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I'll start by saying I know that ARR's style is initially strongly quest grind driven. I feel like this is good for all of the people who have grown accustomed to games that are strongly focused on this type of gameplay that has been so common in the WoW era.
However, two things of note that I think are very important:
1. Once you switch classes on your character, those quests don't appear. Yes there are guildleves and things available, but this is a lot different than quest grinding IMHO. Its more like grinding out dailies. These -are- limited, however, so it won't be the only way to level.
2. Creating additional characters requires a fee. This will make it so people can't just make one character for each class.
So those being listed off, will this game slowly adjust people into a FF XI style of play over time? Once your hunter log is full and your quests are complete on the third class that you are leveling, what will people do? Will they actively seek groups and will a community begin to form like we haven't seen in newer MMOs for years? Will they become attached enough to their character that they will suck it up and actually stick with the game when their familiar style of gameplay disappears? And if this is the case, will this cause more sandboxy/social MMOs to start appearing in the future if gamers actually open themselves up to this style of game?
I believe that this transition is too jarring and just too unfamiliar for it to work if you try to just throw it out there without slowly easing newer MMO players in. It needs to draw the person in and slowly change for it to work I think. I just feel that ARR is doing a really good job of possibly getting newer players to familiarize themselves to a different MMO style that they normally wouldn't try because its just too different by easing them into it instead of just going 'BAM! FF XI style grinding. Figure it out!'
Just some thoughts. I'd really like to see the oldschool MMO make a recurrance with modern features and graphics and I believe ARR is a good first stepping stone on that path. Does anyone agree with this?