A new interview has surfaced with Square Enix President Yoichi Wada, in which he boasts that Final Fantasy XIV will emerge as a serious rival to World of Warcraft. That's wonderful, but what many fans might be concerned about (considering reactions to the previous Crysta story) is that Wada idicates they are establishing a model for micro-transactions and official channels to sell items.
"The basic model hasn't changed,” he said. “It's a monthly flat rate service with additional charges for items that users want to buy.
For FFXI we didn't initially set up the item transaction model that well – although the demand for it was high. We thought that it would be a benefit for users, but that we wouldn't be able to charge.
We soon learnt that there are a lot of people who want that kind of model, so we would like to introduce more pay-as-you-use items into the game. But there were too few items in FFXI – however we don't want to take it to the other extreme entirely for FFXIV."
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