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To be honest, lately I do hope every single MMO that's coming to be huge success, cuz that's what we want right? Unfortunately, I havent seen that happen post WOW.
My 22+ years of hardcore gaming , the 12 years of MMORPG gaming and the amount of $ I've shelled out to "experience" most games from the arcade and Nintendo era helps me today to hold a pretty good record that I'm kinda proud of.
I have managed to not spend $ on a new MMO since DCUO was released ($35 with promo + 30 days) back in January 11, 2011. I must admit I came very close to buying FFXIV as well. I walked all the way to Future Shop and I changed my mind before I entered.
Anyways, back to FFXIV: Reborn. To spend $ on this game few things must happen.
#1 To have overall positive feedback 3 months after launch (as a themepark MMO, depending on endgame raiding) it will take the newbies 1-2 months to go through the leveling content.
#2 Playerbase. Even WOW with its massive numbers struggled a lot, releasing delayed content. (End of WOTLK was best example). So this game would really need to get big numbers (which I doubt in current saturation with this themepark model) to keep up with bright future ahead.
#3 All I know so far is that there will be a lot of copy/paste of WOW formula. Just improved crafting, better graphics. The biggest challenge yet will be the security, the economy and the side features like PvP or any other competition being successful (something WOW has failed to do huge time with the amount of ranking abuse through win trading and so forth)
Ultimately, FFXIV will need to have strong and big community to bring people together for the type of game they got in plan. WOW's been too ignorant and greedy to bring its dying, diminishing servers together so that's one opportunity I hope FFXIV will take advantage. I doubt though with the type of graphics in place servers can maintain the necessary playerbase.
Regardless, I care any MMO to succeed and I gave my 2 cents for FFXIV. After all I'm a great fan of their franchise.