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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]] 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]].

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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]] and three new classes that start at level 30 as full jobs, the classic [[BlackKnight Dark Knight]], stargazing [[{{Astrologer}} Astrologians]], and [[TheGunslinger gun]] gun]]- and [[TheEngineer machine]]-wielding [[TheTurretMaster Machinists]].


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tolling the coming of the end."''[[note]]Clockwise from bottom: [[TheHero The Warrior of Light/Darkness]], [[BadassBookworm Alphinaud]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic Y'shtola]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Emet-Selch]], [[MysteriousWaif "Minfilia"]], [[PapaBear Thancred]], [[BigGood the Crystal Exarch]], [[EccentricMentor Urianger]], [[ActionGirl Alisaie]]]][[/note]]

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[[caption-width-right:349:''"Past the far edge of fate ring blades dark and light,\\
light, tolling the coming of the end."''[[note]]Clockwise from bottom: [[TheHero The Warrior of Light/Darkness]], [[BadassBookworm Alphinaud]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic Y'shtola]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Emet-Selch]], [[MysteriousWaif "Minfilia"]], [[PapaBear Thancred]], [[BigGood the Crystal Exarch]], [[EccentricMentor Urianger]], [[ActionGirl Alisaie]]]][[/note]]


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[[caption-width-right:349:Embrace the darkness and forge a new fate![[note]]Clockwise from bottom: [[TheHero The Warrior of Light/Darkness]], [[BadassBookworm Alphinaud]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic Y'shtola]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Emet-Selch]], [[MysteriousWaif "Minfilia"]], [[PapaBear Thancred]], [[BigGood the Crystal Exarch]], [[EccentricMentor Urianger]], [[ActionGirl Alisaie]]]][[/note]]

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tolling the coming of the end."''[[note]]Clockwise
from bottom: [[TheHero The Warrior of Light/Darkness]], [[BadassBookworm Alphinaud]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic Y'shtola]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Emet-Selch]], [[MysteriousWaif "Minfilia"]], [[PapaBear Thancred]], [[BigGood the Crystal Exarch]], [[EccentricMentor Urianger]], [[ActionGirl Alisaie]]]][[/note]]


In February of 2021, the next expansion was announced: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZsh53YDLf8 Endwalker]]'', which will be released in Fall of the same year, bringing with it two new jobs; the healing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASTGVJLBX14 Sage]], and a yet to be announced melee DPS.

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In February of 2021, the next expansion was announced: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZsh53YDLf8 Endwalker]]'', which will be released in Fall of the same year, bringing with it two new jobs; the healing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASTGVJLBX14 Sage]], and a yet to be announced melee DPS.
DPS. As the GrandFinale of the tale of Hydaelyn and Zodiark, players will journey far and wide, from the island nation of Thavnair to the Garlean Empire and beyond to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. The development team confirmed that the story at launch will represent the end of an epoch ten years in the making, but a new story will begin to unfold in the following updates.


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 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 smartphone app called ''Libra Eorzea'' was also released as a reference for quests and such, though it has since been rendered defunct and replaced by the ''FFXIV Companion App''. 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 was opposed to at the time; 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. Microsoft has reversed their stance on cross-platform play, ironically leaving that requirement in Sony's hands. It is unclear if they will budge on the Xbox Live requirement, however.[[/note]] It has also been recently hinted that Square Enix would like to publish the game on UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, but Sony's current refusal to allow for cross-platform play likely makes this difficult.

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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 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 smartphone app called ''Libra Eorzea'' was also released as a reference for quests and such, though it has since been rendered defunct and replaced by the ''FFXIV Companion App''. 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 was opposed to at the time; 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. Microsoft has reversed their stance on cross-platform play, ironically leaving that requirement in Sony's hands. It is unclear if they will budge on the Xbox Live requirement, however.[[/note]] It has also been recently hinted that Square Enix would like to publish the game on UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, but Sony's current refusal to allow for cross-platform play likely makes this difficult.
difficult. In February 2021, an open beta for a UsefulNotes/PlayStation5 version was announced to launch on April 13, 2021.


In February of 2021, the next expansion was announced: ''Endwalker'', which will be released in Fall of the same year, bringing with it two new jobs; the healing Sage, and a yet to be announced melee DPS.

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In February of 2021, the next expansion was announced: ''Endwalker'', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZsh53YDLf8 Endwalker]]'', which will be released in Fall of the same year, bringing with it two new jobs; the healing Sage, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASTGVJLBX14 Sage]], and a yet to be announced melee DPS.


