Square Enix has made Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward expansion free


Get hooked before Shadowbringers

Final Fantasy XIVhas been around for a long time now; it has been nine years since it first launched, and six years since A Realm Rebornreplaced the original. Square Enix has a new strategy to earn back some lapsed players.

From now until June 27, Final Fantasy XIV‘s Heavenswardexpansion is free on PC, PS4, and Mac. It’s a limited-time event, but anyone who claims it before the deadline will have permanent access. Heavenswardwas the first of three expansions for the MMO, having released back in 2015.

This coincides with a second promotion, which is called the Free Login Campaign. From now through June 17, anyone can play Final Fantasy XIVfor free for seven days. Usually, it carries a $13 per month subscription fee. One free week is a decent trial to determine whether that fee might be worth it.

Of course, there’s an ulterior motive for all this goodwill. These freebies lead right up to the July 2 launch of Shadowbringers, which is the third and lastFinal Fantasy XIVexpansion. As Chris noted last fall, the middle expansion Stormbloodand the Version 4.4 patch add up to a game that’s bursting with content and polished as all heck. That will probably continue with Shadowbringers. But right now, with free Heavenswardand a week of free logins, is a great time to check out what all the fuss is about.

Final Fantasy XIV Online’s Award-Winning Heavensward Expansion Available for Free for a Limited Time [Square Enix]