The long, dark saga of Final Fantasy 14's rocky launch is finally coming to an end. That's certainly what Square Enix is hoping for, anyway. The MMORPG arrived late last year on PC, with a PlayStation 3 version that was set to follow soon after. That never happened though; instead, FF14 was universally panned when it arrived, with critics citing serious interface and design issues. The game was, in a word, broken.
Square went into crisis mode, delaying the PS3 release indefinitely and temporarily eliminating the game's subscription-based pricing while eyes turned once again to the drawing board. The publisher announced in October that the subscriptions would return soon, and now we have a date: January 6, 2012.
Those who don't sign up to be billed for their play by 1/6 will have their accounts suspended. Fans can look forward to paying discounted monthly rates for the time being; $6.99 for 30 days, $17.97 for 90 days and $29,94 for 180 days (via Gamasutra). Square will return to regular pricing toward the end of 2012, when the game's Version 2.0 relaunch is supposed to be arriving.
The v2.0 remake should be added sometime between October and December, with a repackaged PC version and the long-awaited PS3 release both arriving in stores shortly after, early in 2013.