Didn't they say they would go live with the same servers as in Beta plus another 10?
There had better be an Ultros server...
On pretty much any game forum that isn't exclusively FF fans, the overwhelming majority seem to believe that VIII and IX are the worst - but these are the same people who think VII, XII, and XIII are the "BEST EVER".
I'd probably agree that VIII and IX are the worst (though I did like the mechanics of VIII), but XIII is right down there with them. I've heard X-2 was a good game as long as you could ignore basically everything about it (which I couldn't). XII should
have been awesome, but it felt like Vagrant Story 2 was retitled FFXII at the last minute, had a ton of setting baggage shoehorned in to make it "fit the FF tradition" (the worst being a spiky-haired angsty teenager as the "main character"), and had about 200 hours of extraneous "gameplay" tacked on. I wanted
to see the whole story, but couldn't stand the hours of pointless BS between plot points. And Vaan needed to go the **** away.
I'd be hard-pressed to choose between I, IV, and X as my favorites. FFI was mind-blowingly awesome at the time ("A game that lasts more than 15 minutes!?!"), and IV and X had (for FF games) cohesive stories and solid characters.
If we want to extend the discussion to other Square games, Vagrant Story will get my vote hands down. I'll feel guilty about not picking Chrono Trigger (which is probably their best game on all fronts), but it won't change my mind.