The first poll highlighted what people wanted to see changed. It illustrated that the majority of players are not opposed to substantial changes.
Yes, and I think most people agreed to this with the assumption that the substantial changes would end up benefiting
the game in the end. Sure, many things they are about to change substantially reflect this mindset- some others, not really. If they unlocked the current skills instead of us being locked to the ground that would be a substantial change for the better. If they rehauled the skill graphics that would be a change for the better.
But then we have things like changing class names
and auto-attack. These are not changes 'for the better'. This is like changing letter A for letter B (that everyone has looked at for 1-7 years already), like it makes any difference. It's an alphabet nonetheless. If there's something that needs more than tweaking or polishing, surely they can and should change them. But these changes- really, it's not me who lives in denial if you think changing Marauder to Warrior is going to magically make a difference or that this was a necessary change that for some reason had to be done.
This has nothing to do with niche at this point (although if they do bring XI's gameplay over to XIV, might as well call it a niche). This has nothing to do with the changes that are
going to benefit the game (and yes, there are many of them in that list). It just has to make sense or at least I am not in agreement of changing things just for the sake of changing them. They already did this once, and they are about to do it again, now with most the playerbase behind their decision. At least they're not alone in this ordeal.
Tweaks and polish aren't going to get the job done.
I never said they would. I am simply saying that features that need overhauling should be overhauled, the rest should be tweaked and polished accordingly. We will benefit from an UI overhaul. We will benefit from a marketplace overhaul. We will benefit from changing...class..names? Rather than polishing and emphasizing the existing class lore, they just had to go and change it completely. Needlessly. Polish was enough, or an overhaul that kept the original system intact (like with unlocking skills) which most likely needs to be done regardless of this change.
The number of people playing the game 3 months after SE starts charging the monthly fee will tell the tale about whether or not the changes Yoshida make were smart choices.
He may not need to do a perfect job to get the job done- it won't tell anything about whether everything he did was for the better. What's wrong with pointing out what- seemingly- is not for the better at this point? Honestly, it won't hurt and the chances of success are even greater. He's doing a good job, doesn't mean he couldn't do even better. Edited, Feb 23rd 2011 8:40pm by Hyanmen