While Yoshi P in no way purports the fact that Final Fantasy XIV has 10 million ACTIVE subscribers, he did go on to verify that the 10 million players comprise both active subscribers and users with an active free trial.
Interestingly, Final Fantasy XIV’s recent Stormblood expansion is the reason behind the boost to over 10 million; players wanting to jump back into the game, renewing their subscriptions again, and new players wanting to finally take the plunge to see what all the hype is surrounding the game.
Regardless, maintaining an active subscriber base in todays MMORPG market is an incredibly difficult feat to accomplish, as the majority of pay to play MMORPGs switched over to free to play models.
And with good reasoning – The pay to play market just isn’t.. really.. a viable market anymore.
Although at the very same time, we have import after import of Eastern MMORPGs from Korea like Black Desert, Blade and Soul, Revelation Online and Bless Online all more or less being rushed over within a year of each other.
Then you have other MMORPGs like Kritika Online, Closers Online, Soul Worker Online, all instanced MMORPGs that people don’t really care for coming over.
It’s just.. You have to give credit where credit is due. Now, here comes the part of the video you’re no doubt waiting for.
Yoshi P went on to elaborate on the current content that is accessible through the free trial, explaining that you can access all the way up until level 35 – where as in other MMORPGs that offer the same form of trial of the game – Such as World of Warcraft, they lock you out of the game upon reaching level 20.
Now when World of Warcraft’s max level is level 110, and Final Fantasy XIV’s is only 70 – you can see the contrasting difference in content available to free players looking to test the game out.
Now, specifically, what Yoshi P mentioned next was.. surprising, and caught me a little off guard.
That being said, Yoshi P did go on to say that “our active subscribers is the largest it’s ever been.”
So what do you guys think? Would you want Final Fantasy XIV to go free to play? Or do you prefer it as-is? A high quality paid MMORPG?