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#1 Mar 13 2011 at 11:16 PM Rating: Default
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How do you see the future of this game after the recovery of Japan?

I was wondering who among you will continue to play the game (whether they start charging or not, with new patches or not, etc.) and who among you will leave...

I honestly can say that I probably will never leave this game until maybe it dies down (which will not happen... hopefully), but I am just one person.

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#2 Mar 13 2011 at 11:26 PM Rating: Default
Good intentions or not, I am betting SE executives decided to bring down all the servers to get a period of "peace" in which to bring a major update after the "worst" is over.

Don't mean to say they aren't doing it because of what happened, but I m sure that was only part of the decision. However, this may be a blessing in disguise. With out having to worry about the servers being online, they can concentrate on updates and most likely have a nice "present" for us when they decide to announce the servers going back up. Not to mention, that the events that occurred may convince SE to place some NA-based servers into operation and bring them online at the time of the PS3 launch, and open server transfers at that time. (I know I would transfer for the decrease in lag...even though I would miss many of my friends...if that was to happen.)

No matter what happens I doubt much will change. If anything it might help...I think everyone really needed a "forced" break from the game. I am not enjoying my time away, but doing mostly crafting/gathering this will make me more motivated to hit it hard when I get back online.
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#3 Mar 13 2011 at 11:30 PM Rating: Decent
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This game has been an engaging diversion for the past few months. Obviously it has not been nearly as enjoyable for me as the years I spent in FFXI, but a recent Camp Horizon Behest actually brought back a lot of fond memories of the dunes (believe it or not)...

Honestly, for me everything will come down to the success of the PS3 release, and I bet I'm not the only player who feels this way. If they patch in enough content/fixes/adjustments to have a strong launch, I could definitely see FFXIV building up a pretty respectable base (300k+) from console users alone.

This game has so much potential. If Yoshi-P can turn things around, I will probably end up feeling like I got a good head start on things while most PC players were logging off and waiting for updates or quitting for good. If the PS3 launch bombs then I'll most likely be calling it quits as well.

For the time being, I have enough faith in the new dev team and the game's potential to keep grinding away.
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I love positivity. We need more of it. (Thanks alot State Al.)

I agree that SE should use this opportunity to really focus on the updates. After all, these constant updates will be the one that will determine the future of the game.
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#5 Mar 13 2011 at 11:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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well from what the game was when released to now its changed alot. however, there is still alot of problems with the game.

fortunatley for the people speaking positively about it, square has alot of money at their disposal, and they don't want to see all the money they spent on this game go down the drain.

however, from a buisiness standpoint if they see the game not making enough money they will pull the plug wheather people are hopefull or not.

there is still time for them to turn the game around because the PS3 release is going to be the point that decides this games fate.
#6 Mar 13 2011 at 11:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Grand Master Alchemist StateAlchemist2 wrote:
Good intentions or not, I am betting SE executives decided to bring down all the servers to get a period of "peace" in which to bring a major update after the "worst" is over.

Don't mean to say they aren't doing it because of what happened, but I m sure that was only part of the decision. However, this may be a blessing in disguise. With out having to worry about the servers being online, they can concentrate on updates and most likely have a nice "present" for us when they decide to announce the servers going back up. Not to mention, that the events that occurred may convince SE to place some NA-based servers into operation and bring them online at the time of the PS3 launch, and open server transfers at that time. (I know I would transfer for the decrease in lag...even though I would miss many of my friends...if that was to happen.)

No matter what happens I doubt much will change. If anything it might help...I think everyone really needed a "forced" break from the game. I am not enjoying my time away, but doing mostly crafting/gathering this will make me more motivated to hit it hard when I get back online.


This would be incorrect, as hopeful as you are, considering that a nuclear reactor exploded today and who knows how many regions are affected by lack of power now. SE may have taken the servers down out of goodwill initially but if they were still up I bet they'd be forced to slow operations (in Japan at the very least, I dunno if they branch out to other countries). Here's the link on plant explosion: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/03/20113144314279315.html (the situation keeps going from bad to worse for Japan).
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#7 Mar 14 2011 at 1:05 AM Rating: Good
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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#8 Mar 14 2011 at 1:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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If they can't use electricity for the servers then what makes you think they use electricity for working on the update?
#9 Mar 14 2011 at 3:09 AM Rating: Decent
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If they can't use electricity for the servers then what makes you think they use electricity for working on the update?


They'll have to relocate themselves. Assuming these electricity problems last through March and April (I think the JP government said something like this) if they want to stay afloat they need to move somewhere else, even if only for the time being. Every major Japanese company that can do it has to.
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#10 Mar 14 2011 at 6:04 AM Rating: Good
SE is a worldwide company, it could be feasable that they move some of the work out to there other departments around the world for the duration of the blackouts. At the very least they will limit the amount of staff using pc's for the moment.

