It's time to explore a new land! (And maybe revitalize this blog a little more).
First off, let me say that I am a complete sucker for new things and the next mmo does have some of my interest.
The game is called Final Fantasy XIV, a name I'm sure your familiar with. It is a very PvE focused game, in fact it has no PvP whatsoever. This is such a big change over DarkFall that I'm honestly not sure if I'll be able to adjust.
Final Fantasy has a number of positive aspects and I'm sure it will be a success. I do not think that the game will be hugely popular.
The reason for this has to do with the controls and the style of the game. FF14 just does not have a smooth and familiar enough control scheme to be a success on the PC. I'm sure the game will fare far better on the PS3.
If they are able to implement a better control scheme then I'm sure the game will prove to be a commercial success. It sounds silly honestly saying that a control scheme will make or break this game for me. I mean, if it's a constant struggle to read quests and talk to npc's then that means there is a problem.
This is the year 2010 after all. Like many I am flabbergasted as to how squareenix chose to release the game into open beta like this. It is also looking like a hardware mouse will not be at launch, unless they chose to release it AT launch, which again, would make no sense to me.
Long story short, FFXIV is not for me and it doesn't look like I will be playing it! The game doesn't have pvp anyways.