Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn secures 1.5 million subscribers
Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn won’t be just a relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV. It is a direct sequel to the first version set five years after that. The first version of Final Fantasy XIV was launched back in 2011 but was unable to retain subscriber numbers due to poor server stability and was quickly shut down. The relaunch back in August went though some server issues during the first few days, but it is relatively stable now.
The company behind Final Fantasy, Square Enix confirmed that 1.5 million players are now enjoying the recovering world of Eorzea. The combined total is across North America, Europe, Japan and PAL territories on both PC and PlayStation 3.
It is yet to be seen whether the company can retain these subscriber numbers. The game’s producer Naoki Yoshida said,
“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. 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.”
Square Enix has recently announced that the beta program for the Playstation 4 version will commence on February 22 2014.