Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Is Retaining Many Subscribers Says Producer

By Ishaan . October 30, 2013 . 3:00pm

In a recent “Letter from the Producer” video Q&A, Final Fantasy XIV director-cum-producer Naoki Yoshida commented upon how the game has been doing post launch, in terms of keeping players engaged.


As reported last week, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has over 1.5 million registered players worldwide, but naturally this doesn’t mean that all 1.5 million players are actively playing the game. Yoshida provides a little more insight.


“As FFXIV: ARR is a subscription based business model, naturally there will be players who will not play anymore once they finish the main scenario,” he concedes. However, he continues, “MMORPGs that launched after 2008 with a subscription based model retained a maximum of 35% of their users during the first month of subscriptions. However, FFXIV: ARR has surpassed this number by a wide margin.”


Yoshida clarifies, “That’s not to say that we’re satisfied with our current figures, and we’d like as many people as possible to subscribe and play the game. My plans with FFXIV 1.0 were the same, but we would like to first deliver exciting and fun content to all the players who are playing the game. With a steady income from monthly fees, we can then continue to provide constant updates, and by doing this, players who once left will likely return.”


The Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn development team is currently hard at work on the upcoming version 2.1 patch for the game, which will make an number of changes to the game’s various jobs. You can read about these here.

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  • Bunzi

    It’s telling that they won’t say exactly how many are still playing. (I am for the record, but they’ve been releasing skewed numbers for the longest that sound impressive but usually aren’t when held up for inspection.)

  • Glad to hear that the game is doing good, and looking forward to the first major update =)

    • AnimusVox

      Yeah me too. This team deserves it. I can’t say that about a lot of dev teams this gen but I can tell they genuinely care about this game and the players.

  • Settsuo

    Still playing and loving it!

    • AnimusVox

      Me too. But damn some of those dungeons kick my ass lol.

  • davidvinc

    I would love it if they would release the main quest as a standalone, offline game on the consoles.

    • unsquidable

      the main quest is a lot of multiplayer dungeons. this would be a horrible idea.

      • MogCakes

        Yep, this is a story meant to be completed with comrades.

  • Vash bane

    just waiting for times cards then i’ll start again :)

  • Lucky Dan

    The WOW players are waiting for the FREE SAMPLE YOSHIDA please release it soon so we can say if we want to move to a newer MMORPG.

    Otherwise we still be playing wow endlessly wittling our lives away .

    • Strid

      Good, stay there. This game can’t afford to get much worse in either community nor content.

      • Lucky Dan

        HAHA don’t worry it will !!! Wait till the pocket monster battles start creeping in with your pets.

        You would be happy but Yoshida won’t missing out on our money and replenish the FFXV funds :)

  • The Watcher

    Great game.

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