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Square Enix has been known to try to turn a quick buck, mislead and put out terrible games. FFXIV failed the first go after being told in beta that the game sucked.
The original roadmap for ARR put the downtime of servers and the transition from 1.0 to 2.0 to 3months, basically getting the original player base back in the game by March at the most, the game is now looking at pushing july/august before turning on the switch according to Yoshida at Nico Nico. Granted things happen that are uncontrollable but this is a pretty big gap.
According to Yoshida the games combat was a driving factor in pushing the game back. This is after admitting testers have only seen a small portion of the game.
In 1.0, I got the opportunity to test the game in beta. The game was extremely unplayable and the forums were livid. The white knights and the devs at the time were adamant that the beta was not representative of the game. It was.
I am not saying this game is bad or good. Please do not take this post that way.
DO NOT PURCHASE THIS GAME until the nda is fully lifted and you can get a true preview from the media and players.