And, from all I've read on the questions and answers, this is going to be a big fat NO SALE for me right now.
#1 PC = NO SALE
FFXI has turned into one big cheat, fraud, bot-fest which is no fun to play, and has no real merit to play, now, unless you basically either give in and cheat (hoping that your number doesn't come up at Square-Enix), or resign yourself to be the runt of the litter in the eyes of the player-base.
As I said yesterday when, given the information on the trailer, I thought the game was PS3-only, this game needs (if it is, in any way, going to be robust) to be on a system on which the players cannot get in and start mucking around with seven claim-bots, five versions of Windower, and God knows what other shit the player base has basically done to make FFXI a sluggish grind of a joke where you're the joke if you're not cheating your fucking ass off.
On top of this, the chances that my current system is going to be able to run FFXIV is about the chances of me getting a date with [insert sexy female superstar here]. They're going to pull the same fucking bullshit that Rockstar did with GTAIV, and that's going to mean that I would have to buy a new computer just to suck their dicks.
On both these bases, no chance I buy FFXIV unless I hear of major changes. Change One: Get it off the damn PC so the bot-festers and the video/sound-card manufacturers aren't the only ones to benefit.
2. FFXIV != FFXI Redux?? I'll believe that when I see it.
First question out of the mouth was about the similarities between FFXIV and FFXI.
Basically, Square-Enix decided to state that there was little similarity, except in the races.
3. No plans to stop FFXI in the near future?
Then how about improving the damn game so that it doesn't come off as a two-dollar whore with a venereal disease??!?!?!???
4. Another one year of content planned for FFXI???
Yeah, that'd be the amount of shelf-life it has left, even by their numbers (even if, by mine, the shelf-life had left the game about the point they admitted most of the prominent players were cheating fuck-tards). If Rapture/FFXIV comes out Q4 2009, that'd be about right for one more year of content, and a few more months, and then the shutdown either at the launch of XIV or shortly thereafter when it's clear (not that they don't know already) that there is no sustainable model for two games...
Hell, there isn't a sustainable model for one, at this point.
5. FFXIV = FF + WoW Yep, they're selling out on top of it.
They finally admit that they have no real clue as to the MMORPG market. Sounds to me as if they're going to have to really re-tool their thinking processes -- claiming to "aim for the casual player".
Good in theory, but the casual player already has WoW. And not many of the FFXI people are interested in FFXIV, if recent surveys are an indication. So now they're going to, several years behind the curve, try to foist in on WoW??
And what happens once you get to the top level in a week? That's one of the main draws of WoW: In one intensive gameplay week, you can get to the top level (or at least you _could_ when it was 70).
That's not Final Fantasy to begin with.
6. Feedback from FFXI users?? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha....
Why would you get feedback from people you cannot (and should not) intrinsically trust?
Worldwide launch, four languages, yeah yeah...
And this "marketing research"... I'd love to talk to the researchers and give them some of the experiences I've had here. You won't want to hear those, Square-Enix...
7. "How can we make the best Final Fantasy game available? An MMO!!!"
WHAT -- THE -- FUCK?????????
Did I just hear that right??
This is the quote from the LiveBlog from G4 TV:
"Our plan from the beginning was to make the best Final Fantasy game available. That is our vision for XIV. Then we though, how can we make the best FF game and we came to the conclusion that it would be an MMORPG."
Essentially, Square-Enix believes the way to make the best Final Fantasy game, going forward, is an MMO. After all the bullshit in turning FFXI into a $2 whore with herpes...
Look, I don't play video games to associate with other people. I don't even play fighting games to associate with others. In fact, sometimes, I have to physically block the coin slot to keep others from getting in on my game to "impress me" with how "leet" they are!
If that were my interest, there's Second Life for that.
(ESPECIALLY with the types of people I've encountered in Vana'diel!)
This is the company that makes classics like VII and X and underrated gems like X-2 and XII, and now they're basically claiming the best way forward for the franchise (before they even release XIII!) is a MMO.
Unbelievable. Just -- fucking -- unbelievable.
8. "The Growth and the Development of the Character"
BULL - SHIT.
Epic -- fail.
You don't get it, Square-Enix, and you won't get it.
Most of the people who are paying to leech your system to death are trying to subvert that process in every way conceivable.
To actually promote "the growth and the development of the character", you must first achieve a robust system which the players cannot exploit.
Come back to me when you do that for Final Fantasy ELEVEN, much less Fourteen.
No transfers, etc. That's obvious...
9. Why should I join FFXIV? Oh, the world and story...
Just like the same bullcrap you tried with Vana'diel...
Same ol' shit...
Same ol' shit...
Same ol' shit...
And that was basically it about a 35-minute session which was all about FFXIV.
*cha-ching* The cash register reads "NO SALE".
Good grief, Square-Enix, are you that short on creative ideas, money, and wherewithal to do anything anymore?