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A Growing Subscription Base to Rival WoW's Heyday & F2P 'Could' Happen

Posted by Suzie Ford on Oct 02, 2017  | Comments

A Growing Subscription Base to Rival WoW's Heyday & F2P 'Could' Happen -

In a new interview at, Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida has revealed some interesting tidbits about the game's player base and its overall health. While no firm current subscription numbers are stated, Yoshida does say that "our active subscribers is the largest it's ever been". Additionally, the launch of Stormblood saw FFXIV cruise over the 10M player mark, only 2M shy of World of Warcraft at its highest ebb, though this number also includes free trial players.

Yoshida further goes on to discuss the challenge of keeping players subscribed in an age packed with free to play MMOs.

You never know what you're going to do the following month. Everyone has a busy schedule, you never know how much game time you can put into the following 30 days, but we're asking for our customers to pay for those 30 days in advance, so it is something that is an obstacle. The hurdle is pretty high.

Another interesting nugget is the fact that the team has not fully ruled out a F2P conversion. Of course, it comes with a significant caveat: "If 80% or 90% of players demand we go free to play, we might need to shift our business model. But we'd also need to change our game design."

You will definitely want to check out the rest of the interview at the link above.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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