Fans of the free-to-play mobile game, FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper will soon get to chance to obtain characters from FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. Square Enix and DeNA have announced a crossover event for later in September. Players will be transported to the realm of Eorzea, where the story of FFXIV unfolds, and will get a chance to play as two characters from the underground organization, The Scions of the Seventh Dawn.
The “Flames of Vengeance” crossover event is in celebration of the second anniversary of the launch of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. Defeating enemies in the FFXIV dungeons will add Thancred and Y’shtola from The Scions of the Seventh Dawn as playable characters.
In FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper, players enter paintings depicting scenes from previous FINAL FANTASY games and using custom teams made of characters from across the franchise, they fight battles to restore order to the records. The FFVIX characters will add some new ways for players to build their team and strategize. Thancred can use various equipment and abilities, and Y’shtola can save a player’s party from peril as a Conjurer.
FINAL FANTASY XIV is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that invites players to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world. Square Enix hopes this game can challenge other popular MMORPG likes World of Warcraft. It’s the kind of games where gaming friends can form a party and join in adventure with players from across the globe.
The milestone of A Realm Reborn reaching two years is something worth celebrating in itself. FFXIV is a rare story where a game company got a second chance to make a good impression and did just that. The original version of FFXIV was widely panned by critics when it was released. The debacle was so bad that Square Enix decided to rebuild the game from the ground up with a new design team and then completely destroy the original game world when the new version was ready to launch. Essentially, a Realm Reborn takes place five years after the event that ended the original version of FFXIV, but the gods allowed the players to survive the calamity by sending them into the future.
It was a big risk, but it worked out well in the end. The original FINAL FANTASY XIV has a Metacritic score of 49/100, where as FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn has a Metacritic score of 86/100. Square Enix came through on their promise to provide a better product, a with two years of positive growth and multiple updates with new story, the game boasts a cumulative total of 5 million (paid) subscriptions, as of July 2015.
It has been suggested by Square Enix executives that the company’s return to profitability is partly based on the game’s strong sales and subscriber base. So just as the original FINAL FANTASY saved Squaresoft from going under, the series still supports the expanded company as they continue to make great games.
You know what else would help Square Enix become more profitable? Releasing Kingdom Hearts 3. (Sorry, I know it’s coming soon, I’m just anxious).
FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is available now as a free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and on Google Play for Android devices. FINAL FANTASY XIV, is available for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, as well as on Windows and Mac, though the game is not free and has a monthly subscription fee.