The only reason games like 11 isnt ftp is that there is a very small loyal base that will pay regardless of what they offer........ or dont offer, and really they couldnt sustain a ftp model, they have nothing to offer in the way of making money , ie mounts, wardrobes, potions, boosts etc
Not only are most of us FFXI players loyal, we're also it seems more mature, and with that we have deeper pockets - I would definitely support FFXIV even if I barely played per month.
This is a stark difference to, a lot of younger people have the understandable stance that if they are paying a certain monthly fee for a game they expect to get that value of enjoyment out of it - in which case they can only play a certain number of these types of games, so they prefer F2P since they can try many games and choose the one they like the most.
It's as if they made the assumption that all MMO players are the same type of people I mentioned in the latter, but there are a lot of mature players in WoW that pay their subs and here in FFXIV too, we're a separate player base and we are what support P2P. In the recent past though I guess a lot of us were either in WoW, FFXI, took a stab at SWTOR or lurking like me waiting for FFXIV while playing some offline game in our busy lives.
A lot of people are betting that FFXIV goes F2P like every other MMO, because they put WoW as an anomaly, I would argue that FFXI and FFXIV are anomalies too. Edited, Sep 17th 2013 4:08pm by SyniteonReflux