I don’t think we should all down keyboards yet,
This is how I see it;
SE is a business, FFXIV is their new venture
When you go to the bank and request a loan for your new business you have to provide a business plan/forecast for a min of 3 years!
I have faith that SE has such a plan/forecast in place for FFXIV,
The original plan included launch of the PS3 version in March, with this launch there will have been a certain amount of content that would be released at the same time. We've been told this by the original Dev Team e.g.: Hamlet, companies, company airships and so on! SE aren’t stupid this content will have been in testing at the October game launch so they could release it in early March, allow a couple weeks tweaking while only pc players playing then, bam PS3 launch! The lack of publicity at PC launch will have been intentional so they could flood the market at PS3 release, when they had finalised all tweaks that simply cannot be anticipated at the Alpha and Beta testing stages; Stable game foundations and fantastic new content perfect selling point for the new platform launch!
Sadly SE didn’t expect there to be so many issues, and for the fans to rebel so drastically. It’s because we are all fans that we are shouting so loud. SE is doing the right thing in correcting these mistakes before they release the content they are holding back! Quick fixes will never be good enough, stick a plaster on a cut it will wash off in the first shower, take the time to sew a patch onto your trousers and you have years more wear from them! They set the bar so high with the success of FFXI but if you look around the foundations of SE's plan are all in the game the chocobo merchants, the Airship ports, the Hamlets, Ishgard, Beastmen strong holds, conections to new areas and more.
My big point anyways is SE will have set a plan in place to ensure they have a fighting chance of achieving the longetivety of FFXI with FXIV. But with the current fundamentals people are not being drawn in hook line and sinker (remember the “don’t forget you RL” disclosure at login!) They must give the players this feeling/desire to play as much as possible. Because the core of the game is progression of your character if this is a not a smooth and irritation free process you will never draw people in and as a result the game will not last past the first year! To not fix the problems the players are voicing is bad business! Urgency is now a key factor but by no means greater than getting it right!!