With the FFXIV Free-Trial(?Paid Beta?) coming to an end undoubtedly many people will move on to greener pastures. I think its fair to say that many FFXIV fans on these boards were also huge fans of FFXI. Thats why I am so interested in what games players will swap to. What will wet your whistle for that unique flair/magic that FFXI had? I find disappointment in so many mainstream MMOs I was really rooting for 14's success. Has anyone found that magic elsewhere or think they see it in an upcoming title? For me the most enjoyment I have had is through the new Nexxon game Vindictus. Sure its a free MMO but it has an amazing engine and has provided many hours of stress-free enjoyment for me. So how about it where is your next fix coming from?
I don't know what I'm going to do ... there really isn't any thing out there right now as far as MMO's go, at least that I personally enjoy. I absolutely hate PvP so games like EVE Online and Aion are completely out.
WoW was fun while it lasted (yeah yeah, I know, I said WoW) but the game has gotten too boring. They don't add anything in their expansions. Cataclysm is a big disappointment (Beta Tester). They did some good things to some of the classes, some bad things, but as far as the gameplay goes ... it's just more of the same. They added two new races ... big bleeping deal, races mean nothing in non-PVP play. Add some new classes however.... then we're talking.
Star Wars: The Old Republic might be possible, I honestly don't know much about it. I read an article about how space combat was scripted and on rails which made me go "WTF?!?". Galaxies had full control space combat why the **** can't Bioware do the same or even better? But no, they take a giant step backwards =/ Then there is the PvP issue, I don't know yet if it will be open PvP or if I can happily play the game without going near it (and not suffer for it).
I'm in the same boat as Wint. I don't plan on leaving FFXIV for anything else in the foreseeable future, but if the rumored Wheel of Time MMO ever comes to fruition and is actually good, that'd probably be the only thing I'd give time to in the MMO genre.
Wheel of Time ... what an awesome book series. I'm reading the book that released this month as we speak, nearly finished with it. Odd to think that in just a year or so the series will finally be completed after so many books. Because I do like the books so much ... I think I would be disappointed in anything they did for a game. Who knows though, I would cry if they made it into an open PvP game. I kind of hope for a movie series also ... but they'd probably butcher the entire story horribly (Harry Potter would probably be the easiest comparison for most people) or destroy the ending (Lord of the Rings).