Final Fantasy XIV boasts 5 million registered accounts

Let’s start this news item with an important caveat – we don’t know how many actual active subscribers Final Fantasy XIV has at the moment. What we do know is that the game has five million registered accounts globally, excluding free trial accounts. So while that could mean that the game has two people actually playing and a lot of inactive accounts, it probably means something else.

This announcement comes only two months after the game’s first expansion went live and shortly before the two-year anniversary of the relaunched title. The game also recently launched in South Korea to impressive numbers at the nation’s internet cafes.

Source: Square-Enix press release
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SoulMonarch
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No matter which way to slice it, this is an excellent status report.
5 million non-trial accounts means a full 5 million boxes sold. Even if they have a fairly low sub rate (say 500k), that is pretty good overall. From all the other information they release, they certainly seem to have a considerably higher rate, which is awesome.
Try not to think in World of Warcraft numbers. That was an anomaly. Even WoW no longer has WoW numbers.

collmomo
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collmomo

groo the wanderer  Nreff ………

Obzedat
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Obzedat

Regardless if its active accounts, or boxed copies sold, its still good news.  I just re-subbed a few days ago and my server; Behemoth, is bustling with players and activity.  Not bad for a 2 year old MMO not named World of Warcraft.

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Brian Montfort DontaleMobasa DrowNoble DarkWombat shaw sbst Ten10K Not rude at all, no harm in asking. I can’t remember where exactly I saw the 750k subscribers but I have a couple of things that lend themselves to that. 
First, in 2014 they released official information (in some investor meeting or something) stating that FFXIV was at 500k subscribers. It is documented all over the place but here is an article that has the information: 
 http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/square-enix-mmo-trio-fails-to-muster-1m-subscribers/0143457

Second, this is not the article I got the 750k from but it paints a similar picture. It is a japanese article that gathered data from FFXIV’s official lodestone to determine active players. Now, there are probably some people who are subscribed that do not meet the criteria they use for “active” but it would be a minimal group. They say that there are 730k active players according to the FFXIV lodestone so you could expect the actual number of subscribers would indeed be around 750k. 

http://luckybancho.ldblog.jp/archives/43689452.html

(note, its in japanese)

rottenrotny
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rottenrotny

I hate when they announce registered accounts. The game seems to be doing pretty good, why not just say what the subs are at?

Akami
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Akami

Personally, I would just refuse to report these numbers as a press site for gaming.  Until they give you actual numbers that matter, just don’t report anything they give you regarding numbers.  They are using you as PR for their game, if they want you to generate hype for their game for free, force them to give you concrete numbers.

Personal opinion…

Brian Montfort
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DontaleMobasa DrowNoble DarkWombat shaw sbst Ten10K
Dontale, not trying to be rude, just currious, where are you getting the 750k subs information? From what I have seen they haven’t said what their sub numbers are, and they only speak in registered user numbers, then people debate what it means, etc.

When ARR launched, Yoshi-P said that he setup the game to be successful running at 400k subs, so as long as they are more then that, they are good. However, with it’s success he did say that the retention rate it much higher then the industry standard. The standard being around 30-35%, and I believe he said it was around 50%. No idea if those numbers are still true, or if they were ever true.

Anyway, if you have a link to the article from 4 months ago, I’d love to read it as I missed it when it came out.

Thanks. :)

DontaleMobasa
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zyrusticae DontaleMobasa DrowNoble DarkWombat shaw sbst Ten10K The wow number is registered accounts so trails wouldn’t count (you need to register a game code to be considered a registered account). Pretty sure its accurate considering at its peak it had 12 million active, its not too much of a stretch that over its entire life it sold that many copies.

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DarkWombat shaw sbst Ten10K These type of stories are nothing. Sure they SOLD 5 million copy’s good for them and that’s all it means.How many copies has Wow sold in its 10 years or more. They want to impress then just put the number out of people actually playing the game.

groo the wanderer
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groo the wanderer

Nreff Why do you have a picture of that black girl up there ? Doesn’t make much sense to me . Is it because she looks a like she has some sort of learning disability ? If that is the case its in very poor taste .