Even though recent free-to-play games have gone over considerably well, the upcoming Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn will not have that option. This will not only cover A Realm Reborn but it will apply to all MMO’s from Square Enix.
Naoki Yoshida, A Realm Reborn’s director told The Penny Arcade Report:
With the free-to-play model, you’ll get huge income one month, but the next month it depletes
The sheer uncertainty that free-to-play games have when it comes to revenue seems to be enough to make established companies hesitate to rely on anything other than the regular subscription services.