Are any characters finished? They are still putting out sequels to old ff games like 7. I think its a weak excuse they are using. Theyd be better off saying "We feel using Lightning will attract more subs as its the most recent title people remember" than going into some song and dance about what fits. I think we are all intelligent enough to see this is just to sell some more copies at launch.
Um, I'd hate to break it to you, but Crisis core is a five year old game. There hasn't been a full on title for 7 since then.
Even FFIV, the After years, was released in 2008. So the 'Spin off' argument pretty much has no weight here at all, and the credibility you're trying to establish for your argument is in fact doing the opposite.
Your argument is bitter and jaded at best. If anything FFXIII has a stain on it through much of its NA and EU base and the referencing it together could be cautioned against
by its PR teams due to the stigma they each have individually.
"Why are you putting my Lightning in that broken MMO game? And those cat ears are terrible!" Says the 13 fans.
"Ugh! Lighthing? Really? You're ruining my immersion!" Says the 14 fans.
This is two development teams trying to liven up relations between one another instead of being so isolated as has been the history of the company Pre-Yoshida and before the President Role change. May it be an attempt to garner sales for both games? Perhaps, but it's a misguided one if that's the only impression. This is more them trying to create a more united relations between both their developers, and sort of the communities as well, as we do have fans STILL divided along favorite FF lines. We'd not even be having this conversation if it was Gilgamesh, or any other Voidlost. The complaints were much MUCH fewer when it was Terra on her Magitek Mount. And we practically screamed for joy at Dissidia and Kingdom Hearts after playing them.
I sincerely hope this isn't a game-breaker for you because we'll likely be seeing more, in more titles as well - not just FFXIV.