I'm really hoping FFXIV is another failure of Vanguard proportions.
Square Enix is seriously in need of a good slap in the face. They will never change unless something like this happens.
They are like Intel used to be before AMD CPUs started surpassing the P4 and they were forced to finally get rid of the crappy Netburst architecture and create Core 2.
Nvidia was also like this after the Geforce 4 line and started putting out sh*tty products until AMD started kicking their asses and they were forced to improve.
"We can put anything out and people will suck it down because we're are Square Enix, the greatest game company in the industry. We are always right. People have no right to complain because it is a privilege to use our products"
Square Enix has to be shown that this is not the case. It will be painful for them in the short term but in the long run it will be better for the company if FFXIV is a massive money wasting failure that causes them to reassess what they've been doing.
I seriously doubt Square-Enix thinks like this. The market for videogames is very active and they're not close to the biggest MMO creator. That of course goes to lizzard. There's plenty of other options that are more successful than them right now too. Guildwars is a big one and the new Starwars game is going to be an ample challenger too.
SE has no sort of corner on offline videogames too, and haven't for a while, not even in the RPG market. Oblivion, Dragon Age, even the Mass Effect games. All of them highly successful, and have been for a while now.
Die! Die die die. die die die die, die die. - Scarlet Briar