Sorry, but a giant Shantotto boss that allows you (i.e., everyone) have Shantotto as a pet...? It seems like too much, as though it's really shoehorning these cameos into the other games.
I don't mind little pets and guest appearances and so forth, but these events have an exploitative feel to them, as though SE is desperate or so totally out of ideas that they're just mashing their IPs into anything and everything they can. :\
Now I didn't address this, but really? You think they are only now shoe-horning in fan service? Did you play FFXI? Because Artifact armor is basically fan service. Moogles? Fan service. Chocobos? Yup, fan service. Any mob whose model came from a previous installment of the series? Fan service.
Is it more blatent here? Hell ******* yes. This game was a catastrophe, and part of how they are appealing to us is to play on our nostalgia for this aging franchise. The game is incredible, but without some fan service to draw people from FFXI or from outside of the SE MMO family, they need to have a hook. I don't care one bit, I am loving it. The pets are the most ***************** worthless thing in FFXIV. If they want to offer up some sentimental item to remind us of prior games, ******* do it there! I love it! Hell, that "Helm of Light", FAN SERVICE TO DISSIDIA :D
I get that you might see it as a crass grab for the heartstrings, I see it as this massive apology for a huge blunder. It's like SE is that boyfriend who said some **** they shouldn't have, and are buying us candy and flowers!