Originally Posted by nekroturkey
You have to wonder though, with the amount of money invested into XIV, how long would it take for them to turn a profit? Will they ever make a profit? Or are they just trying to recoup as much of their losses as possible at this point?
Last I heard, XIV dethroned TOR as the most expensive MMO ever made due to this whole reboot thing. TOR at least broke a million subs at one point in its lifetime though, whereas XIV sold less than a million copies altogether (I think the figure is around ~650k) and was F2P for almost half a year because of how bad it was. When they finally started charging a subscription fee for the game, there were less than 50k people playing in total.
I can't imagine this game ever making a significant profit in the near or distant future, even if ARR does succeed.
It'll definitely be an uphill battle, but Final Fantasy XI became the most profitable entry in the series with a peak subscription of 500,000 users. As far as I know they've been at less than half that for years now. Even if A Realm Reborn never manages to top XI, I think they can quite easily turn a profit by shipping a good game and supporting it.
Also, this rebuild seems like an honest effort to restore faith in the brand. I know folks didn't like Final Fantasy XIII all that much, but XIV was far more damaging in my eyes. I felt it was a genuinely poor game, where as Final Fantasy XIII was a decent title in its own right that just didn't meet fans' expectations and/or didn't jibe with their personal taste.