*Disclaimer, I dont think there are, but there may be some very, very, minor MSQ spoilers
So, I started playing FFXIV back when it released, and like many others, I felt there was definitely something potentially good there, but covered by a lot of problems, so I left shortly after.
Then they relaunched as ARR, and I kept thinking I would go back and check out the changes, but, with so many free games I was actually enjoying, going back to paying a sub for something I wasn't certain would be any better didn't make any sense. Until that is, I happened across a video on youtube highlighting the Dark Knight (one of the Heavensward expansion classes
I then started watching several other videos on The Dark Knight and before long, decided to re-up my sub, buy HW expansion, jump in and become a Dark Knight!
After logging in and not seeing my old character anywhere (I later found out they have multiple Datacenters holding many, many servers, of which, held my old toons
). No biggie, I never got any job very high (max was 22
) so I just kept rolling with my new guy. Dark Knight here I come....
Not so fast, turns out, I must get my starting class (DK was an expansion class and not available at creation, makes sense
) to lvl 10 before I can go get my new Job, the DK. So I power on with a class I didn't actually come back to play, but not a big deal, I am enjoying the game overall. So, onward! After reaching level 10, I discover that I can only chose classes in my city, atleast until I reach lvl 20 and do the flying ship quest and gain access to the other main cities. Ok, I have enjoyed the story, the combat is improved from the old version, I shall get to 20 to become my desired class!
So, on my way to lvl 20, I get invited to something called "Novice Network" a crazy helpful chat channel that I dont understand why I wasn't in by default. No matter, I push on... Finally! (Because unlike every modern mmo, FFXIV is actually tough to lvl, which is a good thing
) I reach lvl 20, make it to Ul'dah, and start my hunt for the Dark Knight guild, no luck, so I ask in the awesome NN chat.......................
Yeah, turns out I actually need to finish the entire Main Story questline, reaching lvl 50 before gaining access to the Dark Knight trainer....
'hold on, I need a minute'
Ok, the class I bought the game to play, I must first finish the game to play... umm, ok, I can deal, finish the MSQ, there will still be the expansion areas in HW to play as my Dark Knight, dungeons and so on. I can do this, and after all, the story so far has been enjoyable (cheezy at times, but enjoyable
). So I power on!
Fast forward... Final boss <WAXED!> (by my group mates mostly, but I was there, I hit him too! I get credit
Ending cinematic plays, then another, then another with credits popping up along the way, then final credits roll and in a way that would make marvel proud, theres an after credit scene! its done! Finally! Here I come (hopefully
) wonderful Dark Knight!
No, Here I don't come.... as it turns out, there are now 100, yes 100, let me spell that out, One HUNDRED more quest I must now do to transition from ARR to Heavensward before I can play the class I bought the game to play.
I am now just clicking through as quick as I can so I can one day, maybe, become a Dark Knight, so I can then cancel this account and go back to a game that lets me play my desired class at the beginning...