If we're talking about Summoners... It's actually an incredibly recent trend for Summons to be equated with Pets. I cannot speak for all of the Final Fantasy series, having only played 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, 11, and 12 myself, but as a trend, only 10 and maybe 12 (honestly this game left so little
impression on me, I cannot recall even though I played it most recently) had controllable Summons. 10-2 Did not even contain a Summoner class(dress). It can hardly be said that there is no precedence for a Final Fantasy game with no Pet Summons or even Summoners.
On the other side of the issue, Pet jobs are a staple of almost every MMO I can think of. But does that mean it has to be so? If SE is trying to give us a robust, varied gaming experience without Pet jobs, bully for them. I hope they can do it, and I think it's very possible.
As a final note:
That quote really makes me wonder how they plan on implementing summon / pets into the game.
If there isnt a class that focuses on having a pet.. then how could they be implemented and still be, well.. significant?
Just as SE said, they are clearly vital to the plot and world of Eorzea. Summons have played an important role as guardians and protectors in much of the Final Fantasy franchise. I'm sure we will see something similar in this game. My personal theory is that the 12 Gods mentioned that protect Eorzea are the primary Eidolons. Edited, Aug 26th 2009 3:16pm by Hulan