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Final Fantasy XIV has how many users?

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Final Fantasy XIV had a rocky start, but since relaunching as A Realm Reborn, it has garnered an ever growing subscription base and a ton of positive reviews. Most recently, Square Enix released an expansion for the MMO and you can read my mostly glowing praise for it over here. So, how many people are actually playing?

Square Enix has announced that the Final Fantasy MMO now exceeds 5 million registered accounts globally, which excludes those playing the free trial. I certainly found each world to be really full when I played; in fact, I often got notifications that I couldn’t play because the world was full to capacity when I would log in (only to click again and be allowed access). That is definitely quite an impressive number, especially since that’s one million more accounts than were reported back in February. Considering WoW’s declining subscriber case is now sitting at 5.6 million subscribers, those numbers are rapidly converging – could we see Final Fantasy XIV actually overtake the MMO powerhouse?

Of course, there is an important distinction to make. WoW subscriber numbers are the people who are still throwing money at Blizzard every month for the privilege of playing the game. While FFXIV also requires a subscription, I don’t believe that’s the number they’re talking about with the 5 million count; I believe “registered account” includes people like me who have played and have had active subscriptions but might not still be paying to play the game.

Final Fantasy XIV also has it right by working on a variety of platforms. There aren’t many MMOs that can be played on console; just as Neverwinter on Xbox One was a smart move, FFXIV on PS4 and PS3 (plus allowing cross play with PC) is a stroke of genius. Now we just wait and see if the numbers continue to trend in these directions.

Last Updated: August 24, 2015

40 Comments

  1. VampyreSquirrel

    August 24, 2015 at 13:45

    I think I’ve played too many MMO’s over recent years, so none of them will see me any time soon.

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 24, 2015 at 13:47

    Subscription MMO’s are like gym memberships – either you use them a lot or you’re wasting your money.

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      August 24, 2015 at 13:49

      Nah, either way you’re wasting your money ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Hammersteyn

        August 24, 2015 at 13:54

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          August 24, 2015 at 13:57

          Can’t – #foreverSP ๐Ÿ˜€

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          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 13:59

            Pick up Rince. He’s about an inch taller than that FF cosplay chick. Can’t be that heavy.

          • RinceThis

            August 24, 2015 at 14:00

            Your face is heavy!

          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 14:01

            It’s the beard

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 24, 2015 at 14:04

            I’d need a barge pole first. :/

          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 14:04

            XD

          • RinceThis

            August 24, 2015 at 14:05

            Your face is a barge pole!

          • Dutch Matrix

            August 24, 2015 at 14:06

            Your face just barged into a pole!

        • VampyreSquirrel

          August 24, 2015 at 13:58

          Thanks for finding the SFW version.

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          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 14:00

            Later on they put a cup on his chest.
            *RUNS!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 24, 2015 at 14:02

            bwhahahahahahahahha

    • Ottokie

      August 24, 2015 at 13:54

      Yup, subscription based games make you feel obligated to play. And that’s the part I hate.

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      • Hammersteyn

        August 24, 2015 at 13:56

        I’ve said it many times. At least 4 times. Sell gaming hours not months. If you play you pay.

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        • Ottokie

          August 24, 2015 at 13:57

          That is the better option for the players but not for the company.

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          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 13:58

            Yeah, fuck the customers. How dare they seek value for money.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          August 24, 2015 at 13:58

          That’s the only way sub based MMO’s will get me to play.

          Blizz got too much of my money already.

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    • RinceThis

      August 24, 2015 at 13:57

      Do you even lift bro?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 24, 2015 at 13:59

        Depends who’s watching. O_o

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        • RinceThis

          August 24, 2015 at 14:00

          Umm…

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          • Dutch Matrix

            August 24, 2015 at 14:00

            I am always watching… ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 14:02

            Sewende Laan?

          • Dutch Matrix

            August 24, 2015 at 14:03

            No SABC Or DSTV for me my friend…

          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 14:04

            Good choice.

          • Dutch Matrix

            August 24, 2015 at 14:04

            Thought it was multi choice

          • Hammersteyn

            August 24, 2015 at 14:06

            More like, I’ll make my own choice.

  3. Dutch Matrix

    August 24, 2015 at 13:55

    Ek wil net met my Final Fantasy speel!

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    • Hammersteyn

      August 24, 2015 at 13:56

      Starting to see a pattern here.

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  4. DiegoZicoB

    August 24, 2015 at 13:57

    I really want to try this because it’s Final Fantasy and I’ve only heard good things about the relaunched version. But the time that needs to be invested into a MMO is daunting to me. That, and paying a monthly amount to play when the game and expansion is already well over R1000.

    *waits for someone to tell me how amazing the game is and convinces me to take the leap*

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    • Hammersteyn

      August 24, 2015 at 14:02

      Don’t play it alone like I did. If you have friends that will invest along with you I’d say take the leap. Granted you’re into this kind of game.

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      • DiegoZicoB

        August 24, 2015 at 14:09

        Yea I’m pretty much the only hardcore gamer I know that would be able to play this game. But you can just join up with other players from around the world?

        I’ve never played an MMO but if I was to ever get into one this would be it.

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  5. dirtymoney

    August 24, 2015 at 20:58

    This is REGISTERED accounts, not subs. Of course a site called the Lazy Gamer can’t fucking be bothered to read the sources they publish their “news” from.

    Reply

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