Personally I hope they will delete all players at 2.0 release, or at least make new servers to start on a fresh world.
I think the PS3 people joing (me) should have an equal opporunity in the game when starting out.
Edited, Oct 26th 2011 6:54pm by insanekangaroo
There will be new, fresh servers that are unable to be transferred to at the beginning for players who wish to approach the game with a fresh start. It's actually listed in the 2.0 outline.
Those who have their characters currently leveled, will be able to keep them in their entirety, AND will have an opportunity to change face/hair style (possibly race and gender too, the official boards are discussing the prospect now.)
So both sides get a win/win out of it.
But don't you see a problem in that a totally altered and in many ways new game (2.0) starts out with 100s of players already at max lvl?
FFXI started that way, and worse, it was divided among nationality lines. Japan got a full year ahead of North American players, and American Players got in a good deal before European as well.
It didn't kill the game, even if there was problems on the onset, but there were problems.
I understand the worries of an already established economy (Monopolization of Popped NMs, cornering of the crafting markets, etc.) But really, FFXIV is very different at its base levels that make those sort of problems far more muted. And if you're still not convinced, you HAVE that other option of choosing a fresh server.
Wishing that someone's progress of 2 years be deleted just because they're expecting a new influx of players after the overhaul isn't fair to those who've been sticking it out, and is pretty inflammatory even if not intended as such. I'm sure the developers kept both perspectives in mind though when choosing to open up new servers with the 2.0 patch. Edited, Oct 26th 2011 4:29pm by Hyrist