When Final Fantasy XIV launched, it featured a 30-day free trial period and suffered a whole lot of backlash.
That backlash is well documented so we won't go into details, but there are two things to remember before harshly judging the creators of this latest MMORPG: 1. they continue to work hard to fix the issues, and 2. they have yet to accept subscription fees. In speaking to Gamasutra , new producer Naoki Yoshida (he replaced Hiromichi Tanaka) explains why they haven't charged for playing the game; outside of the cost of purchase, of course:
"It was pretty much personally because I've been a player for so long. I wanted to make sure that I would only ask the player to pay for something [once the team had established a firm plan for improvements].
The reason we're doing this is we're showing the players, yes, it's still costing us a lot of money, and we're not getting that money back yet, but we're serious about making these changes. This is one of the ways that we can show players that we are serious and we are taking it seriously."
They're still not sure when the standard monthly charges will ensue, and Square-Enix continues to fund the project "100%." Now, this bit of news only applies to the PC version but here's the question that remains for PS3 owners: what will the game be like when it releases on Sony's machine? Will it be a whole new experience? Are you willing to take the chance…?
It's just very interesting to see how Square-Enix attacks this, and perhaps the PS3 version will be a progression gauge…
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV