I expect things to pick up again, at least for a while, when we get the "saviour patch" that'll revolutionarize the battle system. Mild irony aside, I'm worried how with every patch people get more active but give up again a week or two later....
Yeah, for me, it's because I notice nifty new/altered mechanics or features, but then ultimately realize that no content of significance is there for me to enjoy.
I'm playing again after a 2-month hiatus, it definitely helps having RL friends who play, and can join a Skype call to get around the still somewhat cumbersome chat system.
Overall, I rate FFXIV's in-game community a 5/10. It's like the enthusiasm is there, but no one wants to initiate contact unless it involves their linkshells. Honestly, I tend to do the same thing.
People are generally helpful and open to discussion once you start talking or asking for help though, I've found. Edited, Jun 8th 2011 3:49am by Kirby