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#1 Jan 17 2013 at 7:02 PM Rating: Default
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And that leaves the young'n's, who've had nine years of WoW being the standard from which all MMOs are built. You may as well hand a kid a cassette-tape Walkman for their music needs as to convince them to play an MMO like FFXI.

So, I'm convinced that FFXIV has to do its own thing. A new experience that "feels like Final Fantasy" and is as friendly to use as WoW would cast a wide net and bring in players from all backgrounds. It's the only chance this game has for a future.

SE is just going to fail if it gets greedy and tries to entice everyone instead of reinforcing its niche it built with XI though. SE has no chance competing in the generic MMO market (it barely even advertises its products in the west). Besides, again, no one's heard of WoW here (Japan), I grant that the game shouldn't be unnecessarily time consuming, but other than that I see no need to use WoW as a base. They have their own (very successful) game to base themselves from. And indeed they should, to stay loyal to their existing consumer base.

All these new MMOs are flopping one after another because they focus too much on emulating their competitors instead of developing their own strengths.

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Former FFXI players is a potential source of players, but many of them left because FFXI was too demanding. So if you copy heavily from FFXI and make it too demanding, former FFXI players will soon quit FFXIV for the same reasons they left FFXI in the first place.


This conclusion would make sense if its population quickly dropped from point of release, but its population was at half a million during the middle of its life and was fairly stable. The most obvious reason for the population dropping is natural attrition due to the fact that many people get bored of the same game after a few years, and the fact that it's hard to get back into a mature game once you've quit for a while.

Edited, Jan 17th 2013 8:17pm by Dizmo

Edited, Jan 18th 2013 2:11am by Dizmo
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