News flash: Final Fantasy XIV hasn't fared well on the reviews circuit, and users have been rather vocal about its bugs and various other issues. Bonus news flash: Square Enix is well aware that the game has problems, and due to the backlash, it is extending the MMO's free trial period to 60 days from its original 30.
This is all according the official FFXIV blog. In a statement, Square Enix said, "we have received a wealth of constructive feedback" and the teams responsible for the game "would like to take this opportunity to express their sincerest gratitude." But "considering the nature of much of the feedback we received, however, and the current state of the game, we have decided to extend the free trial period for all users."
== TEASER ==The MMO launched on September 30, meaning the original 30 days is almost at a close. That cut date looms even closer for collector's edition owners who were able to log into the game a week before service began. There's a few catches with this extension, though. First, it only applies to people who have carried out character purchases before October 25. Second, if you've been banned, you will not be eligible for this, you dirty little boy, you.
Of course, there's an incentive for sticking around and playing for the extra 30 days if you so desire. In the post, Square Enix says fixes are coming. The latest "Message from the Director" column dishes out some details for a future patch and today's "Version Update" is addressing some issues. Here's the patch/fix tease in the post, by the way. The team is apparently listening to you, which is pretty swell of them, so I'd thought I would include this.
We would like to assure players that the world of Final Fantasy XIV is constantly growing and evolving, and the voices of the community are essential to that process. The development and management teams are carefully considering all player feedback, and working diligently to implement whatever changes and additions will serve to make Eorzea a better home for adventurers. We humbly ask for your continued support to this end.
If you've already taken the plunge with FFXIV, will you stay the course? Or were you too worried about the product to check it out in the first place?