I remember a whole ago when we had a discussion about how MMOs used to have explorable none instanced dungeons, and how progression took a lot longer was more harder and as such seemed more rewarding when you finally DID complete it (examples being CoP in FFXI prenerf and obtaining relic in FFXI as opposed to XIVs relic), with super rare items that were either so rare pr so hard to get that youd be lucky if you saw 10% of the players on the server with them (i.e nothing of which fits that description in FFXIV)
and basically everyone response summed up too, that was old and archaic and not how mmos are done now... that was the old way and will never be seen again and this is the new way (which in a random note I figured elder scrolls online would "save" the genre by going back to some of the old ways... I was saddened to find out a game known for its VAST worlds and exploration will have instanced dungeons too..)
Anyway I new conversation came up at work yesterday regarding FFXIV (yup 755 of us at work play ffxiv and mmos in general yet like none of us are on the same server lol) I made a comment along the lines of "I remember when MMOs used to have ACTUAL NEW content" (for example in FFXI sky, sea, dynamis, limbus, einherjar, salvage, assault, etc etc) as opposed to "new" content just being harder versions of preexisting content and calling it "new" (i.e ifrit.garuda/titan normal/hard and now EXTREME.. what next... ultra? then super saiyajin? lol) or copperbell mines and hakkue manor hard... aside from treasure hunt and crystal tower and wolves den the rest is just hard versions or old stuff (dont say duty roulette as thats more of a new feature not new content)
but anyway back on point.. his reply was, "thats the new state of MMOs, now, recycling/rehashing old content. Even WoW does it" to which I say "I would expect that from an F2P mmo but one that has a million ppl paying 15 bucks a month surely they can afford REAL new content. After all content is what separates a P2P from an F2P mmo.. just look at how "often" GW2 and DC universe online get new stuff. If rehashed old content is what I wanted I can get that from DCUO free and not pay a dime" but he instsist that thats just the way MMOs are now... sooo you guys tell me.. Is he corrrect or incorrect?