What was the point of raising us past the old endgame level cap, if all they're going to do is old endgame redux?
This wasn't the direction the game 'was' going, it was heading towards that bright white light of satisfaction through Abyssea play-style, but then Tanaka failed at FFXIV, got the boot, and demoted back to the captain of FFXI's ship. This is all Tanaka knows; he's an old fool who is at this point spiraling down the toilet as he fails to make good game design decisions over and over.
Meanwhile, the Dev team that brought us good things moved into FFXIV to see if they can revive the biggest Failure in Final Fantasy TO DATE (thanks to Tanaka).
What's annoying is if they had waited a few months, the level "99" vision the "good" team had would have been brought to fruition. Who knows what ideas the had in mind? They had already, in two years time, made the leveling process less cumbersome, made gear acquisition growth based and logical, and lit a fire under FFXI so bright that it pulled players in who swore off the FFXI name years ago in favor of more "up to date" games. Given the final leap from 90 to 99 they could have really shown the world what a Final Fantasy MMO was intended to be.
In a genre that 'requires' change to stay fresh in order to hold subscribers over other, fresher, greener, pastures - Tanaka only knows how to stand perfectly still and hold his ground. He should be fired-and-a-half, and everyone who plays this game knows it.
You are rich enough, take your money and run, we hate you - it's time to retire old man.