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#1 Mar 13 2011 at 12:34 PM Rating: Decent
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How long do you think the servers will be down for?
1 week :21 (13.1%)
2 weeks :48 (30.0%)
3 weeks :26 (16.2%)
1 month :65 (40.6%)
Total:160


i understand what japan is going through, i hope everything will be ok just wondering your opinions on this.
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#2 Mar 13 2011 at 12:36 PM Rating: Decent
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'til Spring atleast. They'll come back up with the battle system patch.
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I voted for 2 weeks, but honestly, I don't care how long they stay down for. Japan getting back on it's feet is paramount.
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#4 Mar 13 2011 at 12:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Think you should of added a 1 month + option. I'm not really expecting the servers to be back online for quite some time. There are way to many issues over in Japan and reactors failing and such. It will take them more than 1 month to recover just to have a stable electric grid.
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#5 Mar 13 2011 at 12:47 PM Rating: Good
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I just read up here http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110314a2.html that

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Tepco President Masataka Shimizu also told a separate news conference Sunday night that the rolling blackouts are likely to continue through the end of April.


So it might take a while...
#6 Mar 13 2011 at 12:53 PM Rating: Good
All I can say is hope for the best, expect the worst.
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#7 Mar 13 2011 at 1:06 PM Rating: Decent
I voted one week because that's what they quoted and hopefully they're figuring out plans to make it so. I think its just as likely that it will be a much longer time though. Japan is going to be having problems for a very long time. At least one of their reactors is done for and never going to be run again, its going to take quite a long time to get up to full operating capacity, but maybe they don't need that.

Remember one thing: right now, its vital that people focus on disaster response, its very good that SE is making sure resources go to that-- BUT very soon, resources are going to have to be going to economic recovery too. The longer SE is not operating, that's a lot of people not working.

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#8 Mar 13 2011 at 1:07 PM Rating: Good
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I'm hoping no more than a week; I've kinda mentally blocked out the word "minimum" in "minimum of one week" but the more that I think about it, two weeks is what I voted for.

Like, I don't wanna be all Smiley: motz about it because I understand that there are more important things than a game and whereas I have hundreds of other games I could play instead, Japan also has more pressing interests than letting some elves and catgirls beat up some crabs and fish.

Setting aside XI/XIV, I do hope that they get their power situation straightened out because power outages cause so many problems, especially when you consider that hospitals and relief centers are going to be flooded with people right now and they need the power a lot more than some game servers do.
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Kinda makes me wonder how many people will even bother coming back after it comes back up. I think a lot of people were already borderline with the game as it was.

Anyways, this really sucks lol. I just got a runestone last night and I really wanted to log on this morning and trade it in. I really really hope there isn't something like a rollback and I lose it.
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What I wonder is that after not playing for 2 weeks or so, who is actually going to want to come back?

Whenever I take a break from XI or XIV I try playing again and I'm just not as excited about it. It takes a bit for me to really get excited about it again. Taking a break really puts it into perspective. Upon playing again you realize how petty and meaningless it is to sink hours into a online game. With FFXIV, this feeling is compounded because of how weak of a game it is.
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#11 Mar 13 2011 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
digitalcraft, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
I voted one week because that's what they quoted and hopefully they're figuring out plans to make it so. I think its just as likely that it will be a much longer time though. Japan is going to be having problems for a very long time. At least one of their reactors is done for and never going to be run again, its going to take quite a long time to get up to full operating capacity, but maybe they don't need that.

Remember one thing: right now, its vital that people focus on disaster response, its very good that SE is making sure resources go to that-- BUT very soon, resources are going to have to be going to economic recovery too. The longer SE is not operating, that's a lot of people not working.

Edited, Mar 13th 2011 12:07pm by digitalcraft
TBH, I wouldn't be surprised if SE will continue with payrolls, and actually would be surprised if they didn't.
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#12 Mar 13 2011 at 1:39 PM Rating: Default
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I voted for 1 month, just because there is no longer time period available.

