Final Fantasy XIV passes 10 million worldwide players and gets a small patch

Looking forward to more ranked PvP in Final Fantasy XIV or just the removal of the game’s automatic logout? Both of those features have been brought around with the game’s latest minor patch, which also makes some balance tweaks to several jobs and adds in the latest incarnation of the Moonfire Faire to the game. (There’s even a development dispatch on what you can expect from the event if you’re at work and can’t start it up yet.)

This patch coincides with the announcement that the game has reached 10 million players worldwide, with the caveat that it’s a cumulative number including free and trial accounts. It’s credited to the game’s frequent and robust content updates giving players all over the world reason to subscribe. Certainly it doesn’t hurt that the game’s staff resolves issues like the recent Russian/Brazilian Steam subscription increase by crediting all affected players with 30 days of play time and locking the lower prices for 60 additional days due to the lack of forewarning. So that’s a fine ending to that story, and a fine reason for the game’s growing player count.

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possum440 .

More lying on the part of this company. Like a few already posted before I could, less than 500k active player around the globe and the 10 million users… are registered, this includes those that registered and looked at the game and then left and never came back.

Just on a side note too, It took them this long to even get 10 million people to look at their game. Pretty pathetic.

So just another lying company trying to inflate numbers deceptively.

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Jeff

Easily the best community in MMO’s today. It goes to show you harsh consequences to douchebaggery works.

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rafterman

I really tried, multiple times, to like this game, but between the skill bloat and the long GCD the combat really turned me off of an otherwise interesting game.

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV is the best alternative to WoW and pretty much the only other PvE MMO worth sticking with long-term.

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Carebear

Not surprised… FFXIV is currently the best MMO and it will only grow stronger imo.

Zander
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Zander

https://ffxivcensus.com/
these are the actual numbers
ACTIVE PLAYERS 464,995

Source is good discussion.

They don’t state its 10 million active accounts, which makes it clear, it’s total registered accounts.

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Ashley Bau

This has been known for some time. It was easy to identify because any time they gave official numbers themselves (such as at investor meetings) they were notably below they numbers they like to show off publicly. Exactly how much they do have normally is hard to say but numbers suggest that (with the possible exception of times right around an expansion release, though this isn’t confirmed) that they have not passed a million subs and most likely sit around 700k or lower.

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Line

Does that website use the same metrics as the old Japanese one LuckyBancho (active characters, with some minipet to show progress, etc, I don’t remember exactly)?

Because it does seem like a pretty big drop (by a good 50% from ~2 years ago), and would mean that Stormblood is barely as small uptick in new subscribers from may (which brought a lot of people back, if those numbers are true)?

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Bryan Turner

So basically this game is bigger than World of Warcraft now, isn’t ten million where WoW peaked during Cataclysm?

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FreecczLaw

To be clear though comments and views like yours is exactly the reason why companies (SE in this case) don’t realease their real numbers and only ones that can confuse people into thinking it is more than it really is.

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Rottenrotny

A quick google search tells me that there are over 100,000,000 WoW accounts if you count free and trial accounts. So no, not even close.

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FreecczLaw

Basically what the others have already said: WoW had 12 million active subs at its peak and this is only 10 million created accounts trial accounts included. So not even close, however this is still pretty badass for a sub based game honestly.

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blah blazh

I believe this is just accounts. I have an account but haven’t played for 3 years, so don’t think they put out active player numbers.

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Scratches

WoW peaked at 12m, and I don’t think they were counting free and trial accounts in that number, either. “Active subscriptions,” I think was the metric they used.

This is just basically accounts created..

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Bob Dobalina

No, they passed 10 million accounts created, not subscribers like WoW.

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CthulhuDawg

I honestly didn’t know that many people were still playing this. I have tried twice, both times I got about 10 levels before how slow the game felt made me stop logging in. It’s very pretty and has lots of depth from what I could tell. I also can just never decide whether or not I enjoy the worlds FF creates. I have hundreds of hours in Tactics and Tactics Advance so I obviously dig them sometimes. I wonder when the next free login event will be, I would be willing to give them another week of my time to see if the new xpac has tuned the game to my liking.

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Danny Smith

The next raid is “Return to Ivalice” so that should interest you.

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Phubarrh

With the new expansion now half-price at Amazon, I’m jumping back in for the first time in over a year. As I half-expected, one-fifth of the skills on my toolbars are gone, either cross-class actions that are no longer available or job skills that have been replaced. Guess I’ll have to begin a new toon in order to get back into the saddle again, happy to be back though.

Coolit
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Coolit

It’s a quality game with plenty to do so it doesn’t surprise me they are hitting those numbers.

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Danny Smith

It was nice to see FSH and CUL have repeatable quests in the new summer event. More crafter job love is always good.

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