It’s probably fair to say that Final Fantasy XIV is not the most popular title out there at the moment. Dwindling player numbers and general unhappiness within the MMORPG community regarding the titles’ interface mean that for many the game is on life support, with Star Wars: The Old Republic coming along to pull the plug, carrying a scythe and wearing a black cloak. Don’t panic just yet though Chocobo lovers, for Square Enix has two trumps up its sleeve; a PS3 version of the game and subscription payments!
Yes, the last of those two may not have you all fired up for re-evaluating the game, but in an open letter, FFXIV’s director explained why it needed to happen; “I appreciate that this decision will not be popular, but it is a necessary step in building upon the foundation our fans and development team have made together and to realise the full potential of Final Fantasy XIV.” To be fair though the free to play aspect of the PC game was always only a trial so it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to be asked to start paying for it. On the other hand though, when the PS3 version launches around this time next year, plans are again to offer a free-to-play period which will also apply to PC gamers.
Current players wont need to wait until next year however to see the return in their subscription investment. The letter also tells us that; “Between now and release of the new Final Fantasy XIV, we will do as much as possible by way of fine-tuning the game and adding new content. Our focus will be on the theme of a story that can only be experienced in the here and now, and the dramatic changes to Eorzea will be incorporated into that storyline. Each update will deliver an unprecedented and unrepeatable game experience. For those of you continuing to play, I promise that the release of these updates and the eventual transition to the new Final Fantasy XIV will both come smoothly and seamlessly.”
So there you have it – a new subscription service followed by some changes to the game in the short-term, followed by a PS3 release and a whole new build of the game late next year. What do you make of it all? Are you just hoping for an Old Republic console port? Or are MMORPG’s just not your thing? Let us know your thoughts.