I can see the game even being cancelled completely after this crisis. I rather see the country recover ASAP, than see this game being "improved"...I'd be VERY surprised if live in Japan goes on as "usual" before the next few decades IF they get struck by 3 Core Meltdowns...even one will be enough to hit the country hard and may not recover for decades.

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Best answer: As long as it takes.

According to the information available they are expecting another Earthquake - not an aftershock - around the 7.0 scale. In light of the devastation I have seen in the news coverage they can take as long as they like. I'll still play the game once they get back, ****, I'm only level 41, I needs me 50!

In truth though, I just hope the majority of people are ok. Did you know the average life of a building in central Tokyo is 5 years, so in terms of recovery I think they'll be all over it. It's the Nuclear problem that I worry about.
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I hope a week. Longer is a maybe. I do hope SE is smart and moves servers and equipment to another place where the power and safety is better. After all, SE is a company that has branches in other country's including America.
Depending upon their decisions they could be back up in just a few days or longer. Staying put in Japan and the current situation can take longer than a week.

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So they lost reactors that need to be repaired or new ones even need to be installed, not even considering the problems with radiation, do you really think that is all going to be fixed within one week? one month? No way!
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With all the nuclear power plants, I think 8 total reactors I read, they in total produce only 30% of Japans Power. So, I'm not sure if the nuclear incident is the major reason why SE turned off the server. Don't get me wrong, it's probably some part, but I feel once they get everything under control as far as rerouting power where needed, I think everything power-wise will get back to normal. They already stated that power plant will never be able to be used again. Who knows though, I could be wrong.

I honestly think the servers will be down a minimum of a week. If its less, I would be ecstatic.
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With all the nuclear power plants, I think 8 total reactors I read, they in total produce only 30% of Japans Power. So, I'm not sure if the nuclear incident is the major reason why SE turned off the server. Don't get me wrong, it's probably some part, but I feel once they get everything under control as far as rerouting power where needed, I think everything power-wise will get back to normal. They already stated that power plant will never be able to be used again. Who knows though, I could be wrong.

I honestly think the servers will be down a minimum of a week. If its less, I would be ecstatic.
They said at least a week, so don't worry about getting your ecstatic button polished.
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#18 Mar 13 2011 at 3:08 PM Rating: Default
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i said 2 weeks, thats how long i think japan's going to be going through their energy shortage so much so that entertainment companies will have to shut down. Really though, I can see SE using this, not so much as an excuse but to seize the opportunity, and leave servers down for a longer period of time, lower some overhead costs and such. I would not at all be surprised if they never went back up again.
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i said 2 weeks, thats how long i think japan's going to be going through their energy shortage so much so that entertainment companies will have to shut down. Really though, I can see SE using this, not so much as an excuse but to seize the opportunity, and leave servers down for a longer period of time, lower some overhead costs and such. I would not at all be surprised if they never went back up again.
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i said 2 weeks, thats how long i think japan's going to be going through their energy shortage so much so that entertainment companies will have to shut down. Really though, I can see SE using this, not so much as an excuse but to seize the opportunity, and leave servers down for a longer period of time, lower some overhead costs and such. I would not at all be surprised if they never went back up again.


Two weeks is a drop in the bucket for even the most basic civil services. Entertainment is a far sight longer away than that.
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I really don't think FFXIV servers will come back online. FFXI yes, and my thoughts are with all the people of Japan. It's terrible what has happened and hope their suffering can be reduced as quickly as possible.


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I think this is a good time to start playing this other game I heard about...

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I wouldn't be too surprised if they brought FFXI back up before FFXIV (and I would be even less surprised at all the people who would complain about it).

I would be somewhat surprised if they brought up XIV before XI (and totally unsurprised at all the people who would complain about THAT).

I reasonably expect XI and XIV to come back up together.

