Square Enix reports a growing population in Final Fantasy XIV

It’s a mix of mild good and bad news for Square Enix’s financials this quarter. The studio reported that profits were up in the last nine months of 2017, although sales were fairly flat when compared to the year previous.

Square Enix said that its sales dropped 1% year-over-year to $1.72 billion while its profits increased by 30.9% to $204 million. The studio attributes a dearth of blockbuster titles released during this time frame as a cause for the flat sales.

At least Final Fantasy XIV was pulling its weight with an increase in the player population: “In the area of massively multiplayer online roleplaying games, revenues from the latest expansions of Final Fantasy XIV and Dragon Quest X led to an increase in the number of paying subscribers and disk sales, which resulted in an increase of net sale and operating income, as compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year.”

Source: Square Enix via Gamasutra
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Tizmah
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Tizmah

Its a great MMO. However, if Eureka doesn’t change the games formula enough for the better I think FFXIV will start seeing a decline fairly soon.

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styopa

I don’t doubt it. There are all these players that are sick of their current games and want something new. FFXIV may be baby’s-first-mmo for the first 20+ levels, but it’s remained rather faithful to many of the core elements that make it fun unlike some other massive AAA MMOs (WoW, cough, cough).

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semugh

well, I’ve done my parts. Bought FF3 and tactics on mobile and will buy FF7 remake when it releases…

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riley475

I just resubbed to FFXIV after the WoW Allied Race debacle. I’ve been having a blast since coming back. I was a level 41 BLM when I took a break, came back last Friday and am now level 47. Can’t wait to start HW and then SB content. It really is a good game, and is the closest to a traditional MMO you’ll find in the West these days.

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Sorenthaz

Unfortunately getting to HW and SB requires a pretty painful slog through the 2.x content of FFXIV, easily the weakest part of the game (until you get to 2.55 pretty much). If you can get over that hurdle though then HW and SB are great rides even into their 3.X/4.X MSQs.

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K38FishTacos

Why is WoW Allied Races a debacle?

I don’t play WoW and I don’t plan to, but I’m just curious as to why you said that.

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Vagabond Sam

I wouldn’t call it a debacle myself, but I wanted to play a void elf through the new level scalling content. Sadly I spent all my legion time as Horde so I would need to level to 110 on Allience, do the achievements and grind the required rep to exalted.

Felt like too much of a grind right now so instead stated to gear back up in FFXIV.

I was ready to pre-order the expac too so from a ‘casual’ play just the story account view it just seemed a bit over tuned to make the allied races so gated

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Armsbend

If you pre-ordered you’d get a 110 token so take out that part from your equation.

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Vagabond Sam

Yeah I know. I’ll get to it at some point before September

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Mattaui

I’ve very much enjoyed my time there. It’s been my MMO home for the last four years.

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Rolan Storm

Why not? Good game.

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Danny Smith

It seems a bit odd in 2018 to see a company talking about ‘increased disc sales’ for an mmo expansion. i honestly can’t tell you the last time i bought a physical expansion.
Maybe Cataclysm? which to be fair i wanted that art book!

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Blaaznar

I buy them for the box; it’s like a hunting tropy of sorts.

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deekay_plus

i think it’s just their internal nomenclature for sales of new copies (to disambiguate from sub and cash shop sales streams).

kind of like how in the music industry they still talk about “record sales” even tho until recently vinyl records were fairly archaic (and physical copy sales of any format are falling off in favour of various forms of digital).

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IronSalamander8 .

I haven’t played in about a year or so but it’s a decent game with a lot of options and stuff to do. I actually prefer a sub based game for my MMOs since too many f2p games end up costing more for less.

I was a dark knight tank (I focused heavily on just enough classes to get all the extra defensive abilities and no more) for our group but they’ve been playing ESO which I tried in beta and didn’t like at all so have been toying around in WoW mostly with my goblin warlock. FF14 has an interesting mix of more old school ideas like from my first MMO, EQ, and newer games. I definitely see the game’s appeal.

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Armsbend

I really think people have grown tired of the cash shop nonsense and are seeing value in paying a sub again. Regular updates and communications by good development teams is where it’s at in 2018.

Free to Play has proven to be a giant, stinky turd that gets stinkier and more foul with each passing corporate bowel movement. Which is each time they open their filthy mouths to spew.

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Danny Smith

FFXIV has a cash shop but unlike most its not in game at all, not even a ‘take me to shop’ button. Most you see is an image advertising it in the launcher every so often. Makes it a lot more bearable than something like D2 that made cash shop visits mandatory in game or your 10 slot loot inventory gets taken up by cash shop lockbox tat.