I think for them to release any sort of patch by the end March will be a small miracle so I wouldnt get your hopes up. Its more likely that the update will come mid-end April or maybe even the start of May.
#11 Mar 14 2011 at 6:52 AM Rating: Good
SolidMack wrote:
This would be incorrect, as hopeful as you are, considering that a nuclear reactor exploded today and who knows how many regions are affected by lack of power now. SE may have taken the servers down out of goodwill initially but if they were still up I bet they'd be forced to slow operations (in Japan at the very least, I dunno if they branch out to other countries). Here's the link on plant explosion: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/03/20113144314279315.html (the situation keeps going from bad to worse for Japan).

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If they can't use electricity for the servers then what makes you think they use electricity for working on the update?
I wasn't meaning to be a heartless you-know-what, I was just commenting that at the time of the decision SE probably had ulterior motives. The lodestone is still up so they still have power, although I suppose it is possible that they transferred the sites duties to an alternate location.
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They'll have to relocate themselves. Assuming these electricity problems last through March and April (I think the JP government said something like this) if they want to stay afloat they need to move somewhere else, even if only for the time being. Every major Japanese company that can do it has to.

Exactly, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if they offered to move a lot of their employees (and maybe even their family members) to another location...(L.A. maybe? Although I could see that being a bit extreme...)...regardless of the situation they still have to think like a business. They can't just completely close down.

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SE is a worldwide company, it could be feasable that they move some of the work out to there other departments around the world for the duration of the blackouts. At the very least they will limit the amount of staff using pc's for the moment.

I think for them to release any sort of patch by the end March will be a small miracle so I wouldn't get your hopes up. Its more likely that the update will come mid-end April or maybe even the start of May.

Well to be a bit selfish, hopefully SE will figure out some kind of way to maybe even relocate the whole company temporarily if the problem looks to take weeks(months) to fix to a point in which business would not be impacted at their HQ. No matter the outcome I do not envy the decisions the company will have to make in the near future.
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#12 Mar 14 2011 at 10:42 AM Rating: Good
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I see 2 possibilities coming out of this. The first, and most likely, would be simply sitting tight while the power grid gets stable. Once the need to ration out power stops, they can restart servers, go back to business as usual, with a few weeks of rest and brainstorming sessions behind them.

The other more drastic possibility, is that they keep servers down for X period of time. Basically, choosing to take down your servers would be suicide, but when that decision is made for you, its possible that they may use this chance to leave servers down, for whatever reason. I don't know their upkeep costs, I don't know if having servers down benefits them in any way regarding further work on the game.
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Considering that most of you see me as a hater of the game, i do agree with the notion, that SE will(Or more of a SHOULD) use this time, to really update the game w/o worries of the player base, and when they come back up, really impress us, like somebody said already, this tragedy could be a blessing for the game :)
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I don't see any SE executives or developers working at all at this moment. Districts in Tokyo are getting cut off from power supply for 3h every now and then to save power. Plus people have to fear that radioactive polluted air may come to Tokyo once the wind current changes.

Right now I'll be just happy when japan manages to recover at all and FFXIV won't be shutdown completely, cause that's a real possible option IMO.
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SolidMack wrote:
Grand Master Alchemist StateAlchemist2 wrote:
Good intentions or not, I am betting SE executives decided to bring down all the servers to get a period of "peace" in which to bring a major update after the "worst" is over.

Don't mean to say they aren't doing it because of what happened, but I m sure that was only part of the decision. However, this may be a blessing in disguise. With out having to worry about the servers being online, they can concentrate on updates and most likely have a nice "present" for us when they decide to announce the servers going back up. Not to mention, that the events that occurred may convince SE to place some NA-based servers into operation and bring them online at the time of the PS3 launch, and open server transfers at that time. (I know I would transfer for the decrease in lag...even though I would miss many of my friends...if that was to happen.)

No matter what happens I doubt much will change. If anything it might help...I think everyone really needed a "forced" break from the game. I am not enjoying my time away, but doing mostly crafting/gathering this will make me more motivated to hit it hard when I get back online.


This would be incorrect, as hopeful as you are, considering that a nuclear reactor exploded today and who knows how many regions are affected by lack of power now. SE may have taken the servers down out of goodwill initially but if they were still up I bet they'd be forced to slow operations (in Japan at the very least, I dunno if they branch out to other countries). Here's the link on plant explosion: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/03/20113144314279315.html (the situation keeps going from bad to worse for Japan).


Don't forget the 2 suspected partial meltdowns at that plant with the third core on the verge of meltdown as well.

It's some serious shiii.. I seriously doubt they are taking this time to program some gaming code. Many citizens are displaced and in shelters looking for loved ones, without power or water.
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