We know how it is.
FFXIV started off badly. SE kicked Tanaka to the curb, shoved a unknown at the helm, apologized profusely, and let us play free until the PS3 version comes out to restore our faith that this can truly be the Final Fantasy game it was meant to be.
So here we sit at roughly nine months since the launch that crushed our hopes and dreams. I'm looking around at this sinking Titanic and I can honestly say, nothing SE will do can save this game from the bottom of the ocean floor.
How can I say this with such assurance? I'll tell ya the profound secret: I don't care. I really mean that. I don't care. I should care! But I don't.
My character experienced a compelling opening scene once. Nine months ago. That new software smell still emanating from the box. There was voice acting. There was a giant tree trying to kill me. There were moogles who effortlessly saved my useless ***. And there was the vague sense that in spite of my apparent incompetence, I was chosen to save these people.
If only my character died at that moment, it would have been happy.
Instead I was treated to a story that seemed increasingly shorter on time and budget than grander in scope. Simple quests did a good job of getting my character started, but unfortunately turned out to be standard fare for the whole 50 rank experience. And between a UI that didn't work quite right, to ill-conceived features like the Market Ward when SE invented the MMO-renowned Auction House, to holiday events that used the same decorations every month (I'm glad they finally stopped doing that), to a graphic engine that's apparently flawed even on a premium computer, to cut-and-paste environments that mar what should be spectacular views, any sense of wonder and expectation was choked to death a long time ago.
Sure, Yoshi-P is going to revamp the battle system and offer some new jobs with materia-laced armor and weapons, but I find myself not caring. I have no reason to fight. I just don't care if my character does anything anymore.
The context for why we're supposed to be there has long been clouded, and the awe and desire for adventure that comes with a new game can't ever be recaptured. No "Golden Patch" or expansion pack is ever going to fix that.
The original ambition of FFXIV was to focus on the story, the thing that carried all Final Fantasy games. But, it doesn't matter how great your Chapter 2 is if you've lost all your readers at Chapter 1.