Hello all, new to the forum.
I'm also new to FFXIV. I never played 1.0, the game just turned me off when I first saw it. I had no idea it was even still around or had been re-booted til I caught an article on Kotaku. Now I've been devouring all the videos and info I can find on the game.
Welcome to FFXIV! I share your enthusiasm in the search for more information about FFXIV ARR.
Please allow me to assist you with some more information that might have escaped your notice.
Right now, the videos make the new version look great. But There's very little in the way of actual game play info, just teasers from Yoshi-P. Would be nice if they would actualy communicate more with us outside of the PR blurbs.
The following links has more information and videos if you have not already visited them.
http://www.youtube.com/user/FINALFANTASYXIV?feature=watch <official FFXIV youtube channel>
Might I suggest visiting FFXIV lodestone forum as well for latest information.
Mr. Wint from this esteemed website has also linked the latest information in his article.
If you have viewed all these information before, you would know as much as we do, with the exception of information not yet ready for released, such as Beta content. As things might and can change during Beta, it would be prudent to release finalised information so as to reduce chances of confusion.
I think ARR has a good chance of doing well, but I have to say that what I have seen community wise and communication wise from SE makes me nervous. The Offical forums are a mess, atleast as bad as the WoW forums. There's lots of nastyness and the fact that a small group went all 4chan on PA for a bad review just dose not speak well or give a good impression of the community.
Let me put forward my point of view on the official forums and the folks that frequent there. There are naysayers as well even on Lodestone (official forums), not everyone is a whiteknight. However, I would like to think that Lodestone forum is more civilised than others you might find.
In regards to the article by PA, if the actions of a few casts a bad light on the rest of us, it is a sad day indeed. I do want to put forward that if you do actually read the comments, most if not all, presented their critique of the article in a civil manner. Readers of an article is allowed to critique an article as much as the author has the right to an opnion. (article)
All in all, all this will be behind us when the time to play ARR comes. Of this, I am sure.
The way the BETA is being handled is another thing I think reflects badly on SE. They put up the Beta recruitment with no info other than that you would be selected based on how you filled out the survey. We later find out from someone with a big mouth that the E-mail states that only the Legacy members would get into Phase 1 and 2, we had no info of this from SE at all.
Unfortunately, your statement regarding no information about legacy on Beta recruitment is incorrect. I genuinely hope that you have made a simple mistake of not reading the information, instead of venting your frustrations.
Beta application announced 7th Jan 2013.
Announcement clearly states Legacy player starts in Phase 1 & 2 and need not apply. I am not a Legacy player.
On the Beta application page as well, it states this information again with more details provided. https://secure.square-enix.com/enqt/s/run?sq=b0b2026ccf19abb7ea581aac20b6a20a9dfacdb6a13ab1514cb72060cacd21b34cef9c2cfcb690fec12a2bb5c310fead0ab32bef5c2cfcb546212e6009d0
Even on Zams FFXIV report, it is stated.
It is quite hard to miss the information that Legacy players will get in first. Which is fine, I feel those people deserve to see Beta first seeing as they actually paid money to support SE during the tough period of transition.
While this wouldn't be a big deal since we wouldn't have even known about it had someone not broken NDA, there's also the fact that they put out a tweet stating that all Alpha testers would get a beta invite, this is after they had already posted in the offical forums that Alpha testers would not be automaticaly selected and would have to wait to be selected from the general pool.
All in all this give the impression that SE is not all that interrested in new players or the opinions of those who are just now learning of the game.
Speaking of the NDA, something that has confused me is that SE granted all Legacy Members access to the BETA, the problem is FFXIV is a Teen rated game. How are they handling the fact that any legacy member under 18 cannot agree to the NDA? If answering this deals with breaking the NDA, then don't answer. I'll just have to keep wondering til after phase 4.
Please forgive my ignorance and link the information where they posted in official forums that Alpha testers would not be automatically selected. I am interested to see this.
Whether you like this game or hate this game, it is your choice. Everyone has differing preferences and tastes. There is no satisfying everyone.
You can bash on the aspects of the game you do not like, bash on the community on Lodestone which I am a part of, bash on our fanboyism or Whiteknighting(?) but I implore you to not bash on the staff of FFXIV including YoshiP. They are working hard and least we could do is to recognise their effort even if the result does not interest you.
Should you have any questions, I will do my best to help.