Storm­blood is set af­ter the cat­a­clysmic events that al­most saw the world of Eorzea laid to waste. That apoc­a­lypse isn’t just backstory, but an ac­tual in-game event that play­ers lived through. When Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIV first launched back in 2010, it was in such a dis­as­trous state that Square Enix de­cided to re­build it en­tirely. Weav­ing the game’s trou­bled de­vel­op­ment to­gether with its in-game nar­ra­tive, play­ers fought one last epic bat­tle against the Gar­lean em­pire be­fore the an­cient god Ba­hamut broke free from his prison and rav­aged the world. At the same time, FFXIV was closed for ren­o­va­tions. In 2013, it re­launched as A Realm Re­born, with sweep­ing changes to the core de­sign and to crit­i­cal ac­claim. FFXIV was fi­nally a game wor­thy of the se­ries’ con­sid­er­able legacy.

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