I would have been all for this many months ago, but by the time V 2.0 comes out, two years (or more) will have passed, and there will be thousands of players who have played that entire time.
That's simply far too much time with your character to start over from scratch.
I very much understand this point: that what you earned you should keep. It's a sensible view, to be sure but, in the confines of this crazy game, this one-of-a-kind MMORPG that might have a chance of survival after a catastrophic launch, it also may be a damaging view to have.
At its essence, this just another example of the ways in which SE has dug themselves into a hole. With too many assets spent on classes to completely change them, SE put jobs (which are essentially just the ability to set 5 new skills) right on top of classes. With too much work behind crafting and gathering classes, they "fix" them by fast-forwarding their actions and applying tweaks to a system that very few people find any enjoyment in doing. And, now, with so many people sitting on millions of gil and maxed-out characters, SE has to re-release a game that can never be too
different from the original failed game in order to validate the effort players of the failed version spent!
It's like the content we're currently getting in these updates: different, new, better, but "only so much can be done within the confines of version 1.x."
Of course, it's too late to say that SE should have shut down the game and rebooted it during the "reboot state" of their v2.0 plan. They should have, but they didn't. And now the game has to lumber forward whilst carrying the baggage piled on top of it for the last two years. At least, come 2.0, though, we'll all have so many levels and resources that we can race through its topmost content quickly and get back to the real reason we want a reinvigorated and redesigned Eorzea: to sit at cap and log in only on patch days, just as many of us have been doing all along.
I apologize for basically derailing my own thread. Apparently I have no self respect. >_<