I am pleased that the monthly fee will be only £9, which is definitely on the cheaper end of the monthly fee charts for MMOs. I do not like how we are charged extra for additional characters like on XI, and believe that this model of business will only hurt SE. I am indifferent about the free retainer-- I am glad that the first one is free because they will be essential to play, but sad that they place us in a system that charges for additionals to begin with.
I couldn't find the place on the website listening all the additional charges but if the first one is free, I can't really see this being a major issue. At the price that the game starts at, it's already fairly reasonable in terms of what MMO's of this caliber charge per month. At $1 for additional retainers (which I hope would only be needed by the hardcore crafters, depending on how the system is setup)
that's a fairly reasonable price. Think of it like buying mules in FFXI (I hope that we have enough inventory space our on main character to not also need a mule)
The $3 per extra character annoys me though. In FFXI, changing job changed all your stats around - the only reason for having another character on the same account, that wasn't a mule, was for an additional person to play - or if you really cared about MP/HP (ie. having a Galka/Elvaan for melee jobs, and a Taru for mage jobs)
although this really
wasn't neccessary and was more work than it was worth.
However, in saying that, FFXIV (so far)
seems to have stat build on your actual character (since you have two levels, main and disciple)
. Now, with freedom to choose certain stats, comes min/max'ers. Whats the point in making an allrounder when there is somebody who is the same level as you in both disciple and main - but has focused stats, so they straight out beat you. Sure you can change class but... oh look, theres somebody focused on that too. And they probably have a better race for it than you do too.
Anyway, I'm hoping that the system won't lend itself to being abused like that - I really hope so, because it gets rid of the point of having all-jobs-per-character. Now, I may have missed some vital information somewhere and I'm working on misinformed info, and I apologise if I am.
But yeah, $3 is ridiculous - I just hope an extra character won't be needed unless somebody else wants to play on your account. Edited, Jul 2nd 2010 8:39am by LordFaramir