Final Fantasy XI will hold a press conference on the future, but what will it say?

    
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Final Fantasy XI feels a bit neglected with all of the hype surrounding Final Fantasy XIV‘s expansion, doesn’t it? That’s probably part of the reason the development team is hosting a livestream on Thursday at 3:00 a.m. EDT regarding the future of the game. (It makes more sense when you consider, you know, Japan.) What will be announced in that stream, though, is still up in the air, with nothing but the very vague promise that it will concern the game’s future.

The most reasonable assumptions would be that the game is swapping business models, dropping support for an older platform, or shutting down altogether. None of these quite fits the character of Square-Enix‘s usual livestream events, however, which are generally more celebratory and encouraging. It seems odd to imagine that the game would be announcing another expansion, but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility, nor is it unbelievable to think that the game might move into a quiet maintenance mode. We’ll find out on Thursday, when we’ll all get surprised by the fact that the game is launching a single-player version and bringing back Tetra Master.

[Source: Gamer Escape]
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Xijit ArbiterLibera I don’t know. I guess we’ll have agree to disagree. It really wasn’t my intention to come off as hostile, though.

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Using 4chan quote tags and insinuating FFXIV is a worse version of Vanilla WoW will totally make me take you seri-

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Fresh Meat AdeptusEnginus Where did he say it?

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Sorenthaz Wratts That’s because SE MMORPGs have very low production cost. At one hand you have huge productions like SWToR and Rift, at another you have games like XIV and its 20 or so developers.

Two weeks ago I had two friends complain tthat they have the money but no housing ward is avaliable, hoping that more instances are added on the expansion. When I suggested them to play Rift or Wildstar, they say they’d rather play a game with a sub/not p2w (apparently plex is p2w… lol). I don’t even bother anymore trying to bring them over to at least TRY other games, conformism wins.

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Sorenthaz
> calls outdated gameplay
> plays a less responsible Vanilla WoW

That irony.

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AdeptusEnginus Remember when Yoshida said XIV wouldn’t have a cash shop?
I do.

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Xijit ArbiterLibera

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Xijit AdeptusEnginus syberghost 

Well I had this long response typed out, but Livefyre did it’s Livefyre thing and decided I was “posting malformed content”; whatever the fuck that means I still don’t know, so this’ll be a much shorter version.
Nexon moved to Japan for taxation purposes. They still function primarily as a Korean company, and not even half of their games are available in Japan.

Yes, obviously NCsoft is converting to F2P in Japan because of mandate, but…that doesn’t change anything. Do you honestly think they would be converting their services if they were not under-performing? Can you really say a company would just revamp it’s business structure, be it by choice or by pressure from up the chain, without actually needing to? If NCsoft’s games were seeing success in Japan with a subscription/Buy model, they would not be changing them. There would be no need to change them.

For your last point, I addressed this in my first post (albeit poorly, I admit.): “Japan essentially ignored the overwhelming migration into the F2P bubble (in regards to core gaming at least. Mobile is pretty much the same as it is here)”
Note that I am referring to -MMOs-, not gaming in general. I don’t factor Mobile in because Mobile is an entirely different ecosystem than Console and PC, widely consisting of non-gamers. On top of that, like here, Mobile is mostly dominated by “toilet games”; games that are designed to be played on the John, the Metro, or just on a break. Mobile MMOs are even less relevant than they are here.
Yeah sure, if you want to factor them in, F2P is dominant across the whole world in “gaming”, but I don’t factor them in because they just don’t apply…even less so when MMOs are involved.

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Dope_Danny I think adding this game to new systems would be good for those who want to upgrade. Dropping support for PS2 might also be a good call, and yes, if they said I could play because I’m subbed to XIV would be awesome. Having a “SquareEnix” subscription is a win in my book. But that’s just my opinion. Having it drop the sub all together would be interesting, but they could do so much more with his game if they didn’t have the PS2 to worry about. 

And if it was in fact a new Expansion. Wow, that would be great for them. :)

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AdeptusEnginus syberghost

Uhm …. NCsoft is partially owned by Nexon, and Nexon is a Korean company that has fully transitioned all of its operations to Japan.

There are some game development studios, that Nexion owns, that are still in Korea but all of Nexon’s headquarters and stock operations have moved over to Japan and all of Nexon’s games are F2P in Japan.

NCsoft switching to F2P in Japan is due to Nexon ordering them to do so.

Also keep in mind that your thoughts on Japanese gaming is narrow minded; PC games in Japan is a nitch market and thus PC-MMOs in Japan are often viewed as Subscription dominant, however the true king of the Japanese gaming market is Mobile games (bar none, hands down, not even the consoles comes close) and those are beyond all argument “F2P dominated.”