First off I want to say, aside from the lack of new races this game's looking awesome and nothing will stop me from playing it at this point, I generally love MOST of the new directions they're taking, which is good enough.
One thing that has really confused me with all the info is the lack of description of what Eorzea is to the rest of the FFXIV world. We all know it's the sacred land and that it will play a huge role in the story and gameplay, but what exactly is it? The developers have stated that Eorzea is part of the entire world, but that still is misleading. These new cities, are they in Eorzea? Or do they span across Haidririn? Are we to expect more great cities waiting to be discovered, and these 3 cities are just the main starting cities? Recently the developers stated that Eorzea is smaller than Vana'diel. We really know nothing about Haidirin, and I'm beginning to worry it will hold much less of a role than I thought. I sincerely hope Eorzea is the name of a great region, and not the entire new game world waiting to be explored, because a smaller world than Vana'diel is nothing short of a disappointment, no matter how graphically impressive it is.
I know in the FFXI intro Jeuno is mentioned as a kingdom of equal size and importance to Windy, Sandy and Bastok. If we are really are cutting it from 4 hub cities to 3 that is yet another disappointment with no excuse, it is just limiting the choices all of us fans have been begging for. Square isn't going to just suprise us out of the blue with another new massive empire in a few weeks/months (I know a lot of you are thinking and praying that SE is teasing us with the male mithra thing, which is definitely possible because it's something thousands of people have wanted and voiced their opinions on), it's not realistic. One thing I thought FFXI cities lacked was diversity of the environments. Aside from towns like Kazham (Jungle) and Selbina (tropical beach, coastal) you really couldnt put a name of the environments of the main cities (Windhurst: Steppe/plain, Bastok: Rocky plain, Sandy: Forest covered plain, Jeuno: Coastal plain)? There wasn't a desert city/town (you honestly can't call rabao anything more than an outpost), a mountain town, or even something cooler like a floating city or an underwater city (Norg and Tavnazia were a step in the right direction). Now an ocean, forest and desert city are definitely exciting, but I really hope SE doesn't stop there. We can only hope Eorzea is just a piece of Haidirin, and it will host the main storyline, with another few cities in Haidirin.
How do you think Eorzea and Haidirin fit together? Is Eorzea our Vana'diel, with Haidirin being small add ons in the future in expansion packs? Or is there a greater world beyond Eorzea that may not have a ton of story value, but still a lot to explore and cherish? Hopefully SE has more info, as it can't come soon enough!