I really hope it does mean all this is done before summer starts like it says in bold, two times.
Summer 2011 starts on June 21st, by the way.
EDIT: Which would mean that all of the things listed in that chart would have to be implemented between this upcoming patch on the 23rd, and 1.18 in "mid-june".
Edited, May 20th 2011 8:49am by LateReg
Seriously...don't @#%^ing take every word so literal. He says UP UNTIL SUMMER. This itself includes every month from now til the END of summer to me.
I mean honestly, how obnoxiously high could your expectations be thinking all of this is coming in the next 4 weeks...
Why would I not
take something literally when it's from an official update?... not to mention it's bolded twice for emphasis. "Up until summer" is a pretty vague phrase, and over on the official forums, it seems like a lot of people are confused by it too, not just me.
And how is that expectation obnoxiously high? We're talking about adding auto attack, the job system that they claim they've been planning for 4 months now, 1 "big" battle with Ifrit, 2 dungeons, and mounts.
Given the very minimal content we've gotten thus far since launch, I wouldn't be surprised if they already had all the above finished modelling and storyboarding wise.
On a side note: those of you claiming to have "read" the Japanese version of the letter would know that the wording is just as vague as in all the other language versions of the post, but you're all using online translators, so please don't spread false info :(