So perhaps they'll release the PS3 version (which is 1 year away) and then close down the servers when.... a few months later?
They have been quoted as saying that the PS3 version is make or break. SE are not as stupid as they would have you think they are with their recent track record. They do understand that FF as a franchise is extremely important to their survival and in fact, the reason they are even still afloat today.
By allowing FFXIV to fail without first at least trying to make good on their promise(of a year ago) to fix it would result in much more damage to the franchise on the whole than they are willing to sustain. I realize that not all of their players are MMO players, but such a blatant failure on multiple levels has caught their attention for sure.
FYI the PS3 version is over a year out. Beta is scheduled to run through the beginning of 2013. According to their originally intended release date, that's two years behind schedule.
I simply don't agree with you that the game has "failed" and that makes me a fan boy?
I'm not gonna get into name calling, but to this point XIV is a failure. Success to SE is meeting the required subscriptions to meet their goal of turning a profit, which at this point has probably dwindled into just breaking even.
It has been over a year since release and will be another year until this game is considered fit to play by the general standard. 2.0 hasn't released and we've all heard the 'miracle patch' business several times now. Be faithful if you want to. Be hopeful and optimistic, but don't fool yourself as to the current state of the game. Failure is a word quite fitting.