KEY POINTS

  • "Final Fantasy XIV" online starter edition is free to get until May 26
  • "Final Fantasy XIV" online starter edition includes a 30-day trial subscription
  • Players can only play the game up to level 50

PlayStation 4 owners looking for something new to play may want to check out the free game being offered over at the PlayStation Store. The "Final Fantasy XIV" online starter edition is up for grabs at no charge but for a limited time.

The deal is valid only until May 26 so gamers may want to head on over to the site and get it as early as now.

"Final Fantasy XIV" online starter edition is the 14th installment of the popular role-playing game series and is only the second MMORPG in its lineup. The regular purchase price to play the game is $20. Other than that, there is a monthly subscription fee to consider for the online version. For now, gamers can enjoy the game through the "Free Play" campaign. This ended last May 15, but Square Enix is giving players another chance to do some adventuring.

For those who want to try out the "Final Fantasy XIV" online starter edition, there is a 30-day free trial included. Hence, no additional cost is needed for now. But if a player wants to continue playing the game online, he will have to pay the monthly subscription fee of $12.99.

Included in the package is "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn," a base game that can be played by multiple players without having to subscribe to PlayStation Plus. The offer covers only the PS4 for now. There has yet to be announcements of the game being offered for PC users.

With plenty of people forced to stay at home, trying out "Final Fantasy XIV" right now could be worth it. The game has been around and is one of the popular titles for some time now. Though it may lack some expansions (i.e. Stormblood, Heavensward, and Shadowbringers), it should be a great way for new players to get acquainted with the game and then investing more later on. It may be best to note as well that the starter edition will only allow players to reach level 50. From there, it will be up to the gamer if he wants to continue his "Final Fantasy" crusade or not.

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