I honestly don't care what the payment model is as long as the game is smooth & fun. This notion that games are only HQ if they are p2p is skewed.
Like it or hate it, the game scored well and is firmly crafted.
Game still bad, but because it does something different, it got 3 million users.
FFXIV ARR can be p2p and be profitable. But regardless of the payment model. They ship a good game or same result.
WoW will never be dethroned until age kills it. Streamlined games with little risk and huge fanbases sell platinum millions. Hardcore niche games get small but loyal followings. Just give me a polished good game. Not as time demanding as FFXI or as casual as WoW. Slap some FF into it and take a few calculated risks and I'm good.