Let’s see how nicely the press play with this one. Square Enix have been distributing review copies of Final Fantasy XIV Online over the past few days. But if things go to plan for them, we won’t be seeing any reviews emerging for a while yet.
Review code is arriving alongside an email, which says that the company hopes publications will wait “three to four weeks post launch” before finalising reviews.
But they would love to see impressions pieces being published in the meantime, they say.
To be honest, it seems reasonable, and it’s far less egregious than the pre-release saga with APB, where its developers Realtime Worlds placed a rigid embargo on reviews which stretched out until after the game’s release.
Here, at least, it’s simply a suggestion and a wish. And with a game the size of Final Fantasy XIV, it seems to make sense. Square Enix say that the polite request is in order to give the online game time to mature.
BeefJack will indeed be holding its review until mid-October, but you can expect to see other Final Fantasy XIV coverage on the site in the meantime.
The Collectors’ Edition of Final Fantasy XIV was released for PC on Tuesday 21st September, with general release to follow this coming Thursday, September 30th.