Final Fantasy XIV makes both Sleipnir and financial earnings fly

    
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They'll let anyone be a primal these days.
Players have long awaited the chance to make Sleipnir, the mount of the Dark Divinity Odin, soar through the skies in Final Fantasy XIV. Sure, the horse in question is just a regular horse, but he also happens to be a horse for a primal. So it’s good news for owners of the mount that he will take to the skies with the release of patch 4.1, while the Witch’s Broom will once again be able to cast spells on the ground as it could during its first holiday appearance. Who doesn’t like more ways to play with mounts?

But FFXIV isn’t just making horses fly; it’s also making numbers fly. The latest Square-Enix financial report notes that sales of Stormblood have massively increased income and profits, with the game reaching an all-time subscriber high following release (exact numbers are not disclosed). So everything gets to fly on upward, and you can rest assured that big expansion releases do, in fact, result in more sales.

Source: Official site, investor report; thanks to Sally for the tip!
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Chris Neal

I’ve been waiting for my overweight horsie to take to the skies. If Fat ‘Bo can do it, dammit, Sleipnir should too!

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Phubarrh

No excitement here until they can get the Goobbue mount flying.

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Got a bit confused by the investor report, but right, that was in early august. Was wondering where the last quarter had gone for a moment.
Interesting to see that it did not reach the numbers of Heavensward, but I have no idea how DQX factor in both release periods…

Also, either Square Enix is pulling a Microsoft for subs (who knows, maybe it’s the most subs ever from june 19 2017 to june 21 2017), or the various census are utterly and completely wrong, by a pretty massive margin.

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Sally Bowls

A problem of censūs/censi/censuses for us that this a mainly/significantly an Asian game and a console game. So adding or losing a million Japanese PSx players would not get noticed hereabouts.

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A Dad Supreme

“The latest Square-Enix financial report notes that sales of Stormblood have massively increased income and profits, with the game reaching an all-time subscriber high following release (exact numbers are not disclosed).”
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Just goes to show that P2P MMOs are dead and not worth making… except for the well-made ones who don’t seem to have any problem.

Any P2P MMO that isn’t pulling it’s own weight and had to ‘convert’ to F2P or B2P needs to take notice; it’s not that there isn’t a demand for customers willing to pay a sub…

…it’s YOU, either your inept level of game and company management or your employees average lack of skill.

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Nah, it’s just that you need a name. Players will jump onto brand appeal, nothing else. Their shitty mobile games are actually making far more dough than that, no need to be good if you have Cloud and Lightning.

Hell, each release comes with less content than the last, but nobody gives a shit. Even on massivelyop you have the bandwagon trying to convince people that there’s totally a lot of content in Stormblood.
WoW didn’t falter when it was shitting the bed, and isn’t coming back up now that Legion is actually fixing things.
Gotta get the fans in the hype, that’s all.

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Jeremy Barnes

One of the “I know better than all of the people enjoying that thing and if only they’d listen to me then they’d be miserable too” folks…

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A Dad Supreme

“Nah, it’s just that you need a name. Players will jump onto brand appeal, nothing else.”
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That’s fine for F2P and B2P games, but that doesn’t work with sub/P2P games. The reason?

If it’s shitty as you say, people won’t stick around past a month or two before they move onto something else. Since it didn’t cost them anything or very little and they didn’t get invested, there isn’t any reason to justify logging in every day.

A P2P MMO has to keep players engaged in one form or another each month, not just from cycle to cycle or the game doesn’t get that steady $15.

Hype gets people in the door, but it doesn’t keep them in the building.

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Vincent Clark

If that was the case, the original FFXIV (before Realm Reborn) would still be going. But it’s not. I have no problem admitting I’m still in my honeymoon phase with SE and FFXIV, but the only people who are saying the sub isn’t worth the money and that they are producing less content simply aren’t playing the game.