I don't understand the stance that I see so many people take. How could any purposed fix happen "too late?" Regardless of when the fix comes, each of us has already purchased the game. We own it. For ever. If they fix the game in two years from now as a worst case scenario. Will you refuse to play it out of spite? Will you honestly waste your money?
It really is too bad that the state of the game is dismal right now. It's a shame that we were handed this mess for the price we paid. The point is, we did pay. That leaves us with a few options. We can play anyway, to get that head start. To be in a better position either in terms of rank, or in terms of gil. Adversely, we could refuse to play an incomplete game. Either option is valid; If the game doesn't run well for you, if you're bored with what we have available... don't play. It's very obviously well within your rights. This brings us to the point that I just can't wrap my head around: If you don't want to play now, why refuse to play when it's fixed? You already spent the money.
As frosty as Square Enix has been towards it's player base, they were constantly at least attempting to improve FFXI. Some changes alienated one group, while supporting another. What they did do, however, was keep XI running, and keep new content being added in. Why does everyone seem to think that the level of content we have now for XIV is what we're getting stuck with for ever? Considering the phenomenal amount of money they have put into FFXIV, surely it would be asinine for them to leave it to die. Not when they can lure so many of us back by doing the right thing. Yes, they should have done the right thing already. The game should have been released finished. "Should have" is different than "did." We have what we have, and there is no going back. The game can only improve from this point. Cheer up.
Let's say someone buys a new video card for $70 with no refund clause (just like buying FFXIV). After two days it dies ( the person realizes there's no real difference between launch and the previous beta, there's nothing to really do, etc.). So they call the manufacturer for a replacement ( tell SE on forums and through reviews they want real content and ridiculous systems fixed). The store (SE)says it'll take 8 weeks (two months) to authorize and send the replacement. They'll also need another $12.99 (sub) for shipping.
Now what do you think most people would do? Sit with no video card (game) while waiting for their new card (patched game) and spending an extra $12.99 on top of the $70 they already paid originally just to see if the new card (patched game) will work better than what they have now?
Or will they just write off the card (game) as crap, cut their losses, and get a new card (game) that they can use and enjoy now?
And this, my friend, is why the time they've given people "free" while sitting back and waiting to patch in all their promises is mostly wasted, because people are cutting their losses for a game they can play now and not in December. For them, the money has already been wasted.
By the time they get tired of the game they chose to play now instead of FFXIV, SW:ToR, Rifts, and a bunch more new mmos will be out. Why look back when you can just go forward? FFXIV will just be a distant memory, just like AoC, Vanguard, and other "failed" mmos are to their launch players. Edited, Nov 5th 2010 12:34am by Zorvan