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Final Fantasy XIV Free-To-Play Ends This Week

Posted on January 3, 2012 AT 08:24am

THE BUZZ: Final Fantasy XIV Online will be returning to a subscription based model this week, after a year of being free-to-play.

On January 6, a subscription will be required to play the MMO and all non-subscribing accounts will be suspended. The game has been free-to-play since an unsuccessful launch in 2010. Users will be charged a discounted $9.99 a month for a subscription until the upcoming 2.0 patch, which is scheduled to be released this year, after which the price will increase to $12.99.

EGM’s TAKE: It’s a weird move on Square-Enix’s part to charge for a game that they know isn’t a completed product. This won’t going to go down well with fans.

Is it right to charge before version 2.0? Leave your comments below.

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