Hyrist, I understand about the whole Legacy thing. That's not my issue. I mean, why should I pay at all now for a game that I haven't seen, haven't played from a company that tried to pawn off the launch day game at full price banking that the FF name would cover every sin in development?
I don't care if I pay a normal price when the work is worth it. Money is not my issue. Throwing my money at a company who tried to screw me over once and failed, and MAY be trying to do it again is my issue.
If 2.0 is legit, I will spend the full monthly sub on it. But I'm certainly not going to throw money at them now for the hope of having a cheaper experience later, when 2.0 could be vaporware, or a total f'in dud that just gets cancelled after debut from lack of interest.
Personally, you're not the one my origonal post on this thread was directed at. it was the guy who peeped up and said "Well then SE's got 30 days to convince me to play this game." To which I promptly said. "Decide now, or look the fool one way or another."
If you want to swallow the extra five a month. That's fine. I remember that FFXI was a pretty hard and miserable game (Granted no where near the bad of FFXIV 1.0 launch) a good way at the beginning, but I still got nearly a decade out of it, and enjoyed my experiences there.
But point blank, I believe in Yoshida far more than I ever
had faith in Tanaka. And that's where I make my gamble. Not on 'Square Enix'. Square Enix is a publishing/developing company. They represent something far far far more larger and nebulous than FFXIV as a project.
The development team, however, has new staff and a new lead. The previous lead was Tanaka, who, for all his other accomplishments, brought dated concepts to a new game, which was a critical flaw. The other critical flaw was SE's fault in forcing a bad engine on this game, and turning around and shoving a bad timetable on Tanaka's throat for it. Those problems, Square Enix swallows a gigantic amount of both blame and shame for.
But if anyone can convince me that Square Enix received the wake-up call they needed to as a result of FFXIV's initial failure, it's Yoshida. He has not just told, he has shown, that he listens. He has also gone and shared his ideals and his visions with us, has gone as far as to make personal observations and comments with us. And has kept up a flow of communication that is something rather impressive in development companies in general, let alone Asian gaming companies, let alone Square Enix, which has, up until this point, been notoriously tight-lipped.
So no, my money is in support of him
, and I have stated such on multiple occasions. I don't need to see the engine in motion to know that a guy who shares many of my views is already overseeing it. I'm not picturing perfection, mind you. Nor am I expecting it. (After all, I frequently caution people to keep their expectations in check. What we are getting is a engine/map update, not an entirely new game. I factor what we receive content wise for FFXIV 2.0 along the lines of an expansion, and still expect normal Square Enix tropes when it comes to releasing content form said expansion.)
What the game currently has - that combat I was talking about earlier? I find it fun and enjoyable. (Granted, I prefer Dragoon's fighting style the most thus far, I hope Red Mage keeps me enthralled as well when it comes out, otherwise 'Hyrist' might not make an appearance!) Enough to get me to subscribe. I play now to carry over the work I do here into 2.0 I want Lin Celistine to arrive in the new Eorza as a level 50 Lancer with as many jobs to support that class as possible. I also want to go and finish the story for the 7th Umbral Era storyline. Witnessing an apocalypse or a near apocalypse in a way that FFXI could never duplicate ("Oh look, the world 'nearly' ended, but nobody knows about it!" happened 4 times... seriously.)
I can't convince you to buy for these things. But I do say you will save much more money in the long run if you do Legacy. Knowing you, I think you're on the fence for more graphical issues, the smooth flow of combat, etc. You want to see that the engine works
. And if you're willing to spend $360 more over six years then yeah, that's fine. Just understand that the money you would put down to get legacy campaign pays itself back in one year of subscription, no matter how intermittent that may be. Whether you think it sucks or you think it rocks, this game will not 'fold'. And if it gains any of FFXI's notorious reputation of having players who dip in and out, even you will be subject to that pull.
But speaking personally, it's better for me to bite the bullet and take that 'risk', and pay less over time, no matter how intermittent that time may be. Then to sit and cross my arms and say "No I'm not giving you ANY money until I'm SURE get what I want."
You're free to feel the way you do. Goodness knows I'm not touching BioWare games until I see an improvement in their business practices. Changes that I've seen already from Square Enix, at least as FFXIV is concerned.