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#1 Jan 28 2011 at 12:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Is the game still free to play, if it is how much longer will it remain free?
#2 Jan 28 2011 at 12:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes, and unknown.
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#3 Jan 28 2011 at 1:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?
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#4 Jan 28 2011 at 1:23 PM Rating: Good
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yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


Technically, FFXIV is still in the free trial period. Typically free-to-play games are accompanied by an item mall where you spend real money to by items, levels, dungeons, etc., or "micro-transactions". Nothing could be truly "free", obviously, they just don't charge a subscription fee.

FFXIV currently has no micro-transactions, and the community is generally against it. Making FFXIV truly free-to-play would require a drastic change which would likely cause it to lose even more players.

But to answer your question, to my knowledge no. The typical trend is to go from subscription based to micro-transactions because on average micro-transactions are actually more profitable. People will spend more than $15 per month on aesthetic gear, micro content, exp potions, and so on.

Edited, Jan 28th 2011 1:25pm by Hydragyrum
#5 Jan 28 2011 at 1:24 PM Rating: Good
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yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


Not that I'm aware of, but FFXIV is trying to be different, so it's a side bonus.
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#6 Jan 28 2011 at 1:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the answers guys, Eadieni hit it on the head. I just couldn't find any recent articles about the free trial period extension since December 10, 2010.
#7 Jan 28 2011 at 1:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?
This is a special circumstance, though. We all know this game was not ready for release, and that SE released FFXIV to coincide with the end of the their fiscal year. The reason it's free to play, is that it's basically still in beta. Once they have a finished product (including PS3 version), I imagine FFXIV will be re-released and become subscription-based.


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#8 Jan 28 2011 at 1:43 PM Rating: Good
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yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


Yeah... didn't XI also have an extended free to play period or refund players for the first few months?
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Olorinus the Vile wrote:
yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


Yeah... didn't XI also have an extended free to play period or refund players for the first few months?


I'm pretty sure the answer to this is no. I could be mistaken.
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#10 Jan 28 2011 at 1:58 PM Rating: Good
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I could be wrong too but I thought that at JP release there was some extra free play because of server instability at launch
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#11 Jan 28 2011 at 2:36 PM Rating: Good
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I believe FFXI had 1 or 2 months ,after release in jp, of free play due to some issues at launch. Can't recall the reason they extended it for XI or the exact time, but I do recall this happening.
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Mikhalia I have to ask but, you post on these forums, specifically the FFXIV ones, more than like anyone else, but your sig says your highest job is rank 15. It seems like you spend more time talking about the game than playing the game since it takes like 5 hours to get to R20 :P

Do you have other characters or are the forums really more fun than the game ? :D

(Not meaning to troll or that it's a bad thing your as active as you are, just thought it was funny that you've got like 10,000 posts and reply to nearly every thread here but have a highest level of 15 :P)
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#13 Jan 28 2011 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm pretty sure the answer to this is no. I could be mistaken.

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#14 Jan 28 2011 at 4:49 PM Rating: Good
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Eadieni wrote:
Mikhalia I have to ask but, you post on these forums, specifically the FFXIV ones, more than like anyone else, but your sig says your highest job is rank 15. It seems like you spend more time talking about the game than playing the game since it takes like 5 hours to get to R20 :P

Do you have other characters or are the forums really more fun than the game ? :D

(Not meaning to troll or that it's a bad thing your as active as you are, just thought it was funny that you've got like 10,000 posts and reply to nearly every thread here but have a highest level of 15 :P)



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#15 Jan 28 2011 at 5:36 PM Rating: Good
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marsupialboy wrote:
I believe FFXI had 1 or 2 months ,after release in jp, of free play due to some issues at launch. Can't recall the reason they extended it for XI or the exact time, but I do recall this happening.


