Playing FFXI was quite the memorable experience for me, but due to the following reasons, I left the game permanently. As a loyal fan of the Final Fantasy series, I'll be returning to FFXIV Online, hoping that some of the reasons I, and some other players, have been addressed and remedied. One reason why I haven't returned to FFXI is that I'd have to start over from scratch, as my character is unretrievable. After having invested 3.5 years of hard labor into my character, there isn't much incentive for me to return, sadly:( Hopefully, Square Enix will address that issue, as well.
1) Having to wait days/weeks/months/years to obtain one item is tedious. Some of the hardcore players might have issue with this, but I know many others would agree with me. Droprates for artifact gear could be improved upon.
2) HNMs should have a chance to appear, allowing for all campers to lay claim to it i.e. Niddhog and King Bohemoth. This could be fixed by allowing a 60 second spawning period for NMs and HNMs where players cannot claim it. The NM/HNM in question would not aggro in this 60 second window, as well.
3) SE nerfed my crafting power. I spent years building up my skills, only to have them rendered somewhat useless. This is true at the point that I quit playing the game. I do not, however, know if this problem has been fixed since, with new recipes and such.
4) Slow game progression. I would like a faster paced method of leveling up. I spent hours waiting for a party invite as a BLM once TP parties became the fad. Please don't nerf jobs in the upcoming FFXIV. All it does is leave people disgruntled. It's poor customer service, and one of the main reasons why I quit.
So, why did you leave, or have considered leaving FFXI?
Was it Real Life related? How could FFXIV be different to better suit your lifestyle? Or did it have something to do in game?
Please keep the responses nice and respectful, and hopefully we'll meet in FFXIV. Woot!