Square Enix Extends Trial Period for FFXIV Players

As my connection to the internet is kinda wonky now (random disconnects and general slowness of connection), let me just link and copy.

Square Enix Message Follows:

First of all, we would like to thank you for joining us in the realm of Eorzea, and hope you are enjoying your adventures.

Since the official launch of service on September 30, 2010, we have received a wealth of constructive feedback from the FINAL FANTASY XIV community, and the development and management teams would like to take this opportunity to express their sincerest gratitude. For those who purchased the collector’s edition and began to play one week before official service began, the month-long free play period is drawing to a close. 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. Please continue reading for further details.

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.

Today, we have released information regarding forthcoming version updates. For further details, please view the following Lodestone Topics:
?Version Updates Coming Soon! (10/15/2010)
( http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/index.html )
?Ask the Devs! (10/15/2010)
( http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=c07a85c2f170a53057f5a39f56e6fc02b03b1184 )
?Message from the Director (10/15/2010)
( http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=f2cf790e548828eb22d3c4dff5f04bf0793632b5 )

Free Trial Extension Details

All users who registered a FINAL FANTASY XIV service account and purchased a character by October 25, 2010 will be eligible.

*Character purchases must have been carried out no later than October 25, 2010 at 23:59(PDT).
*Accounts terminated due to User Agreement infractions are ineligible for extension.
*Holders of multiple service accounts may receive extensions on all accounts.

Extension Period
An additional thirty (30) days, for a combined free trial period of sixty (60) days.

*Free trial period end dates and initial billing dates will be automatically extended. Users are not required to take any action.
*Extensions will be for a period of thirty days regardless of billing cycle length. Regular billing will begin upon conclusion of the extended free trial.
*Should automatic renewal of options be disabled, the free trial will still be extended.
*Users notified by automated mail of either the end of their free trial period or the beginning of their billing period will still receive the extension.
*Extensions will be processed by the Square Enix Account Management System on or around October 19, 2010. An official announcement will be made at that time.
*Information regarding new billing period dates will be available via the Square Enix Account Management System.

7 thoughts on “Square Enix Extends Trial Period for FFXIV Players

  1. For a game you have to pay for, they sure call it free a lot. Am I missing something? I understand that the first month is free (and now the 2nd as well), but isn’t it only a free trial if you don’t pay first?

  2. I’m happy about this but I wonder how much difference it will make. I think a lot of people put the game to the side because the core fundamentals weren’t to their liking. Short of redesigning big chunks of their game, I have to wonder how many people will actually come back. Still, it tells us that they’re listening and are willing to respond to the issues players are raising. That’s a marked improvement from how I heard they handled FFXI.

    Can’t shake a stick at a free month in a game you like, though. Woot woot!

  3. This is certainly a good PR move on Square-Enix’s part. I’m rooting for them to get it right, but it’s still not enough to bring me back (Market Ward and Interface Lag MUST be fixed).

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