Wrong, this is the 14th edition of a long running series. And if it's so new and has nothing to do with FFXi - why then are they bringing over the FFXI accounts and freinds lists there-of?
FF isn't a series, at least in the classical sense of the world. A series denotes a connection, and the only one FF games have is that they are made by the same company, have a FEW reoccurring elements (which vary wildly) and are generally released in order by number.
Final Fantasy is more of a label for a game, to denote that.
And they are bringing over the accounts because they can. That is good business--to make it easier for people to connect. If they could transfer friends lists from WoW, EQII, War, and others they would. SE hopes that XI players will move onto FFXIV, and with good reason--it'll make them more money. Making it easy for them to do so is normal. They aren't getting anything a normal player can't have (friends lists and accounts), they just aren't forcing players with existing ones to remake them (which is actually a money sink for SE, even if a small one).
They've already sanctioned elitism in the past. All FFXI was (I say was because they've incorporated a lot of changes to counter that in some respects, its a little more solo friendly now-a-days. Not much, but a little) was a server full of players trying to get that certain piece of something. God help you if you were a BLM with-out a Moldivate or a DRK with our a Hauby (Think it was Hauby, I play mage mostly and didn't especially need the heavy armour stuff). I think you see my point here. Again you like others are seeing this suggestion as some kind of 'drug' everyone wants because it some how makes you better for having it. Well it wont and so it will not have this devastating effect that you're predicting.
Nothing you've said here is them "sanctioning" elitism. Actually, it says the opposite. SE saw NM farming and elitism, and offered EX versions of popular items and increased solo ability. The game itself was designed with T-VT targets in mind, with small groups. Targets that people could take with average gear. It is the players that developed the elitism and drive to go after IT mobs.
Most of SE's actions over the years have been to try and stop elitism, from nerfing the severly OP jobs to trying and make solo content viable.
Now add in the latest changes, like level syncing.
Your argument doesn't hold up. Just because elitism appeared in one of SE's games, doesn't mean they sanctioned it. When on highways, I see people going 20 mph over the speed limit, that doesn't mean the government is okay with that. Rather, the evidence points to the opposite.
Not sure what you mean by that, isn't every company offering membership in some sense of the word? Any time you pay regularly for a service, that means your subscribing to that service and are thus a member? Gas, Electric, Phone, Mobile/Cell, Broadband, Credit Card, Banks, Travel costs. The fact is if you keep going back to the same companies for the same service you are going to be treated better because it makes good sense to look after those kinds of people. But again, this isn't SE giving previous subscribers of FFXI anything of value. It's a MOMENTO. To be used as nothing more than a keep-sake. If it was a weapon, or a piece of armour with stats that no one else will ever be able to get, then I could see your point. But it's not meant to be that. So again, your terrible predictions of all life on FFXIV ending is pretty...far-fetched.
I have NEVER seen a gas or electric company treat someone better because they've been with them for a long time. My parents just switched their phone/internet provider because they found a blatantly better deal (without looking for it) and they had the old company for over a decade.
And it is funny how I never predicted all life on FFXIV ending. I suggested that this was a DROP IN THE BUCKET. I didn't claim it was an ocean over NYC.
...The bonus we've been talking about in this whole thread... The momento item. The happiness given from a momento item. If it isn't going to give the XI players joy, than it is pointless to even discuss it from the start.
I like this idea. While I never intended this item to be in anyway responsible for some kind of divide, I never once said it would be a bad idea to let others get it! maybe I should have made myself clearer but I don't know how since I've been pounding my head against the key-board trying to work out why soemthing like this would cause an all out War between the two factions!
I do think the Mannequin is a little...urm BIG but your getting me now. Something connected to FFXI BUT available to others in its FFXIV form. Yes, thank you!
If SE can give those nods to its past without alienating the others, all will be good. But, if they can't, it is probably better to let the past go (but, learn from it of course).
I mean, take a company like Blizzard. Before starting WoW, I had played Diablo I and II, Starcraft, and 3 different WC games (and expacs). I didn't get anything more because of that. Rather, seeing the nods the game had to the other games was my "momento." Like the Wirt's leg item, or Kerrigan's picture.
I think the races of XIV count in this sense. When you can have a character that looks nearly the same, I don't see why another momento is needed.