It probably won't come as a big surprise to anyone, but it appears you won't be playing Final Fantasy XIV Online for free.
When the game was first unveiled at E3 earlier this year, there was some speculation as to the style and intent; was it only playable online (i.e., an MMORPG) and if it did qualify as a MMO, would we have to pay the now-standard monthly fee? Well, we've known for a while now that FFXIV is categorized as a MMORPG, and according to producer Hiromichi Tanaka, there will indeed be a subscription fee. "It's going to be a 30 days-based subscription," Tanaka told VG247 at GamesCom last week. Now, most of you know the game will likely end up on Xbox Live at some point, but SCEA president Jack Tretton has confirmed FFXIV will at least be a timed exclusive for the PS3. Tanaka added that "talks with Microsoft are held up for the game because of the policy of Xbox Live." So the update is fairly straightforward: we'll have to pay our monthly fees as we do with all MMOs, and although Xbox 360 owners will see it at some point, PS3 owners will be the first to get a crack at it.
We'll let you know if they can nail down a release date; it might happen at the Tokyo Game Show. As is, it's expected to launch some time next year…possibly close to Final Fantasy XIII in North America.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV Online