Tanaka says how surprised he is that Final Fantasy XI has lasted eight years. The original plan for the title was to support it for five years, which was the lifespan of game consoles at the time. He goes on to say that FFXI has had its time and now Final Fantasy XIV will be coming in as the next mainstream MMO for Square Enix.
As always, its mentioned that as long as FFXI has players, the developers will continue to support the game. Square Enix wants to run both MMOs at once. Here Tanaka mentions that they want to try and have some bonus for players who want to play both Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV saying that it will be “probably from a monetary point of view”. Could this be the bundled subscription fee that the community has been asking for since the game was announced at last years E3? Seeing as how the game is coming out in September, chances are good that we’ll be hearing more about this in the near future.
The last bit of news to mention from the interview deals with micro-transactions. Tanaka says that games that have micro-transactions aren’t always good and that they have a short lifespan. “monthly subscription fees should be the mainstream – and this is a mainstream MMO”
I think its safe to say we won’t be seeing any micro-transactions in Final Fantasy XIV for the foreseeable future.
You can check out the full interview here.