I, like many, am a FF Fan, however, have to admit that their last two titles have been sub-par to say the least. I agree that the PS3 version release will be the make-it or break-it time for this game. However, having litle experience with MMO's, on my part it is the better of an educated guess versus the combination of opinions of those around me.
The recovery of Japan should not be an issue with the game, and should be seperated. SE made a patriotic decision, (possibly influenced) to shut down the servers, not something that I would see my fellow "American" companies doing. For that, I congradulate them, however, the disaster and subsequent shutdown could not have come for a worse time to the company.
The important part is for Japan to start the rebuild process, and once things have stabilized, I see the "game" coming back online, but not until then.
Although I see this post as a repeat of other messages on the board already, I will say this: Whether people stay at this point or not was pretty much already decided to them, they just needed a reason to leave for good. They will use this reason.
Since I am anticipating the servers to be down for 2 wks or longer, I will now have the time to "try" some other MMO's, but, I will be back with FFXiV as soon as they come back online.
My prayers are to all my mates out there that lost someone to the tragedy, or know of someone affected by it. I pray for the divine hand to cradle the country and her people in their time of need.
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