Following a long legacy of troubles culminating in a rocky relaunch
this past August, Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV
seems to have earned back its goodwill among MMO players, topping off at an appreciable 1.5 million registered players.
The figure comes at the heels of post-launch server maintenance and a volley of free trial extensions
, meaning it is still possible we'll see a precipitous drop off in active users in the near future, if interest starts to wane. BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic
similarly enjoyed a strong outing in its first two months, cresting at 1.7 million subscribers before seeing a drastic drop off in active users and prompting a switch to a free-to-play model.
Nevertheless, with subscription-based MMOs becoming uncommon and even the genre's most successful title, World of Warcraft
, down to around 7.7 million subscribers
as of last quarter, a 1.5 million showing is a promising new beginning for the embattled Final Fantasy XIV