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#1 Jul 26 2009 at 6:40 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm sure my opinion isn't popular, but in reality it's time...actually past it. FFXI has pretty much had its run, and it's time to call it a day. No doubt there will remain a handful of dedicated players who stay on those merged servers, but it will never be the same.

In fact, FFXI hasn't been the same for over a year now. I'm not entirely sure how or where things changed, but it's notably a different vibe in the game than it used to be. No longer is there a sense of community, generosity and camraderie as there once was. Yes, we all still have friends and linkshells that we commiserate and share adventures with. Yet, for most of us, even those environments are not the same.

Even those players who swear they'll stand by FFXI until the servers shutdown realize that a change is necessary. The perfect time frame to release FFXIV would be at the end of 2009, but as we all know, that won't happen. WoTG will be finished, likely the last mini-xpac will be released and then one question will be in the forefront of every player's mind: What's left?

Although SE stated that content will continue, they never claimed to be releasing another expansion beyond WoTG. In general, FFXI will likely only continue to receive job adjustments, items and the odd fix here and there after Christmas. Pending any mind-blowing, unexpected news about FFXI during TGS in September, the game is essentially stagnant after this year. Many 'sources' believe FFXIII and FFXIV will be the primary focus, as well as beta information soon after TGS.

While the primary reason to play any game should always be for fun, it's not terribly exciting to know that the 'big' stuff is soon over with, in a game we've come to cherish despite its myriad of flaws. That's why we need FFXIV sooner, rather than later.
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#2 Jul 26 2009 at 6:56 AM Rating: Decent
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The later the better- I'd rather not play any MMO for a year than play an MMO that is clearly not ready to be released yet.
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#3 Jul 26 2009 at 8:32 AM Rating: Good
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Lol, I just quit FFXI, I want a break from MMO's now, so the later the better, also I wouldn't want a bug ridden mess to come out before it should.

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#4 Jul 26 2009 at 8:35 AM Rating: Decent
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The only release date we have is 2010 so I'm hoping for Q1. I'm like you, the sooner the better (given that the game is ready of course).
#5 Jul 26 2009 at 12:27 PM Rating: Decent
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I made a brief comeback to XI several months ago, but circumstances didn't permit me staying active. I was having a great time leveling BST, but I didn't experience anything close to the way things used to be 3 years ago.

Then XIV got announced, and any inclination to return to XI died out.

I'm fine if it's later on in '10 though... I'm already way behind on single player games that I want to play, not to mention XIII hasn't even been released yet. It honestly wouldn't surprise me if XIV comes out sometime between Q4 '10 and Q2 '11.
#6 Jul 26 2009 at 1:07 PM Rating: Decent
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I think from a business standpoint it's important for SE to release FFXIV as soon as possible. Right now there is a vacuum in the MMO industry. There hasn't been a good contender for WoW since it was released and now it's getting a bit old. The only thing holding it's players to the game is the expansions. When a new expansion comes out it envigorates those who are still playing and brings back a number of those who quit because they became bored with the game.

Rumors of a new WoW expansion are starting to surface and a very serious contender for the throne - Star Wars: The Old Republic - is on the horizon. If SE can manage to get FFXIV out before those two they might be able to soak up those who have either already quit WoW or are waning in their activity. I would say a FFXIV release in the first half of 2010 would be safe...anything after that and you risk a new expansion from Blizz. If FFXIV releases after SWTOR and the players who might want a more story oriented game will go already be taken (assuming the game is a success).
#7 Jul 26 2009 at 1:13 PM Rating: Decent
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My chances/wants for playing XI again are pretty much none; therefore, I would LOVE to see FFXIV come out "sooner". I'm pretty excited about the hopes of more solo activities so when time is tight, I can still log on, play and log off without the LFG drama (hopefully). Every now and then I think about how much fun FFXI was for me, but I just can't dedicate the time any longer. Life goes on and games get old, here I am a wife and two kids later, along with a pretty important new role on my job and now my time has to be more for them. My BIGGEST hope is that my wife (who absolutely does not want me to play another final fantasy game again as long as I live), will consider playing FFXIV with me like she used to play FFXI, but only IF XIV lives up to the "casual" style I am hoping for.
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#8 Jul 26 2009 at 1:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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I have a feeling it will be later. Simply because of the fiscal year for companies. Once the end of Q4 happens budgeting is reset/planned and allocated more to projects which have a deadline in that new fiscal year. And most likely FFXIV will get a huge advance towards more resources to meet deadlines. However companies have different fiscal year endings. Some end at the new year others don't end until last day in March of the new year. As long as they report once every 12 months it's all up to the CEO and CFO to decide which would be best. In Japan the governments fiscal year runs April 1 to March 31'st of the new year. It is more common for business's to follow the government fiscal year in Japan. Square Enix fiscal year is April 1 to March 31.