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BDJ

Thats funny. WoW has the same type of shop and gets lambasted for it lol.

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bereman99

WoW doesn’t have the same type of shop (as it relates to Danny Smith’s point – they do sell the same kind of cosmetic stuff with character services sprinkled in…though FFXIV’s character services are both better and cheaper), as their shop does exist in the game – there’s a little button wasting space on the default UI that opens the shop right in an in-game window.

For FFXIV’s, you have to go to the webpage, click on the Mogstation account section, log-in, THEN click on the optional items tab at the top to get to the cash shop. It’s unobtrusive to the point of being a little tricky to find if you’re not aware it exists.

One is always present sans UI mods, one you have to go looking for – that’s why WoW’s gets the criticism it does.

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Tizmah

Oh don’t kid yourself. Yoshi P would put the shop in game too, they just dont have the memory for it or can’t figure out how.

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deekay_plus

ehhh ffxiv has a (limited) cash shop. when uo and daoc go f2p (or have they already) there won’t be any game in the proper mmo genre without one afaik. maybe wyrm?

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Bree Royce

UO already has a cash shop fwiw. It got it a couple of years ago. Before that it had an out-of-game cash shop dispensing all the same stuff, and has had that longer than some of our readers have been alive hehe.

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deekay_plus

ahh well shit did not know that (and i count out of game cash shop the same as any other cash shop, just like wow’s – actually was somewhat surprised wow’s is in game now when i logged in recently)

daoc?

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Armsbend

I only played FF for a trial I know or care very little about the game. I assume it is like WoW’s – which I find very unoffensive. If Blizzard was updating the cash shop more than the game? I’d be pissed enough to cancel it. But as it stands they update the cash shop…I dunno every year or so? It’s like they forget it is there – which is exactly how it should be.

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Blaaznar

Hate it with M+KB as it triggers my WoW red flags, love it with the controller – feels completely fresh.

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deekay_plus

oh yeah nither game has any where near a bad cash shop, i just feel righteous fury bursting from my loins any opportunity to point out both games have them lol. :D

i checked out the wow cash shop this week vaguely hoping for a two seater flying mount to buy – found none on there (tho they do routinely tied to stuff like blizzcon paid packages that include them based on lian telling us hers is from that), but foudn the prices a bit extreme – $13 for a mini pet and $32 for shiny oversized mounts. not terribly appealign to me either functionally or aesthtically.

anyways yeah i just like to be a pedant and point this out every opportunity that arises XD

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Armsbend

They ran a christmas 50% off sale. I assume they probably do it every year or twice a year. I wanted to buy a few items but held back – knowing it goes against my new crusade against said shops.

My $15 a month is plenty for them.

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deekay_plus

i got a hand ful of free mounts with my 110 boost so the only thing that would get me to spend is a two seater to cart people around. probably wouldn’t even have to be pretty or pleasing looks wise. but then the price for theri one seater mounts are offputting so i’d have to think it over.

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Armsbend

The game has plenty of cool looking mounts for playing – more than you’d ever need – so the cash shop isn’t too tempting.

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deekay_plus

ye, i only looked at all for a quick fix thing since i was facerolling mobs for sundial on his journey throught the leveling content. ie i could pick him up in a mount and drive him around.

otherwise i can probably already afford my fave low profile flying mount the magic carpet pretty handily with what little i’ve earned from the meagre amount of argus qusting ive’ done and the stipend for boost chars. lol

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Sally Bowls

1) Using just in-game gold, no cash shop Alchemists sell http://www.wowhead.com/spell=93326/sandstone-drake
If you lack the gold, I haven’t checked prices recently, but I guess you could buy one for about a quarter to a third of a $20 token.

2) While I claim to be virginally pure, “a friend” has done Recruit-a-friend: the $5 base game on sale + two months of time (which gets you a free month on the main) is a net $20 for either of the RAF 2-person mounts.

2) The virtual ticket Blizzcon 2017 mounts were 2-person.

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deekay_plus

hey thx. i’ll take a look around.

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CapnLan

It’s mainly cosmetic stuff. $25 for an account wide mount, $2-$7 for emotes, $3-$5 for individual cosmetic outfit parts and about $18 for a set. The big seller is Fantasia potions that let you change your character’s appearance, race, and gender. Those run $10 a pop. People go NUTS for those. Some spend $100 a month on em.

They do have some items like Main Story Line skip. $18 to skip the story line lol. Also level boosts that insta level you to 60 and give you a set of armor for that level. Those run $25.

It’s not horrible but I do see griping in game about the cash shop quite a bit. At least on my server, anyway.