It’s been a year since the original launch of Final Fantasy XIV, and while a PlayStation 3 version was promised by Square-Enix, we haven’t heard much regarding when that would actually happen. Things have been tough on the game as of late, but Square is finally ready to go ahead with the PS3 release – in 2012.
The current target date for Final Fantasy XIV’s PS3 release is next October, so roughly two years after the game originally hit shelves. The statement on the game’s official website is a bit hard to understand; they’re apparently considering the PS3 release a “new” version of the game, representing all the improvements of the last few months.
Things are also going to change for players that are already enjoying the game, in the form of a switch from a free-to-play model to the more familiar subscription-based payment plan we normally see out of big MMOs.
Here’s a quote from the release outlining what you can expect:
The statement from Square is very, very long and contains a massive amount of information regarding changes to the game. If you’re a FFXIV player and you’re passionate about the game, it’s probably in your best interest to check it out in full.“Following the results of the development and operations teams’ efforts, together with the release of the overall plans for the game’s future, we will bring the unbilled period to a close between late November and early December of 2011, and thereafter introduce our subscription-based billing system. Further details will be sent to the email address players submitted at the time of their FINAL FANTASY XIV account registration, and will also be posted on the Lodestone at a future date.
Needless to say, with the onset of the subscription-based billing system, operation and development of the game will proceed, and updates will continue to be released regularly as they have been. Between now and release of the new FINAL FANTASY XIV, we will do as much as possible by way of fine-tuning the game and adding new content. Our focus will be on the theme of a story that can only be experienced in the here and now, and the dramatic changes to Eorzea will be incorporated into that storyline. Each update will deliver an unprecedented and unrepeatable game experience. For those of you continuing to play, I promise that the release of these updates and the eventual transition to the new FINAL FANTASY XIV will both come smoothly and seamlessly.”
I’m curious to see how the large community of Final Fantasy XIV players react to this news – does anyone think moving to a subscription plan is a bad move? It seems like taking something that was once free and asking people to pay for it a year later is a surefire way to encourage them to find a new game.
Then again, once you have a year invested in an MMO, maybe you’d rather pay than leave your friends and characters behind. What do you think?