It is being made because FFXI made them a lot of money. That's all.
And I'm the Naive one? Surely you're kidding. Do you see a WoW 2.0? No? Really? Why not? Not trying to bring up the FFXI vs. WoW thing, but Square Enix said their own **** selves "We want a MMORPG that will act as a new flagship to our MMORPG department". Guess what smart guy, if FFXI had 10,000,000 people instead of 500,000 they wouldn't be saying this. Guess why there's 500,000 and not 10,000,000? Is it because of the graphics? No, FFXI is beautiful. What about the stories? No, FFXI has amazing stories. What about the style and feel? No, people love that about FFXI.
It's because there are things that they themselves have said would be hard to overhaul, redo, customize and add, because of a whole slew of reasons. If you're going to tell me FFXI is not flawed in many ways, being the great game it is of course, I'll laugh you right out of the bank, because I don't think too many people would agree with you there.
That's why they are making a more user friendly game. One you can accomplish things in a hour or two a day in, not weekly events taking 5+ hours each, not feeling the need to be on 10 hours a day, that WAS one of FFXI's drawbacks, and that's WHY they are making FFXIV. To recreate the things they have wanted to do, or things they thought would react differently when they first introduced them.
And yet you call me Naive...
"Wow, people care that their cat person has a *****."
I guess an avatar, and being able to be familiar to it, and relate to it and it's personality is pretty **** important to people, can't you see that by now? Thank you for dumbing it down though. Edited, Aug 6th 2009 9:43pm by EndlessJourney