People said the same thing about EverQuest when EQ2 came out. Didn't happen.
The truth is, FFXI has been in a steady decline for a few years now anyway. Don't get me wrong, the game isn't dying; Its merely showing its age. People have done what they wanted to do and moved on. FF14 won't kill FFXI. FFXI is going the way of most games that have been around for as long as it has.
I disagree with this poster. FFXI despite all its recent solo friendly content still requires quite a group of people needed for events. If you look very closely, SE is putting FFXI on auto pilot. FoV, Augments, Maze mongers, Synergy, etc. Nobody can seriously say that FFXIII and FFXIV haven't taken manpower away from FFXI. SE realizes FFXI is dying and SE's milking it for all it's worth. The paying for in game items and those terrible mini expansions was the beginning of the end. Talk about low quality and just cashing in on our player base.
I like FFXI for what it's worth, but I refuse to live in the clouds. Once FFXIV goes live, servers will begin to merge and many linkshells will break as a result. That is going to happen regardless of what people say. Sure FFXI will live on in spirit, but it won't be the same game we all remember. If I have to move servers, those people won't be my friends from the last 6 years. So depending on your perspective, FFXI will be dead. A MMO on life support like Everquest doesn't appeal to me. The merging of servers will **** off a lot of people. Eventually FFXIV will require more resources for its expanding player base and that means FFXI diminishing numbers will only put us further on the back burner for SE.
I won't speak for everyone, but I'm not interested in holding onto my character so badly I refuse to acknowledge the game is dead for all intensive purposes. The only way for FFXI to survive is if FFXIV bombed horribly with their new players. I don't believe that is likely so I'm prepared to leave Vanadiel. I'm sure most people will play both games until the grind becomes too much and more of their friends quit FFXI.