I strongly doubt that "Not even bringing XIV back up" is even on their radar as a possibility.
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My expectation is that they'll be down until at least April, as that's how long the rolling blackouts are expected to last.
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#25 Mar 13 2011 at 6:50 PM Rating: Good
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it doesn't matter how long it takes, the most important life of thousands ppl gone.
wish from my heart they pass this crisis.
I'm and most the ffxiv players will be always supporting you SE
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Of course FFXI will be up first since, you know, its profitable and all.

FFXIV on the other hand - would it really surprise anyone if it did not come back live until the PS3 launch? First, how can they justify sucking power from the grid for a game that isn't even making profit for their business. Second, why not use this as their "excuse" to leave it shut down for the re-release? I have seen this topic gaining a lot of steam lately anyway, so why not. I'm not saying I'm an favor, but it would not surprise me at all.





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#27 Mar 13 2011 at 8:46 PM Rating: Good
With the amount of money they've put in to FFXIV already, I seriously doubt they wouldn't bring it back.
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mith as much as i hate to believe it this is the same conversation my ls has earlier
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i say in a little over a week, that's about how long it would take to set up server's and upload a ghost in the SE's NA Division. SE being a corporation there only concern is $$$.
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#30valhalla85, Posted: Mar 13 2011 at 9:32 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I'd say one week.
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I'd say one week.

As for those who think FFXIV won't be back because it isn't making money... FFXIV is a goldmine that square has created but hasn't yet tapped. Square's progress on improving FFXIV is dependent on the servers being online and people playing the game, and our free subscription only helps them make a better, more profitable product in the end(it will help a lot with their ps3 release). Free subscriptions aside, square still makes enough when you purchase the game itself.


Not asking in an argumentative way, but how do you figure that FFXIV is a goldmine? So far it's completely bombed and has had a really terrible reputation with both critics and players. Players on the official forums aren't discussing strategy and what all there is to do, they're spamming suggestions on what to do with the game and how to "fix" it. It's very hard to support an argument that the game isn't critically broken. The PS3 release is nowhere in sight and patches are coming in as a snail's pace. I mean maybe it's as potential of a goldmine as say, Pac-Man Universe or something, and I'm just too busy thinking realistically to notice.
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I'd say one week.

As for those who think FFXIV won't be back because it isn't making money... FFXIV is a goldmine that square has created but hasn't yet tapped. Square's progress on improving FFXIV is dependent on the servers being online and people playing the game, and our free subscription only helps them make a better, more profitable product in the end(it will help a lot with their ps3 release). Free subscriptions aside, square still makes enough when you purchase the game itself.


You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Sorry to call you out, but I gotta set you straight. Using FFXI as an example, SE did not start making money on that game until several years after service started. These companies sink a lot of money into development, marketing and production of these games. You're forgetting the costs associated with running and maintaining servers, updating content and several other costs that are ongoing. Take my word for it, most MMOs stay in the red for a while after the games have been released.
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Not asking in an argumentative way, but how do you figure that FFXIV is a goldmine? So far it's completely bombed and has had a really terrible reputation with both critics and players. Players on the official forums aren't discussing strategy and what all there is to do, they're spamming suggestions on what to do with the game and how to "fix" it. It's very hard to support an argument that the game isn't critically broken. The PS3 release is nowhere in sight and patches are coming in as a snail's pace. I mean maybe it's as potential of a goldmine as say, Pac-Man Universe or something, and I'm just too busy thinking realistically to notice.


Yes there was negative reception, but mainly because its an unfinished product. I wouldn't conclude that its critically broken though, just a victim of a hasty release. How do I figure its a goldmine? The ps3 release. This type of PC gaming(where you buy the game and need a compatible system meeting certain requirements) is a niche market. That's probably why they released it first on the PC; it gives them a chance to make it better, then carry over those improvements to the ps3 release.

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You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Sorry to call you out, but I gotta set you straight. Using FFXI as an example, SE did not start making money on that game until several years after service started. These companies sink a lot of money into development, marketing and production of these games. You're forgetting the costs associated with running and maintaining servers, updating content and several other costs that are ongoing. Take my word for it, most MMOs stay in the red for a while after the games have been released.

