Wow. You do know that Final Fantasy XI's servers are all hosted in Japan right? There was no lag on that game. The Open Beta servers are not hooked up to a maximum bandwith connection. What company would waste their money doing that for a Beta. None, you are exactly right.
So many complaints on these forums as of late yet people really don't understand what a Beta is and how it works. Nothing is 100%. Everyone keeps saying this is like a 95% retail finished product. Wrong. Too much ignorance. I honestly hope a lot of people quit out of frustration over Beta. Less retards to play with. Sorry for trolling but that's how I feel.
And we were mostly on dial up back when FFXI was released, that's why there was no apparent lag, because we were all used to it.
Now, after being on a high speed low latency broadband connection for the last 5 years of my life, the lag in FFXIV is EXTREMELY potent. I have to doubt your words of a 'maximum bandwidth connection'. I cannot believe it until I see it. I have played multiple foreign games and they all have the latency of FFXIV. If Square can create that magical latency cure you mention, then ****, I may just turn religious.
Did you play FFXI? Did you see how everyone from Japan had an advantage over us North American people? Did you ever camp NMs and see the Japanese players tag them before they even appeared on your screen?
I'll admit I completely forgot about the global Japan hosted server that FFXI had because I haven't played it since 2005. I assumed FFXIV would be region split, but had to be shown the reality that it was the same as FFXI 8 years ago, Japan hosted global servers.
I'm used to low latency, I cannot stand having my actions take an upwards of 4 seconds to go off, being hit miles away by enemies, knowing people in another country have a huge advantage to us, etc. There is no enjoyment in fighting with the game and that's all I seem to be doing.
I loved FFXI, but it seems FFXIV is not going to be for me. Too many problems which aren't going to be resolved at release, and one that's never going to be resolved.