We have some important news for those of you who have a subscription to Final Fantasy XIV on the PC and have been enjoying playing the game for free over the last few months. Square-Enix has now confirmed that pricing will resume in January, and we have a reminder of how much you’ll have to pay.
Problems within the game have been well documented, and reached their peak when even the CEO of Square-Enix recently stated that the failed launch of Final Fantasy XIV was the sole reason why many fans now feel that Final Fantasy is a ‘damaged brand’.
The company hope to make amends with their upcoming 2.0 update to the game which is set to give the game a complete overhaul, but in the meantime it’s back to business for Square-Enix as they will now ask FFXIV gamers for a fee starting from January. The normal subscription price to play is usually set at ¥980 for 30 days of play and ¥2,640 for 90 days, but until the 2.0 update releases for the game, you’ll be able to play from January onwards for a discounted price, according to Andria Sang.
That discounted price will see the game come in at ¥680 for 30 days and and ¥1,740 for 90 days of play. If you want rough conversion of that into US dollars just to give you an idea, that’s $8.75 for 30 days and $23 for 90 days – not too bad at all. However, after playing the game for free for so long, we have a feeling that many of you will not want to pay for the game until the 2.0 update comes into effect.
For those of you that are wondering what has happened to the PS3 version – forget about it for now, as it is not expected to release until the latter stages of 2012. Square-Enix obviously have a great task on their hands to convince PC gamers that Final Fantasy XIV is still worth their hard earned cash. If you have been playing the game for free, let us know your thoughts on this.