I am an old FFXI player (~8 years from release of RotZ to beyond Abyssea). I bought FFXIV at release and stopped playing shortly after due to the initial flaws and the fact that my social base and friends were still in FFXI.
I have since left FFXI, albeit reluctantly and with fond memories, and have been tracking the progress of FFXIV: ARR with great interest. However, I am finding it quite difficult to locate some information and was hoping that someone here might help me, or at least point me in the right direction. It is difficult to separate old 1.0 info from new 2.0 at times.
1) I still have my original copy of FFXIV, and a record of it on my Square Enix account. Will I have to buy a new copy when 2.0 goes live, or can I simply reactivate my Square Enix account and be good to go? Will the keycode from my FFXIV box still function with 2.0?
2) It is my understanding that the story has changed from 1.0 to 2.0, with a general move from one time period to another. How much of the background info from my original 1.0 game manual still applies? Is there a place where I can find information about original FFXIV and how it corresponds with ARR? For example, I noticed that the three original nations are no longer referred to by the names in the game manual.
3) It is my understanding that I should ignore any/all system requirement info, along with any benchmark programs, until the new 2.0 info is released sometime mid-late November. Am I correct in this?
4) Similar to #3, should I ignore any/all game guides for classes and mechanics unless I read it on the Official FFXIV: ARR home page? I have had difficulty separating old info from the new.
I appreciate those who take time to respond to my thread. I have found some information here and there, but I am not sure how much of it I should ignore. I also don't assume these questions haven't been answered, I only assume my inability to find the answers on my own...