The update has come and gone. There were some fantastic additions incorporated and the improvements to the UI were a godsend. However, I now find myself still staring at a mostly empty LS, and even when people ARE online, most of them don't even communicate. What I've found is that because of the way battles require constant focus, people just don't feel compelled to speak to one another because it is an absolute chore while doing anything battle related.
Wasn't SE supposed to be improving chat ability during battles? Has anything actually changed in that regard since release? I personally haven't noticed any difference since Beta Phase 3, and I think it is really killing the game. The reason I play mmo's is because of the people I play them with. I don't want to only be focused on battling all the time. I want to talk to my friends in game. I want to be able to casually chat about anything I want whenever I want. Instead, I find that the only times I am really chatting are when I'm crafting or when I'm searching market wards. And even while crafting, the chat log STILL resets every time you complete a synth or start a synth.
I posted in another thread that I think auto-attack might be the solution, but I'd like to get other thoughts on it. Although auto-attack would alleviate a lot of these issues, I really don't want the game to just become a ffxi clone with updated graphics. Is there a way to improve communication in the game without completely overhauling the battle interface? If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.