. The expansion focuses on the city-state of Ala Mhigo, which was conquered 20 years prior to the events of ''A Realm Reborn'' by the Garlean Empire and the Ala Mhigan Resistance, in their attempt to liberate the city-state from the Empire's control. Much like the previous expansion putting a focus on the Dragoon job hailing from Ishgard, the expansion puts a focus on the Monk fighting style which originated from Ala Mhigo.

Archives of cutscenes from the first version of the game exist on Youtube (such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU5N24_5VIk this one]]), and much of the text is preserved on various wikis; none of it may be found any longer in game. An excellent video with a condensed summary of 1.0's lore may be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjZgp8mUrog here]].

!!This game provides examples of:

* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesAToC
* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesDToF
* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesGToI
* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesJToL
* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesMToO
* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesPToR
* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesSToU
* FinalFantasyXIV/TropesVToZ
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