Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
FFXI started with just WHM, RDM, BLM, THF, WAR, MNK and all the others (all the advanced jobs) were added post release, though most of them were available when FFXI was released in North America.
The first five advanced jobs (PLD, DRK, BST, BRD, RNG) were available the day the game went live. They weren't initially available when the beta started, but beta doesn't count.
Live in Japan or live in the US?
Live in Japan, all advanced jobs prior to ToAU were live in the US release.
Anyways, as others have said, these are less true classes
and more the skills from whence your character is formed. You have set points for abilities and traits, and you can set any ability or trait that you've learned up to your maximum skill level thus allowing you to form the class to your liking. Some abilities may be more effective or less effective depending on your primary weapon, and a very, very small number of abilities will not be able to be equipped with anything but their primary weapon, but for the most part you'll have a lot of freedom.
How well that freedom carries over has 100% to do with the itemization. So I'm not worried even if there are only the announced classes at launch, there will be more to come, even before
the next expansion, as SE has stated.