I got my beta invite at the same time, I joined on the 27th and got to play the game for one day before it shut down.
I've been invited into the closed beta for this and all of the stuff seems like they've finally listened to us, only issue is the beta hasn't been available since I set it all up. Seems Japan had an issue and they took it offline. (They sent the beta invite out on 6/25 and I joined 6/30...the issue I spoke of happened on the 25th)
If you're even thinking about getting this you should probably create your square enix account now...
If MMOs are dead then what killed them? I want to know this MMO killer.
They killed themselves. I suppose you could say, in a way, mobile games killed the MMO craze, but that's not wholly accurate. The trend has steered clear of monthly sub games that require such a large time investment; you're kidding yourself if you deny MMOs have been bleeding subscriptions for years now.
TOR lost, literally, millions of subscribers within the first 6 months of release. You think they went FTP because they wanted to? No, it was the only way to keep the game, somewhat afloat. Even the almighty WoW doesn't have the numbers that it used to.
I played MMOs for a long time, starting with FF XI, then SWG and then WoW before giving up on the genre. Do a lot of people still play? Of course. Does it come even close to numbers in their heyday? Hell no.
One of the biggest problems with TOR was the end game. Obviously the game started off strong due to the IP but as you got closer to end game AND end game itself, it became lacking and VERY, very buggy. You strip away the 'Star Wars' and you're left with a very generic clone. In fact the game played almost like an inferior version of WoW in every single way. There was nothing setting itself a part aside from the 'Star Wars' skin.
Also, I thought the peak (again, I 'think") subscriber numbers was 1.2 million?
I'm not even a fan of Final Fantasy in general aside from 7 and 8 but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the FFXIV revamp.
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