So if SE says:

"Quarter 1" = April 1st to June 30th
"Quarter 2" = July 1st to September 30th
"Quarter 3" = October 1st to December 31st
"Quarter 4" = January 1st to March 31st

It's confusing, but SE is stating their quarters based on their fiscal year. And in the Annual report (April 08 to March 09) it said FFXI sales were down 12.1% from the previous fiscal year and operating income amounted to 32.5 million us dollars (converted from yen) for FFXI. Which is down 47.5% from the previous year. That's a huge cut in operating income most of which probably went to boost FFXIV development that year.
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The perfect time frame to release FFXIV would be at the end of 2009, but as we all know, that won't happen. WoTG will be finished, likely the last mini-xpac will be released and then one question will be in the forefront of every player's mind: What's left?

The change in tone for a game as old as FFXI is inevitable, but I wouldn't worry about content. I doubt there'll ever be another full retail expansion pack, but the downloadable mini-packs are certain to continue. It makes no sense for the company to abandon support for a game that people are still willing to pay for.

Watch for the announcement of another set of mini expansions within the next year. I can practically guarantee it.
#10 Aug 03 2009 at 12:59 PM Rating: Good
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I'd rather wait a little longer till the game is realy ready for release then have an early game with flaws. Releasing a game to soon can be dealy ( Vanguard =/ ).

They just need to keep us warm with trialers, screenshots and stuff like that till the game is ready.
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I'd rather wait a little longer till the game is realy ready for release then have an early game with flaws. Releasing a game to soon can be dealy ( Vanguard =/ ).

They just need to keep us warm with trialers, screenshots and stuff like that till the game is ready.


Although Vanguard had other issues, This times Infinity. There is nothing worse for a new MMORPG than to launch with server and content issues. If the game doesn't work properly or is fun and engaging from the start or at least within the first 2 months. You can kiss subscriptions good bye. There is too many other games on the market these days to hold the attention of possible buyers if its not working properly right out the door.

**** this is my greatest worry for FFXIV. Looking back on FFXI release in JP... if FFXI released the way it was in Japan in the NA, there would be significantly less accounts in FFXI and less long time players. But they took over a year to bring it over to the NA and consequently had that much longer polish onto the design and a second expansion to boot. No such possibility will happen with this new MMORPG. They better take plenty of time get this right from the start or there new MMORPG might be dead in the water the minute it launches.
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Although Vanguard had other issues, This times Infinity. There is nothing worse for a new MMORPG than to launch with server and content issues. If the game doesn't work properly or is fun and engaging from the start or at least within the first 2 months. You can kiss subscriptions good bye. There is too many other games on the market these days to hold the attention of possible buyers if its not working properly right out the door.


Agreed - look at AoC and you have all the proof you need that a smooth launch is key to success. I think they went from 700k subs to less then 200k in 6 months due to bugs / issues that should have been fixed before launch.
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#13 Aug 03 2009 at 5:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Heh to be honest there are too many single player games out right now I need to beat... plus I am on the hunt for a job/internship my life is too unstable to add in a new MMO at the moment. Hopefully I'll get my **** together by the time FF14 hits stores.
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#14 Aug 03 2009 at 5:58 PM Rating: Decent
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In fact, FFXI hasn't been the same for over a year now. I'm not entirely sure how or where things changed, but it's notably a different vibe in the game than it used to be. No longer is there a sense of community, generosity and camraderie as there once was. Yes, we all still have friends and linkshells that we commiserate and share adventures with. Yet, for most of us, even those environments are not the same.


I think increasingly the community of players in FFXI are the hardcore, hardworking leetests who are still trying to get theirs. It's no secret that it's not the most casual-friendly game (though it has gotten much better), and even my linkshell whom I've kept regular contact with even more than a year after quitting still places a lot of emphasis on getting drops and getting things done. When I look at our webpage calendar and see constant reminders not to be late, it's a turn-off to the part of me that just wants to enjoy the gameplay and forget about getting the best gear.
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