In FFXI the crafting system was very advanced and something that took a long time to master, however obtaining the items to craft with where very hard to get at certain points. Since the game was only soloable for most jobs to a average level of 20 collecting the required items for some crafts meant grouping was the only option or buying them from the auction house.
The leveling system was nice to a degree as well but forced grouping came into play past level 20 besides a couple of jobs. It was fun to group and learn all the dynamics of the game however if you didnt have at least a good 2 or more hours to group you wouldnt get very far or sometimes even accepted into groups, making the casual players have a really hard time leveling. There where not very many quests to do besides missions and artifact, none of which helped to getting experience for leveling up, making the only option to level was to group and grind experience in certain zones to obtain a higher level.
So my questions for FFXIV are, will you be able to solo in the game without forced grouping to level up. Are there going to be any quests available to do for experience or money. And will crafting be something you are able to do by farming your own materials and not having to rely on grouping to obtain the items to craft with.
This is looking to be a very nice game, if anyone has any info on these questions it would be greatly appriciated.
Thanks in advance for all your answers!