Final Fantasy 14 had a tough start, especially on the Mac. The basic game was incorrect In so many ways, even Square Enix worried that it could be “the end of Final Fantasy”.
To make matters worse, FFXIV’s Mac performance was so poor at launch, Square Enix officially apologized, suspended sales and offered a refund:
After careful consideration, due to the issues surrounding the Mac version, we have decided to offer a full refund to those who wish to receive one.
But Square Enix made a promise to improve the game. Mac Performance continues to improve with each update, just as the game itself went from stupid at launch in 201
It has never been a better time to get started with FFXVI! The game’s latest update upgraded the free trial, trimmed the main campaign and made the overall experience better for newcomers! Details below.
Final Fantasy 14 is so good that it has easily earned a place among the finest MMORPGs available for Mac.
Final Fantasy 14 on Mac: Shadowbringers and an upgraded free trial
On August 11, 2020, the game’s free trial was significantly upgraded.
Heavensward is now included in the free trial
FFXIV’s free trial now includes the base game and the Heavensward expansion, which many consider to be the best written story in the game. The free trial period now allows players to reach level 60 (previously free trial players could only go to level 35) and gives players access to as many jobs as they want.
Some restrictions remain, of course, such as not having access to the market table, as well as some other social features. Still, there has never been a better time to start playing Final Fantasy 14.
Shadowbringers: The latest and most ambitious expansion
Shadowbringers, released on July 2, 2019, is the culmination of many years of hard work. After FFXIV’s extremely poor reception in 2010, the game had to be relaunched with a new team. A Realm Reborn was FFXIV’s new start, and with each new expansion, the game has continued to improve.
And with an outstanding 91 Metascore, Shadowbringers seems to be FFXIV’s best expansion yet:
As is the standard for any MMO expansion, Shadowbringers comes with a new campaign, new areas to explore, new races (two), an increase in the level cap and more.
But above all, Shadowbringers delivers an epic experience with an excellent story, interesting characters, new systems and a fantastic soundtrack.
If you ever wanted to experience a Final Fantasy game on your Mac, or were just looking for a new MMO to play, you can not go wrong with FFXIV.
Final Fantasy 14 Mac requirements
Worried about updating to macOS Catalina? Final Fantasy 14 has now been updated to 64-bit and supports Catalina!
These are the game’s official system requirements:
- OS: macOS Mojave 10.14.3
- Memory: 4 GB
- Free disk space 60 GB
- Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M295X or higher
- Recommended screen resolution: 1600 × 900
Make sure your machine meets these before you buy. The game was recently updated to 64-bit, making it compatible with macOS Catalina due this fall.
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Can you run Final Fantasy 14 on Mac?
We recently tried the game on several Macs and were surprised by the game’s steady performance.
We tested it on the following machines:
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, late 2016): 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5 GB)
- iMac (5K, 27-inch, late 2014): 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2 GB)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2013): 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, GeForce GT 650M (1 GB)
Ads you can see below, if you have a somewhat recent Mac (like our MacBook Pro from 2016), your Mac should be able to run it without any problems:
But if your Mac is older than that, you should stay away from this game (unless, of course, your Mac has a powerful dedicated graphics card).
Where to download Final Fantasy 14 on Mac
The game is available from both the Square Enix official store and Steam. For some reason, Steam only supports the Windows version of the game. It’s unclear if Steam will ever support FFXIV’s Mac version, so it’s preferable to download the game directly from Square Enix: