The following is a rant about everyone's favorite indifferent developer.
With the recent interviews given at Gamescom do people here still trust SE? I'm beginning to see a group that is more concerned with appealing to people who don't really like to play videogames all that much. I mean this surplus thing is pretty insulting to me as a gamer who has held FFXI account ever since it came out on PC in the USA (I know this isn't FFXI but it doesn't mean that they need to sabotage all the fun aspects of it to prove a point). Intentionally hampering someone's ability to level a job because the dev doesn't want them to have an unfair advantage over people who don't really want to play the game seems infuriatingly idiotic to me. I was stoked for this game before but now it seems that SE is going out of their way to please an imaginary demographic of uber-sensitive casual gamers. It's hard for me to understand why I would pay for a game that will actively limit my ability to play it. I'm sorry but it seems like they are either stalling due to lack of content or want to stretch the amount of time that it takes for someone to reach the endgame to make a few more bucks. Either way I'm increasingly feeling a lack of in-game freedom from SE's attitude toward their beta testers. Why pay for a subscription if the game is rigged to not allow me to focus on a specific task for too long. I tend to be obsessional and that's what I love about MMOs. I love diving into a specific role for extended periods of time and then mixing it up by spending the next obsessive period doing another role.
I'm not even going to bother ranting about the UI because I assume that it will be sorted out by launch. I will say, if it is not fixed by the release SE risks losing a large group of players because of basic playability issues.
For the record I've been dying for this game to come out ever since it was announced at E3 over a year ago. I recently got in the beta and wasn't expecting anything extremely polished, so this isn't me being angry with bugs or lack of content. However, between the UI issues, the 48hr leve cooldown, and this surplus crap I'm really beginning to lose faith that SE actually cares about what their fanbase wants. I'm not going to cancel my CE preorder or do anything dramatic because I still have faith that they'll have a solid MMO humming along by their first expansion pack. However, I am getting a little nervous that SE won't listen to fans until the initial launch subscriptions start to go away because of their stubborn choices. I hope they listen to all of us beta testers while they have the chance but I'm not holding my breath.
So, is anyone else finding that they have a little less faith in SE these days? And if you feel the need to just flame me go ahead, I couldn't care less about responses that don't have any constructive arguments or complimentary points.