The end of the world... was announced today. Final Fantasy XIV's servers will go down on December 31 to be restarted as A Realm Reborn in the new year. In addition, Square Enix put out a new trailer showing off A Realm Reborn's quest/leve system along with some party combat footage too. Needless to say, the development team has taken to hear everyone's complaints about the game's user interface, because the new one is much more solid... as well as huge. Seriously, it's all over the place.
In terms of combat and general gameplay mechanics Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn looks markedly similar to its launch version. What's different is how much more information the game gives you as you're playing. The skill bar, party information, and how you accept and complete quests is actually intuitive and clean. Before, it was hard to tell what you were doing or why you were doing it.
Everything does seem like a bit much, but that can be solved with some hefty customization options. First off, they need a UI scaling slider, because I like to see the video game underneath the UI from time to time. Otherwise, the game looks, well, it looks like a good MMO now. That's assuming they've gotten their server lag and client optimization down by now.
No official date has been announced for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's return after the servers go down on December 31. When it does come back, at least it was said a while ago, that owners of the game would get another 30 free days to try the remake out. No word on the PS3 port, either.