I might get flamed for this but let's see.....
I loved FFXI because it was hard, satisfaction is working hard to get something. Did I have to wait 3+ hours in Jeuno and still not get a party? Yes but once I did get one I was all the more happy about it.
I think this dependence on party is what made the FFXI comunity as good as it is, people took better care of what they did and said because it might happen they might need help in the future.
Being a harder game also thins out the younger (childish) generation which just want to be high level and thats it.
If FFXIV does not require party untill end game then we might as well get ready because kind of people we might be used from FFXI is not the same as will be starting FFXIV.
To me, I would keep solo content to a minimum, maybe one, two hours a day. Make people interact with other, get to know each other.
This is MORPG, is you want to solo go play FFXIII.
Don't worry, I don't intend to flame - just to post my own opinion.
Perhaps there are those of us who don't have 3 hours to wait to party? Perhaps those of us that want to play this game, but work for a living, don't have 3 hours to wait on a party on a week night, but still want to get some game time in with what time we do have to play. I prefer to group on weekends when I have the hours to spare, and I prefer to have time to either do small simple groups or solo on my own on a week night when I only have a few hours to play.
I also must say I don't like the idea of being "forced" to play with other people. I am plenty capable of meeting and getting to know people on my own - I don't need to be pushed into it. And I also don't think that is what it takes to make a decent community or decent players. No, I'm not "childish" or young. I am an older player, but I still enjoy having fun, and I also enjoy being in control of my own game. I don't want to have to rely on others to make it fun for me.
I guess this means it would be the deal breaker for me if the game was too party intense and did not give us many solo options and abilities. I enjoy playing the game by myself sometimes. And if that does happen to be how the game winds up, then I guess I will just move on to something else. Thats not meant as a "threat" to the game, it's just a simple fact. I want to give the game a chance, but I'm not going to pay monthly fees only to get to play on the weekends when I have more hours to spare. So if that's the way it is, I will just go on my merry way and leave it to those of you who enjoy that.
In regard to any MMO out there, they can't please everybody - although some of them do try hard to. If the game is not to your liking, then don't play. If it is to your liking, then stick with it. I just hope it will at least be worth the cost of the game to play it for 30 days so I can get some enjoyment out of it.
But who knows, once it's finally here and all the "I wonder if it will be this or that" is be over with and we find out for sure just how it actually is, I might find I enjoy it very much - we'll just have to see.
Read some more and also I agree that I hope the death penalty isn't too harsh. I don't mind a little something, but if they game winds up as "hard" as some people want it to be, then there will be a lot of dying as we learn.
But I don't agree that too much soloing will cause people to not want to party. I enjoy a good party, really! I just don't want to have
to party in order to accomplish some things. And just because there is more ability to solo or soloing is easy and helps you level, that doesn't mean that all the people who obviously are not fans of soloing are going to decide to solo instead of partying - after all, they enjoy partying obviously or they wouldn't express it so strongly here.
Just play - have fun! Edited, Aug 12th 2010 8:51pm by Mimotep