The only thing I like better than hearing people speculate on things they really have no idea on, is when they add specific numbers or timeframes to the speculations.
Honestly, it's a public board made for users to share their opinions with each other.
Anybody can say "FFXI WILL LIVE LONG TIME"; I felt like making a more exact estimate.
Maybe I'm wrong and the servers will stay online longer than that (they certainly won't close sooner) but that's my opinion. At the very least, the community will be severely reduced by that point.
There probably won't be in-game GM support anymore, maintenance periods will be few, updates will be nonexistent.
Again, it is my opinion, but is it really that ridiculous? 3 more years?
That puts FFXI's lifespan at 10 years. That's a freakin' long ***
time for a single game.