Well, I know the real reason SE has stretched the updates to 2011, thus hoping for people to sub while waiting:.
That would be an assumption on your part. And a cynical assumption, at that.
You know, it's not the state of the game that's likely to drive me away. It's the goddam community. Cynicism at every turn sucks the fun out of anything.
Its not cynicism .. its BUSINESS. If you had any experience in higher management you'd understand how every company cooks its books (legally) with underhanded tricks like these in order to get better numbers for the quarterly report. Its what determines the worth of their stock, future investments and yes, even their very jobs. Unfortunately, whatever airhead they have at SE making this decision, blundered big time by risking their biggest asset, the Final Fantasy brand name, in order to pad their earnings report.
You're complicating the **** out of something that's extremely simple. You think SE has all these updates ready and waiting to push live but they're sitting on them trying to drag out things hoping players are going to stick around for 3 more months? Are you off your meds? They've given us a timeline based on anticipated development time for the changes, nothing more, nothing less. Hence, cynicism. There's an entirely plausible explanation for why they're talking changes over three updates spanning into 2011 but you jump all in on this conspiracy theory that SE is actually trying to manipulate their customers and rah rah rah and THAT, my conspiratory friend, IS...CYNICISM. When your first response to anything is to set aside plausible alternatives in favor of the one that casts the least favorable light on something, you're a CYNIC.
PROVE MEH WRONG.
What do you think will create more profit for SE in the long run? Pushing the updates they supposedly have ready to go now and hopefully making more people happy and generate some positive press, or string along the players they do have who are on the verge of leaving the game thinking that if they can get just some of them to hang out through the New Year that they'll be stellar? Ya didn't think that one through too far, did ya? No. You didn't. Don't even.
And if your first response is to say anything along the lines of, "I didn't say the patches are ready..." then STOP. STOP RIGHT THERE, MONKEY BOY! Because if they're not ready now, but they'll be ready end of November/December and into 2011, then cooking the books has no ******* influence on anything SE is doing right now. Manipulating players in some hairbrained scheme only a retarded would-be fan could concoct has nothing to do with anything SE is doing right now.
"Ya, we've got all these updates our players are screaming for ready to go. We can have it all patched up by the end of November. Hopefully the players appreciate this."
"No, hold off."
"Wait. Release them over the course of three months. If you release them now, people on the fence might stay. If you wait three months, all we'll have left are the truly dedicated. TELL them we're going to be making the changes, but don't push them live yet."
"Are you nucking futs?"
"It's part of our plan. First, we weed out the undesirables. Namely, all but the fanboi-est of the fanbois. Then we recruit whoever is left into our army. We march on Berlin in August once we've done the same to our PS3 players."
"Ummm...WWII is over dude. All that's left of Berlin are peace loving Germans and some **** tasty sausages and saurkraut."
"LIES!! We march! Hold the patches! Besides, we'll make MORE money if we don't have to support server load for all those people on the verge of quitting. Yes, we could push the patches now and appease them and earn more subscription dollars, but this isn't about gaming or business! This is about WAR!"
Yer going to want to just stop a second, step back, find a clue and cling to it. Hold on to it for dear life, because you obviously let your last one go and look where it left you. Behave, monkey boy.