In February of 2021, the next expansion, ''Endwalker'', will be released in Fall of the same year, bringing with it two new jobs; the healing Sage, and a yet to be announced melee DPS.

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In February of 2021, the next expansion, expansion was announced: ''Endwalker'', which will be released in Fall of the same year, bringing with it two new jobs; the healing Sage, and a yet to be announced melee DPS.

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In February of 2021, the next expansion, ''Endwalker'', will be released in Fall of the same year, bringing with it two new jobs; the healing Sage, and a yet to be announced melee DPS.


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 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 smartphone app called Libra Eorzea'' was also released as a reference for quests and such, though it has since been rendered defunct and replaced by the ''FFXIV Companion App''. 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 was opposed to at the time; 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. Microsoft has reversed their stance on cross-platform play, ironically leaving that requirement in Sony's hands. It is unclear if they will budge on the Xbox Live requirement, however.[[/note]] It has also been recently hinted that Square Enix would like to publish the game on UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, but Sony's current refusal to allow for cross-platform play likely makes this difficult.

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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 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 smartphone app called Libra ''Libra Eorzea'' was also released as a reference for quests and such, though it has since been rendered defunct and replaced by the ''FFXIV Companion App''. 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 was opposed to at the time; 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. Microsoft has reversed their stance on cross-platform play, ironically leaving that requirement in Sony's hands. It is unclear if they will budge on the Xbox Live requirement, however.[[/note]] It has also been recently hinted that Square Enix would like to publish the game on UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, but Sony's current refusal to allow for cross-platform play likely makes this difficult.


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 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 smartphone app called ''[[https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-fantasy-xiv-libra-eorzea/id682415504?mt=8 Libra Eorzea]]'' was also released as a reference for quests and such. 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 was opposed to at the time; 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. Microsoft has reversed their stance on cross-platform play, ironically leaving that requirement in Sony's hands. It is unclear if they will budge on the Xbox Live requirement, however.[[/note]] It has also been recently hinted that Square Enix would like to publish the game on UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, but Sony's current refusal to allow for cross-platform play likely makes this difficult.

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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 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 smartphone app called ''[[https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-fantasy-xiv-libra-eorzea/id682415504?mt=8 Libra Eorzea]]'' Eorzea'' was also released as a reference for quests and such.such, though it has since been rendered defunct and replaced by the ''FFXIV Companion App''. 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 was opposed to at the time; 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. Microsoft has reversed their stance on cross-platform play, ironically leaving that requirement in Sony's hands. It is unclear if they will budge on the Xbox Live requirement, however.[[/note]] It has also been recently hinted that Square Enix would like to publish the game on UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, but Sony's current refusal to allow for cross-platform play likely makes this difficult.


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]].

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Archives of cutscenes from the first version of the game exist on Youtube [=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]].
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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.

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The game is set in the Eorzea region of the planet Hydaelyn. Before the start of the game, the {{Steampunk}} {{Dungeonpunk}} 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.


[[caption-width-right:349:Embrace the darkness and forge a new fate![[note]]Clockwise from bottom: [[TheHero The Warrior of Light/Darkness]], [[BadassBookworm Alphinaud]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic Y'shtola]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Emet-Selch]], [[MysteriousWaif "Minfilia"]], [[PapaBear Thancred]], [[BigGood the Crystal Exarch]], [[EccentricMentor Urianger]], [[ActionGirl Alisaie]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:349:Embrace the darkness and forge a new fate![[note]]Clockwise from bottom: [[TheHero The Warrior of Light/Darkness]], [[BadassBookworm Alphinaud]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic Y'shtola]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Emet-Selch]], [[MysteriousWaif "Minfilia"]], [[PapaBear Thancred]], [[BigGood the Crystal Exarch]], [[EccentricMentor Urianger]], [[ActionGirl Alisaie]]]]Alisaie]]]][[/note]]


''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), get exclusive in-game items, [[{{Feelies}} a themed journal (in 1.0) or an artbook (2.0), and some other bells and whistles]].

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''Final Fantasy XIV'' is the fourteenth game in the [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons groin-grabbingly]] the [[GroinAttack groin-grab]][[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons bingly]] [[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), get exclusive in-game items, [[{{Feelies}} a themed journal (in 1.0) or an artbook (2.0), and some other bells and whistles]].

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