You know, ever since I heard the leveling system was abolished, I have been pretty skeptical. I've had this fear that it would be something like guildwars; where there was only 20 levels. But after reading this thread, I feel a little more positive. I hope what you're all talking about is right. If it is, we'll never have to worry about having a skill underleveled, because the skill will define the level.
Also, mages in XI had access to wands, clubs, poles and staffs, maybe there will be a bigger distinction in XIV? But, swords and daggers are shared by different jobs too. In XI, BLU had a different style sword than paladin did. Just like RDM was more of a flourette style sword wielder. PS2 limitations made it so they couldnt just come up with different weapon types, they just had to wrap it into one 'sword' class, and change it visually. Maybe XIV will tackle that problem, and make the different sword styles = different jobs. But what does that mean for those FFXI Rangers? Will they have to decide between bow/crossbow/gun? Is archer bow only? Will samarai be restricted to Great katana? no more archery or polearm for SAM's?
I love FF's job system, I'll always play their MMO's if they have some sort of job system. But a job being restricted to one weapon kinda bums me out. Thiefs with no crossbow? Red mage with sword, but no dagger or staff? I'm really impatient to hear more info.
Its like getting a call from the hospital... "Hello, is this _____? Theres been an accident, you.... oh, I'll call you back." *click*