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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 10:44AM Mikkhail said

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FTP will be back soon ... just wait

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 10:47AM Balraw said

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To be expected really but there are few stings in the small print of these transfers

"About Linkshells:
Linkshells will not be carried over to the new World. They will be deleted automatically during the merge"

Eeek this is going to take a bit of organising so that active LS'es stay together and all move to the same world so that they can reform the linkshell.

Pity SE are unable to manage a linkshell transfer in a similar fashion to Rifts guild transfer option when Trion merged servers .... um sorry ..... converted servers to trial servers. That way at least an LS need not have the extra worry someone may steal the LS name on top of hoping that the world they choose doesn't get locked before all members have transferred to it.

Will be interesting to see how this pans out once the dust settles on the transfers.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 10:59AM Seffrid said

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Almost halving the servers within a month of the effective launch (it really having been no more than an extended beta up till then) must be something of a record.

Shame, and I hope they can make a go of it for the sake of the loyal FF players, but their hope of persuading non-veteran FF players to try the game was always difficult because of the peculiar language (things like linkshells, for example) and the game needed a smooth launch to stand any real chance in a hugely competitive marketplace.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 12:08PM Seffrid said

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@(Unverified)

Before tossing out puerile insults you might want to note my use of the word "effective".

The game was indeed released over a year ago and was universally panned as being unfit for purpose. As a result subscriptions were waived and it has been in what was effectively an extended beta until a month ago. I made it quite clear that was why it was only effectively launched at that time. The initial release over a year ago was far from being an effective launch - as further indicated by your own statement that it is being relaunched next year.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 11:15AM fatedruby said

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Well, it *IS* a good thing for those who are playing and that's been expected (and needed) for months already.

Of course, everyone on the internet will blame sub fees when it's not really the case (server populations have been low for a long time already, as I've said) and proclaim the death of the game as they have been since a year ago and yet the game is still there.

Heck, SE themselfs care not about how many people are playing before 2.0, and Yoshi-P already stated they will be increasing the number of servers again when it hits.

So, in the end, this is a good thing for those who are playing and just more bad press / doomsday signals for those who are not.

That said, SE is handling the merger in a incredibly retarded way, as expected of the company.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 11:23AM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) People get to actually group while they rebuild the game. Once the game relaunches they will relaunch new servers. This is obvious. L2Troll noob.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 11:38AM Snowblind said

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I'm willing to bet a lot of people didn't bother trying the game while it was free, because we've always known subscriptions were coming. If they actively rebranded this a F2P game, interest would be a lot higher.

As it is, interest in the game has been minimal and I don't see it getting any better.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 12:05PM fatedruby said

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@Snowblind

"I'm willing to bet a lot of people didn't bother trying the game while it was free, because we've always known subscriptions were coming."

This is completely true and surely one of the reasons for the low interest over this period, but it's not the only one.

After the failed launch and the initial "we screwed up and will now try to fix the game" messages, they completely put marketing to a halt and are making no effort to bring new people to check the game. If it weren't for MMO news sites such as this one, most people wouldn't even know the game is still up.

Heck, they aren't even doing some simple stuff that could help bring interest (putting a FFXIV song in the new 3DS rhythm game could surely make a few people check out the game forums to see what's going on, for example) .

It's a bit hard to make people want to check out the game when the only news that are easily found are stuff like "We're now charging fees" or "We're merging servers". Heck one of the most common questions of newcomers are about the fatigue system, which has been removed months ago.

I really hope SE realizes they *need* to work on the game reputation way before 2.0 hits and not just one month before, because changing the gamers' conceptions about the game is what will ultimately save or doom it..

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 12:28PM Greymantle said

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This game was really bad at launch. I'm really surprised that it has stayed afloat this long. More power to them to try and make a game of it. If only Sony had done this with SWG (support the exisisting game pre cu) instead of revamping the whole game to kill off it's existing player base.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 12:52PM Maseno said

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They really need to transition to the free to play market. With all of the AAA games going F2P and making an absolute killing because of it (most recently L2's 800% pop increase and 400% revenue increase).

I mean seriously. So many people have a bad taste in their mouths with this game that hardly anyone will touch it now. It is doomed to follow the same path that Vanguard went down. After its horrible launch it could never get back on its feet again.


Please SE, do yourselves and your customer base a favor. Figure out how to transition back to free to play and save what is left of your game.

Posted: Feb 9th 2012 2:06PM Monkey D Luffy said

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@Maseno. You have no idea what you are talking about. Don't spread your ignorant opinions when you know nothing on the subject.

Opinions of peasants...
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 2:45PM Maseno said

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@Monkey D Luffy

Are you pine fresh or new car? Just wondering which type of douche you think of yourself as.


And what subject do you speak? The subject of AAA games that go f2p have 3-400% increase in revenue or the one that gives those games a huge increase in population? Oh, maybe you are talking about the fact that this game is still a pile of trash and does not warrant a subscription to a majority of the gaming community? Or wait, maybe it is the fact that SE is almost cutting their server numbers in half since they stopped their "free year trial"???

Please do enlighten me as to which subject that my "ignorant opinions" are referring to, and how I "know nothing of the subject".
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Posted: Feb 9th 2012 5:24PM odericko said

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Good news to people still playing (which includes me).

Bad news press wise.

I'm enjoying my time in XIV, and will stick with it till it's shutdown. Why? No other game has it's main draws. All classes on one character, storylines, nice graphics, nice music, crafting that actually matters, a more in depth gathering system, etc.

The game does have it's flaws, but tbh the population isn't nearly as bad as people on this site make it out to be. Once the servers merge, the game will have 10 servers with ~800-1200 people on around all times (besides the German/French preferred server).

Posted: Feb 10th 2012 5:05AM kimowar said

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@Snowblind
why do you feel entitled? you are interested in the game or you would not have posted, well hate to break it to ya, se will let the game die before it ever goes to f2p, you had a chance to play a true free game for a year, the game has made great strives, and will focus on a good game not geared to some item shop, sorry your mom wont let you sub

Posted: Feb 11th 2012 1:47AM Terl said

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Well being that I bought the Collectors Edition of this piece of no good dirt game, I won't be shedding any tears over it's demise.
Don't like the idea of buying each and every new toone you want.
Don't like the surcharge to the EU to play.
Didn't like anything about the game play.
So I will never return and once the end comes then will be happy to uninstall off my drive. Only leaving it on for now because there is a friend that plays when he comes over.

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