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Final Fantasy XIV finally going pay-to-play next year

Square Enix will begin charging for Final Fantasy XIV subscriptions in early 2012, says the company. After spending more than a year in a seemingly indefinite free-play period, accounts will cost $9.99 per month beginning January 6. This discounted rate will last until Square Enix deploys its version 2.0 update – but with that patch more than a year away, don't expect the game to break the $10 barrier for a while yet.

“We are prepared to advance to the next stage of Final Fantasy XIV’s life, confident that we can provide a service worthy of the Final Fantasy name,” says Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada: “a service that includes both content-rich updates and the renovation of existing features.” Wada earlier lamented the Final Fantasy brand had been “greatly damaged” by XIV's launch flaws, and admitted that the task of fixing the title “basically amounts to fully redoing the game.”

With the timeline for that overhaul in place that includes the long delayed PS3 version getting a beta in the fall, the game's already begun building up to the 2013 launch of FFXIVv2.0. Until that time, 30-day subscriptions will cost $9.99 (which you can shave a buck or two off by buying in bulk). While billing details after the release of the 2.0 patch have not yet been finalized, the company's saying the current price is a $2 discount off what you can expect to pay post-2.0. Or you can just keep on playing WoW, calling every elderly NPC “Cid,” and confusing team-mates with your talk of “Espers” and “Firaga.” Your choice.

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10 comments

  • atila-figueiredo - October 23, 2013 1:13 a.m.

    i can't believe i have to pay montly for ffxiv. you actually buy the for 35 euros but you can't do anything with it. so now i have a 35 euro game sitting at home but i can't play it that's tucking wonderful people we are going to have to read everything that comes with the game when we buy it or else you will have bought it for nothing . in the call of duty games you pay for a year pass and stuff but you get something from it maps and stuff but you don't have to buy it and you can still play the fucking game . basicly i have to pay to actually play the game itself that you already bought
  • atila-figueiredo - October 23, 2013 1:06 a.m.

    that's tucking crap
  • jmcgrotty - December 7, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Pay to play? Sounds good to me. I'd be all for FF XIV if they paid me $9.99 a month to play it. By the way, if anyone hasn't been paying attention, go out on the net and track down a list of changes that have happened since it's initial release. Most notably, a new game engine. A game engine isn't something you can just swap in and out at will, really. It's comical how much work they've done to change the game. It's even more comical how little it will matter.
  • lordlundar - December 7, 2011 6:22 a.m.

    "Or you can just keep on playing WoW, calling every elderly NPC “Cid,” and confusing team-mates with your talk of “Espers” and “Firaga.” Your choice." That's probably the preferable option.
  • pr0tostar - December 6, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    "says Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada" I lol'd.
  • taokaka - December 6, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    I feel sorry for the 3 people that will accidentally sign up for this.
  • Net_Bastard - December 6, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Yay now the game's even worse! Just shut off the servers, Square.
  • TheRandomFool - December 6, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Guild Wars 2 All that needs said.
  • profile0000 - December 6, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    I kind of forgot XIV existed. And I'm a big fan of Final Fantasy.
  • Letter11 - December 7, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    Same here. I wonder if how long it can hope to survive. Even dedicated FFXI players seemed uninterested.

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