Now that I think about it I'm not exactly qualified to make the claim that they came out ahead for a while with only the revenue from initial cost of the game. Whether or not its in the red, it has the potential to turn a nice profit once its fixed, so abandoning the game all together seems a bit off.
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I'd say one week.

As for those who think FFXIV won't be back because it isn't making money... FFXIV is a goldmine that square has created but hasn't yet tapped. Square's progress on improving FFXIV is dependent on the servers being online and people playing the game, and our free subscription only helps them make a better, more profitable product in the end(it will help a lot with their ps3 release). Free subscriptions aside, square still makes enough when you purchase the game itself.


You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Sorry to call you out, but I gotta set you straight. Using FFXI as an example, SE did not start making money on that game until several years after service started. These companies sink a lot of money into development, marketing and production of these games. You're forgetting the costs associated with running and maintaining servers, updating content and several other costs that are ongoing. Take my word for it, most MMOs stay in the red for a while after the games have been released.


FFXI original Release date (JPPS2) was May 16, 2002. In December 2003 (After JP PC Release in Nov 02 and NA PC Release in Oct 03), FFXI reached 200k subs and Wada announced that it had passed the "break even" point and anything beyond this was profit.

Several years, no. One year and seven months, and after the game's first expansion though.

If it will take FFXIV over a year and a half and FFXIV's first expansion before they plan to get into the red then they must really be in it for the long haul.
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#35 Mar 14 2011 at 1:17 AM Rating: Decent
I'm thinking 2 weeks or longer. It seems that it will take at least 2 weeks for stabilization to set in.
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Mikhalia wrote:
FFXI original Release date (JPPS2) was May 16, 2002. In December 2003 (After JP PC Release in Nov 02 and NA PC Release in Oct 03), FFXI reached 200k subs and Wada announced that it had passed the "break even" point and anything beyond this was profit.

Not saying it's false, but a citation would be great. From what I remember, they hit 500k subs in 2004 and that was the turning point. Still pretty good considering their estimate was for it to take twice that long. A year and a half seems generous. XIV currently isn't anywhere close and with all the added work they're putting into it, it's sinking further and further into the hole.

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Yes there was negative reception, but mainly because its an unfinished product. I wouldn't conclude that its critically broken though, just a victim of a hasty release.

Whether or not it's critically broken isn't really the question. The question in the mind of a business is "How much more will they have to invest (on top of the already millions they've dumped) into repairing this? Is that investment going to return given the current state of the game and the competition coming over the next few years?" Pulling the trigger too quick has had devastating consequences already and with each passing month that this game isn't where it was expected to be at release worsens that situation exponentially.

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Now that I think about it I'm not exactly qualified to make the claim that they came out ahead for a while with only the revenue from initial cost of the game. Whether or not its in the red, it has the potential to turn a nice profit once its fixed, so abandoning the game all together seems a bit off.

It wouldn't make any sense for you to say that they're even close to being out of red. Going on 6 years of development, the costs associated with just that alone are way beyond what they've made in box sales. Add to that the costs of extra man hours, firing and hiring half of the development team and other additions like the new official forums... there is no way. Again, keep in mind that the further they go to repair this game, the higher their costs rise and as of now they are generating no income from FFXIV either via sales or subscription.

It's completely possible that they can bring the level of this game up to (at the very least) people's expectations, but it's going to take a lot of work; in most cases it's more work than it's worth.


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With the current situation getting worse. The Nuke plant is now leaking radioactivity. I foresee the game being off line longer than a week. Unless they fix the power problems. (May take months) SE may need to move servers to another branch to get services back on line. Most of their games that are being handled outside of Japan are running fine.
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As long as is needed. SE employees need to be with their families, not worrying about FFXIV.
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I say earliest is 1 week, latest is a month.
#40 Mar 14 2011 at 9:22 AM Rating: Good
My best wishes go to the people affected by the earthquake, and I hope for a swift recovery for all involved.

