The feeling I got from FFXIV's announcement was an exaggerated version of what I felt when I read Scott Ramsoomair's comic about implementing Level Sync. I had quit FFXI for the 3rd time at that point, and was missing it dearly. I went back, was more productive than before, and accomplished a few of my goals. FFXI popped my MMO cherry and for the type of sentimental and plot-driven gamer that I am, it was a virtually irreplaceable experience. But after about 4 hiatuses over the course of the past 7 years, and restarting on various servers, I've finally admitted that I'll never have time for its endgame content and still be a functional, on-track college student who occasionally likes to do things that don't necessarily involve FFXI.
I admit, FFXI made me a snob. I like MMOs to wax hardcore, and I think FFXIV will still have that to a lesser degree, but if there's one thing it NEEDS to have, it's the FFXI community. We @#%^ing rock. I almost want FFXI to be a prerequisite for purchasing FFXIV (no, not realistically). As long as FFXIV has this, I won't miss FFXI nearly so much.
The real test will be when FFXIV's been out for a good bit, gotten out of beta, and then we look back at FFXI. I for one doubt that any of us won't get teary-eyed and sniffle, XIV success or no.
Edited, Jun 11th 2009 9:53pm by AlphaPendragon
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