Today Square Enix is celebrating the 8th anniversary of the rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV with the release of A Realm Reborn.
To celebrate, the publisher released a video starring former Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy and her majestic themed birthday cake.
You can watch it below.
Eight years ago, on August 27, 2013, Square Enix released A Realm Reborn, kickstarting the meteoric rise that resulted in Final Fantasy XIV becoming one of the most successful MMORPGs of all time.
Said rebirth happened after the original release of Final Fantasy XIV in September 2010 was met with widespread criticism, causing many to consider it an irredeemable failure.
Yet, the team led by Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida managed to turn the ship around against all odds and to relaunch the game successfully, resulting in one of the most uplifting stories of redemption in the gaming industry.
Starting today, players can celebrate that story with the traditional in-game seasonal event The Rising, which tends to have a special meaning for many veterans. I have a feeling I’m going to shed a tear or ten when I try it out tonight. I always do.
If you want to see more about it, you can check out the reveal of the extended trailer and the reaper job, and that of the male viera, locations, and release date.
If you’re unfamiliar with Final Fantasy XIV, it’s currently available for PlayStation 4, PS5, and PC. The upgrade to PS5 is offered free of charge to those who own the PS4 version.
You can also read our latest interview with producer and director Naoki Yoshida, another with composer Masayoshi Soken, and our review of Shadowbringers.
We recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the advent of Yoshida-san as director and producer.