Image via Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 is 12 years old today, here’s how it still inspires the modern game

A look back at the 1.0 version of the game.

Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix’s second mainline Final Fantasy MMO, released 12 years ago today on September 30, 2010. The game struggled upon release, with dubious mechanics, a lack of polish that was expected from a Final Fantasy game, and generally unfavorable reviews. 

Recommended Videos

Amongst the myriad issues that FFXIV 1.0 faced were bizarre log-out messages that seemed to suggest that logging out would corrupt your data. There was also the experience system that actually punished you for playing the game more, as the longer you played, the less experience you’d get. And there were maps that divided all regions into nearly unnavigable mazes. It was a disaster that few would miss.

Rebuilt from the ground up in what is widely regarded as the greatest turnaround story in gaming, FFXIV eventually re-released as Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn in August 2013, also known as 2.0. The original version of the game is all but gone, with the in-game story explanation being that the majority of that game’s locations were damaged out of recognition by an event known as The Calamity. The 1.0 version is now not playable, unless you’re one of the rare few to have a physical copy of the game back from 2010.

Related: Final Fantasy XIV Pandaemonium: Abyssos raid guide

Still, Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 lives on in a number of ways. Firstly in the characters. Many of the staples of the game who were introduced in 1.0, such as Y’shtola, Minfilia, Thancred, Y’da, and others remain as main characters. Although, they have taken a back seat to more modern additions such as Alphinaud, Alisaie, and Krile, in recent expansions.

What’s more, the original 1.0 trailer has some familiar faces for Shadowbringers fans. The generic avatars featured in the promotional video ultimately served to inspire the Warriors of Darkness who were antagonists and eventual allies in the game’s third expansion. While not named as Ardbert, Renda-Rae, Lamitt, Branden, and Nyelbert, they are clearly recognizable. 

Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 is essentially lost media at this point. It was such a disaster on release that it's likely Square Enix wants to close the door on that unfortunate past for good, and focus on the huge success that came after with A Realm Reborn.

Still Final Fantasy XIV’s setting is forever inspired by 1.0. And every time you see a veteran tattoo from a player who was playing in 1.0, or the character of Estinien, who has been a trainer in the Dragoon quests since the game released, you can remember that there was once a very odd, very janky version of Final Fantasy XIV that no longer exists. And perhaps we’re all the better for it.

For more Final Fantasy XIV news, guides, and information, check out How to craft the Windswept Barding in Final Fantasy XIV on Pro Game Guides.

Pro Game Guides is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Michael Hassall
Michael Hassall
Michael lives in the UK, but wishes he lived in Eorzea. A life-long gamer, Four years ago, he ditched a "real" job to write about video games for a living, and hasn't looked back. When not guiding players how to get the latest mounts, crafting recipes, and in-game goodies, he spends his time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.

Write A Comment

Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 is 12 years old today, here’s how it still inspires the modern game

Comments are on moderation and will be approved in a timely manner. Please read the following rules before commenting:

  • All comments must be on topic and add something of substance to the post
  • No swearing or inappropriate words
  • No asking or begging for anything free
  • Do not attempt to start a poll in the comments
  • Comments in all CAPS will be removed
  • We reserve the right to remove a comment for any reason
  • Do not impersonate a staff member or influencer

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.