“Legacy”… what does it really mean?
Unfortunately, SE has used the term “Legacy” far too often to describe some very different things. Things from characters, to accounts, to servers, etc… and for those who haven’t been along the entire time, it can be real confusing to know what it all means.
Hopefully today, I’ll help you if you are confused..
Legacy Characters simply refers to all characters that had been created during version 1.0 of Final Fantasy XIV. These characters data had a 1.0 final save date of Nov 1st 2012. These characters had been able to keep their levels and most ingame items acquired previous to the Nov 1st 2012 date. Their data was ported over into FFXIV A Realm Reborn during Beta 4.
“Legacy Servers” are the servers that all “Legacy Characters” were ported onto during Beta 4. At launch of FFXIV: ARR these servers were given the same names as the old 1.0 servers. Whatever server your character had been on during 1.0, would be the same server that your character initially showed up on in FFXIV: ARR.
Both brand new characters and old characters can reside on Legacy Servers. You don’t have to have played during 1.0 to be able to have a character and play on a Legacy Server, so people with brand new accounts are able to join their friends with old characters on Legacy Servers.
The one and only limitation around “Legacy Servers” is that “Legacy Characters” are only able to transfer to other “Legacy Servers”. At some point in time, this restriction will be removed, but for now it is currently in place in order to help all server economies stabilize first.
Legacy Members are FFXIV Service account holders who had subscribed to FFXIV 1.0 for 90 cumulative days between January 6th 2012 and June 30th 2012 during the FFXIV “Legacy Campaign”.
As a “Thank you” for their patronage and subscriptions paid while the game had been in a less than stellar state, these members received the following on any character attached to their “Legacy” rated FFXIV service account.
- Reduced Subscription fee for life – £6.89/€9.99/$9.99
- Exclusive “Legacy” Chocobo Mount
- Had the option to request their names be included in the credits for version 2.0 – FFXIV: A Realm Reborn
If you are a Legacy Member you will see the following details on your account:
Not everyone who played during 1.0 qualified for the Legacy Campaign. If you didn’t pay for three months while the Legacy Campaign was going on (between January 6th 2012 and June 30th 2012) you wouldn’t have qualified as a “Legacy Member”.