Final Fantasy XIV updates its Reflections in Crystal site as it passes 20 million registered players

    
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Final Fantasy XIV updates its Reflections in Crystal site as it passes 20 million registered players

It was easy to miss amidst all of the other news contained in yesterday’s live letter from producer and director Naoki Yoshida, but Final Fantasy XIV’s staff was happy to announce yesterday that the game had passed a grand total of 20 million registered players worldwide. That’s not quite the same as subscribers, but it’s still a notably large number for the game, and it makes a decent foundation for news ahead of the new assortment of information on the game’s special site for patch 5.3.

The site hosts both the trailer for the patch that debuted yesterday as well as more lore about the Bozjan Southern Front and the struggle of the Resistance against the IVth Imperial Legion, along with a selection of screenshots highlighting what players can expect when the patch (and its later installments) go live. August 11th probably seems pretty far away at this point, but at least you can speculate!

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Steven Williams

It never ceases to amaze me how much this MMO continues to grow. I started in 1.0, and lived through the times when there weren’t that many players at all.

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Apridise

Can we stop promoting “registered” players, I can’t figure out if people are saying, look how crappy our game is or what.

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zaber

I agree, when mmo compines do this is due to they losing people so they need to look big.

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Tom316

Well FFXIV has no issue with losing people. It’s been one of the few MMO’s that its player base has actually stuck with and been fairly consistent with since its 2.0 release.

The only reason they mentioned the 20 mil registered users was because they where doing a live producer letter yesterday and it was mentioned there. It wasn’t a special announcement or anything that I could find just mentioned in the live video.

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Yoshi Senpai

Losing so many people that even on the secondary unofficial RP server there is server queues on a tuesday a year after the last expansion.

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Dankey Kang

I seem to hit queues pretty much any time I play. Must be all those players leaving.

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Bereman

This the metric SE has always used for FFXIV, and is somewhat analogous to “copies sold” though more in the “we’re happy that this many people signed up for and played our game.”

Sorry to poke a hole in your theory, but you’ll need to save your tinfoil hat for another day.

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losludvig

I’m pretty sure “registered users” also contain trial accounts, so it’s still a pretty poor metric.
In general, saying “this many people at some point tried out our game” for a sub only game that’s been running 10 years doesn’t tell you much about weather the game is worth playing right now.
What I don’t get is that people seem to be enjoying the game, and it seems very popular, so why not use real stats to promote it instead of this?

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GreatOogly

They mentioned back when it was either 14 or 16 million that free trials weren’t included and that it was for copies sold. Haven’t seen a reiteration for that with regards to their 16, 18 or 20 millions side-notes during their live letters.

They have mentioned that Shadowbringers pushed them way beyond any numbers they’ve seen before with concurrent subscriptions, and that they’ve mostly maintained such. I wouldn’t know, but the two Data Centers I play on almost always still have queues and Limsa is always packed.

Even the secondary and tertiary RP servers have queues.

Square does seem to double and triple their budget with each expansion. They did the last couple expansions, at least. The president himself said something about wanting to double the team size and push for 30 million, though Yoshi-P said there wasn’t enough room on the floors they use. We only got a “We’ll see” from the president (hinting at new floors?).

Yoshi-P also made the comment that the game will likely be supported longer than he’ll be alive with how successful it has become; he’d get yelled at if he ever thinks of quitting since it makes them boat loads of money. Though he was promoted to the head of the entire Online division in addition to being the Producer Director of the game.

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Vincent Clark

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Bereman

I presume you also want to stop companies from promoting copies sold.

It’s a fairly similar metric, one the company likes to track and feels is important, and one that you can ignore entirely if you so wish.

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zaber

Don’t think anyone came up about companies should stop promoting copies sold you did:)

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Apridise

You mean just like my comment if you don’t like it?