I really want to believe that people are smart enough to do the research and if applicable, join in a test phase to see if the product will be worth their time. Unfortunately, you're posting in a forum for a game that actually did have an open testing phase and people refused to believe, even after seeing the proof, that this game wasn't worth it.
I'd be tempted to blame pretty graphics for the lack of substance in today's games, but there are still good games produced and being developed that combine both. I can't make any excuses for SE.
You can not and should not judge a came by the testing phase quality, as well "worth it or not" can not be applied to a MMO game that has not hit 1 year. If anyone here can get there hands on info about FF11 's first 2 years closed in JP you would know that it fared much worse than 14 at the moment. In reality 14 should have not been pushed out till late this year so at the moment we are playing the "test phase". In 6months when 14 matches the weight it should have people will back paddle like mad, but complaining now some how seems appealing for most.
FFXIV was a carbon copy(minus some minor aesthetics and the in-game items) from open beta to release. I stated several times that what you see would be what you get despite the massive cry that a wave of content would be added overnight. It didn't happen in the weeks before XIV went live, it didn't happen over the month that Tanaka asked for before reviews were to be written and it hasn't materialized over nearly 9 months
) since release. The majority of people who play this game might not tell you that it's crap and destined for failure, but they will tell you that it's still on the level of a beta test.
FFXI on the other hand was a fresh face in a new market. It wasn't expected to be well received, but it beat SE's projection for when it was expected to become profitable. Going back to the bolded 9 months I stated previously, it was that same amount of time between FFXI launching in the US on PC and when it hit PS2. I can't for the life of me find the **** article, but SE stated that in the US players preferred the PC version over PS2 at a ratio of 2:1...
This does not bode well for the still non-existent release dates for both the PS3 launch and the first expansion. Considering that they're still trying to piece together a strong foundation on which to build, I don't see either of the aforementioned coming down the pipes any time soon.
XIV is currently a beta test with a $15 entry fee($50-70 for those of you who didn't heed the warning signs in beta). There is a small chance that PS3 launch will spark interest or even return to Eorzea by those who fled, but that small glimmer of hope is going to meet Ultimate End if PS3 isn't accompanied by a great first expansion. Edited, Jun 4th 2011 3:26am by FilthMcNasty