the question here is : FFXIV .....rushed or not?
I think it would be difficult Not to call it rushed at this point. They've greatly shortened the Beta time the devs had hoped for and temporarily shelved one version of the game to make a release date no one would have guessed at 24 hours ago.
If you thought Tanaka looked tired in the video, wait til we see him come September....
Yeah, like I said, these release date/expectation mistakes are a result of lack of communication between marketing/PR, developers/planners, and programmers/designers. It's the result of one group promising things that another group that can not deliver on, and the end result, once everyone sits down and someone finally says "No, we can't do that, why in the **** would you say we could?", is that EVERYONE is ****** and frustrated and overworked.
It's not appropriate for marketing to tell the end user something when they clearly haven't consulted with the ones doing the work regarding the feasibility.
I do feel like the September thing sounds like someone higher up with absolutely no understanding of the product decided "We (and by 'we', I mean, the people who work for me) can do it!", and the end result on Tanaka's face is probably mirrored across everyone involved on XIV. Just as some players are looking at September and getting excited, I would imagine that the programmers are looking at their bosses and calendars and thinking "Are you ******* kidding me?"
I'm looking forward to September and all that, but I'd be fine with waiting a couple more months to be sure the final product is a finished, polished one. They even admitted the Alpha was rushed when they said that the battle system was just thrown together because what they wanted to do would have taken longer. If the Alpha was rushed, how rushed is the beta? How rushed will the final game be?
I'm as much a fan of an earlier than anticipated release of the next guy, but not at the cost of the loss of sanity and sleep deprivation of the people building it.
I don't think it's fair to the people doing the actual work that SM is making a decision like this. That won't stop me from buying it, but I still think it's unfair to them.