I think it's important to remember that Tanaka plays a major role in the development, but Komoto is slowly shaping up to be the front man. When the whole xp decay thing came about and Tanaka had his Twitter outburst about foreign media, a couple of days later Komoto stepped up and did what Tanaka should have started doing 8 years ago...he apologized for the lack of communication immediately prior and offered an explanation.
Let me say that again for emphasis...he apologized and explained. He had been away and unable to respond to the uproar. He explained the system a little more clearly. I didn't buy his excuse for not having been able to be in touch and I think the xp restriction is bologna, but he did what so many XI players spent so many frustrating months/years begging SE to do...he stepped up to the plate and talked.
SE has shown a willingness to adjust throughout the beta. Not everyone is happy with the scope of those adjustments and I'm not shy about my feelings with regards to the UI, but fair is fair...Komoto is trying. I think right now it's just a question of how long before they shuffle Tanaka out of the way and let the new blood step in and do it right. Tanaka has been a part of (almost?) every FF title in the franchise and for that I'm grateful. I enjoyed many, many hours of entertainment as a result in part of his efforts. Sadly, he's demonstrated over time that he just doesn't have the chops to oversee an MMO and keep his market outside of Japan truly happy.
Let me be the first to say, that I'm just as proud as you are that a particularly high ranking figure in the development team stepped up to the plate, put their big boy pants on and actually admitted their own wrongs. It's been a long time coming that we would see anything of that sort, and I've played FFXI since 01-02ish.
But as much as I want to applaud the idea of "trying" things become alot more difficult to withstand when money, time, and effort are all involved. Because while I can praise FFXI's adaptability, and take that instance as a sign for good things, it doesn't erase the nightmares that same team has put us through in the past.
The question right now, isn't whether or not they're trying, or making more than a conscious effort, the question is whether or not it's enough to warrant our time and money spent on a product that seems far from complete.
Let's take into consideration, that this is not the first game to hold an open beta so close to its launch. A handful of MMO's are doing it as time goes on, and I've tested many. Most notably, LOTRO. I have yet to see a game so close to release so plauged with flaws, especially when so many people are stressing servers and trying to access it at once, cause preparing the floodgates for the flood itself is pretty important.
Not being able to log onto the game for hours at a time, with no maintenance? That doesn't seem even the slightest bit familiar to anyone?
Constant server crashes, and bugs? Not ringing any bells?
This isn't about what they're doing, with such a potential product, and how they're working on it, but we need to wakeup and realize that "Just the beta" two weeks from release, is probably about as close as we're going to get to the genuine article. I would even go so far as to say that this Beta is more of a extended trial period to generate sales, then it is to actually playtest the game.
I'm not trying to sway anyone from loving the game as much as they do, nor am I trying to stir up a petition to push launch back till they get it down right. But I just want to take the time to mention that it feels like SE has made progress, but not enough to not clone their past mistakes on a bigger, more high definition scale in FFXIV. With LOTRO going free in four days, I'm trying to think from a standpoint larger then my own, that this game really has to sell itself to make it worth time spent, and nothing but its potential has done that in this beta.
My personal response to this, is to just not buy this product till I feel they're doing it right. I'd even say, let the first and faithful few be part of a special program called "paid beta" IE buying it on launch day. OP's response is to say that it should be pushed back. But the idea is that we're not all saying "This is the beta."
Some of us are saying "This kinda sucks." Edited, Sep 6th 2010 1:19am by TheLordOfTheSandwhich