You know, I really doubt there's any plans for an FFXIV expansion, much less any work being put in right now.
I can guarantee that the plans for the expansion were not only in place before the September 22nd launch, but that the work had already begun. The fact that the game failed so hard at launch may have had an impact on their progress, but I can say with confidence that work still continued, and is most likely still being done. With a 100+ person team working on the game, it is highly unlikely that -all- of them are just working on fixing the current problems. With almost half of the projected changes in place, and a good amount on the way in the next month, I think it is safe to say we can expect, not only the PS3 launch this year (as early as August) but even more assuredly the first expansion to coincide.
My guess, and probably the most financially sound one, is to released late fall around October/November if the game is polished by then. That way they can use the summer and early fall to generate some hype for the game and to try to bring in former FFXIV players to check out how the game changed.
FFXIV shipped 630,000+ copies last year, the PS3 launch will probably double that at least. I know I will be buying a copy for PS3 so that I can run a second account simultaneously. Let's face it, we are so starved for content right now (the biggest problem it seems from all the threads about it) think how people will feel if we have to sit past the PS3 launch date with no expansion. Everyone wants endgame, I am personally waiting to even level a DoW/M until the battle system gets changed. I only have two fighting classes leveled 15PUG and 24THM, I havent touched my PUG since September, and I only do behests randomly on THM between BOT and ALC LQs. After the BS patch, I will likely start leveling THM/CON fairly hard and will definitely have both r50 before September. At that point, I will want more. But right now there are a lot of people at r50 DoW/M or multiple r50s. There is only so much you can do.
I am sure SE has already realized that a PS3 launch will not help enough unless they give us a serious expansion at the same time.
EDIT: I can also say with certainty that the level cap will be raised to 60~ at that time as well.
Grade 6 Harvesting nodes... Yes, please! Edited, Feb 25th 2011 8:57pm by StateAlchemist2