Anybody else impressed with how fast SE is patching some of these issues?
I got Starcraft 2 shortly after release and it took them over a month to release the first balance patch. They also haven't added things like chat rooms or clan support which everyone is pretty peeved about. There was a lot of negative criticism towards Blizzard for the lack of speed in their updates and their lack of communication with the community, despite having official boards.
I'm just comparing the FFXIV release to the SC2 release and SE seems to be fixing what needs to be fixed and doing it fast. Granted this release is a complete disaster, where SC2 was a decent game right out of the gate so I guess they need to get their asses in gear.
Also, I might be saying this a little bit early. I just know that they patched last week and fixed a bunch of key issues people were having (group exp, chatting while crafting, etc.) and they also said they would be fixing the retainer issue, which it appears they are doing this week (maintenance scheduled for the 15th). They have also mentioned that the UI is their top priority so I expect some improvements there as well in the near future.
I guess what I'm saying is that assuming they keep patching the game as often as they seem to be, and assuming those patches continue to be important fixes, like they seem to be, I will be quite impressed with SE's damage control and they might actually be able to save this trainwreck of a game. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the game despite all the problems, so I'm happy to see them fixing things so I can enjoy it even more.
I know it's popular to bash SE here (which they deserve, quite frankly these patches are things that should have been fixed in BETA, or **** even before then) but they seem to be doing more than people give them credit for. They are acknowledging the problems and they appear to be fixing them in a timely manner. Of course they didn't come out and say "oops our game is a POS, sorry" like everyone wants them to. But they admit the retainer system sucks, they acknowledge that everyone hates the UI, and they asked reviewers to wait a month to review the game, which tells me they are planning on making some big changes in the next month.
My point is that the future looks promising for this game. I absolutely agree that they messed up big time with the release, and should have fixed a lot of these issues prior to release. However, what's done is done and from where we are now I'm thinking that most of the issues will be resolved by the time the playstation release hits. I personally enjoy this game already, so I'm happy to see the improvements come and looking forward to continue playing.
Just my little reverse-rant to balance out all the ranting the rest of you are doing :)