no you dont, they have already said the game is free to play indefinitely.
I missed this one on Lodestone, my bad: http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=c499e4c5df4f3f0fde1fb47a28574cb9c3991c9f
It is because of this that we ask our customers to be patient until we are able to confidently present them with a concrete plan outlining FINAL FANTASY XIV's new direction. The free trial period will be extended until that time.
they are working on it and have said we will get a search function before the year is out, granted it wont be a 100% perfect search it will be the foundation for what we all want.
In my personal opinion, that should have been two weeks after deployment, not continuously saying it'll be included, and then removed, two months later. Again, my opinion.
is a search even that gamebreaking anyways? i mean really, in the grand scheme of things its not even a big deal.. a good linkshell basically eliminates the need for retainer searching,
And thus, the entire player driven market is dead. From where I stand, the fact that you have to have a networked group of people to get things done means it IS breaking, at least from a market standpoint. FF was supposed to be as important market and skill wise as it was combat wise. The market being broken, and needing to be 'networked', as you say, means that *yes*, this is broken, and is not viable.
As to gamebreaking, it depends on where you found joy in the game. I personally found more enjoyment in the crafting and market system in XI then I did in the combat grind. I did not expect the same game, but I also expected with 11 classes for the world market vs. 7 for combat in XIV, there would be better support and more structure for the market side of the game, and that Squeenix would be at least semi-responsive.
So, I won't have to cancel my account... that is good news, and thank you for that, I haven't kept as up to date as I could have on all aspects, since I was primarily watching new feature deployments after my frustration hit the levels it did. I guess I'll keep watching like I was, and waiting until they fix what is a basic necessity for the public, note, public, market system to be a functional tool.