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thank you

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Don't bother! Starter Edition only lets you play for free until Lvl 35 (and possibly 30 days after that)
for 30 days then you have to pay the low low price of €12,99 per month. If you buy 180 days of playtime it gets even cheaper at €10,99 xD

I thought the business model of subscription based MMO's was dead and buried loooong time ago except maybe for World of Warcraft.

You'd expect a game as old which was soo notoriously bad at release they had to fire the whole lead department to be F2P at this point.

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its not a trial bruh

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Source?

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the starter edition is the realm reborn base game that you can play up to lvl 50 come with 30 days sub, the trial version has no time limit you can play as much as you want up to lvl 35.

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I can't tell for sure because I haven't played it but their own website seems to contradict this.

Starter Edition
Service Fees


Edit: Nevermind. You are correct. Starter Editon has no level restriction and requires you to pay after 30 days just as you said. Probably got myself confused by mixing in some information about the trial version.

But my main point was it's not free. After 30 days it requires a 11€ + subscription.

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Maybe you're seeing something different than I am but did you read the blue paragraph at the very bottom?

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but its not a trial its just a 30 day sub of base game that is p2p

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Oh ok. Now I get what you mean.

You're correct. It's not the Trial version but since you have to pay after 30 days to me it's just a Trial as well, just without Level restriction.

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well maybe they will drop the 11$ to play who knows ;)

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Yeah, that' is actually a possibility why it could make sense to pick it up anyway but I suppose IF they do that they'd probably make it F2P altogether.

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yeah true :D

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Highly doubt Square Enix will ever make it f2p the game itself is doing pretty well after relaunch, It's one of the best subscription based game 2nd only to WoW in term of active subs and occasionally surpass WoW active subs when they release new expansion. The predecessor FFXI released in 2002 also subscription based still alive and active to this day.

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I see. I honestly wouldn't have expected that.
Guess I underestimated how much of a loyal fanbase Final Fantasy still has.

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Been typing and proofing this a while so there's already a reply stating this but wth, I'll post it anyway! :D

There's almost no chance FFXIV will ever go F2P. Best case scenario I can maybe see is what this promo does. Free base game(currently just 10€) with the sub after the initial 30 days and the extra charge for the expansions still there. the game's director/producer has a quite strong opinion on this :P
And as an ex-player that spent a few hundred hours in it I kinda agree with the sub model for it. Expansion charges aside the game still receives frequent updates with a major update every 3 months that adds a bunch of story content, dungeons, raids etc. as well as a smaller update inbetween with QoL changes and side story stuff(and some of the side story stuff are quite good). And all that without relying on microtransactions. Sure, there are stuff to entice you to spend even more for cosmetics, race changes, mounts etc. that are just cooler or flashier that what the game gives you but they're fully optional and very much not a focus for the dev team since they only add a few items now and then. The focus is the actual story and content and that actually shows. At least it did up till the end of Heavensward that I've played, haven't tried the next two expansions as my time has been quite limited since. But up to that point in the story I can confidently say it was one of the best MMOs I had ever played and it really made me feel like my sub money were money well spent as opposed to almost every freemium game I've played where instead it always felt like money wasted.
Also just a side note but even though FFXIV was supposedly a hot mess the FFXIV: A Realm Reborn update almost completely overhauled it into a completely other game that has more than redeemed itself since.

tl;dr Yoshida doesn't like the f2p model so it's very unlikely to happen, I'm a FFXIV fanboy, shoot me.

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tl;dr Yoshida doesn't like the f2p model so it's very unlikely to happen, I'm a FFXIV fanboy, shoot me.

Obviously I read the rest of your comment as well but in the spirit of brevity I'll just adress the conclusion:

While I strongly dislike the subscription business model because it forces you to play to make something out of your money rather than enjoying games at your own pace, I do respect developers who value their own work like Wube Software or Yacht Club Games.

Lol Naw, don't worry. I try not to bash things I haven't tried. Afterall I was poking fun at Farming Simulator until I got the 2016 version for free on Android and now 2019 on PS4. Yay! :D and ended up quite enjoying it. I didn't mean to piss on anybody's parade. I was just... surprised.


Edit: I was actually curious about the game because I'm always looking for coop and online games for my buddies and I but the subscription model kills it for me because I'm not going to put time into a game I'll most likely quit after 30 days.
And I thought that information, that's it's not really free, should be in OP or even title. But maybe that's common knowledge. Idk.

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Yeah, I get where you're coming from. It is a pretty restricting model for people with limited time or more laid back attitude towards gaming. It's exactly the reason I terminated my sub as well back in 2016(and lost my pretty pretty house at the coast of Limsa Lominsa for which I queued and dashed like a madman on the area's opening T.T ). I was quite against the sub model myself but being a FF game I thought I'd just try it for a month or two and be done with it but it ended up really challenging my views on the subject, and ultimately changing them. But yeah, if you're looking for something to just occasionally fool around with friends it's not worth it, especially since it doesn't really take off until you get to the first expansion.

Side-rant: Why isn't there a model where instead of fixed time you can purchase play time?! Like, lemme buy 1 month or week of actual playtime that only counts when I'm logged in and freezes when I log out instead of this! would solve so much!

edit: oh yeah, I get the reason of the post, I agree it should be in the OP. I just wanted to address the F2P ambiguity in that one comment and as I said, fanboy, got reaaaaally carried away. It's been a long time since I actually bothered with anything FFXIV so it just came pouring out :P

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and lost my pretty pretty house at the coast of Limsa Lominsa for which I queued and dashed like a madman on the area's opening T.T

Lol You got me worried there for a minute until I realized you're talking about ingame housing ':D

Side-rant: Why isn't there a model where instead of fixed time you can purchase play time?

As you probably expected I'd be much more open to that idea.
My personal favourite would probably be the Eldars Scrolls Online model (p2p without subscription) but I assume the steady income allows them to put out more new content than comparable games and if they actually do that I suppose it's justified.

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Thank you!!

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Stupid question, do you have to buy the expansions multiple times? Like if you have Stormblood on PC and login on the PS4 will you have to buy Stormblood again?

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You only need to buy the latest expansion then you will get all the old expansions for ''free'' however in case of PC > PS4 you will have to buy expansion for each platform separately.

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And to add to the reply above not only there is no cross platform purchasing but there's also no cross client purchasing. If you buy the game on the square-enix store for example it doesn't also give a steam key. So if you wanted to get the base game on the SE store but just the expansion on Steam for example that's not possible.

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