History is against a turnaround. FFXIV will go on to have a modest number of subscribers but their dream of a WoW competitor are essentially over at this point. You only get one launch with an MMO and SE screwed the pooch on that. They will also have to scale back or outright cancel their plans for fully mocapped and voiced content on a three month release schedule because that will cost more development money that what can be justified for a game with 300-400k subscribers.
You get two lunches. One on PC, one on PS3.
The second (PS3) launch has already be detrimentally affected by the first (PC)launch.
People who game on PS3 and PC and have a computer capable of running XIV.
People who game on PS3 and PC and have a computer capable of running XIV and were planning to buy two copies of XIV.
People who only game on PS3.
People who are waiting on PS3 release to see if the game has changed.
The only people from the PS3 lunch affected by the PC version are the ones in group B. That's a very tiny group.
A clear example of this is bayonetta on PS3 and XBOX. A bad port in a different console didn't stop the game from being succesful. Edited, Nov 9th 2010 9:43pm by MajidahSihaam
Hate to tell you, but there is no group B.
If you have a PC account, your account works on the PS3 also. See, I have a PS3. I figured I'd play the PC version until the PS3 version came out, since it would theoretically run better on the PS3 and the UI is already designed for it. But considering how the PC version has been treated, and how we as customers are being treated ( I don't pay a subscription to beta test ANY game), I won't be playing either version by the time it comes out on PS3.
Bet you I'm not the only one.
Edit: Also, the game the console players see in reviews is the same they're going to be getting. Same game, same controls, same UI. The only difference is they are going to have lesser graphics ( see those "recommended settings" SE has posted? The 1280 x 768 resolution?). Yeah, that's what the PS3 users are getting graphics wise. Otherwise known as 720p.
PS3 players are watching what happens with the PC. They see if there's any improvement, they see the "promises", and they see how the company treats its customers. By the time the PS3 version releases, SE's reputation will have preceded them. Edited, Nov 9th 2010 10:00pm by Zorvan Edited, Nov 9th 2010 10:03pm by Zorvan