I had bought FFXIV for my PC and found that I need a few upgrades to play the game. So I decided to hit some old school RPG's and kill some time until the PS3 version is released. Then I began to think that there is some hard times facing the PS3 FFXIV community.
The later release onto the console puts everyone behind. Many years. I know that they are changing practically the entire game over with the new patch 2.0 but even so that doesnt change the fact that (assuming its multiplatform) most PC players will be maxed out and enjoying end game content. I have been doing research on this game and it seems that the trend is to solo up to lvl 20 and then start grouping. This IMO is what kept alot of people out of FFXI in the beginning being that it required, for the most part, to find a party and grind the levels. This also made healers and tanks invaluable which is also a plague of mandatory party lvling games. Which brings me to my point. If FFXIV is going the same route and most people will be established it is going to make it very hard for any new players to get into the game.