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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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Final Fantasy XIV Free-To-Play Ends This Week

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

By Matthew Bennett | 01/3/2012 11:24 AM PT

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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.

0   POINTS
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About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89