Ultimate Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida has revealed that there aren’t any plans at Sq. Enix to transform the subscription-based MMORPG right into a free-to-play sport. Talking to Eurogamer, Yoshida stated that, whereas the sport’s free trial will likely be expanded over time, the corporate doesn’t wish to make the sport free-to-play in the meanwhile.
“I consider the free trial will proceed to be expanded, however we’ve got no plans of constructing the shopper itself free in the meanwhile,” stated Yoshida in response to a query in regards to the sport’s beneficiant free trial ultimately increasing to embody present content material. “Since an enormous quantity of money and time has been invested within the enlargement packages, the income from gross sales of the enlargement bundle itself continues to be essential with a view to proceed to make expansions on this scale. We want to always intention for the perfect on the enterprise facet as properly to proceed making quite a lot of content material to be loved.”
Yoshida goes on to speak in regards to the final ten years of engaged on Ultimate Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, which was launched all the way in which again in 2013. Since its launch, the sport has seen 4 expansions, with the fifth one—Dawntrail—being slated for a Summer time 2024 launch.
When requested whether or not the studio plans to go away Ultimate Fantasy 14 to start out specializing in a brand new sport, Yoshida responded by saying that there aren’t any present plans to go away the world of Eorzea. This may change some day down the road if the is hit with some form of inspiration.
“We don’t have plans to maneuver on to a brand new sport as that might be one thing much more tough than having the realm be ‘reborn’,” stated Yoshida. “That may change if I’m hit with some form of inspiration although.”
Ultimate Fantasy 14: Dawntrail was introduced again in July with a trailer throughout the the newest iteration of its annual Ultimate Fantasy FanFest. The enlargement appears to be themed after offering the protagonist—the Warrior of Mild—with a trip after the harrowing occasions of the previous few enlargement.
The sport’s free trial has additionally been expanded fairly a bit. When the free trial was first launched in 2020, gamers may play Ultimate Fantasy 14 as much as the tip of the Heavensward enlargement. Again in July, Sq. Enix introduced that the free trial is now being expanded to additionally embrace the Stormblood enlargement, main as much as proper earlier than the critically-acclaimed Shadowbringers enlargement kicks off.