Edit: Might want to ignore this for now. I just realized that there's more info than what I've seen.
Yeah, dummy. Maybe you should get all the facts straight before you open your fat mouth.
Ok, so now being a bit better enlightened... I don't know. It sounds as if you will in fact get to choose four different classes from each of the class groups at once initially, and then alternate between them instantly from anywhere in the world. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but seems like a happy enough medium.
The caveat is having to change not only weapons it seems, but armor as well. As some of you are probably well aware, I'm not a big fan of the whole mid-battle, instant gear swap. Maybe at least this high-tech world will explain it away a bit better than FFXI did (via dress spheres or some other contraption), but it's still never been an appealing premise to me. Weapon swaps are all fine and good. Personally I'd rather be able to learn Cure wearing whatever the **** I want to, and use it without a wand/hammer/staff, even if that means it is notably weaker. At least they seem confident that we'll have plenty of space for all of our equipment.
What remains unclear at this point is how changing "dress spheres" affects changing the skills you have available. For example, if I start as a Swordsman, Enchanter, Cook, Fisherman, and then I become a Samurai, Enchanter, Cook, Fisherman, will I still have access to all of my Swordsman abilities if I switch to the right kind of sword? Or does the instant change-weapon=change-job rule only apply to my currently set classes (Samurai, Enchanter, Cook, Fisherman).
I'm still hopeful that this system will preserve within it the old Ability Point system (or what some people think of as the Blue Mage system). i.e., if I unlock a skill on Swordsman, I can still use it as a Samurai if it set it. Of course there would probably be skills exclusive to certain classes or weapons.
I'm a bit more optimistic about the combat system now, but also a bit more dismayed by the implication that we won't really get any new races.
Eorzea is home to five races which, although they have different names, look quite a bit like the races in Final Fantasy XI.
At the very least it seems that 1up was led to believe that these would be the only races. I'm hopeful yet again that they are holding out on us. How much customization they'll provide us won't take much of the sting out of having no new races, and thus far they really haven't elaborated on how the customization will be improved upon from XI (pick your skin color, maybe). It's difficult to believe that they won't drastically improve customization, but the uncertainty was underwhelming.
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.
Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.