Square Enix President Yoichi Wada Speaks on FFXIV

A new interview has surfaced with Square Enix President Yoichi Wada, in which he boasts that Final Fantasy XIV will emerge as a serious rival to World of Warcraft.  That's wonderful, but what many fans might be concerned about (considering reactions to the previous Crysta story) is that Wada idicates they are establishing a model for micro-transactions and official channels to sell items.

"The basic model hasn't changed,” he said. “It's a monthly flat rate service with additional charges for items that users want to buy.

For FFXI we didn't initially set up the item transaction model that well – although the demand for it was high. We thought that it would be a benefit for users, but that we wouldn't be able to charge.

We soon learnt that there are a lot of people who want that kind of model, so we would like to introduce more pay-as-you-use items into the game. But there were too few items in FFXI – however we don't want to take it to the other extreme entirely for FFXIV."

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# Dec 24 2009 at 2:54 PM Rating: Decent
For the love of Altana i hope this doesnt mean they will be selling in game items for real money. This would only prove that SE likes to be the only RMT on the block. If they start doing that then the game will go to hell. Only the people who can afford the items will be playing as the rest who cant afford it will just give up. Lets face it while extra items like nexus capes, and mog satchels arent the end all to playing the game players of the FF series are perfectionists, and those who can afford those items will only mock those who cant. Yes im sure the demand for this model of purchaseing was high, but think about it the only people who would demand it are the ones who can afford. While those of us who are fine working for our items where quite content.

Edited, Dec 24th 2009 6:38pm by kindredwolves
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