The only plausible explanation for the condition of FFXIV that I can see is that development was largely farmed out to a Chinese company, a suggestion I first read in this forum. I suspect SE is responsible for the graphics, story and cutscenes, but that taking the example of the producers of anime and anime figures, they had the actual gameplay mechanics designed and developed by a Chinese company. Know any good Chinese MMO's? If that's the case I don't think you can expect any real improvements unless they scrap and rebuild.
Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 11:36am by Fleven Lock Thread: flamewar