I was hoping we'd see some influence too. Some. That's why I say that I think he's a bit out of touch with western games. It's easy to play those games and say, "Oh, so this is what they like," without really understanding what we like, or why we like it. That's the impression that I'm getting, anyway. There was great opportunity to take the best of FFXI and other western games and create something amazing. Instead, I expect we're going to get something that combines the most mediocre elements of either.
By the way, I don't suppose you're much of a programmer?