My experience with f2p has been with Tera online, this is not some cheap f2p game. It's a 50 million dollar high quality AAA mmo like FFXIV, and you can play it for nothing and be on an equal footing with everyone else. You can also pay a sub if you wish and get game benefits.
They don't hold content back if you don't pay anything. I think playing a good MMO with a good f2p system changes your outlook on it honestly, as I mentioned before I felt the same as you and as most xi players do but experiencing it changed my view.
Free to play would be what's best for XIV, it's not a failing as it used to be it's how the market is now. There is almost zero negatives to XIV being free to play, but many positives and this is why I'm positive it will happen and when it does those in this thread saying how bad it is will be supporting it and saying how good it is for the game.
You can quote me on this, if XIV ever goes FTP and there isn't a subscription only model still available (that gets me everything the FTP'ers have access to), I will quit the game, end of story.
You will quit if it goes free to play at all or you will quit if the sub option they offer isn't the same as free to play offers? Most games that go free to play offer a sub option too so it seems you aren't so sure the game won't go free to play afterall.
Stand by your beliefs and state you will quit if the game ceases to be pay to play like FFXI if you think that's the case.
But I don't think that's the case, where did I say that. I provided 2 criteria that will cause me to stop playing XIV
1) FTP is implemented
AND (&& for you coders)
2) There isn't a sub only model still available that gives me access to everything the people who use the cash shop have.
Don't force your opinions on me, I made myself crystal clear what would cause me to stop playing.
I also never said I was sure the game wouldn't go free to play, it's my hope that it does not, and from what Yoshi has said I don't believe it will if it remains successful as a P2P game. That's why I said if
XIV ever goes FTP, not when
Edit to clarify:
I want to pay a single, set amount every month and have access to everything
there is to have. I'm talking items (cosmetic or otherwise), access to zones, unrestricted everything. If I'm still required to pay extra money on top of my sub fees every month then I'm done with whatever game implements that. Call me old fashioned but I think if I pay monthly I should get everything there is to offer. Edited, Mar 27th 2013 2:26pm by Wint