Final Fantasy XIV

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Final Fantasy a name that defines the use of word fantasy in gaming world. First game of the series released in the year 1987 and since 13 games from the main series and several other sequels and spin-offs released. All the games of the series are developed by Square Enix. After the release of Final Fantasy XII in the year 2006 no game has been released in the series.Two of the next games are under development, Final Fantasy XIII will release in the winter of the year 2009, while the next game Final Fantasy will release somewhere in 2010. Final Fantasy XIV or Fantasy XIV Online will be the fourteenth entry for the Final Fantasy series. Just like all the previous games of the series it will be developed and published by Square Enix. The game will release for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3. Final Fantasy XIV is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) just like Final Fantasy XI. Entire game will be based on a land called Eorzea. Crystal Tools, the game engine developed by Square Enix especially for the seventh generation consoles will be used as the game engine. Final Fantasy XIV is designed by Hiromichi Tanaka, the man who designed the first Final Fantasy game and overall five games of the series are designed by him.

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Gameplay will be different from the previous games. Job and battle systems are changed and they will be different from that of used previously in Final Fantasy XI. Experience points, which played an important role in the gameplay of the previous games. Monsters and the races will resemble those used in Final Fantasy XI, allowing players to create avatars similar to the one created in Final Fantasy XI. Group play and solo play are both balanced because Final Fantasy XIV will give little weight to the group play. Character development will be altered by Weapon select. Square Enix is looking for a solution to allow users to transfer their game names to the new MMO. According to the developers of the game they are influenced by the gameplay of the games like Warhammer Online, Age of Conan and Warcraft. However, most of the changes made in the game are done on the base of player’s feedback. Famous vehicles of the Final Fantasy series Chocobo will return to the game but in a completely new role from the Final Fantasy XI.

Initially the game was codenamed as Rapture. The game was announced for the first time in August 2005. At that time it was not mentioned by Square Enix that whether the game will be sequel to the series or not, they just mentioned that they are working on a new MMORPG. In April 2006 Hiromichi Tanaka announced that they are planning to release the game worldwide on the platforms of Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Years later at GDC 2008 Square Enix announced that the new MMO would release only on PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows, thus removing the Xbox 360 version. It as also hinted that Mac and Linux user clients are also in the target. Finally at the E3 2009 conference of Sony, Final Fantasy XIV was finally announced. Actual game sequences and pre-rendered CGI are mixed up in Crystal Tools engine was also shown at E3 2009. One unique feature of the game will be cross platform servers between PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows, accessible from any country. PlayOnline system is removed from the game. Players are excited about the game, as this will be the first time two Final Fantasy games will be released in a very short span.

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