One of the biggest detractors of MMORPGs is that many of the biggest ones have a subscription fee. Now, there’s a good reason that the subscription fee is in place. Most times you’re going to be playing for a long time, and thus you’ll see many updates and changes and expansions that make the price per month worth it. And, unlike many games, MMORPGs are ones you play for a long time, sometimes every day. But, when that subscription price goes up unexpectedly, you’re not going to be happy, and that’s exactly what Final Fantasy XIV did for some.
You see, in Brazil and Russia, the Steam subscription price for Final Fantasy XIV went up after the recent 4.06 update. The problem was that Square Enix didn’t tell the users that, so they found out when their bill for the month was higher than it was before, which made them very angry.
So, Square Enix took to their website for Final Fantasy XIV and explained why this was done. Mainly, it was to be fair to players all over the world:
“Before this change, the price for Brazilian and Russian Steam platform users was lower than what other users, even those in Brazil and Russia, were paying when not using the Steam platform. After the change, everyone was paying roughly the same price. “
While this will still be considered unfair by fair, you do have to see that they’re kind of right on this price increase. Yes, it was only two countries and only those within those countries that use Steam to play the game, but it matters in the large scale.
However, Square Enix is wanting to make amends. Therefore, the prices will revert on August 16th (when maintenance is planned) and will be that way for 60 days. After that? The prices will revert once more to where they are now.