Emergency IntermissionOkay, I want everyone to calm down and take a breath.
Now that we've taken a moment, perhaps we can discuss this rationally.
Yes, they are going to raise the level cap in FFXI. Yes, the level cap is going to be 99. Yes, they are merging servers. Yes, they are planning on making a number of job adjustments.
We can all calm down now.
Some of you may be wondering why they made this decision. Why would they, after years of vowing never to touch the level cap, suddenly decide to raise it to 99?
Is it to make the players happy?
What are you? New?
Is it to bring in new players?
No, not really. New players really can't see much of a difference between 75 and 99 except that one is larger than the other.
Hint: It's the 99.
Is FFXI dying?
Shut up. Just shut up already.
So why, oh why, did they decide to do it?
I'll give you the one reason, the one ultimate reason behind this epic decision:
FFXI forums have gotten boring as all hell lately. Back in the day, every board was on fire with people arguing about subs and leveling and what party should go where.
Lately, that shit has gotten kind of stale. Everyone knows the best subs for every job and everyone knows where to level when.
We're gonna spice that shit up. Pretty soon, your favorite forum is going to be overrun with players asking what's the best sub for every job at level 99.
Your opinion doesn't count, you n00b. You're only level 75 on every job with full merits.
Do you know the best place for a level 84 Black Mage to level?
Oh, oh. That guy in Whitegate with the best gear in the game who just walks around showing off?
Yeah, day after update, that shit is worthless.
Imagine the threads that guy will start.
HAHA! It will be GLORIOUS!
Man, this is so plain, unadulterated evil, I'd almost think I came up with it.
I should check my sent e-mail. Drunk me may be smarter than I give him credit for.