Adding to this:
What would I do?
Scrap the current updater. Add options for A.) A Direct download, B.) A P2P download with a "Don't allow people to use my connection" option.
Add hundereds, if not thousands of new Guildleves
Scrap recast timer on Guilleves
Add variation, Guildleves can be a hub for non battle/synth related quests. Get Leve, go to NPC start quest.
Delete the entire UI and start the f-ck over, building on the success of the character select/create UI.
Allow a way of increasing Anima regain.
Scrap current XP/SP system, make it a definite amount at the end of each battle
Increase interactivity of crafting
-Add the following features:
Auction House as well as Retainers
In game Linkshell features, including, but not limited to; An event Calender, A linkshell Bank, Moghouse type HQs, A "Recruit" feature much like the current party finding feature.
Add Moogles, chocobos and Airships
Add the following Content:
Add a hub city
Low man Low level instanced fights
REAL party play Guildleves, ones you can't accept until you have a party, that are tailor made
Party based story quests, just like the one in the intro FMV
Finally, Repackage the game, give it a new release date and advertise. Give the repackaging a new name such as "Crystal Edition", People will see "Final Fantasy XIV Crystal Edition" and think its brand new.
I know this will cause a sh*storm, but they should cave to Microsofts requests and port the game to xbox 360 ASAP. An anouncement at E3 2011 is just the kind of positive press that could save the game.
-Getting rid of the timer can be a cool thing. They could add a challenge to the quest that makes them ladder up in difficulty/continuity and story. Let each/some leve quests have their own story arc
, let them build up on thier own until an end to that story arc occurs. Which would end with some epic fights or develop a story that would add to the lore and go towards favor of the faction
in question. It would also chain to have new classes unlocked and new weapons/gear obtained.
-And also, this was promised during development, but I have yet to hear it. Let every single leve quest have a narrator voice over one male&female voice it will add to the game and make it feel real. It could be, maybe, one of the distinguished People of each city-state eg.Cicidoa Sosodoa of Ul'dah, O-Guria-Por of Gridania, N'bolata Tyata of Limsa or Naturalist&Theolgian Frandelont Raimdelle.
Crafters should not have all the power in making all the weapons/armor, in game, stuff should drop from mobs too, and crafters could opt. to "vintage"Bold Text
those said drops. Charge gil for doing that.. Because There is already a repair system, and really, crafters should start setting up reasonable repair prices for each piece of gear in game and the adventures respect the reasonable listed repair price and pay up.
SE just needs time and we as gamers need to be patient. This time next 2001 FFXIV will be a totally different game. And people saying that should shut servers down and work on it. I don't know. They need feed back from us to make the game it needs to be. Working in the shadows to surprise us, could again be the same thing we are experiencing now. Lets grow with the game and have the devs. grow with us.