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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Will Final Fantasy 14 be Free to Play?

So it is likely that after the last flop of the online Final Fantasy that the newest one, Final Fantasy 14, will be free to play online. Last time around, many people were not happy at the idea of having to pay a subscription for really any Final Fantasy game. Many believe the price isn't worth the amount of content or the quality for that matter.

MMOHut reports that there are five reasons Final Fantasy 14 will go free to play:
 1. Free to Play would revive a dying player base.
 2. Free to Play would increase revenue.
 3. Players are not happy with the current state of the game.
 4. Japanese developers are familiar with the free to play platform.
 5. Simply put, Free to Play is the Future.

I would say that I have to agree with the reasoning across the board. I know that since WoW, I will never pay for a subscription MMO unless the monthly fee was drastically reduced. The amount of time and the amount of money that must be devoted to that type of game is simply too high. Looking at how much I have spent on WoW compared to how much grinding I have had to do in order to get the required items to have fun is simply not worth it in almost any other game. Even WoW has lost the luster that it used to have and if Blizzard turned it into a Free to Play now, the player base would likely increase (maybe not as high as it used to be, but still it would increase). Looking at games that don't cost a monthly fee, I tend to have more fun compared to the amount of money spent and the very little time spent grinding in order to have fun. Although the article doesn't offer any comparisons like this, it is still interesting to think about when it comes to the last statement they make. Check out the article for yourself and see what you think.

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