I know that this is a feeling not shared by all, but with the outline of upcoming changes here, it has renewed my optimism for this game, and has made me decide to continue playing it again, after taking a break from it for a few weeks.
I really think we are going to end up with a game that is significantly better than ffxi, but I do think it is going to take some time to get there. The game has a big hump to get over, mainly that being the bad press it has received and the continuing negative reactions from a large part of the community.
But a lot of that negativity will dissipate in time. There is not a reasonable issue that I have heard that just simply put, is not going to be fixed over the next year. Whether people want to wait a year or not is questionable, well... let's be realistic... it's doubtful, but there will still be enough people playing the game to keep it going. And come a year from now we will have so much more content, and almost all of our frustrations are being resolved as we speak.
I don't expect that many of the upcoming changes are going to satisfy those who are already beyond ticked off about the game. I think most of the really vocal people have already made up their minds, and nothing short of a true miracle patch is going to change that. I don't think these people are going to enjoy the game until it's had a few years of development, expansions and content added to the game.
But for those of us who are interested in seeing this game succeed, despite its current flaws, I think we have a lot to look forward to. I think we are going to end up with what many of us expected... a true sequel to FFXI, after the fashion of FF sequels in general.... that being something that retains the same feel, but has a totally different world and progression system. Well, perhaps I speak broadly there, but that's what I expected, and that's the feeling I get from a lot of other posters.
So for those of you who are with me in seeing this thing through, I am glad to say I will be playing regularly again, and that I have great hope for where this game is going, and that once again, I have the feeling that this game is worth paying for, even as is, but especially with what I am looking forward to seeing.
For those who scoff at this, I bear you no hard feelings. And I think time will prove this game to be a cut above most of the rest. It won't be as popular as WoW Cataclysm, The Old Republic, or Guild Wars II I am guessing... but I do believe it will have a healthy and loyal community, where those who do decide to play, will be able to enjoy themselves as much as they did in FFXI, in a game that puts a different spin on things, and which ultimately, I believe, will offer more than its predecessor.
Thanks for reading all, may you have a great weekend no matter whether you agree with me or not. Happy gaming!