Yeah, FFXI gave 1 or two months free (or refunded) due to server issues... I guess the game had terrible lag at the time, or something like that.
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#16 Jan 28 2011 at 6:28 PM Rating: Good
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Eadieni wrote:
Mikhalia I have to ask but, you post on these forums, specifically the FFXIV ones, more than like anyone else, but your sig says your highest job is rank 15. It seems like you spend more time talking about the game than playing the game since it takes like 5 hours to get to R20 :P

Do you have other characters or are the forums really more fun than the game ? :D

(Not meaning to troll or that it's a bad thing your as active as you are, just thought it was funny that you've got like 10,000 posts and reply to nearly every thread here but have a highest level of 15 :P)


Most of my posts are from work.

As for when I'm home, yes, I'm usually playing other games besides FFXIV while I wait and watch the improvements to FFXIV.

I've tried logging on and leveling up (I used to be Rank 10) but I just get so bored of the game and want to log off within an hour. It's like pulling teeth to force myself to play longer than 30 minutes.

As I've said, I -want- to like the game. I want to -want- to play the game. It frustrates me to no end that when I even -try- to log on, I'm not even excited about playing or enthusiastic about playing at all. I look back on my years of FFXI where I woke up and WANTED to play, where I got home from work and WANTED to play. Where I'd play for 10, 15, 20+ hours at a time and never want to log off.

With FFXIV, it's the opposite. I had a genuine desire to WANT to log on when I started playing back in Beta 3. As early as open beta, I was only logging on because I felt like I -had- to. I still eagerly awaited the release, installed the game, and logged in like a kid on Christmas.

A week later, after spending an hour (yes, 60 full minutes, I looked at the clock) in the market wards looking for a new HTH weapon for my then level 10 Pugilist, and walking away not only with no weapon, but without having located any weapon for any class at any level at any price. It was at this point that I went from feeling like a kid on Christmas, to feeling like a kid on Christmas that just found out that Santa isn't real and you're not getting any presents this year.

The patch notes from time to time are getting me excited that FFXIV will eventually instill in me the happiness I once had from it, the happiness I had from FFXI, or from WoW, or from DDO, or from RO...

But as for the time being, I just can't even force myself to log on anymore. Currently, the prospect of reactivating my FFXI character and doing the quests for the job specific emotes sounds 100 times more exciting than anything in XIV.

I realize that this post is a huge downer. I get that there are people who are happy with the game, and I'm not trying to log on to a game I don't like and complain about it and ruin their good time. I'm just chilling and waiting for the game to get better, in the hopes that I will eventually WANT to log on again.

I eagerly await that day, but until that day comes, I'm trying to find other ways to have fun. Currently playing a replay of FF7. Then 9, then 12.

Again, sorry for the downer post; but that's just how I feel. The only thing that I like less than FFXIV is the fact that no matter how much I TRY to like FFXIV, I can't bring myself to. And that really ****** me off, because I wanted to love this game like I loved XI and I just can't.

Edited, Jan 28th 2011 7:53pm by Mikhalia
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#17 Jan 28 2011 at 8:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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I feel the same way as Mikhalia on many cases. (why oh why aren't we on the same server?! Such a shame.)

The latest announcements have given me a lot to look forward to.

I don't play much of XIV yet because I don't want to be too burned out by the same issues that hopefully are just temporary. I can tell by several of Mikhalia's posts that like me he/she really really WANTS to love this game. We're almost still waiting for the "release" of this game.

Some part of me is grateful that this has given me more time to play XI and realize just how well great game design overcomes superficial facts like graphics and UI stuff.

My long term plan is to spend more time in this MMO than I've ever spent in any other game. I don't want to start that experience too seriously before I feel like the world is interesting enough to live in.


I don't know if that made any sense I'm too drunk to type anything fancy in a foreign language. =D
#18 Jan 28 2011 at 8:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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I feel the same way as Mikhalia on many cases. (why oh why aren't we on the same server?! Such a shame.)


I don't believe I've ever said this before...

It's pretty fun not playing, but it would be even more fun if I could not play with other people who also aren't playing, on the same server!

