FFXI is "FUBAR"'d? And because of Abyssea?? This is the first I have heard about this. And here I was thinking morale was at an all time high for that game - an impressive feat for such an old game.
Morale may be high for the few that are left. I'm talking about the long term prospects of the game. Sure right now most people are high on the pill-popper style of goals/rewards. But the lack of stimulating fresh content (again for example, what ToAU did for excitement), long term vision, and complete abandonment of being new player friendly has doomed FFXI.
This is after all, a FANTASY franchise, not "throwaway plot/go grind this stuff" as all download expansions have been. If you put no work in the game's fantasy, keep the world fresh (as in stop reusing zones/mobs), you lose half of what keeps your world compelling to begin with.
You can't try to tell me that more people are joining FFXI than leaving. No matter how you try to point out FoV etc, the old world is dead to new players. Dead as in deserted, no friendly high level to initiate them in town, nothing for sale on the AH in their level range, etc. No community for the new player, **** even this forum is completely frozen compared to a few years ago. So now we're at fantasy and community missing.
So yes, the game world as a whole is FUBAR in the way that it's mostly just an aging, declining population. They just have you jacked up on so much morphine (atma/lvl raise/etc overpowering) that you don't notice. But all the while, LS's are collapsing, friends and strangers leaving one by one, servers keep merging, hello!
Having turned their backs on the long term of FFXI, expecing it to wane off in favor of FFXIV is the gamble they took. They counted their chicken before it was hatched, and threw the living one out in the yard with a tub of feed and no lovin'. And my point was and still is that as a result they have lost both. FUBAR as in F'd up beyond RECOVERY. FFXI will not recover, while if they did what i said before it would have had a second lifetime. An infusion of new players same as Xbox launch, that would have pumped a fresh batch of community in the 'lower world', to support eachother through years of FFXI addiction all over again like back in the hay-days.
I suppose they can still do that with a re-graphicing and proper expansion of FFXI, but it's highly unlikely after being burned on FFXIV Edited, Sep 12th 2011 8:27pm by RattyBatty