With a more casual game, meaning a lot more soloing, I'm afraid they may skip over bard! With less emphasis on grouping, the need for a very strong party based role is going to be minimal. I did do some soloing for xp as a bard, but it was extemely slow.
I hope they opt to make us a bit stronger standing alone vs. skipping us altogether. I believe I read something on the wikibase that mentioned singing a song, but that could be a spell or 2. I'd like some elemental based direct damage songs. Giving us an instrument straight would be kind of cool. No daggers or swords, just harps and flutes as main weapons. This seems counter-intuitive to soloing better, but it could be done!
Sorry if this seems pointless, I'm just venting fears I will not get a bard. I hope SE puts in bards. That job single handedly kept me playing for another year after I was bored with WHM and DRG.
Any other BRD love?