No Plans To Make Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Free-To-Play

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the long-awaited update to Final Fantasy XIV, won’t be taking the popular “Free-to-Play” route that other MMOs have, as the game’s director Naoki Yoshida explains below.

“With the free-to-play model, you’ll get huge income one month, but the next month it depletes,” Yoshida said. “Most MMOs have investors in the background and the company uses the profit and splits the profit with the investors. But, if the game’s not successful, and it doesn’t reach the target, then they have to switch to free-to-play to try and get just a little profit from it. Among the MMOs in the market, only [those by] Blizzard and Square Enix are making money without investors in the background.”

Yoshida also goes on to say that he doesn’t think that it was the subscriptions that hurt recent MMOs such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and The Secret World. Rather, to Yoshida, the quality of the games themselves proved to be the biggest detractor.  One certainly can’t completely bash Square’s MMOs, such as Final Fantasy XI which has done extremely well, even over a decade after its release, even if you compare it to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.

No matter how you look at it, though, Final Fantasy XIV‘s initial 2010 release was so bad that it may have possibly caused Square’s $150 million loss in 2011. It’s hard not to think that this subscription-based update might follow the same path.  In my personal opinion, I don’t think the monthly subscription is needed. Square Enix does not have any investors in its MMO, however, so money has to be made somehow.

Let us know what you think about what Yoshida said and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s subscription model below.

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  • I saw that he posted this, and glad he took the time to explain why Free to Play happens within MMO’s that did not reach the success they were hoping for. I remember he also said “As long as Square-Enix believes in FFXIV, they will continue backing it up.”. As it is a numbered title to their bread and butter series, I doubt they would ever cut support for it. So I doubt you will see a Free to Play option on this game.

    • ^ This. This vision is what kept FFXI so successful over all of this time, and hell it’s still going. No one can deny, no matter what the critical outcome of ARR is, that Yoshida’s passion for seeing this game’s rebirth through is nothing snort of amazing.

      As long as they continue to develop quality content, enough to keep the fanbase entertained and amass a decent number of subscribers, I think SQ EX can call this a success.

  • That’s a shame, I was hoping this game would take the F2P route. I love how on Guild Wars I can leave the game for months, pop in for a few days, leave the game again etc. No need to fiddle about with sorting out the subs. I know microtransaction aren’t hugely desirable, but I’d rather pay for more character slots and cosmetic stuff than pay a sub. Square are so stubborn though so I’m not surprised. It just means I won’t be bothering with the reboot of XIV.

  • FFXI is still making them money. They’ll never go F2P.

  • Alexandre Bourque

    People need to take that ”But I don’t want to pay over and over” thing out of their head.
    Subscription plan means that if it works, they will be able to provide one of the best service. Compared to F2P who most likely have way less staff focused on customer services

    • Killua

      And you need to stop wating money on subs. 0.o

    • Killua

      And you need to stop wasting money on subs. 0.o

    • Alexandre Bourque

      Lol, spending 15$ a months is such a waste for a great video game. Right?
      I wonder how much you spend a month on useless stuff