Lastly, I agree with you about WoW. Blizzard was very smart how they marketed and developed for WoW. However, now that they've laid the ground work for success, others will copy their work and ultimately surpass it. Every fiber in my body and soul tells me that SE has copied all the good points of WoW's casual system into FFXIV with a SE twist. I definitely understand why you felt so strongly about those other MMO's, but doesn't FFXIV deserve a chance?
No, no, no.... You're misunderstanding me. I'm very much looking forward to FF14. No doubt about it. Its the game *I* am most anticipating this year. I'm just saying that, worldwide, FF14 isn't what everyone is most anticipating.
I think FF14 is going to do well. I expect it to be around for years to come. And I expect it to be fairly healthy in those years. SE doesn't make bad games. However, they do have a tendency to make games that appeal to more of a niche audience. Maybe they'll break out of that with FF14. I hope so. ****, I hope they dethrone WoW. That said, Blizzard just does a better job making games for more people than SE (and virtually every other company) does.
In the end time will tell. I'd bet FF14 is still around in 5 years. STO? Maybe, if they make some improvements on the game. Star Wars almost certainly will be (its being called the next generation of MMORPGs -- and from what I've seen and read, with good reason).
My major concerns for FFXIV is game balance, RMT/bots, and SE's **** poor Customer service. I'd like to believe if SE improved into those areas, WoW, Aion, and other MMO's would start to sweat a bit. The cost of a new MMORG is very high to produce especially of the scale and scope of FFXIV or Aion. If SE can attract enough of the player base away from other MMO's, they easily have the chance to become the next WoW.
If FFXI is any indication, SE will attempt to do something about RMT. whther or not it will be successful is another question altogether.
Having played a good deal of other games out there, no game is perfectly balanced. PvP games tend to be better balanced, but only because they have to be in order to ensure "fun" play for all the classes. I don't think FFXI is all that bad when it comes to balance, honestly. And hopefully SE has learned how to do things even better for FF14.
The thing that MOST scares me is SE's customer service. I'll tell you right now, if it hasn't improved significantly, I don't care how good the game is, I'm canceling my subscription. I'm hoping --really REALLY hoping-- SE has learned that they need better customer service. I'll give them a second chance (actually a third), but if their current customer service continues as is, I'm out. Edited, Jan 12th 2010 6:15am by Caia
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