Producer Naoki Yoshida announced that Final Fantasy 14 has reached 27 million registered users worldwide.
Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy 14 has reached 27 million registered users worldwide, an exceptional result, especially considering the bad start of the MMO before Naoki Yoshida took the reins of the project making it almost start from scratch.
It was the producer of the game who broke the news, during the livestream “Letter From The Producer”. It is not clear whether the data includes only users who have purchased the game and subscribed to at least one subscription to the monthly fee or all those who have simply registered on the servers. In the second case, the data would be partially “inflated” due to the rich free trial version of the game.
In any case, these are more than excellent numbers. Launched in 2010, the first incarnation of Final Fantasy 14 turned out to be a complete disaster, including poor optimization, unstable netcode and galore bugs. The initial failure convinced Square Enix to replace much of the development team and entrust the reins of the game to Yaoki Yoshida, who took the courageous decision to parallel create a new version of the game while supporting the old one. The result was the launch of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn in 2014, which was followed by numerous successful expansions that have resulted in the game becoming the global hit we know today.
During the livestream, Square Enix also confirmed that it will host a series of Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festivals in 2023 and 2024. The first will be held in Las Vegas, United States, on July 28 and 29, 2023; the second in London on 21 and 22 October; the third appointment will be in Japan during the course of 2024, with dates and details yet to be revealed.