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#1 Aug 07 2009 at 8:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Just imagine, September rolls around and everyone is pumped for the launch of one of the most visually stunning MMORPGs to date and then they get hit with the Final Fantasy bomb right at the front door!

Have you guys seen the new screenshots?
#2 Aug 07 2009 at 8:07 AM Rating: Decent
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it will prolly happen that way i'm thinking the ffxiv beta will be in sept
#3 Aug 07 2009 at 8:10 AM Rating: Good
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Ruam wrote:
it will prolly happen that way i'm thinking the ffxiv beta will be in sept

I mean, it is the same month as TGS.. Anything could happen, right?
#4 Aug 07 2009 at 8:10 AM Rating: Good
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I played the Chinese beta for Aion so maybe things have changed, but it was far from the most visually stunning MMORPG. Sure the screen shots I saw before I actually got to play the thing looked great but once I was in game I was far from impressed.

And yeah the new FFXIV screenshots look amazing, can't wait!
#5 Aug 07 2009 at 8:21 AM Rating: Good
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Meh I foresee Aion following the path of just about every other big name MMO released... it'll hit stores, have a surge of players up to the million mark for the first two months, then subs will drop off when player ADD hits and they go back to WOW like the drones they are
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#6 Aug 07 2009 at 8:53 AM Rating: Good
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WoW is popular for a reason though. 1.) A lot of people/friend play it. 2.) The customer service is absolutely amazing 3.) The game isn't bad.
#7 Aug 07 2009 at 9:10 AM Rating: Default
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Aion might be a great game, but I dont think it will have the buy in to challenge an MMO based on an existing franchise FFXIV, DCUO, SWTOR (and probably many others I haven't named). These are all established franchises with a large fan base before the game is even released. These MMO's will have an increased chance of being successful and challenging WOW for the no.1 spot on the MMO scene, but if you have a great MMO that doesn't have the pre release buy in of an existing franchise the chances of it being a huge success are seriously diminished.
#8 Aug 07 2009 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
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A FFXIV September or October beta will ruin Aion. The game is not bad but the main benefit it has is the influx of ****** off Ex-WoW players (Me being one of them) that just want to get away from WoW. I only planned on playing Aion to have a game to play until FFXIV anyway and there are plenty of people I know that were thinking the same.

I will definitely cancel my preorder for Aion if FFXIV beta starts soon.
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#9 Aug 07 2009 at 10:56 AM Rating: Decent
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If there is a FFXIV beta in September or October, I know for a fact Aion is probably not going to make it very far at launch. At the very least, it's going to take a crippling blow to it's population. Honestly, I was considering playing Aion for a while...Now, I don't even want to with so much new information on FFXIV, and the possibility of an upcoming Beta launch. I can't wait.
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#10 Aug 07 2009 at 11:06 AM Rating: Excellent
If it is a closed beta, I doubt it will affect Aion much to be honest. Most of us wanting in probably will not get in :(
#11 Aug 08 2009 at 4:16 AM Rating: Decent
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In light of recent info we got so far anyone think we will see the FFXIV beta 2009 Q3 or Q4 ?
#12 Aug 08 2009 at 1:06 PM Rating: Good
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It probably will be a closed beta, won't it? Weren't all the betas for XI closed, or am I wrong about that?
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#13 Aug 08 2009 at 1:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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If they run a beta like most other MMO companies, it'll be a closed beta to start, probably will run a few months, and then they'll either do open beta events, or just a full out open beta. One thing to keep in mind is that for a lot of the games coming out recently (Aion, TOR, WAR, etc.) most betas have only been geared for the NA market. With the FFXIV beta, we have the possibility to have a worldwide beta, since they have confirmed that it will launch simultaneously in multiple markets. That'll really narrow down the numbers that they allow for each region into the closed/open betas. Competition will be fierce, in other words.
#14 Aug 08 2009 at 1:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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I honestly don't understand the buzz over Aion, it's NCsoft, they release a new MMO every few months it seems <.<. And they are all kinda well.. Very NCsoft'ish.
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#15 Aug 08 2009 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
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I want to buy Aion BUT if they have the beta or have released a large amount of info on FFXIV I will consider putting that on hold or drop it all together. So yah it might spoil it for me OP.

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#16 Aug 09 2009 at 12:40 AM Rating: Default
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would it? seem more like a yes and no answer. depending on the out come at launch i really dont think it would matter, everyone who has bought aion would most likely would start playing, if a beta just so happen to come out they would play it also. i dont think it would ruin the launch of aion though.
#17 Aug 09 2009 at 1:14 AM Rating: Decent
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rofl @ thinking XIV will be anywhere near public beta by september

Edited, Aug 9th 2009 5:14am by Kerberoz
#18 Aug 09 2009 at 1:34 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't think a closed beta would hurt Aion launch, since it is limited to how many people would get to play the beta.
I think September is to early for a beta, I am not saying it not could happen
but we have only just gotten some new info on the game, and I think there is still alot to come.
There is also alot off time to 2010.
#19 Aug 09 2009 at 6:59 AM Rating: Good
I'm torn on the beta idea. On the one hand I really want to play it, both to see what's going on first hand but also because I'd like to help find bugs, but on the other hand, I feel like its ruining the surprise and I don't want to put effort into a beta character that's going to get wiped anyways and perhaps make me not feel like starting over once the game goes live and I've seen everything already.
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#20 Aug 09 2009 at 7:28 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't think you'll see beta landing coming out of TGS HOWEVER if Square is smart (and they've managed to get a north american marketing machine worth a **** since FFXI's release) they will bombard the media coming out of TGS leading up to the launch of Aion.

