Article published on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
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Subscription fees for Final Fantasy XIV were dropped when the servers went offline during the Japanese 8.9 earthquake last month and has remained free-to-play ever since. The producer, Naoki Yoshida admitted that the launch of the MMORPG that should have been a big success among fans of the Final Fantasy series was a failure and that the development team had to be restructured.

The Playstation 3 version was delayed as well because players weren’t happy with what was offered in the PC version.

Naoki Yoshida said, "The PS3 version, the PC version, it’s going to be the same game. So, our top priority is making the game that is very Final Fantasy, something that we can be proud of and something that the players will come in and they will love this Eorzea. It’s an Eorzea that we can be proud of and the players will enjoy. Once we can do this, that’s when we’ll release the PlayStation 3 version."

The reason we’re doing this is we’re showing the players, yes, it’s still costing us a lot of money, and we’re not getting that money back yet, but we’re serious about making these changes. This is one of the ways that we can show players that we are serious and we are taking it seriously."

Square Enix reported that subscription fees for Final Fantasy XIV were not returning anytime soon. Could Final Fantasy XIV become free-to-play forever? Sony Online Entertainment introduced their first free-to-play MMORPG to the Playstation 3 last month called "Free Realms". Will Square Enix follow with Final Fantasy XIV?

Naoki explains, "It’s because Square Enix is funding this project 100 percent. That’s why we can do this. Only Square Enix can do something like this."

For the Final Fantasy XIV official website visit: http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/