Final Fantasy XIV Ends, Realm Reborn Gameplay Revealed


Final Fantasy XIV’s ending has seen the ominous in-game events capped off with a snazzy cut scene, whilst anticipation for its rebirth as A Realm Reborn is growing with the release of alpha gameplay footage which is markedly more impressive than the original (though this is admittedly not saying much, else it would not need to be remade in the first place).

The end of the world:

Some of the first alpha gameplay footage for A Realm Reborn, its replacement:

The earlier character design trailer:

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    Comment by phayt00
    06:41 12/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Square should just make cut scenes/movies, which they are epic in doing.

    That five minute finale was more than I ever hoped for from the game.

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    Comment by cats2
    07:19 12/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I have to admit, the video was surprisingly quite good with a lot of effort put into it.

    Even kind of funny for the "Yay, the day is saved everything is.................oh fuck....." ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 19/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I just hope they learned their lesson and lesson well.

    They can make an MMORPG that's fine but they are designing the game with a party in mind.
    What Square-Enix should do is make you have a party too.

    Similar of their games like FFXIII and such they should make you have a party like much. 1-5 extra characters is fine however in an dungeon or raid a party of one is fine.

    Even by this song it's about the journey and characters you pick up yet Square ingores it, if they can't design a MMORPG for a solo game then they should quit WOW has really set up a new benchmark.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 12/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Dear Epic Old man, I shed manly tears for you!

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    Comment by RYOUGI
    13:11 12/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Nicolas Cage can be anyone, so he become an epic old man!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    His name is (was) Louisoix D:

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fly you fools! (Teleports the shit out of the survivors)

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    Comment by Green Archer
    08:13 12/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I loved the cut scene. Really epic and I must say Square is good in doing cut scenes.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:15 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now they just need to relearn how to make games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 12/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's been a while since I've seen a cutscene with so much impact. Lately their cutscenes have been so flashy but never really had any substance.

    That trailer is REALLY good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Agreed, they'd totally obliterate the "animated movies are for kids" stereotype.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They already tried that with "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" a while ago, it didn't really work out for them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Then they did Advent Children and it was good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Too bad we know what comes nexxt :(


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    Comment by Artist Rising
    05:30 12/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    lol at the date on the tombstone!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like it was taken down within 24 hours after launch.

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    Comment by Nova
    08:06 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Someone want to explain what the story is meant to be behind that ending cinematic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The long version:

    The White Raven, one of the head honchos Garlean Empire's (the primary enemy that lives to the north of the people of the continent Eorzea) military was manipulated into calling down Dalamud, the second moon of Hydaelyn (the planet that XIV takes place on) in an effort to destroy the land, and he used his resources as a military leader to pull it off.

    In response the players were forced to help encourage and reassemble the three "Grand Companies" of Eorzea - Eorzea's own military force - and get these groups to cooperate with each other in an effort to stop the Empire before it was too late to stop the "meteor". After a series of quests the Grand Companies form the Eorzean Alliance, and help the player defeat The White Raven, however their efforts were in vain as Dalamud is still plummeting toward the planet.

    In a last ditch effort Loisoux (an archon, or physical manifestation of one The Twelve, the gods that Eorzenas pray to, and the old man in the cinematic) suggests that the player make a pilgrimage and pray to the 12 stones that represent The Twelve. Should the prayers be answered, then the archons will be able to use the power of The Twelve to stop Dalamud, the meteor.

    Basically the last cinematic is showing the final confrontation between the Garlean Empire and the Eorzean Alliance. The three people on chocobos are the leaders of the Eorzean Alliance, and the old Elezen man is Loisoux, the archon. The meteor falls and Bahamut breaks out of it (and so it is revealed that the White Raven was manipulated by Bahamut into summining him back to Hydaelyn), Loisoux and the other archons attempt to use the power of the gods to reseal him, but he breaks free and fucks everything up. Once the seal fails, Loisoux teleports everyone away from harm, presumably to the future, however there are theories that we were returned to "The Mother Crystal" so that it can dream up a new Eorzea, however since we know that Bahamut is prsent in ARR, we can assume that we were sent to the future.

    TLDR - Evil guy summons Bahamut, the good guys try to use the power of their gods to stop him, he fucks shit up anyway and they're sent 5 years into the future so that they won't die.

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    Comment by Catastrophe
    10:42 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    its what it appears on the tin: 'The end of the world" a failed last stand in which the only solution was to abandon that destined-to-die world and start anew, quite the analogy.

    (on ARR)
    i hope that square doesnt mess this chance, if anything they seem to have realized that they need to change, accepting that the merger was a failure and whatnot, but on HOW they change... only time will tell

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    One bad guy in the game called the big meteor looking thing, that is actually a prison for Bahamut, after kicking the shit out of the bad guy the summon did not stop and the big prison meteor thing and shit got real, all the animals and mobs fled the place and higher level monsters took their place, things got so messed up, chocobo's were being summoned in towns.

    The main protagonists of the game were off doing their own thing praying to gods and stuff and the armies were out for blood (because why not). Once everyone was organized for the final battle the main characters were their to reseal Bahamut but he cast, lv5 fuck yo' shit up, aka megaflare.

