Sure enough they could release the company system in parts like they've been doing with the item search. First this public thing, then the player-made version with ships and cake.
unless they made the company activities like the cake thing and stuff vital to the game than i just dont see this lasting too long. i see it turning into pankration, choco racing, and gambling tables in FFXI, fun for two seconds then no one cares anymore. that last part is a bit worrysome especially since rift is coming out in like three weeks lol.
also about companies, there were some more details about how it would work actually, i remember that companies will be like combining multiple linkshells, it was talked about when asked why they never added chat channels, they said multiple linkshell access and companies are to take the place of chat channels.
they also said that you can add things to the ship and that item is player owned, if the player leaves the company, so does that cannon (or whatever). thats what i can remember so far. Edited, Feb 14th 2011 12:52am by pixelpop