I definitely got the impression from reading this that they've decided to release an inferior produce (inferior to FFXI specifically) so they can fix it later.
Hardware mouse? FFXI's got it, same dev team... FFXIV? Nope, and Tanaka-san says it isn't planned
Auction house? Every MMO on the planet's got it, FFXIV? Nope, apparently the crush of bazaars is better especially with limited to no search options for finding what you want among the horde of retainers
Guildleves? Most modern MMOs have some way of handling guided questing and that's basically all this is, except now we're supposed to do 8 of them every 48 hours and if we want to play for more than an hour every 2 days we should find other people to help. Except for several glaring problems:
- There's no way to know if someone has guildleves to contribute to your party
- If you, as a party, complete a guildleve that more than one person has, it completes for everyone that has it. This means you can't chain duplicate leves
- The most efficient method of doing this now becomes joining a party while holding zero leves, and coordinating amongst yourselves who the leves are coming from at any given time.
- Oh btw, you have to teleport back to town to get them (4 anima) and then teleport back to camp to do them (4 anima), at a minimum you're spending 8 anima for this single party, you generate 4 anima per 24 hour period (real time). So 8 anima per 48 hour guildleve cooldown.... Guess you're only meant to play the game every 2 days?
I don't understand how the design of this game can be so flawed. It's not like the developers have never made an MMO before, but looking at these things you'd think they didn't even know what it stood for. This is almost insulting, because you know they can do better than this and are choosing not to.
This pretty much sums up how I feel. People have been raging for pages upon pages on the feedback forums of the beta test site about how angry they are about the lack of a Auction House and the guildleve cool down/lack of more guildleves/lack of content. I mean, it's something people are angry about in the masses. Pages upon Pages of angry rants about them, and Square Enix just decides to ignore all of this.
This is the exact attitude we don't need. This is the attitude it took Square Enix years to get passed in in FFXI but alas, it was too little too late, however once they DID, the remaining consumers, myself included, were much happier and put a lot more faith in Square Enix. In this day and time, you can't just ignore consumers so blatantly. We are in a economic worldwide recession, money is a lot harder to come by, people are more on edge than ever, and people have been playing MMORPG's long enough now that they know what works and what doesn't work. They know what they want and what they need.
When you completely ignore such large complaints with such disregard to the consumer, well... It really worries me. I WANT FFXIV to succeed and be it's best more than anything. I want to support it, I want it to do good and be it's best, but they will simply lose out on too many subscribers for the game to not tank if they don't listen to, and respect the community.
People don't want to go spend a hour looking through God knows how many bazaars (beta 3 already is like comparing a wal-mart supercenter to a small town gas station as far as rollanberry fields/market wards go) just to find simple things they need, like craftable items, food, crystals, and of course armor and weapons. It's almost as if Square Enix wants to fill in peoples time by making them spend hours shopping around for things... This is a bad bad bad idea because people will get sick of this really quickly. Auction Houses exist for a reason, they work, and they work well. They make buying and selling things and operating a in game economy much easier on the consumer.
I don't even know what to say about the guildleves. I can't even go into it looking at Square Enix's attitude concerning the Auction House feature. And no hardware mouse planned...? These are all things that there are honestly hundreds upon hundreds of PAGES of complaints and raging about on the beta forums with pretty much the entire population agreeing upon. Yet, Square Enix chooses to do things their way. I just, am really losing faith quickly in a company that I really deep down want to believe in.
I wonder if the saying in Japan goes "The company is always right"?