I had gone back to FFXI at the end of Nov last year, the first classes I leveled were RDM/BLM, THF/NIN. I have had no issues with people saying these don't work. So I'm a little confused why RDM and THF aren't going to FFXIV. I have read all the posts it just seems like they slacked off personally.
I still don't think these two would have needed much development, but I did stop playing FFXIV after 2 weeks of it being released and was essentially unplayable.
Edited, Jan 22nd 2013 3:04pm by Bludot
Don't worry about FFXIV having direct analogues back to FFXI.
For further reference, not every FF game has included a Red Mage (for example). And there's no rule that says it has to.
About the only things Final Fantasy is required by law to have are chocobos and Cid.
I fully agree with the notion of fixing the game first and THEN adding more cool stuff to it. Make it worth playing first and foremost before adding more things. Time for that later.