If played right they for sure have what it takes to take the wind out of NC Soft's sails for the North American launch of Aion.
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#21 Aug 09 2009 at 10:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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FF14 isnt going to affect Aion much at all. Most of the people who are going to stick to Aion are pvpers. The game is a pvp centric game FF14 is pve. Different audiences.
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#22 Aug 09 2009 at 11:59 AM Rating: Good
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I don't see how a beta for a game that's not even close to launching would affect a game that actually is.

Then again I don't really care about Aion in the first place.
#23 Aug 09 2009 at 12:13 PM Rating: Default
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FF14 isnt going to affect Aion much at all. Most of the people who are going to stick to Aion are pvpers. The game is a pvp centric game FF14 is pve. Different audiences.

This is pretty much the best answer in this topic.. The two games are not even close to being the same other than being MMORPGs. FFXIV is going to cater to PvE players, while Aion is going to cater to PvP players. All the beta will do is spark a small group of people just looking for something new. Nothing FFXIV does will spoil Aion's launch due to both games focusing on different gameplay.

Edited, Aug 9th 2009 1:14pm by LieteOfFairy
#24 Aug 10 2009 at 8:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Yea i am guessing oct will launch closed beta to mostly a JP customer base then come end of Dec the open beta keys will be sent in waves like other betas i have done. I have yet to be in an MMO closed beta and i think it would be really a cool thing to see the game in a younger stage of development.
#25 Aug 11 2009 at 3:33 PM Rating: Good
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Meh I foresee Aion following the path of just about every other big name MMO released... it'll hit stores, have a surge of players up to the million mark for the first two months, then subs will drop off when player ADD hits and they go back to WOW like the drones they are

That's silly. It released in Korea in Oct 08 (much like FFXI released in japan a year before NA) and they're sitting on 4 million subs already.

The nail in the coffin for many MMO's is lack of content from a rushed release. The players rush to max level at breakneck speeds and then whine they have nothing to do. Again, much like FFXI with RotZ, Aion will hit NA(and EU) after 3 very large content updates, thus side stepping this issue.

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#26 Aug 11 2009 at 3:46 PM Rating: Decent
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WoW is popular for a reason though. 1.) A lot of people/friend play it. 2.) The customer service is absolutely amazing 3.) The game isn't entire awful.


But the main reason it's popular is because it tried to bridge the gap between single player games and MMOs in a way that other MMOs have never even made the slightest attempt to do.


Of course, it still sorta becomes a clash of cultures when players hit level cap and suddenly they are expected to adhere to a traditional MMO gameplay (albeit exclusively instanced) as the only means of progression.

Most of the single-player people find themselves completely unable to handle the transition, and spend all their time complaining about the game in a way that makes you wonder WHY THE **** THEY HAVEN'T JUST QUIT ALREADY >:(
#27 Aug 15 2009 at 4:03 PM Rating: Default
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I doubt it. Do you think they are going to change the billing style for this game? BIG FAT NO. All the problems people are having with the security code things I betcha they will be having with this release.
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#28 Aug 15 2009 at 4:37 PM Rating: Decent
I am playing Aion on the chinese servers atm. I love this game. I will play FFXIV without a doubt, but the beta, nor the game will make me quit Aion.
#29 Aug 15 2009 at 4:46 PM Rating: Decent
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I thought the same thing! I heard the rumors that beta would be releasing in September and the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "I pre-ordered Aion to be my security blanket till FFXIV release. Oh noes!" I would drop Aion in a heart beat if I was lucky enough to get into beta. <sigh> Decisions, decisions.
#30 Aug 15 2009 at 8:15 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm thinking about buying Aion but if I get into the FFXIV beta I'll definitely drop Aion. Heck, I wouldn't buy Aion if they announced the FFXIV beta in September.
#31 Aug 15 2009 at 9:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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rofl @ thinking XIV will be anywhere near public beta by september
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I'm betting early summer(2010) closed beta for ffxiv, late summer/early fall open beta, and final release in November 2010 assuming there are no delays.

As far as Aion goes I'm planning on doing the open beta, but in less there's something more amazing than what they've shown so far I probably won't buy game, and definitely wouldn't play over FFXIV, but I doubt there will be much playerbase/release overlap for them to actually worry about.

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#32 Aug 15 2009 at 10:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I've been playing Aion the past two days. Frankly, its just another WoW-lite with souped up graphics. Its by no means a bad game, but it'll peak out within 6 months or so.
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#33 Aug 16 2009 at 2:28 PM Rating: Decent
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The FFXI ps2 beta version was awarded to certain folks in the ps underground. It was neat they sent a modem for our ps2s and all the software needed. Most of my FFXI friends were from beta. I imagine that the beta will be available to us mortals.

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#34 Aug 18 2009 at 4:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I highly doubt it. I'll play Aion until FF XIV is officially released. Maybe with a special diet and breeding, I can get my SM wind spirit to look more like psycho squirel "Carbuncle".
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