NMs do not exist outside of leves, as stated in one of the interviews with the devs I read a few days ago.
Can you link the interview?
I think people got the wrong impression from the dev's pre-live commentary. They said there will be guildleve NMs, but I don't think they ever said there WON'T be any roaming NMs. The pre-live statements were mistranslated I think by ffxivcore.com to say there weren't any open world NMs, but the write-up was subsequently changed to correct the error.
This is basically what SE has said about NMs, to my knowledge (as posted by Eorzeapedia, not sure who translated):
Notorious Monsters will be added, most of them being different in appearance than their family members. Some are larger than Morbols!
Several high level leves will be introduced. New monsters, rules and operation locations will be included in these. Guildleve based NM battles will also be introduced.
These two quotes do not mean no open world NMs.
Here are my sources:
FFXIVCore: http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/17035-final-fantasy-xiv-pre-launch-event-coverage/ Edited, Sep 28th 2010 2:37pm by MightyMolasses
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