I would guess (and I'm just guessing) that the legacy players on these games would be more apt to just quit MMORPGs when their game shuts down than to switch to a newer generation product. Especially when you figure that, after 10+ years, you're looking at a minimum age of 30 for many of these people. Probably a more stable revenue stream leaving the games running in low gear.
This. Especially if folks been playing an mmo for 5 to 10 years, that represents a lot of investment in a character/account - especially with a game like XI which allows all jobs to be played on one character. I know for myself my playtime is so casual that even starting over from the 2 years progress I have on this character would be pretty daunting. I have less time to play MMOs every year, not more time... and they are a genre that really favours long term investment.
To be honest in terms of the fractured playerbase I do think it would have been more sensible for SE to give more love to XI (and market it better, crikes WoW is CONSTANTLY marketing at me) than to release their utter failure of a game XIV (and now redeveloping it... rereleasing it). I don't see blizzard ******** themselves over that way, but meh. Edited, Mar 25th 2013 5:01pm by Olorinus
When it comes to sitting around not doing anything for long periods of time, only being active for short windows, and marginal changes and sidegrades I'd say FFXI players were the perfect choice for politicians.