Final Fantasy XIV Online, also known collectively with its initial relaunched title Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (ファイナルファンタジーXIV: 新生エオルゼア, Fainaru Fantajī Fōtin: Shinsei Eoruzea?, lit. Final Fantasy Fourteen: Eorzea Reborn), is the relaunched version of the fourteenth installment of the Final Fantasy series and the second, after Final Fantasy XI, to be an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game).
The original version of Final Fantasy XIV received heavy criticism at launch in 2010, prompting an official apology and the replacement of its development team. In October, 2011 Square Enix announced the game would be relaunched as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, an entirely new version rebuilt from the ground up. A Realm Reborn would carry over the original game’s setting, lore and story, but feature a new client, server structure, graphics engine, interface, terrain, and content.
The original version of the game, termed Version 1.0 or Legacy, received its final update in November 2012 and its service concluded that December. Alpha testing for A Realm Reborn commenced in November 2012, with beta testing following throughout the first half of 2013. The game officially relaunched on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3 platforms on August 27th, 2013, and then officially launched on the PlayStation 4 on April 14th, 2014. Support for the PlayStation 3 version ended in June 2017. Support for 32-bit operating systems on all personal computers ended in July 2019.
The first expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, was released on June 23, 2015 worldwide. The second expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, was released on June 20, 2017. A third expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, was released July 2, 2019. A fourth expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, will release in Fall 2021.
On September 15, 2015, it was announced at the pre-Tokyo Game Show SCEJA Press Conference that Final Fantasy XIV will be released for PlayStation VR (previously known as Project Morpheus).