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FINAL FANTASY XIV Subscriptions Return

The FINAL FANTASY XIV Website has word that subscriptions are returning to the MMORPG (thanks GamesInustry.biz). Here's the official statement:

Allow me to thank you all for your continued interest in FINAL FANTASY XIV.

One year has passed since the gameís release, and despite the disappointment surrounding its launch, we have received a wealth of support from you, the players. Your encouraging words and continued loyalty have been a source of immeasurable inspiration to everyone involved with FINAL FANTASY XIVís development.

In the ten months since the FINAL FANTASY XIV teamís restructuring, we have put forth the utmost effort into not only improving the gameís existing features, but also creating a concrete plan to outline the gameís new direction. Today, I am pleased to announce we can confidently present that plan to our customers. We fully realize this is but a single step towards our ultimate goal, and that to meet the high standards set in the plan, more time is required. In the meantime, however, we will not waver in our commitment to bringing players exciting and engaging content, even as the game moves through its evolution.

With this, it is my hope that we will continue to receive your support as we will need to bring the unbilled period to a close between late November and early December 2011, and introduce our subscription-based billing system. I appreciate that this decision will not be popular, but it is a necessary step in building upon the foundation our fans and development team have made together and to realize the full potential of FINAL FANTASY XIV.

The team will stop short of nothing as they move towards realizing the new FINAL FANTASY XIV, and as they do so, I humbly ask for both your understanding and support.

President and CEO, Yoichi Wada

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13. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV Subscriptions Return Oct 14, 2011, 21:26 SimplyMonk
 
From what it sounds like is that you are going to be paying to continue to play/test the game while they develop a brand new game. So they don't really care about whether or not you enjoy it as they have to completely remake the game from the ground up anyways so they might as well get some money from the people that want to pay to test.

This makes sense to me as the only other option they really have is to suck up the continued operating cost losses along with new development costs or take the servers down until the v2.0 release.

If I was super into playing this game and a big fan of the series (I'm close, but don't really have much time for MMOs of late) this wouldn't be that bad of a deal as long as I was fully aware that I was spending my money to play a Gamma Test.
 
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