they make far too much money to make this free to play especially considering the failure that is ffxiv
Yeah, I think I've spent like 40 bucks on EQ2 in my first month playing (3 month "gold" subscription, prestige house, unicorn mount, clothes for looks)... so I don't see how bringing in F2P would make XI less profitable - unless, like almost everything else, SE flailed about and made it totally fail.
There are a lot of examples of F2P working and bringing in the bacon. That said, SE would probably need to spend some money and time working in features which could feed micro transactions (mounts, housing, non-combat pets, and looks-only clothes are great for this purpose, since they offer only minor advantages if any at all)
I thought I was totally against F2P being in a game I played at all, but I guess that was from bad experience with a game that allowed power to be bought - as long as micro-transactions are geared towards trinkets and cosmetic items, and there are advantages to subbing versus non subbing (if they want to keep subs at all) - I wouldn't be against XI going F2P, nor would I think it was that bad of an idea.