That aside, I stopped playing FFXIV for about 2.5 months. I kept up with updates and decided to give it a shot a couple days ago (March 12th). I played all day and fell in love with it all over again! I was very pleased with all of the changes that had taken effect and I couldn't wait to get up and play again the next day.

I don't think they will, and certainly hope they don't abandon either project. If it takes them a week, two weeks, a month, or six months to get their infrastructure back to a workable state, so be it. I do look forward to playing again though.
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#41 Mar 14 2011 at 9:38 AM Rating: Good
I say two weeks.

I think SE has the resources to keep them running now. While they may be on a shared grid, there are other ways to generate/buy/sell/trade electricity that a corparation of their size would be well aware of. After a certain amount of stabilization occurs, the further blackouts will be simply caused by problems in local infrastructure. No amount of conservation can solves this.

It is very likely that every facility in Japan that owns a generator has it running now. I garuantee SE has an emergency power generator at a minimum. In fact, international building codes require every facility in seismic areas to have a generator on-site for emergency lighting at a minimum. It is very likely that every single facility in Japan has some form of self generating power. Hospitals are required to be capable of running self-sufficiently off the grid.

I would say it will take a week to get additional power backfed into the grid and organized. I would guess that SE is simply using their own generated power and sending it into the grid right now, for social reasons. There is no reason that they could not use it to keep their servers running, except in an effort to help.

Optimistically, Japan will have the total power that is required to run basic needs in place by next week. Although some areas will not have consistant power due to localized damage, it is very likely that facilities will resume using their own generated power for their own business needs. As another poster pointed out, Japan is aware of the need to mitigate the fanicial impact as soon as the basic needs of its citzens are met.

Just a guess.

PS: In a city where people rent out stacked sleeping tubes to conserve space, where are they putting all the displaced people?
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They aren't going to run the servers on generators. Of all challenges Japan is currently having, fuel shortage is probably the largest. They need fuel to run hospital generators, heavy equipment, pumps - not to mention basic transportation. One of the first things the U.S sent over was more fuel.

And whoever said that SE needs to have the FFXIV servers live in order to make the game better is pretty much dead wrong in my opinion. They have all the information they need right now to make it better. The thing they need the most is time. Even with the current AI, battle system, and market system, FFXIV could be a success if it had loads of content. All of the other stuff can be adjusted over time.

So, I think they keep the FFXIV servers down. Then wrap up everything they have been working on and continue to work on content, content, and more content. Then turn the servers on again for a few weeks of "Beta" with some minor adjustments following - then have the official PS3 release and PC re-release (and even consider an xbox 360 release if possible).

My prediction is that we will be playing FFXIV again by sometime this Fall with a full re-release by November. But again, it would not surprise me if it was dleayed a full year from now.





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I would have gone with 2 weeks, given that I think within two weeks they could relocate the servers, but this is SE so 4 weeks is probably right. If they dont relocate the servers then I doubt they will be switched on this side of July. It will take a long time to resolve the power issues in Japan and I would not want to see them switch the servers back on until the power companies report back that issues on that side are fully resolved and the grid and resources of the electricity grid are not needed elsewhere.

My needs to play an MMO are utterly insignificant compared to the needs of people in Japan. SE did the right thing and I applaud them for doing the right thing.

My thoughts go out to all those affected by this tradegy.
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#44 Mar 14 2011 at 12:52 PM Rating: Good
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One month, one year. Makes no difference to me. I will be here waiting for it to come back.

While I was not happy for the release, I can't honestly walk away from this knowing that forces outside of their control have turned their lives so far upside down that things may never feel the same again. This is only a game to us, those as SE that live in Japan, this is their life and livelihood. I will be here when they are ready.
#45 Mar 14 2011 at 1:21 PM Rating: Decent
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I agree. Take however long you need. I'll be waiting when FFXIV and FFXI servers go back up.

