It doesn't change the fact though that Tanaka's position didn't actually change. I'm not arguing that there wasn't a change of the feel of the game when Yoshi P was the director, but blaming Tanaka solely for how it is now isn't entirely accurate either, since he was still there and just as active with XI back when Abyssea was introduced.
How do you know this exactly? I really hope you aren't going by official job listings are you? This would be like saying if the mods of the XIV forums were all ill and you went to help while they were in bed they were still actually in charge of moderating, cause it would be impossible for you to work on those forums without the job titles being changed first.
What mileage would be in SE telling the XI playerbase that they took most of the staff off the dev team to work on XIV? Yoshi was totally responsible for XI Abyssea and that is proven by him being given XIV and having the role of director and producer?, they would not of given him such an important title if anything else was the case.
And this is why Abyssea worked, brought back players and had other players like me stick around.
Aby was successful in another way too, it gave a large number of players a good reason to buy and subscribe with extra accounts, no content before or after Abyssea did that. They took a game with a pretty much static playerbase and increased subs by making many players willingly and happily pay for 2-3 accounts.
Edited, May 2nd 2012 4:13am by Runespider