Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy XIV has surpassed the 14 million player mark, which is 4 million players added from last year. The MMO reached the new milestone just in time for the game's fifth anniversary, which is actually kind of adorable.
Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida shared a special message for fans regarding the milestone:
Although the original Final Fantasy XIV failed to meet expectations, through the support of people in the media, the companies we have worked with, and of course our dedicated players, we were able to launch A Realm Reborn in 2013. FFXIV was indeed reborn, and over the course of these past five years, it has grown to become the title that we all know and love today. I cannot thank you enough.
We in the development and operations teams have been working at full capacity ever since the launch of A Realm Reborn, and while we have made our share of missteps along the way, the Warriors of Light continue to spur us onward.
There are many new gaming experiences and epic tales that we wish to share with you all. We will be working harder than ever to expand the world of FFXIV, where players form lasting bonds with one another through their adventures.
Final Fantasy XIV is the result of everyone's passion and commitment, including all of you Warriors of Light, and I hope you will continue to support us as we build this world together.
Celebrations for the game's fifth anniversary are currently taking place within Final Fantasy XIV Online: The Rising event is currently available in game and will continue until September 18th. More information on the event can be found here.
Fans can also look forward to an exciting season of Final Fantasy XIV Online Fan Festivals all over the world. North America will kick off the tour on November 16th-17th, 2018 in Las Vegas, followed by the European Fan Festival on February 2nd-3rd, 2019 at the La Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris, and ending with the Tokyo Fan Festival in March 2019. Players not attending the event are invited to tune into Fan Festival live stream, which will be available for free on the official Final Fantasy XIV Online Twitch channel.