I really hope we have some form of PvP at least. Yes, I'm one of those people who actually enjoy Ballista. (._.) So sick of everybody seeing "PvP" in these XIV forums and instantly thinking "WoW". PvP does not have to be a feature. /rant
I'm generally all in favor of casual PvP. Even just dueling or whatever for goofing around. FFXI was the only MMO I've ever played which didn't have a basic dueling system.
But I strongly dislike heavily competitive tournament-style PvP. It's no secret that Arenas were the biggest mistake in the history of WoW.
And I dislike the concept of World PvP ganking... Well sorta. I fundamentally hate the concept of ganking. There's no fun in imbalanced PvP, and beating up on people who aren't equals. But on the other hand, it is delightfully fun to turn the tables on someone who tried to kill you.
*shrug* Either way, World PvP would be highly inappropriate for FFXI, but there is really no excuse not to have a casual PvP for fun.
Course, that is just my opinion. Many folks find PVP to be a necessary component to any MMO experience. I sincerely hope they are dissapointed by FFXIV and stay out of the game, as those folks are usually jerks.
It's not just an MMO thing. Friendly competition has been a part of videogames for a long time. "2 Player Competitive Mode" is not exactly a new concept, and adds a lot of fun to games as something different to do. Edited, Dec 1st 2009 3:05pm by Karelyn