"Considering the nature of much of the feedback we received, however, and the current state of the game, we have decided to extend the free trial period for all users"
- If that's not directly admitting that the game isn't worth the money, then I dunno what is. =P It doesn't get much more straight up than that IMO. I mean obviously they're not going to say "lol we F'd up bad"... As far as communication from a large company like SE, I'd basically call that as close as you'll ever see to saying "We are sorry for F'ing up"
Actually fixing the problems would be the best form of apology. I'm just curious why people are almost clamoring over the little bit of shine these issues are finally getting. Aside from the market wards, which hadn't been implemented until later in beta, you could've found all the necessary feedback to correct these issues back in April/May.
I agree with you that all of these things should have been there since the beginning, but we're kind of beating a dead horse with that fact IMO. I don't think there's a single person on here that disagrees with the fact that they rushed the game out. They set a VERY aggressive release date, and had to make some major cutbacks to throw together a "playable" game by that date. I'm not by any means saying that was a cool business move, but hearing that it's all getting fixed and brought to where it should have been at release is verrry comforting....especially since.... I really LOVE the actual game. ;)
People try to, but they really can't anymore. I was bashed to **** and back on the alpha testing forums for suggesting that this game would not be in shape to play before 2011. The other thing is, it's not "all getting fixed". Half of these things are issues players could do without and don't really have an affect on gameplay. Stuff like adding a <pos> function seems to be there just to make the list look bigger. The things related to UI, party mechanics and other major issues people have are only being fed the typical blanket response of "we will continue to take a look at, we're investigating the possibility of, in the future we may make adjustments to..." and so on. For some people this is enough, but this is a dance I've seen many times from SE throughout FFXI, XIV alpha/beta and now after a depressing release.
As far as the free month goes I was simply stating that it's more of a "we're ************ response than a "we're sorry" response. They're hemorrhaging and doing what they need to do to control it.