This announcement comes in time for anyone still playing XI to migrate to XIV, in time to be ready for Heavensward at the end of June.
Please look forward to it.
Stop doing that if you hate the game so much and go play WoW or XIV or something, dont go to bed at night praying that the announcement is SE killing XI so you can move on with your life...and then sit there and say I'm the fucking troll.
They're going to show off and discuss /lockstyle.
"Not only will we plan to add job emotes for Geo and Run but also the two missing macro books for those jobs. Please look forward to it"
personally hope the game dies, the state that it's in is completely disrespectful to those of us who poured so much time into it, it's amazingly bug-ridden and content-less.
For anyone wondering, I did go on the FFXI JP site and confirmed that the time/date for the announcement are correct. The game has been running for over a decade and I still can't trust them to change timezones correctly.
After re-reading this, I do definitely get an ominous vibe from this announcement. It's very sudden, with no forewarning even in the JP weekly summary from 4 days ago. There are also none of the normal "please look forward to it" kind of jplish phrases (or comparable phrases in the JP announcement). Y'all can stay as positive as you want, but I doubt they're going to be announcing "FFXI Remastered: A new expansion edition (with updated graphics and less PS2)." I bet they're going to server merge and stop producing new content.
How is NynJa a troll? He was on the Delve II thread posting legit information and took me seriously when I opened an account and posted.
Trolls don't normally make productive acknowledgements.
Edit: Just read that it said 12:00 a.m. I can't timezone.
Can we just ban D44kpunk and NynJa from the thread and be done with it?
Opportunity cost. Something can be turning a profit and still be a bad idea depending on the capital (material or human) it requires. Perhaps theyfigure they could do better than 1mil/mo with the FFXI Dev team making another mobile ap or single player RPG.
I'd love to see a merge just for the whining that would ensue. I'm sure the loudest one asking for it would be the first to complain that suddenly their CP camps or dynamis farming is too crowded now.
Ironically SE could alleviate those crowding issues by adjusting mobs, instead of filling the Gates areas with shitty mobs like Umbrils and Dullahans and Craklaws and Efts, they could instead put more Raptors or Bats or shit like that
Shit, its like SE paid you to play it instead of the other way around. Well.. if the RMT stuff is true, they did kinda pay you.
On topic: If they're holding nearly a million subs, I can't see the gravy train pulling into its last station just yet. Easy money is easy money. Announcing that they're no longer adding new content or patches is one thing, but I don't see them turning off the servers for as long as people are pissing away money for a game this old each month.
Y'all are also doing the math like going into no-more-updates mode would instantly lose 100% of the subscribers. We've essentially been playing the same game for the last year and haven't lost everyone. Think how many Draylos there probably are on each server, or people that don't mind paying $13.95/mo for a chat service with their old friends. Keep in mind that the JP community isn't hurting as badly as the NA community.
The most recent number they've given (which was a ballpark) was 100k subs for FFXI. That's >6k subs per server, which is almost certainly just not true. I'd give them 4k subs per server at ~$15 each average (~1mil/mo revenue). If they announce no more updates, I'd bet that maybe 20% of the people would instantly unsub, which would lose them ~200k/mo. Why only 20%? Because at 4k subs per server, the vast majority of people aren't playing daily anyway. Without some strong prompt (like having their credit card rejected), they'd probably not deactivate. Eventually this would tail off and probably asymptote out at 20% subs remaining (800k/mo loss). Assume it takes 2 years to reach the new steady state and the decline between the points is linear, this would be a 12 million dollar loss. Could they make >$12mil using the FFXI dev team in some other way between now and then? Maybe?
We also know there are substantial infrastructure updates / changes needed for FFXI if they want to keep producing content in the future. The instancing system is barely holding itself together. The number of BCNMs is insufficient for the JP population even with our empty servers. Enmity is broken. Damage dealt is broken. Damage taken is broken. Job balance is broken. MP management is broken. Stun is broken. People hate iLevel. Their server software is held together with bubblegum, and the guy that chewed the gum left the company 5 years ago. FFXI's graphics have aged well due to the style they picked, but they don't compare to any current game. If they actually want to stop FFXI's decay, they would have to fix at least some of these problems. Fixing them would take a lot of time (probably more time than releasing new events containing the problems) and is unlikely to be profitable.
...FFXI mobile! >.>