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#1 Apr 01 2011 at 2:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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from: Letter from the Producer, VII (04/01/2011)

"As a result of continually decreasing server populations we have decided that a number of servers will be merged and that FFXIV will become a "free-to-play" game. After significant debate and weeks of research we believe that we have designed a modern, easy to use online store, based on the currently implemented Crysta Currency system. There will be a separate store for English, Japanese, German, and French players, linked to the current official message board. Once implemented, players will be able to purchase in-game items, as well as gift items to their friends. Soon to follow, will be a in-game version of the store, for quick access from any of the three current cities. We apologize for having to go down this path, but believe it is the best way to attract players and improve your experience in Eorzea."

It goes on to give some more details. but you get the main point.

Anyone else really upset about this? Its going to attract a bunch of noobs who are just giving the game a try. I really don't want this to end up like hello-kitty online.

Personally i think its a really horrible idea.
1. it means your real life wealth determines your in-game strength
2. ppl will quit if they can't afford to compete
3. noobs will flood in
4. people will join the game to troll or tell people to join rift
5. the game will prob have to become a lot less mature (no more brothels) incase kids play

I think its also unfair to those who have put significant effort into leveling up and amassing gil. The game will essentially turn into "who has the most real life money to spend". Also a lot of people have probably already guessed that this thread is an april fools joke. But im sure a lot are still going to rage at me for failing so hard.

Make sure to post your opinions :]



Edited, Apr 1st 2011 4:42am by Azurymber
#2 Apr 01 2011 at 2:24 AM Rating: Decent
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April Fools.
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#3 Apr 01 2011 at 2:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Not gonna lie...you really scared me for a second there. I even went back and read the letter from the producer again. Haha
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#4 Apr 01 2011 at 2:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Dangit ya almost got me there.. :p
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#5 Apr 01 2011 at 4:06 AM Rating: Decent
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*slow clap* saw it coming :P
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#6 Apr 01 2011 at 4:42 AM Rating: Good
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I was like ... "March is turning out to be a real bad month.... oh wait...".
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#7 Apr 01 2011 at 5:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Well played but I'm never one to believe anything videogame related on April 1st.
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#8 Apr 01 2011 at 5:34 AM Rating: Good
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Hmm, a clear ragefest titled thread marked Excellent, can only mean one thing, saw it coming, nice try though xD
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#9 Apr 01 2011 at 6:31 AM Rating: Decent
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Well played, friend...well, played.
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#10 Apr 01 2011 at 8:22 AM Rating: Excellent
Ugh. This is the day once a year I don't come out of my room, and now it's coming to me online! >.< And being on friday, people are going to want to go out tonight, blaaaah.

I can see it now. cutegirl: "hey, you want to go out some time? april fools! lolololol" -.-;
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#11 Apr 01 2011 at 8:44 AM Rating: Decent
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#12 Apr 01 2011 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
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First i was ****** at SE, now im mad that i didnt relise its april 1. Well done XD
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#13 Apr 01 2011 at 9:22 AM Rating: Good
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Hahaha, that was well done lol :p

Even tho I did a couple jokes myself today, I was caught off-guard since it's the end of a tiresome work day. I was like huh?? Switched halfway reading this post to the real Lftp VII and was looking for the part that says "free to play". Good one! /cheer
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#14 Apr 01 2011 at 12:07 PM Rating: Good
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The one link I click today and it's a prank.Smiley: glare I saw and avoided the Pikko's birthday ,Google Motion and Alien attack Tiger.com warehouse as a prank yet I fell for this. I'll still be grumpy on this cloudy cold day but my faith in Sage level is still high because he admitted it in the thread.
#15 Apr 01 2011 at 12:14 PM Rating: Decent
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I was thinking happy friday. completely forgot it was april 1st.
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Friday, meet April First.
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Warmech wrote:
I saw and avoided the Pikko's birthday
According to her Facebook page, it is, in fact her birthday.
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#18 Apr 02 2011 at 5:10 AM Rating: Good
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:] i hope you all had a wonderful april 1st :]
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#19 Apr 02 2011 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good
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Warmech wrote:
The one link I click today and it's a prank.Smiley: glare I saw and avoided the Pikko's birthday ,Google Motion and Alien attack Tiger.com warehouse as a prank yet I fell for this. I'll still be grumpy on this cloudy cold day but my faith in Sage level is still high because he admitted it in the thread.


It actually -was- Pikko's birthday though.

But yeah, this thread got me too. Well played, OP. Well played.
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#20 Apr 02 2011 at 5:52 PM Rating: Good
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Saw it coming, nice try though.
#21 Apr 02 2011 at 5:56 PM Rating: Good
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I read this today so I didn't see it coming at all. It was a pretty good one to read a day late.
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#22 Apr 03 2011 at 5:39 AM Rating: Good
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Epic forshadow!

Seriously though, you will probably be held responsible when the game does move to F2P.
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Its personal preference and all, but yes we need to educate WoW players that this is OUR game, these are Characters and not Toons. Time to beat that into them one at a time.
#23 Apr 04 2011 at 9:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Epic forshadow!

Seriously though, you will probably be held responsible when the game does move to F2P.


SE would shut the game down before making it permanently F2P.
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Grand Master Alchemist StateAlchemist2 wrote:
FilthMcNasty wrote:
Epic forshadow!

Seriously though, you will probably be held responsible when the game does move to F2P.


SE would shut the game down before making it permanently F2P.

I hope you don't honestly believe that or think that it would even be a good idea.

That would be even larger a failure than releasing it way too early. It's obvious that they're trying to salvage what they have left. If they made the client a free download and went F2P at least they could cash in on selling game items. They're a business and don't attach as much sentimental value to their games as their players do.
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HaibaneRenmei wrote:
30 bucks is almost free

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Its personal preference and all, but yes we need to educate WoW players that this is OUR game, these are Characters and not Toons. Time to beat that into them one at a time.
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