Final Fantasy XIV has attracted 24m players

Final Fantasy XIV has attracted 24m players

Square Enix's long-running MMO Final Fantasy XIV has brought in more than 24 million users since its debut.

That's according to director Naoki Yoshida – as reported by IGN – who told media at a digital preview event that the game had hit this milestone 11 years after its initial release.

Said 2010 launch was somewhat of a failure, with Final Fantasy XIV being met with something of a negative reception. In 2013, a new version – A Realm Reborn – was released to a much more positive reaction.

"You all know just how hard things were for us with the original Final Fantasy XIV," Yoshida said.

"Since then, we were able to transform the title into one that provides a major contribution to our company's profits."

He continued: "It's perhaps unbecoming of me to say but in terms of our business, we've been able to achieve great success. Moving forward, we're going to spare no expense with our investments to ensure that this game continues to be one which our players can enjoy."

At the end of 2019, Final Fantasy XIV boasted 18 million users.

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