After playing the open beta for a few days now, i can safely say that FFXIV works for me.
I used to be a hardcore FFXI player..easily hitting at least 40 hours a week. I belong to the first wave of players who started playing the game when it was first released. But I was younger then, single and without much of a care in the world.
Years later, I am now married with a beautiful baby girl. I have family to feed, housing mortgage to pay and car loan to service. Can I still play like I used to? Well, I think I am lucky if I can get to play 2 hours a day...that is uninterrupted.
Looking back at FFXI, it was good for me...I had already reached lvl 75 yrs ago and done enough endgame to retire. I was happy playing campaign and getting some kills but thats about it. The game had gone stale for awhile and the expansion pack started to beginning to look a lot more like last burst of revenue making for Square instead of effort to make FFXI more interesting. I gave up on FFXI when they raised the level cap...gave away my gils...thank you Square for telling me after years of playing that I am not good enough and i need to level up more.
FFXIV on the other hand, redeem Square for me. I seen lotsa of threads commenting how ffxiv is and is not. For me though, it simply is. I can see myself playing casually and yet still making progress in a satisfying way.
I am sure there are others like me...FFXIV basically fills in the gap that FFXI used to dominate.