final-fantasy-XIV-a-realm-reborn 28 Aug

Report filed by Rakan Stanbouly

Beginning as a rumor floating around NeoGaf, it has since been confirmed that all retailer-owned copies of Final Fantasy XIV are to be destroyed – at Square Enix’s request – with $16 in compensation per copy. The publisher recently released a statement on the decision – known as a “field destroy” – to Joystiq (after the jump).

“In anticipation of the upcoming Alpha and Beta tests for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix, in coordination with our retail partners, has decided to discontinue sales of the current version of Final Fantasy XIV.” read the statement, “This move was done to help ensure that new customers who register their copy of Final Fantasy XIV will have full access to the 30-day free trial period prior the servers shutting down to prepare for the Alpha and Beta tests of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.”

(via VG247)