I think instead of lazy you mean 'purposeful art direction.'
And a lot of it has to do with starting areas in general. Everyone is wearing gray!
And as much as I didn't mind WoW's colors I'd rather have understated than overstated colors.
No, that isn't "purposeful art direction" and trying to say it is is moronic.
Creating a game in a film noir style is a purposeful art direction. Having your game be based in cel shading is a purposeful art direction.
Using the most boring and unimaginative colors possible in the spectrum isn't a purposeful art direction; it's being blind as a dead man.
Are you for srs? Have you PLAYED any of the Alpha/Beta? Have you done more than stare at a wall? I've been through many, many areas, and the colors ARE more vibrant than FFXI. Just because a company doesn't choose a palette based on electic greens, neon pinks, ect. ect. DOES NOT detract from the quality of the overall graphics. The game (graphics) sets a specific mood. It's sombre, aiming more at realism (of color) than " OMG ITS A PURDY NEON PONY WITH A DOUBLE RAINBOW ON ITS ****!" or WoWs more...i don't want to say cartoony, however the palette was created geared towards younger individuals.
Take into consideration that SE's MMOs (other than the korean run F.E.Z) are geared towards a more mature audience with more focus on gameplay (and content) than sheer number (or brightness) of colors.
I'm NOT saying that FFXIV is better than WoW, both have their strong points. Everyone has their opinions, however, it is IGNORANT to say a game is ugly as **** due to JUST the color scheme.
The entire first post of your is mostly ignored simply because you believe that there's only the "WoW" style and the "FFXI/FFXIV" style of coloring. Newsflash: go play any past Final Fantasy aside from those two (especially 6, 8, and 12 which attempted the most realistic looking settings they could given the setting of the plots and they STILL had more believable and life breathing color choices) and honestly tell me that "sombre" is "realistic". This "more realistic color" nonsense needs to stop because it's utterly stupid. If you look outside and the world looks as bland as FFXIV does you *seriously* need to go get your eyes checked because you're going blind (or cataracts is setting in).
Their MMOs aren't geared towards a more "mature" audience. They're geared towards imbecilic die hard fans that would buy fermented **** in a bottle labeled "Potion" and happily guzzle it down. Muted colors mixed with some childish sexual references and cussing doesn't make your game mature.
AH was opened a month after release date in FFXI.
I don't think that it's a worthy benchmark to use, personally. Just because the did a bad job at release for FFXI doesn't mean that it's ok to do the same at the release for FFXIV. Plus, since FFXI opened in Japan months before it did in the US, the US release was far more polished than the JP release was. Again, I don't think that "well it happened last time" is a good excuse to continue executing bad ideas.
I don't see why not. They've done the same types of decisions this time and people still line up to buy it, knowing they're going to get the same type of gameplay, experience, customer service, and treatment from the company. They could wrap a **** in puff pastry, bake it, and market it as "Remedy" and the same type of people would buy it. Edited, Sep 12th 2010 9:20am by StrijderVechter