Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV has expanded further more, passing more than 14 million registered players as of today. Do note though that this figure includes the free trial accounts that have been created all these years. The hit MMO reaches this milestone just as it also celebrates its fifth anniversary—four million new adventurers have journeyed to Eorzea in the past year alone.
Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida shared a special message for fans regarding the milestone:
“Although the original FINAL FANTASY XIV failed to meet expectations, through the support of people in the media, the companies we have worked with, and of course our dedicated players, we were able to launch A Realm Reborn in 2013. FFXIV was indeed reborn, and over the course of these past five years, it has grown to become the title that we all know and love today. I cannot thank you enough.
We in the development and operations teams have been working at full capacity ever since the launch of A Realm Reborn, and while we have made our share of missteps along the way, the Warriors of Light continue to spur us onward.
There are many new gaming experiences and epic tales that we wish to share with you all. We will be working harder than ever to expand the world of FFXIV, where players form lasting bonds with one another through their adventures.
FINAL FANTASY XIV is the result of everyone’s passion and commitment, including all of you Warriors of Light, and I hope you will continue to support us as we build this world together.”
To mark the momentous occasion and the fifth anniversary, Yoshida will host a special 14-hour livestream full of guests reflecting on the journey so far. Kicking off on August 31 at 8:00 P.M. PST, the show will feature appearances from some of the game’s voice actors, developers discussing a variety of topics, and the final results for the FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Favorite Music Poll.
As part of the livestream, the latest Letter from the Producer LIVE will reveal more about the upcoming Patch 4.4: Prelude in Violet. Additionally, Capcom’s Ryozo Tsujimoto will also join Yoshida to discuss the popular Monster Hunter: World collaboration and more.