I think they're just releasing it in september to have a chance in **** at selling copies to the wow community
This right here is why I think Square did what they did.
Let's be honest WOW is the biggest kid on the block but with that being said WOW is also the "oldest" kid on the block (in terms of mainstream MMO's) and some of their "hardcore" fans are starting to look for that next big thing so I believe Square made a conscientious business decision to bone PS3 users (The knew they could get most of them back) in an attempt to pick up some of WOW's player base.
If that honestly is the reason, I think it's terribly silly.
Like I said before; if someone currently playing a different MMORPG wants to give XIV a try, then let them try it. If they like it, they will stay and if they don't like it, they will leave.
I see no point in trying to get the attention of a few WoW players before Cataclysm comes out. I mean, what's the point? Either they won't care enough because their computer can't run the game, or they'll buy and install it, find out the game needs to be on minimum settings (if it runs at all) and they'll come here to pich a fit about how they want their money back, or they'll play it for a month or two until Cataclysm comes out, at which point most of them (who haven't gotten bored and quit already) will get bored and quit.
In the end, I just see this as ending up flooding the servers with some impatient ADHD players who won't shut up about WoW for 1-3 months.
Sure, we might get a few people who give the game a try, like it, and end up being good players. But even if there is a "plan to get WoW players", I strongly hope that it fails, just so I don't have to deal with hearing it until it dies down.
There are four types of WoW players. There are the intelligent ones who are happy with WoW, there are the intelligent ones who are unhappy with WoW and looking for something new or could be convinced to give another game a try, there are the unintelligent ones who are happy with WoW, and there are the unintelligent ones who are looking for something new or could be convinced to give another game a try.
The first and the third won't even bother. The second will likely join regardless and I welcome them. The fourth I can live without.