Thank you everyone for your feedback. Okay, the problem is this (well, I wouldn't even call it a problem really). I was really hyped up for this game before release, so opted into the open beta last year. I thought the game was fun for about 4 hours or so, then got extremely boring and repetitive due to lack of content, so I opted not to buy it on release. However, upon seeing that it didn't just die off at release and SE was really taking the time and money to clean it up, I picked up the collector's edition some months ago, just to see where it would go. Played it for a day or two and noticed that it was essentially the same as it was at beta, so shelved it again. Upon seeing this 'revamp' announcement, it piqued my interest once again, so I installed it and I have to say, it feels much more enjoyable now, although it does seem to be 'lacking' in a lot of regards. However, I still don't find it enjoyable enough to justify a monthly fee, especially now with such epic titles due for release. (Translated: Skyrim and of course, master of all Diablo III).
It just doesn't really seem fair to the ones that picked it up on a whim, confident in the game company they love so much, to miss out trying out the new version without having to pay. Moreover, I didn't get a year of it, like some others here, because I felt it wasn't playable yet. I know it's not the end of the world and later, I probably will resub, but that will only be when I feel that it has enough to offer me my collector's edition price AND monthly fee back in return. Thanks all for listening.
I'm sorry you feel that the game is not worth it to pay a monthly fee for yet. I would like to point out a few things just to make sure it is known. First of all, they will be redistributing the VER 2.0 software before its release. I don't know how they will go about this, but Yoshi P has stated that they will and that players who have purchased the game already will be getting the new software for free. Also, if you do happen to check the .pdf files on lodestone about their "future plans" for the game, there is a graph that shows there will be another free trial period on or around the time that 2.0 is released.
On another note, I'd also like to point out that most of the content currently is for levels 25+. The most fun of said content is for 45+. This consists of things like instanced dungeons that require teamwork to make it through and also new(and future ones added) beastman strongholds like zahar'ak.
EDIT: Sorry, I seem to have passed over what I'd like to say about the missing out on trying it out without having to pay. When they begin charging fees late this month/early next, thing things you'll be missing out on is the new story/content that they implement while the game changes are going on. This is the biggest thing yoshi p has pointed out when he answers questions about why he is beginning to charge. If you do happen to log in before they begin charging currently, you'll see that the game has made leaps and bounds since beta and what it is currently is basically what it will be until 1.21 will be released. 1.21 being the patch that implements the new jobs.
Personally, I have thought the game was worth paying for a long time. Then again, I've been playing since the open beta and have seen how the game has changed in leaps and bounds since then. In the future, if/when you do decide to play the game again, find yourself a linkshell to join. That, imho, is the thing that makes this game the most enjoyable. If you try to play by yourself, you'll never think the game is fun regardless of how much content they have added. They seem to be trying to make the game solo friendly, but playing with other people is what makes this game as much fun as it is. This is something you just can't get a feel for in a small amount of play time like 4 hours or so. Edited, Nov 4th 2011 3:00pm by swisa