You know, I missed that interview where Wada called this a serious competitor to WoW. In fact, when everyone kept mentioning it, I thought they were just blowing smoke because the interview I remembered was them stating they weren't trying to compete with WoW at all. Thanks for the link.
Reading through that interview, it almost looks like their plan was always a subscription fee + microstransactions for items. I mean, that's how I am reading it.
“The basic model hasn't changed,” he said. “It's a monthly flat rate service with additional charges for items that users want to buy.
“We soon learnt that there are a lot of people who want that kind of model, so we would like to introduce more pay-as-you-use items into the game.
I think they misunderstand what people like about the micro-transaction model - it's not typically combined with a monthly fee model.....
I know this article was a year ago and we haven't seen any of these micro-transaction items yet, but just wow on their plan of charging monthly fee for 1 char only, 3 bucks for extra chars, a buck each for extra retainers, AND plans for microtransactions... On top of the inevitable x-pacs\add-on scenarions....
I'm not against companies making money so they can continue to develop good products, but isn't this is taking it to an extreme? This will never compete with WoW's model of 15 bucks a month for 10 chars per server 50 across all worlds with only a few cosmetic items as microtransaction deals.....I don't care how good FFXIV's graphics are.