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Final Fantasy XIV: Square defends paid subscription model

Monday, 25th February 2013 10:35 GMT By Dave Cook

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will carry paid subscriptions, despite the majority of MMO titles going free-to-play. The game’s director Naoki Yoshida has claimed that paid subscriptions didn’t hurt Star Wars: The Old Republic or The Secret World, in an attempt to justify Square’s decision on the matter.

Speaking with Penny Arcade Yoshida said, “I don’t think there’s a right or wrong for having a monthly subscription model or free-to-play model,” he said. “Games like The Old Republic and The Secret World, I don’t say those games would’ve been more successful if they had been free-to-play, for example. The subscription model was unrelated to the success of the game.”

He added, “With the free-to-play model, you’ll get huge income one month, but the next month it depletes. 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 Blizzard and Square Enix are making money without investors in the background.”

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard Yoshida say this, as he also attempted to justify the games subscription model when I interviewed him at gamescom last year. He said that subscriptions were promised at the game’s outset and that the studio must include payments to ‘regain the trust of fans’.

See if you can make some sense out of that over on the original article, because I can’t.

Thanks GI.biz.

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  1. SplatteredHouse

    ““Games like The Old Republic and The Secret World, I don’t say those games would’ve been more successful if they had been free-to-play, for example. The subscription model was unrelated to the success of the game.””

    I would be very surprised to find that data wasn’t available that blew that opinion out of the water. There is: http://www.vg247.com/2013/01/10/the-secret-world-activity-up-400-since-dropping-subscriptions/
    TSW is currently operating on a B2P/sub hybrid model. While SWTOR is “free-to-play” (albeit with heavy restrictions for non-subscribers).

    TSW now benefits from a greater draw to buy boxes, due to featuring no content gating, and its episodic content release structure means an increased likelihood of players dipping monthly on the Issues, as long as they’re not already subscribed, and suitably satisfied with the game. Of another note, all attire is statless, meaning that Funcom can produce any clothing for players to buy, with no concern needed for balance effects, or “p2w” taint.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    with this news we can kiss Final Fantasy XIV goodbye…

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Vice

    You know it somehow reminded me of another news I read earlier today, that some actor who’s career is in deep shit, refused to take a major villain role in next marvel comics movie, because apparently they weren’t willing to pay enough. This guys was given a huge chance to fix his career, yet he refused it. Square kinda acts same. On this market, with this competition, after a horrible failure of original FF14, they have absolutely NO chance to succeed with p2p model. But hey, gl to them, I’ll wait until it goes f2p and maybe then I’ll try it.
    Dear developers, p2p is NOT popular, people hate it, no matter how hard you want our money. Don’t look at WoW, it’s unique game that was there in right place, in right time and of a right quality. Nobody will EVER succed in a p2p market again, even WoW-2, Titan, or whatever new Blizzard mmo would be.

    #3 1 year ago