I'm curious to know if these subscription rewards are for the Standard model and Entry. Standard lists different prices for 30, 90 and 180 days. The 180 day model with 8 characters for 40 total is the same as the Entry model with 1 character per server for a total of 8. If you can just have month to month with the Entry model (I really don't need 40 characters) and still receive the bonuses after enough days have passed, then I'll be happy with this. If it's Standard only, I don't know how I'll feel about it. http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/product/
I can say with almost certainty that it will not matter which plan you choose. You should be able to get the rewards just for subscribing. It would be pretty boneheaded of SE to restrict this in any way and I can't see them doing that.
Yea too bad minions could not be interacted with or fight along side of you. Maybe it will be added in the future.
Edited, Aug 9th 2013 10:46am by Nashred
What I would really like to see is the other mounts fighting with you like the chocobo. Now how cool is THAT?
This is a pretty interesting model and definitely a welcome one. My question though is if this stuff will always be the same for everyone that starts or if eventually it will become unavailable. It would be pretty lame if down the road you'd have to subscribe for 7 years straight to get stuff later down the line.
Maybe they will do it to where they change the stuff available every year or so with some way for people whom start mid year are still able to obtain everything if they so choose. Possibly a 12 or 13 month rotation where if a new player ends up paying for months that go into the new item rotation year they can obtain the items that they might miss starting mid year. They could also give really great items to those that are around to pay for every month at the end of the year.
I just don't think it would be very great to have some awesome item that someone new might want tied to time subscribed. They start playing and then see some awesome mount that they must have but then realize they have to pay for a full 3 years to obtain it. I'd rather see these items be unobtainable than lorded over newcomers. It would be akin to holiday items that change year to year and you have to deal with never being able to obtain them.
I'm not really sure what you mean bu this, but if you mean what I think you mean, lemme explain a little. The rewards will start, progress and end the same for each individual. For example, let's say you are required to go to work for 8 hours in a day. It doesn't matter when you go, just so you go for 8 hours. Every hour, you will be given a reward for every hour you stay. Now someone could have went an hour ahead of you, therefore, as you arrive, they will already be getting their first reward (a signed photo of Justin Beiber). After you have been there for an hour, you will now get the totally awesome photo, but the other guy will be getting his second reward, as he was there ahead of you (2 free bank slots in Neverwinter). You see, the rewards are progression based and not set in any time frame. Hope this helps explain it a little.