I havnt played FFxi in 2 years and i miss it alot. i messed around with rappelz and a million other games but there has never been a game that had me hooked like ffxi. Will there ever be a game like ffxi and will ffxiv be any good?
FFXI is still alive and kicking, sad that a lot is dead content, but it is very much a playable game.
FF14 is beautiful, sounds great, and is fun to play (combat is actually way more involved than XI and is very fun). The changes from 14 1.0 are staggering (if you were in the Beta you know how sh*t it was, or if you read any of the post release reviews) and I think it will be a very strong game. It combines some of the best stuff from XI, and WoW, and some of the bad stuff too. But I think 14 has a bright future, doubtful it will last as long as XI did, but it will have a strong following for some time to come.
XI I think will end up free to play over the next couple years, which is probably a good thing as it will increase community size, but I don't see SE killing it any time soon, essentially like most MMO's as long as there is a community, there is a game.