Hello I haven't posted on these forums before and i have to say they have been a great source of information.
However as i have read through threads and seen comments on both the EU beta forums and around the web. It seems to me that FFXIV while being highly anticipated faces a huge crisis concerning what people think the game is and should be.
Here's what i mean by this.
People approaching FFXIV appear to come from 3 distinct schools of thought.
1. The world of warcraft idealist: while many of us have enjoyed Wow at some point or another. This ex or current wow player believes firmly that WoW is the pinicale of MMO gaming. While this may have some truth to it. This wow player believes WoW systems are the only workable standard for mmo. Failure to implent things like
The same UI
The same class system
The same marketing system
THe same questing system
The same icons above merchants and quest givers heads
The same combat style.
The same guild system
Equal this game to being a total failure. This crowd should not be underestimated For they are often the most vocal. Games like AoC, Warhammer online ,global agenda and to some extent champions online have all had developers having to cave in to this crowd. Oddly enough This is an interesting time for this crowd. As you all know catalsym is being realeased soon. So more often than not this crowd is just playing this game as something pretty until cata comes out. But make no mistake they will never ever accept this game.
2. The Trinity (reasonable Ex FFXI players, misc players and reasonable ex Wow players)
These gamers have come into FFXIV for the solo purpose of seeing or hoping this is a good game. That is the most important thing to them. Not if this is wow or FFXI just that this game actually is fun and entertaining. They voice their opinion on key issues that bother them but are also willing to be contructive if the cause calls for it. They too have their bais either way but notably they are just bored of the old gen mmos and are looking for a decent new home. Mostly because there hasn't been a decent mmo since wow and ffxi.
So they know that really the mmo market really needs another option other than wow.
If this game is bad some ff fans will stay but most will leave because other attempts at good mmos are coming out soon. SE has to aim to keep these gamers.
3. The FFXI Junkies
These gamers are split into 2 groups. 1 of these groups i truely sympathise with. the other is very very angry for a very fimilar reason.
3a. The raging veretran: This gamer is either a long time ffxi player or just quit recently. However he does want to play this new final fantasy but like the WoW idealist he thinks Every thing about Ffxi was the greatest invention since sliced bread. For much the same reasons as the wow idealist. he truley believes that yeah FFXIV fails completely cos it's not FFXI with better graphics.
He's annoyed cos you don't have to spend 6 hours camping a HNM
He's annoyed cos everything just isn't as grind intensive.
He's annoyed cos some of the classes in FFXI aren't in this one which some how makes everything about this game bad.
Again with this player FFXIV never stood a chance.
Now the next version of the FFXI junky i truley empathise with.
3b. The rapture victims.
As anyone will tell you. Once FFXIV comes out there will be a huge flood of ex and current ffxi players moving over to FFXIV. It's just what's going to happen. This type of gamer however for what ever valid reason he may have does not wish to leave ffxi. while this is fine he or she will have to suffer the reality that as the rapture occurs less and less players will turn up in ffxi. which is already seeing a reduction in size. This will possibly mean server merges and what not. Now SE has promised to keep ffxi going as long as players play it but the question most always be in the back of their mind. how long is that going to be? what i mean is the end is in sight and naturally they will take their anger out on the game that caused it.
It should be noted that Rapture victims can often sound like the raging verteran but truly are not and just love ffxi a **** of alot.
Anyway that's my take on how things stand at the moment and like everyone else out there i am excited about realease and will see what's in store for the furture of the game.
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