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Still No Date for Final Fantasy XIV Subscription Fees

5th Apr 2011

Square Enix is still unsure of when it will begin asking FFXIV players to pay a monthly fee.

While there are many, many free-to-play MMOS on the market, those games operate differently than the traditional, subscription-based MMOs like World of Warcraft. Not only do the free-to-play games function differently in the way they don't put as much strain on their servers, they also offer numerous ways for players to spend money, whether that be on a new hairdo, costume, or a quicker way to earn experience points. Subscription-based MMOs, on the other hand, rely almost entirely on players' money coming in every month to keep things going. That's what makes it so incredible that more than six months after release on PC, Square Enix is still not charging Final Fantasy XIV gamers to play its games following a very tepid response that also led to the PS3 version being delayed indefinitely. Along with apologizing, producer Hiromichi Tanaka resigned late last year, to be replaced by Naoki Yoshida. A number of other prominent positions were replaced, and Yoshida vowed that big changes would be coming to fix the game.

In an interview with Gamasutra, Yoshida explained the motivation behind offering the game to fans without a subscription fee while changes are being implemented. He said, "It was pretty much personally because I've been a player for so long. I wanted to make sure that I would only ask the player to pay for something that once I could say, 'Okay, we have this planned, and we're going to do this. This is what we're going to do, so this is the point where we can actually ask you for money.' Without that, I personally, as a player, wouldn't feel good about asking the player to pay money without that information."

He noted that the ability to offer the game for free is a result of Square Enix "funding this project 100 percent," as opposed to it being an investor-driven game. "Only Square Enix can do something like this," he claimed.

"The reason we're doing this is we're showing the players, yes, it's still costing us a lot of money, and we're not getting that money back yet, but we're serious about making these changes," he continued. "This is one of the ways that we can show players that we are serious and we are taking it seriously.

And like the PS3 version of the game's indefinite delay, there's still no date on when Square Enix will begin asking for subscription fees to be paid. Yoshida said, "That's why right now we still haven't put out a date, because we haven't got to that point yet where we can have a date where we're going to say, 'Okay, this is the point where we're going to start taking money.' So, it's still out in the open."

It seems like an admirable move for Square Enix to forgo subscriptions -- and it is -- but at the same time, had it not done so, it might have permanently lost the potential customer base once the game reaches a point where a monthly fee can legitimately be asked for. Giving up money in the interim could end up paying off in the long term assuming, of course, that it really can turn the game around so that people will want to pay for it.


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4th Oct 2011 at 09:56

Hope it stays f2p.
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