I'm sticking around regardless of the subscription being charged or not.
I've said many times when complaining about the shortcomings of this game that I wanted very much for it to succeed.
If I pull my sub, I'm addding to the chance SE will look at the sub numbers and decide it's not worth it.
I gotta put my money where my mouth is, at least until the end of the year, or else I'd feel I was just being a big ole whiner. Make no mistake though, if these november and december updates leave us feeling like they are still not getting it, I'm out. I don't just mean the obvious things either, like search functions, chat, UI issues, crafting streamlining, better optmization for the PC (the ONLY crowd that's playing atm)- but the old SE suspects will be on my radar as well. If I see just as many things broken, or ninja'ed from these updates, it'll be just as detrimental to my opinion as any overlooked content.
Oh and if I'm still playing FFXIV Track and Field come December, that'll be a big ole red x on teh scorecard as well.
I've had quite enough of spending 1/2 my playtime running from town to town to camp and back again, and feeling like it's Christmas when I have more than 10 anima.
I just want to say that I'm judging you. I think that while you're entitled to your opinion, what if you quit following these holiday patches that aren't enough to fix the game in your eyes? Yet Joe standing next to you patiently waits and S-E miraculously fixes everything 3 months later. I think it's evident that anyone who has quit already believed that SE should of had their game more polished and ready to go. If you and a few friends are holding out on a miracle that not only does SE fix the game, but that enough people return to play a game that is supposed to be "future proofed". I realize you probably fall into the category of giving SE the benefit of the doubt and that's fine by me. I'm just very skeptical that SE can bring back the quitters or the people who swore a=off the game upon receiving the bad reviews. I'll tell you straight up, the game isn't worth the $50 dollar price tag. I don't care if SE fixes 99% of the issues. A game that's this "damaged" by word of mouth is going to have to fight the stigma by other players. My solution is to have S-E offer it free including a month of playtime if they honestly expect people to play this game in the future. Honestly, I have very low expectations for the PS3 launch now.
My prediction is for FFXIV to be dead by June 2011. By dead, I mean less paying customers than FFXI. I don't think any amount of patches can save this mess of a game. The game engine alone is terribly boring and mundane. It almost reeks of FF Mystic Quest all over again.
Judging me for what?
I was stating how I personally will react to a free or not free november subscription. I in no way meant that's how anyone else should feel or react. I ran my mouth off a few times on these boards about things I didn't like about the game, AND that I was willing to see if SE hits the target with these updates. I can't very well do anything different without being a big ole hypocrite. That's me.
I'm sure not everyone said or felt those same things, and I totally get why anyone and everyone wouldn't want to pay for November as only half the updates will be ready, and not until the END of the month. Trust me, I feel like I have egg on my face for shelling out the money for new equipment to play XIV on, and for pre-ordering the CE so I could see the game was incomplete 8 days before some people. I feel like a sucker to be honest, but I'm willing to give my investment a chance, and to do that I have to support it at least until I see the level of competence in these next two updates.
"Don't take it personally man, white knights would eat a can of **** if the label said SE on it. If anyone dared mention that it was not a good product, they'd just argue if someone can't appreciate the subtle nuances in the ****, they should just go back to eating lolrealfood, cuz the devs prolly know more about canning food than they do."