Some interesting developments have come up with the relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV and its original version. It seems that Square Enix will continue to support the older release if it maintains its player base.
As Siliconera reports, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn will go into alpha testing later this month, but as long as enough players stay with the original (previous) title, the servers will stay online. This information came up as Square Enix producer Naoki Yoshida updated FFXIV players on the status of the MMORPG’s overdue resurgence from behind the scenes:
Now, to answer the question that’s on everyone’s lips: when the heck is the alpha test going to start!? Well, it looks like things can finally get moving around the end of October.
There will not only be stress tests for the new servers’ coding and hardware configurations, but also tests for what will be the backbone of the game’s new system, which is why we’re being very cautious with development. Bear with us for just a while longer.
Yoshida also provided the results of a recent poll asking whether players would still play the original FFXIV after November 11, 2012, “even if none of the character data accumulated beyond that date” could be used in A Realm Reborn. According to the results, about 35.4 percent of players worldwide would stick with the original.
Here’s what the results looked like, region by region:
Amazingly, more than 50 percent of Japanese players will elect to stay with the vanilla version of FFXIV as long as the servers stay active. Yoshida says that Square Enix will monitor logins in order to determine the game’s longevity.
Considering that the original Final Fantasy XIV has such a poor reputation, it would make sense for Square Enix to abandon it. However, it’s still one of the more profitable releases in the franchise, so the question is whether the long-term investment will be worth it in the long run for the company.