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Im curious...

#1 Jan 09 2013 at 6:53 PM Rating: Decent
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catwho wrote:
Market price.

People are still playing FFXI at $12.95 a month. If the number of subs ever dropped down to a low enough point, SE might very well consider it. But right now, there are still 16 fairly active servers in XI, each with around 5-6 thousand active accounts (and probably a few thousand less active but paying accounts, from mules.)

They're still making at least million bucks a month just from subs from XI, probably more.

There's also a difference in the Japanese business mentality. They're content to be fairly profitable and successful - they don't have to make the biggest amount of profit in the shortest term possible as many American businesses feel the need to do. As long as they're making that million bucks a month from XI, they can justify keeping the fee for the game. If subs drop off significantly for some reason, then they might consider.

WoW isn't free to play, either.

the reason WoW isnt is because theres well over a million people playing it.. so of course that isnt going free anytime soon.

As for FF going free if numbers dropped low enough.. I doubt it seriously.. Im pretty sure SE would just shut the servers/game down before they make it F2P
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