Owing perhaps to the rather lacklustre reception of the game, Square Enix have announced that the free trial period for Final Fantasy XIV will now be extended to 60 days, according to Kotaku. That means that gamers who buy the game will be able to play for 60 days without needing to pay for a subscription.
“For those who purchased the collector's edition and began to play one week before official service began, the month-long free play period is drawing to a close. Considering the nature of much of the feedback we received, however, and the current state of the game, we have decided to extend the free trial period for all users,” says Square Enix at the article.
Lots of plans are in the works to make changes to the game as well. Some of these are mentioned at the Final Fantasy Lodestone website. Here are the first things mentioned:
Map Players will be able to scroll their maps via dragging the mouse A player's current coordinates will now be displayed on the main map A player's current coordinates will now be displayed on journal maps (as long as the player is in the same area) Players will be able to relay their current coordinates to others using the text command <pos> The area name will be added to journal maps A journal map feature will be added to the main map The log window will no longer be hidden when maps are displayed
Log Window and Chat New tabs will be added to the log window Players will be able to open multiple log windows Controller functionality will be added to the log window Players will be able to use Ctrl+R to send instant replies to /tells Players will be able to change chat modes via menu options The Home and End keys will now function in the chat log For players typing multi-byte characters, starting a new message with "/" will automatically switch the typeset to single byte Players will be able to adjust the font color for various chat modes Adjustments will be made to the transparency of the log window when unfocused
Menu A Loot List icon will be added A Loot List option will be added to the System Menu The general layout of several menus will be adjusted Previously completed quests will now appear in players' journals
Targeting Adjustments will be made to target priority when using the Tab key to cycle through nearby targets
When targeting a party member, a target mark will now appear next to the target's name in the party member list Players will be able to target party members via the party member list
Keyboard Settings Several new functions will be added to the keyboard, such as a key used for targeting NPCs Players will now be able to re-map all functions to any key (other than Esc)
Looking beyond the late-November version update, the team is also working on introducing drag and drop functionality to the Equipment & Gear and Actions & Traits menus, map markers indicating the location of party members, a method to initiate message input in the chat log without having to press the space bar, and more.