After reading all of your replies, and thanks for all of your replies! I think the majority of MMORPG players and previous FFXI players have their own general sense of how FFXIV will turn out. A lot of people say "don't judge it, it's only beta" but honestly, the official release is a month away. Sure the beta right now is only a fraction of what the actual game will hold in terms of content but the consensus on play mechanics from those who have tested it seem to all point in the direction of it being clunky. I just can't see the developers fixing so many of these issues by the time it hits retail. If they do it that will be amazing though. I would like to see that happen.
To step away from XIV, the Halo Reach beta was a month older than the current build that was in development when the beta went live. It's not uncommon for devs to release an older build. It's not like this is the product as-is and they're just sitting around waiting for feedback; I'm pretty confident that they have most of the bugs worked out in their build, and are only introducing things to the beta build a little at a time to see if more bugs come up.
Maybe they just need a new team to create FFXIV. Bring in those guys that made FF10 and FF7!
If that entails bringing back the rabid fanboy/fangirl crowd that came with those two titles, **** no. FF7 and FF10 fanatics are horrible. They're almost as bad as Halo and CoD fanatics.
I don't know what it is but I believe that at first FFXIV will have a large player base but not before long will their numbers immediately drop. This game is turning out to be a hardcore style game even though they try to make it as user friendly as possible. I know a lot of people will stand behind this game no matter what but usually those players are die hard Final Fantasy fans or just die hard fantasy MMORPG fans that don't mind logging on for large amounts of time during a day. Not every Final Fantasy fan has that luxury. And most hardcore fans probably don't care. I would like to play the game for a bazillion hours but that's just not realistic when there are other priorities set.
The most important thing is not how many people play at the start but how many people are playing a year from now. So long as they have enough players to make a profit, anything over that is extraneous. Nice, but extraneous.
I want to see FFXIV succeed but right now it's leaning towards becoming FFXI-2 more so than it's leaning towards a new fantasy MMORPG called FFXIV. And I'm not sure how people can be OK with that.
As I've said before in the topic, I was hoping FFXIV would be FFXI-2. They've changed a lot of stuff that I'll have to get used to, but I'd rather play a game that I like than a game that everyone but me likes. If everyone else likes it, that's preferable, but if I don't like the game, I'm going to quit and I really don't care how popular it is.
Tell me right now, if you HAD to pick between "a game you like with a reasonable sized player base" -OR- "a game you don't like with a huge player base that is all over the media", which one would you play? "A combination" or "A little of both" isn't an option; sure, it's preferable but I'm saying if you had to pick one or the other, which one would it be? My guess would be the first, right? Don't we all want to play a game that we like? I mean, I can't imagine someone actually coming out and saying "I know I hate this game, but everyone else plays it so I am playing it too".
We all want a game that we will want to play, and I think it's a fair statement to say that for each of us, we would consider things we want to see to be more important to us than things we don't want to see.