With all the AAA MMOs going from P2P to F2P (star wars, terra, secret world, etc etc) these days.. why hasnt it finally happened to FFXI or more importantly.. what makes everyone so sure it will NEVER happen to FFXIV some day?
Simple: There's no reason for XI to go F2P at all. It's profitable, it was already a huge success and lasted for almost 11 years so far. Going F2P means it was a failure and not profitable to stay as P2P..noticed the games you mentioned basically failed.
Farmville had 80 million users at its peak.
The ~ville games you can't do sh*t with unless you're dumping in tons of money. Why not just..Pay a monthly fee and get everything? This is why there's a stigma against F2P because it's the last option to get people to pay for your game. However let's be honest, if a game was good it can easily stay P2P forever. Trend or no trend. Popular trend is limiting people playing your game, i.e the ~ville games or any Zynga game, yet has tons of population and people dumping in money because of restriction.
You're open to XIV restricting your gameplay unless you dump in tons of money to get around it? I bet you'll say no.
Edited, Jan 10th 2013 10:56am by Theonehio