It sounded funnier in my head, I swear.
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Since the beta, and even a couple weeks into release, I've been in the same boat as you. I so much wish I had the want to play (grammar police?) I have been keeping myself up to date reading the updates, but cannot force myself to log back on and play. Every update I read, along with the dev switch and communications, excites me. I still have high hopes for FFXIV, and I know that one day in the near future SE will throw our dissappointments out the window, and we will all be happily leveling and raiding on the game we've been waiting for-for years. In the meantime, I will continue to kill time on Non-MMos, and one's that will keep me interested long enough for the FFXIV fix (i.e Rift).
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#20 Jan 28 2011 at 9:43 PM Rating: Good
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legionn1982 wrote:
Is the game still free to play, if it is how much longer will it remain free?
Aside from buying the game at the store, yes.
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#21 Jan 28 2011 at 9:44 PM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Olorinus the Vile wrote:
yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


Yeah... didn't XI also have an extended free to play period or refund players for the first few months?


I'm pretty sure the answer to this is no. I could be mistaken.


Almost the entire time from JP release to Rise of the Zilart was "extended free trial" time in Japan. Of course, they used the same reason for the extension.
#22 Jan 28 2011 at 9:59 PM Rating: Good
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Uryuu wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Olorinus the Vile wrote:
yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


Yeah... didn't XI also have an extended free to play period or refund players for the first few months?


I'm pretty sure the answer to this is no. I could be mistaken.


Almost the entire time from JP release to Rise of the Zilart was "extended free trial" time in Japan. Of course, they used the same reason for the extension.


Hmm. Well, I learned something new today.
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Uryuu wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Olorinus the Vile wrote:
yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


Yeah... didn't XI also have an extended free to play period or refund players for the first few months?


I'm pretty sure the answer to this is no. I could be mistaken.


Almost the entire time from JP release to Rise of the Zilart was "extended free trial" time in Japan. Of course, they used the same reason for the extension.


Do you have proof of this? Last time I checked it was only 1 month of free time due to problems with registration.

Japanese original:
http://wikiwiki.jp/online/?Past

"5月16日 FFXIサービス開始

* 認証サーバーダウン等の不具合が続出し、和田社長自らが謝罪し、一ヶ月の課金免除を告知"

English version:
http://zeusls.llima.net/download/ffxiupdatehistory.html

"FFXI went live. At the very begining the registration server went down several times (Lmao) and it was also spread through the comunity. Next day the president of Square apoligised to everyone and gave a 1 month refund to the customers."
#24 Jan 28 2011 at 10:56 PM Rating: Default
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FFXIV will be free until towards end of March. I log into my square enix acct to review my acct and found this info.
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yfaithfully wrote:
Has an MMO ever gone from free-to-play (beyond the initial free period pre-determined at purchase) to not-free-to-play?


AO.

They had such a crappy release, they didn't charge for the first six months the game was out as it was still in a beta state. Once we are about 6 months to a year from when it came out, I suspect SE'll either start charging or make FF14 a cash shop only game.
#26 Feb 10 2011 at 10:08 PM Rating: Good
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I have the same question. But mine will be more specific.

Two of my friends pre-ordered their collector's editions. And they play the game free.

My question is, if I buy the game now and play, is it still free?
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#27 Feb 10 2011 at 10:11 PM Rating: Good
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yes free if you buy it now.
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#28 Feb 10 2011 at 10:15 PM Rating: Good
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Yes, if you buy it now, there is no subscription fee at the moment. It isn't really free to play like a previous poster mentioned, it's just that the free trial you get (with every MMO) has been extended until the game is at a stage SE feels comfortable with.
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fakeidealist wrote:
I have the same question. But mine will be more specific.

Two of my friends pre-ordered their collector's editions. And they play the game free.

My question is, if I buy the game now and play, is it still free?


If they were really your friends they would lend you the disc and give you a buddy pass

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