Final Fantasy XIV Still Free to Play and No Current Plans to Say Otherwise
Like a typical subscription based, PC, MMO RPG, FFXIV offered a thirty day free trial when it released last September. The strange reason I brought that thirty day trial up you ask? Well that “trial” has yet to end or in business terms…Square Enix isn’t getting subscription money! Almost assuredly the horrible reception the game received and the recent earthquake are reasons why the FFXIV developer has yet to collect any subscription charges. So now you’re wondering when your cash will in fact be taken away from you for playing Final Fantasy XIV? Well, the PC game’s producer, Naoki Yoshida, said that is “still out in the open.”
It truly is rare to see a halt in the collection of subscriptions for any game on any console. Fortunately, Naoki Yoshida has spoken with Gamasutra on why subscriptions haven’t been charged and what he plans to do about it…if he can.
“It was pretty much personal 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 once the team has established a firm plan for improvements. 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. This is one of the ways that we can show players that we are serious and we are taking it seriously.”
What hope does Mr. Yoshida have of accomplishing this difficult task? Well…
“It’s because Square Enix is funding this project 100 percent. That’s why we can do this. Only Square Enix can do something like this.”
So Final Fantasy XIV gamers, fixes and implements are on the way. But with no confirmed date as to when these improvements will actually take place; it seems that PC gamers will have an enjoyable ride of not paying any subscriptions for quite awhile.