Ignoring your playerbase is a surefire way to lead to a game's demise these days. Feel free to preach FFXI purity about the ***************** old days, but sometimes I feel like MMO stands for "Massive Minority Opinion" instead of what we typically associate with it. Sure, fun's relative, but if a little compromise of vision can mean 5 million subscribers instead of 500k, you'd be a fool to not go for the former. It's rather rare those compromises are as damning as those with the 'MMO' complex attempt to spin and portray to further their agenda. Game, not job. Game.
Then again, this is also coming from someone who believes SE doesn't do enough, is often too slow to react to issues, and outright wasted a huge chunk of XI's potential, PS2 limitations or not.
More on release, I don't doubt it'll be up. Short of specialized cut-scenes, quest composition shouldn't be too hard to do to counter complaints of nothing to do. Sadly, people expect more than Kill X, Fetch Y, or Go To Z and do Q quests or some combination of the three without offering suggestions or realizing that pretty much covers all that's physically possible in this medium. Some don't want hand-holding while exercising hypocrisy in demanding and/or browsing player guides for everything they do. We've only been subject to the LL side of the world, too. So, even if quests may be a bit dry in a region, it might encourage travel to the others and jump through their hoops.
Anyway, no release ever goes off perfectly. There will likely be congestion issues and balance matters will likely spring up more and more as beta testers thinking they found a neat "trick" wouldn't report something so they could abuse it at launch to get ahead. I'm hoping the PC release is more than just a PS3 beta, but I guess to some degree that's as silly as saying XI is XIV's beta. I'm just worried people won't be able to fairly criticize a game that's less than a month out of release against another that's creeping up on 8 years, or WoW, or EQ, or other flavor MMO.
Violence good. **** bad. Yay America.