Filth, if I could reach through the comptuer I'd smack you. Did you just try to use 2 a year old statment to deface my current
status on the game?
There is so many logical flaws in using such evidence that you be violetly removed of your fingers should your use of such stances becomes infectious.
First off, Clarification:
1. a person who advocates an opposing or unpopular view, often for the sake of argument
1. One who argues against a cause or position, not as a committed opponent but simply for the sake of argument or to determine the validity of the cause or position.
If the form base leans heavy on one side challenging it by taking the opossing viewpoint helps determine the validity of the argument.
Conversely, if the base seems devided, the it is the moderate view that becomes the unpopular view, therefore it fufills the Role of the Devil's advoctate to point out the obvious flaws in both stances and assume's the moderate place.
The ultimate result in taking the Devil's Advocate view is the progression of the intelectual discource of the conversation. NOT the circular reasoning that most people put up as an intelectual wall. I, by default, challenge your perception in an effort to force you to think and defend your stance in the face of evidence or perspectives to the contarary. Vary rarely will I take a 'moral' ground one way or another on issues rather than apeal to get people to think beyond themselves and their dispositions.
As a company driven by profit, do you think that SE would consider XIV successful thus far? We don't need to know their target numbers and projections to determine that XIV isn't successful by that standard Hyrist. There is no one to debate that XIV isn't making money for SE; unless you'd like to play devil's advocate. Don't do it man. /wada err, I mean /beg
Red herring. The question within the context of this thread isn't "IS FFXIV sucessful." That question is already answered in difinitive terms. The question implied by the subject of this thread is "What would it take, population wise, for FFXIV to become
successful?" To which I flatly said that our's isn't the place to know, and that most people on these boards would spectulate without any understanding on how the monitary economy of MMO's is.
But to bite at the bait myself I did speculate that as FFXI was their most profitable game, all they really have to do is recoup the numbers LOST in FFXI's peak subscription base to eventually glean a profit from FFXIV, and the fact that FFXI's expansion is on the way, it may be possible for FFXI to become more profitable again as well.
FFXIV as a Square Enix venture will not be closed down, because doing so would admit utter defeat, and Square Enix as a company is too prideful for that. They'd rather attempt to make it up to us continually than simply give up - and it would take a whole lot more beating from the disgrunteled players then they received from FFXIV's initial releace, to get them to break that. Remember: This is the company of comebacks, they would rather turn this failure into a success story.
Seekers of Adoulin: A fitting parting gift from Tanaka perhaps... or XIV killer?
Neither, if SoA follows tradition - which is, release as minimal content of the Expansion as possible on the actual 'releace date' and trickel in additional content for the expansion as time wears on. Following that, Tanaka will be gone long before the full of the content is released, and his replacement will have ample time to change details he deems unfit for the current audience.
As far as FFXI being the FFXIV killer. Again, doubtful, different games appealing to different people, even with the overlap. And lets not forget the FFXI players permanently disenfranchised by the release of Abysea, or players who join FFXIV spontaniously, or because it runs mechanics differently.
If anything, FFXI will only be the FFXIV killer if Yoshi caves and tries to duplicate al the mechanics of FFXI, because FFXI has nostalgia and ten years of content to back up its particular niche. Yoshi knows this, and has done well in making sure he's not appealing specifically to that Niche. I just hope he undersands that he needs to cast a wide net to catch the straggeling fish in the MMO field right now.