Half of the weaponskills shown on the FFXIV page require you to dodge an attack to use them. Since you can't dodge an attack unless something is attacking you it has to be either a tank or a solo job. I'm really hoping for both.
I think this will be the case, though I don't think Pug will really be on the level that PLD is in FFXI 'technically', though relative to the enemy strength, it will be.
My theory is that the extremes of offense and defense won't be so far apart from one another, unlike in FFXI. So while you could create a fully optimized tank, it won't be to the degree that pld would be relative to the other classes, though relative to the enemy, maybe.
This will not only improve solo-ability, but it still allows them to balance the game for parties.
I also think that it might be possible to learn and master all skills given enough time, though only be able to "set" so many at any given time.
With every class having multiple roles depending on skills, like pug could be a dd or a tank(just an example), you could do the trinity thing (tank, Healer, DDs) or you could have parties where everyone has multiple responsibilities.
I'm a career healer so I'm hoping they actually add a healer class to the mages. If not, then conjurer. If that doesn't turn out as well as I like, then I'm doing a 180 and becoming a Gladiator.
I think you may be thinking of it wrong. Since every class will have multiple possible roles, like Gladiator being able to be either tank or more DD oriented, it's rather possible that Conjurer IS that healer class, but with the possibility of being a Magic DD. However I could be completely wrong just like everyone else.
While I would like another class with healing possibilities, I'm not holding my breath, until they release a Summoner type, but I don't think the summoners would want to be put in the same position that they ended up in FFXI, unless of course they're designed to have a Summon out AND heal at the same time.
Now to the thread topic.
As it stands I'm probably going to play Lancer first, though so what I did in FFXI and just level them all with no main, if possible, and I am hoping we won't be limited to a set number of classes per character.
For race, I wanted to be Elezen because of the posture, but I don't like the exaggerated ears or pointed facial features, so I might go with the Human race for my main, but I'll probably have to alts for the **** of it.