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#1 Feb 10 2011 at 5:21 PM Rating: Default
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I looked up my Square account and noticed that the free trial now has an end date at March 28, 2011, so looks like the game will be "pay to play worthy" by then...hopefully...
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#2 Feb 10 2011 at 5:23 PM Rating: Good
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Without an official announcement, I highly doubt it. This is probably just a place holder since the game will not permanently be free-to-play. They've extended the free trial several times now. There's nothing saying this March 28 date is any more real than before.
#3 Feb 10 2011 at 5:25 PM Rating: Default
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I haven't noticed a date before but I suppose you could be correct. However with the recent announcements from the producer and the patches going through there is no reason for them to think they'll probably be adding the fee eventually, especially since they are working hard at pushing more content every month. We'll see...
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#4 Feb 10 2011 at 5:38 PM Rating: Good
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Hydragyrum wrote:
Without an official announcement, I highly doubt it. This is probably just a place holder since the game will not permanently be free-to-play. They've extended the free trial several times now. There's nothing saying this March 28 date is any more real than before.


They've done it during alpha/beta before (attaching a date without an announcement) which of course people took into speculation etc. Remember how FFXIV was to be released on the PS3 in March? That was likely a date pertaining to that.
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#5 Feb 10 2011 at 5:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Hydragyrum wrote:
Without an official announcement, I highly doubt it. This is probably just a place holder since the game will not permanently be free-to-play. They've extended the free trial several times now. There's nothing saying this March 28 date is any more real than before.


This is correct. Ever since I've had my account (launch date) I've been watching this for any hints or anything, you'll see it bump to April, 2011 barring any weird announcements, but with them proposing to completely change the game from zone changes to class changes, etc. - I don't foresee the free trial ending until they've a) appeased current players, b) server population increases, c) all major changes + end game content for rank 50s has been implemented. That at least seems most plausible at this point.
#6 Feb 10 2011 at 6:17 PM Rating: Default
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I am pretty sure if they were going to start charging they would announce it on the lodestone or something not just secretly add it in and not let people know. I am pretty sure if they did try to ninja in something like starting to pay to play it would be pretty disastrous for them in terms of players leaving.
#7 Feb 10 2011 at 6:21 PM Rating: Decent
My Birthday is March 28th.

Bad things usually happen on my birthday so i usually stay home and do nothing. or celebrate early.

this makes me a sad panda
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#8 Feb 10 2011 at 9:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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I think after the next patch or two we should expect some big announcements. First I would expect a PS3 beta announcement to be followed by the end of PS3 beta/PS3 launch/end of "free trial" announcement.

This will, of course, be followed by the ZwAahMbulance [catchy, right] of PC players who may or may not have to pay for their subscriptions one month before their PS3 counterparts [we get a free month, too, right?]. Maybe the Yoshinator will start all billing at once, who knows. At any rate, it is very safe to assume any one of those announcements would beget the others. Can't wait to hop on Rabanastre on my PS3, I'm getting tired of looking in from the outside! /sadface
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#9 Feb 10 2011 at 9:47 PM Rating: Good
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Can't wait to hop on Rabanastre on my PS3, I'm getting tired of looking in from the outside! /sadface


Ditto!!


Edited, Feb 10th 2011 7:47pm by LebargeX
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#10 Feb 10 2011 at 10:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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I think after the next patch or two we should expect some big announcements. First I would expect a PS3 beta announcement to be followed by the end of PS3 beta/PS3 launch/end of "free trial" announcement.


Is the current state of the game even ready to be shifted away from F2P? I logged in for the first time this year and the game doesn't look much different. Just a lot less people were logged in.
#11 Feb 10 2011 at 11:00 PM Rating: Good
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I agree with some of previous posters saying this is a placeholder date. Just last week the date was March 23rd. So unless there is going to be a ton of patches coming in the next couple weeks I highly doubt this will be the actual date.

I'd assume that we'd at least get through most of Yoshi-P's list before we hit the P2P phase.
#12 Feb 11 2011 at 7:49 AM Rating: Good
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The game is not nearly ready for P2P. I think most ppl would drop this game if it would indeed go P2P at that date. Theres no way they can make the necessary changes/content in just a month. Squarenix stock already halved in value after the crap that FF13+FF14 was/is (understatement of the year) so they cant afford to lose much more credibility. I think this free ride will last us well into the next summer.
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#13 Feb 11 2011 at 7:59 AM Rating: Good
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The game is not nearly ready for P2P. I think most ppl would drop this game if it would indeed go P2P at that date. Theres no way they can make the necessary changes/content in just a month. Squarenix stock already halved in value after the crap that FF13+FF14 was/is (understatement of the year) so they cant afford to lose much more credibility. I think this free ride will last us well into the next summer.


I think they COULD fix a ton of things and add loads of content by then... you don't think there weren't open quests and stuff already in the writing and scripting phase if not flat out programmed yet do you? I also don't think they will have those things implimented by then but wouldn't complain one bit if they did.
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#14 Feb 11 2011 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
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I'd pay now if I had to.
#15 Feb 11 2011 at 8:57 AM Rating: Decent
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Mithsavvy wrote:
I'd pay now if I had to.


So would I d(',^)
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#16 Feb 11 2011 at 9:18 AM Rating: Good
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Kidxxx wrote:
Mithsavvy wrote:
I'd pay now if I had to.


So would I d(',^)


There are no quests, no endgame, no activities other than grinding/leves/crafting with no real objective.
You can equip any piece of equipment regardless of your level, skills while interchangeable all boild down to accup/atkup/defup and misc weaponskill damage with animations that look the same. 90% of the enemies you encounter are wildlife.


...why is it you're willing to pay?

Start charging and you'll filter out players who aren't willing to pay from the ones who are. Leaving the vast and empty world of eorza even more deserted.

Edited, Feb 11th 2011 10:21am by MajidahSihaam
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#17 Feb 11 2011 at 9:25 AM Rating: Default
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...hmm. To get an imaginary "advantage" relative to the stampede
STAMPEEEEDEEEE!! Watch out, its a FRICKIN' STAMPEEEDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
of players that is going to floodbreach the servers in just a few weeks.
^.-

Because, like, SE is not aware of how any big advantage for the few
current players would deter new players from even entering the game,
hahahahaha!

Edited, Feb 11th 2011 10:28am by Rinsui
#18 Feb 11 2011 at 10:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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Thread title is misleading. May want to change this to "Square account shows that...".
#19 Feb 11 2011 at 11:09 AM Rating: Good
RufuSwho wrote:
Thread title is misleading. May want to change this to "Square account shows that...".


I dub thee this weeks "Unofficial ZAM thread title corrections officer"
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#20ElFrereDeLautre, Posted: Feb 14 2011 at 12:44 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) True and false at the same time.
#21 Feb 14 2011 at 1:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Mithsavvy wrote:
I'd pay now if I had to.


If you like, you can send them a check. I'd imagine they'd happily cash it.
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