I just want a clear solid answer fromSE.
1.Our direction for this game is a traditonal themepark ride or XI-2.
2.This a brand new XIV, a blend of themepark and sandbox.
If SE can just make this answer clear then I canI can move on. Direction one I don't want to be a part of. Or direction two, I will be around for the long haul. Imo, old rehashed systems will never make this game have a massive base. It didn't work for XI, with the price on today's computers. I don't see it happening this time around. Only a game that with truly unique, engaging, features will warrant pc upgrades. I should be able to tell friends, this game is prettier than any mmo you played. And it has many features and original combat you can't find in any other mmo. Come play with me!
I'm sorry, but this is an answer they can not give. Not because they want to (based on the responsiveness currently, I am sure they would if they could), not because they don't know, but rather because the question is a red herring to itself.
The game has no direction yet. That is a known, and is understood and expressed. it has been derailed, and right now they are trying to get it back on the tracks. And by on the tracks, create a Final Fantasy game that people expect from SE.
With that being said, they admitted that they didn't even know what that meant going into this project. And they are working on (through the use of the open-ended polls, and forum reading and general interaction and game play) understanding what that means, and build off it.
They have a framework to build off of, and short of shutting everything down and starting from scratch, the only other option they have is take a step back, and see what is wrong with the game. Once that is fixed (and based on personal experience from a full product rewrite for commercial software, that is 3-6 months) they can start working out a direction of the game.
So, for what you are asking for will not be visible to them until May at the earliest, and most likely until August. As for us, depending on how well they hold to their communication, we are looking at early September to nearly December before we see it fully mature in the game.
That is being conservative, but all things considered, we are talking about a rewrite of the combat engine. A possible redesign of the characters and stats. A minor redesign of the mobs. Introduction of PVE/PVP. World expansion. Overhaul of the character transportation system (chocobos, airships, teleports).
While we will see direction added as these features are fixed/rolled out, until it's all in-place (or this guy really is the best thing since sliced cheese), the direction of the game doesn't exist.
I would say that if you need direction at this point, you are one of the people they are trying to win back. If you still play the game, you are stronger then most who need direction in the game, and your dedication is impressive. Now it's a matter of patience. Can you wait 6 more months for it, as the game evolves into either something playable, or something that needs to be flushed down the toilet? I imagine that is a question that most of us who play ask ourselves regularly. And while we wait, we hopefully keep getting things that add to the fun of this completely pointless waste.