#46 Mar 14 2011 at 2:01 PM Rating: Good
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FilthMcNasty wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
FFXI original Release date (JPPS2) was May 16, 2002. In December 2003 (After JP PC Release in Nov 02 and NA PC Release in Oct 03), FFXI reached 200k subs and Wada announced that it had passed the "break even" point and anything beyond this was profit.

Not saying it's false, but a citation would be great. From what I remember, they hit 500k subs in 2004 and that was the turning point. Still pretty good considering their estimate was for it to take twice that long. A year and a half seems generous. XIV currently isn't anywhere close and with all the added work they're putting into it, it's sinking further and further into the hole.


The figure was taken from Wikipedia, which was taken from an article on IGN.
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#47 Mar 14 2011 at 8:40 PM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
The figure was taken from Wikipedia, which was taken from an article on IGN.


I checked out the wiki info. I wouldn't really call that source reliable. Not to break balls or anything, but the first interview about profits I read stated...

IGN: Big Plans, Big Money May 2002 wrote:
The development of Final Fantasy XI and the PlayOnline network service that power's Square's upcoming PlayStation 2 online RPG cost between 2 and 3 billion yen ($16-24 million), Square president Yoichi Wada confirmed today in an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun. It will take four to five years to determine the success or failure of the venture, he said, since the business plan behind the game relies on long-term profits from monthly fees.


The wiki link points to the wrong page, but after doing some fishing I found...

IGN: FFXI Breaks Even wrote:
Square president Yoichi Wada announced today that Final Fantasy XI has nearly reached its estimated break-even point of 200,000 paying users, according to a report by Bloomberg Japan. He said that the company expects to cross that threshold within the next two weeks and likely by the end of this week, a bit earlier than the previously-announced date at the turn of the year. Since the game's release, Square has stated that 200,000 users would be the minimum base required to turn the game profitable in the long term.


It only says they reached their target number for making the game "profitable in the long run". This goal, as stated in the previous interview was 4-5 years. Poorly titled article, but it would seem that Wada only suggests that FFXI will become profitable at some point in the future if they maintain or exceed that 200k subs. My guess is that they shortened this considerably seeing as how they hit half a million before that projection, but I still don't think it happened before 2005. I'll keep digging to see if I can find the article I read, but the fact still remains that XIV is no where close to profits and likely well behind the pace set by FFXI.


Edited, Mar 14th 2011 10:44pm by FilthMcNasty
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#48 Mar 14 2011 at 8:50 PM Rating: Good
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Hmm. Well, Wiki certainly isn't an infallible citation source, so if it lead me to be mistaken, I apologize.

Edited, Mar 15th 2011 10:49am by Mikhalia
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est. 3 weeks for them to recover, then a further 2 weeks of 'tests' as they implement minor changes
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#50 Mar 15 2011 at 4:33 AM Rating: Decent
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I agree. Take however long you need. I'll be waiting when FFXIV and FFXI servers go back up.


People that say this are usually full of it and will be looking for a new game when they see how long the servers actually will be down.
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#51 Mar 15 2011 at 6:02 AM Rating: Excellent
After spending the night watching footage and trying to find my cousin and his family (stationed in Sasebo) I realized this is no time to joke around. The devestation in Japan is pretty complete along the shore lines. The lack of electricity AND phones means hundreds of thousand of families have no idea if their loved ones are safe. (The US military reported that there were no injuries among those stationed at Sasebo Naval Base.) We still have not heard from anyone in my cousin's family, although we have a good idea that they are safe.

This is going to affect Japan for years to come. The part of the island around the ********* nuclear plant has been evacuated. This area will likely not be inhabitable again in our lifetime. Some people that have fled their homes are now being chased by radioactive clouds. Deads bodies began washing onto shore this morning. This is a nightmare.

Just yesterday I was posting on the official FFXIV forum and joking around. I think that was out of line. I would prefer to show a good deal more respect for those who are suffering. Let us hope that the nuclear plants are stabalized today.

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