Some people just need to learn to let go and move on. FFXI is so far along in its lifespan that the only people still playing it are the ones who won't leave their friends, won't leave their gear, or can't afford the hardware necessary to play a newer MMO. Mechanically, XI is so far behind anything on the mainstream market it'll never bring in enough new faces who would stick around long enough to pay for the cost of a full graphics engine overhaul. FFXI was good for its time. It's time being > 5 years ago. Not trying to stomp on whimsical dreams because I know nobody would ever in their right might seriously nurture hope that SE would ever invest that kind of coin updating such a dinosaur of a game, I'm just sayin' what I'm sayin'.
It has nothing to do with letting go, you talk as though 14 is ffxi but better but it really isnt. 14 is a terrible game and honestly far behind many current games too in every aspect except graphics which will be wildly tamed down for ps3 and be a huge stumbling block for updates later on too "ps3 limitations". If I personally had to quit FFXI I would have to find something else, FFXIV just does nothing for me and a lot of other people (including many XI players), just cause it was made by Square doesn't follow XI players will like this game. I personally hated it to death and comparing it to XI made me see just how hollow it is.
I'm not sure I would like a cataclysm type update for FFXI, i'm not that happy with what they have done lately so more would probably kill that game for me too. I think the last year or two have been completely negative, level cap increase that was unneeded imo and a launch of a new terrible game. I don't like what the level cap did to XI and I hate XIV like no game I've ever played before, at least XI is still fun right now though. Whether it will remain so when they finalise the level increase i have no idea but no matter how much they ruin it the honest truth is a lot of XI fans will never be able to get into FFXIV and it has a very small audience outside of that.
Ultimately I think they will end up ruining XI and since FFXIV is a pretty big failure with a bleak future they will lose on both fronts, sad really since I have no other MMO that gives me any intrest at all currently. Edited, Nov 1st 2010 5:27am by preludes