Well, as many of you know I've been a pretty staunch supporter for this game in general, all the way back since open beta. And truly, other than a lack of story-based content, I genuinely enjoy this game.
However, the last letter from Yoshi-P has me feeling less confident than ever about the future. Things like marking quest NPCs (thereby taking the joy of discovery out of the game), the hint of things being heavily instanced, the possible scrapping of skill point allotment, and the possible addition of auto-attack, all combine to leave me thinking I should just quit and go back to XI or WoW now, before I get any more invested in my character.
I know a lot of people voted for radical change in the first poll, but then again - most of the people who voted don't play. Truth be told, I am skeptical even half of them would EVER play this game again, even if Yoshi turns this game into the mutant child of WoW and XI that it looks like it is shaping up to be.
So meanwhile, players like me, that genuinely enjoy the game as it is, are supposed to not care if they scrap everything we like about it? Yeah I know some people will come on here and call me down for liking the game as is, but whatever. There is no accounting for taste - we all like different things - that shouldn't be a point of contention.
Yoshi promised that we wouldn't lose any of our progress - but if they change things so much that what we invested in doesn't work the same at all -- like if they made conjurer into a white mage - and I got to keep my ranks but lost all the skills that I ranked up the class TO GET... well it is almost the same as wiping you. Keeping ranks alone doesn't cut it. I've ranked up a lot of jobs not for the job but for the cross-classable skills. If all of the sudden I can't cross class those skills - or those skills are on a different class - or they are totally gimped by new restrictions - I am losing what I worked for.
So yeah, I admit it. I am totally depressed about this game. I had high hopes for it but I am starting to think I would be better off letting go now, before they ruin everything I like about this game - before they mess up my character and take away my skills - or replace the combat I enjoy with an auto-attack snooze-fest.
That, and the fact that we are still waiting to hear when the content patch is... well I am tired of it - tired of being taken for granted - because although I haven't paid a monthly fee yet, my time is a currency in itself - and without the people that are currently playing - even for free - SE WOULD HAVE NOTHING - NO HOPE FOR THIS GAME - yet the people who are actually holding this game together - and GIVING NEW PLAYERS A REASON TO BUY THE BOX are being treated like mushrooms - kept in the dark and fed bullsh1t.
I think that people who love this game should have a greater voice at the table than people who badmouth it... but instead it seems like the opposite - and I know the haters will come out and say "well they need to get us people to play" and I would say NO - they need to get more people to play - but they should be reaching out to those who haven't already decided they hate everything about the game as it is.
What this game needs is not to get pulled apart - NO! It is a waste of dev time. It needs content. Content! Content! Them wasting time adding auto-attack will do nothing to draw new people in. It will do nothing to keep existing players like myself.
I'm feeling less confident about the future of XIV.