    Old epic guy realized things were done so he teleported everyone to the future as a final resort.

    TL;DR: 1.21 gigawats

    Comment by Anonymous

    Bahamut got pissed for paying for this game.

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    Comment by KingFisher
    19:51 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That cutscene was epic. I actually shed a tear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, no gameplay footages here. More lies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is gameplay, either u like it or not, but if u actually were up-to-date, u would've seen a live gameplay with combat and much more stuff on the square enix youtube channel

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 14/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you consider just running around looking at sceneries a game, than that's up to you. I don't. And I'm talking about this article you dunce.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lmao it looks the same, except with worse graphics and a slightly bigger interface. They just tweeked the town a bit, but just about everything is in the same spot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    plz tell me how call of duty is different each time the same regurgitated game comes out

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If only the "gameplay" vid showed some ACTUAL GAMEPLAY instead of running around the town!

    Fuck dammit Square-Enix! Graphics fluff is not your problem!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have to say I am a little excited to see how this game will turn out. If anything at least Square hasn't lost their touch with music. That character creation music is absolutely beautiful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    do not judge a game by its cut scenes. Have u guys not learn from Diablo 3. EPIC CUT SCENES but game play was bad

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's not gameplay, that's just a graphics showoff. Speaking of graphics, it doesn't even look that good, it looks like Tera with better textures.
    And do we have any info on their policy with PvP and PK?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that ladies and gentlemen is how you end a game XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 16/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    " As you can see here, there are a range of bust sizes you can choose from. Now that I've shown you, I'll just select the default size so we can move o-- wait a second.. that doesn't suit my tastes "

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a feeling people will only play this game because of the Square-Enix/FF title and the game will be horribly limited or content boring.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks good, looking forward to what kind of MMO its going to be. I mean what the main features the MMO will have and the direction its going to take. I hope something alot different then its previous version.

    Also interested if its going to only PvE game again or there is some PvP stuff too. If only PvE I am looking forward to epic dungeons and raids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I probably will take up the new release of FF14 later. Atleast they can make epic cut scenes and should do epic stories/lore as pretty much all FF games have good stories (except FF12 :P).

    I mean MMO like WoW -.- WoW sure have good PvE and decent PvP but meh its old and lore is boring IMO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMFG! Best cut scene I have seen in a looong time!

    I really wish they would make a console FF game with a bad/sad ending like this. That you still "beat" the last boss but that is still not enough so instead of the happy ending like always it would instead mean the end of the world.

    I myself think that would be an EPIC ending for a console game. What other game have done that? I think it would be seen as something new and VERY good/refreshing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 18/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    chrono trigger

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMFG! Best cut scene I have seen in a looong time!

    I really wish they would make a console FF game with a bad/sad ending like this. That you still "beat" the last boss but that is still not enough so instead of the happy ending like always it would instead mean the end of the world.

    I myself think that would be an EPIC ending for a console game. What other game have done that? I think it would be seen as something new and VERY good/refreshing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know whether I jizzed a little during the cut scene or cried a manly tear in the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    For gameplay footage, there wasn't any gameplay, only a sightseeing tour.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg.... that cg made wet.. awesome..

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    Comment by Drake
    07:38 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    HNNNNGGGG!!! The feels... I played this game in Beta and at launch, it was gorgeous. I think I will play FF14 a Realm Reborn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    that theme song on character creation is
    crushing my soul...

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    Comment by fxc2
    08:52 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds a lot like music from FFX

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    Comment by Sly
    06:35 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So far i am already liking the bgm

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    Comment by Lexiel
    05:28 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty, but that's the only thing that I can say about Square Enix games nowadays (except for Bravely Default that is also pretty AND good).
    Anyway I'm really willing to give FFXIV:ARR a try.

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    Comment by araradude
    06:24 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    BDFF's system was great, reverting back to the old FF job changing system and the social features are quite refreshing...

    But I don't think I am the only one who feels the story is rather cookie cutter...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't care for the social features, but what where the last few RPGs that didn't have cookie cutter stories again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @07:02 Have you played anything from the MegaTen series? If not, you're missing out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    A few years ago Square-Enix produced NieR, which had an absolutely amazing story and nobody bought it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Kiseki series may use the same few main themes as most JRPGs, but they demonstrate good use of variations by playing around with those main themes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speaking of Megami Tensei, let's not forget Persona as well!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All ff stories since like ff6(ff3 us) have been cookie cutter pretty much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty much all RPGs are cookie cutter. They follow the simple formula that something bad is happening in the world(examples someone is going to destroy it, a cataclysm is about to happen, simply war is tear apart the world, etc.) and a group of friends are forced into action to save the world. That is the general over arching story for most RPGs.

    Its what happens on the way to saving the world that decides whether or not a RPG is good.

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    Comment by araradude
    07:40 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's the point... If Square Enix wants a second chance at the JRPG market, they need to do to their stories what they have done with BDFF's system, which is to take a leaf from their earlier works, and improve from there.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    08:24 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well mostly cookie cutter. The FFXI stories were interesting with CoP being pretty damn good.

    It's a shame they went just a touch too hardcore with it and were not forward thinking enough to build it for the PC and mod it for the PS2.

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