SE kinda shot themselves in the foot here... repeatedly. They might not have done better by releasing the regular and collector's at the same time, but they certainly wouldn't have done any worse.
Out of 43 Japanese reviewers the game got 3 five star reviews and 36 one star reviews. Not good. Very not good.
They are up to 40 one star reviews now. Using the google translator usually sucks, but it translated it well enough for me to recognize that they are ****** with the same things we are.
SE just doesn't listen - we are telling them point BLANK what the problems are, and from closed Alpha up until now they have basically just given us the finger. Get rid of the ******* market wards - they don't work. Fix the UI - it doesn't work. Clean up the menus - they take too much time. Fix the lag - it's at an unacceptable level even for a game that just launched - not every UI interaction requires a response from the server. Needs to be client side. Optimize the code - I'm sick of this game which isn't really superior to anything else out there chewing the **** out of my cores. Get rid of all this fatigue nonsense. If you weren't ready for people to reach level cap, then you shouldn't have released the game. I can't play with my friends because they all hit fatigue by the time I can play on the weekends with them. It's ridiculous.
They should have fixed all these issues before shipping those boxes. They deserve the horrible reviews they are getting. I don't feel in the least bit sorry for them. This is what happens when you don't listen to ANYTHING your players want.
What's ironic, is that the NA side is actually more forgiving with the reviews. Our reviews tend to be more lengthy, but we are at least giving them an average of 3 stars. Still, they have a lot of work to do before this game reaches even the basic level of playability that FFXI has.