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Final Fantasy XIV Version 2.0 renamed “A Realm Reborn”

For anyone not in the know about Final Fantasy XIV’s history, it’s seriously been a very rocky road. Square-Enix’s second MMO had done much to damage the brand, much more than any other Final Fantasy might have and because of this, Square-Enix decided to get back on their feet and hammer out a fix to fill the crater left behind. As revealed, the game has been rebuilt completely from the ground up and includes much more than it’s predecessor ever had.

Square-Enix is doing it’s best to pull out all the stops and is actively inviting fans and gamers alike to visit the Facebook page, check out the forums, and watch some videos on FINAL FANTASY XIV’s YouTube channel.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released on both PC and PS3 exclusively.

Via: Joystiq

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opens Sept 25

Blizzard Entertainment has just today announced the final release date for the newest expansion to their world-acclaimed MMORPG title, World of Warcraft! Mists of Pandaria will be released not only through online distribution but also in-stores beginning September 25th, 2012, compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X at $39.99 USD. For the avid, diehard fans, there will be a special Collector’s Edition available only in-stores packed with bonus, exclusive content for $79.99. There will, however, be a Digital Deluxe edition available online, containing all the in-game bonus items from the Collector’s Edition, so no one gets left out! And if you choose not to jump in right away on the Digital Deluxe, you can always get the regular version and upgrade later for an additional $20.

Presales are available for the standard and Digital Deluxe version right now and anyone wanting the Collector’s Edition can visit and check with their local retailer.

The Digital Deluxe version includes bonus items, such as:
The Imperial Quilen flying mount, the Lucky Quilen Cub pet, StarCraft II Portraits, and the Diablo III Banner Sigil and Accent.

On the other hand, the special Collector’s Edition contains all the Digital Deluxe items plus:
A Behind-The-Scenes DVD and Bluray, the Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD, the Art of Mists of Pandaria Book, and a Chen Stormstout Mouse Pad.

It should be interesting seeing how well Mists of Pandaria is received, seeing the upcoming release of Guild Wars 2, which also has a huge fanbase. From what I’ve seen regarding the gameplay and art as shown in several videos of the beta, Mists of Pandaria shows a ton of promise in giving World of Warcraft and its devoted players exactly the kind of refresher the series needs. Those who’ve long since left the subscription-based World of Warcraft will definitely want to check out this expansion for a totally new experience to immerse themselves in and once again thank Blizzard Entertainment for being so good at MMORPGs.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment Press Release