Im just wondering whats the big deal? So FFXIV was announced. Everyone already had a general idea in the back of their minds that SE was going to come out with a new MMORPG. Sure it turns out to be the next online Final Fantasy. Big deal. Have a lot of people here never seen or experienced what happened to EQ1? EQ2 came out and EQ1 lost about half its players that same month. a few months later, half of the ones who left returned. EQ1 currently has almost as many players as it did a year after EQ2 came out! The core players stick around! Yes we will loose some players, maybe even as high as 1/3rd of the entire population. Chances are though that a lot of the people who leave at first will end up coming back for one reason or another, its the nature of mmorpg games. It keeps you hooked. I doubt many people on FFXI would want to start all over again anyways, its a lot of hard work and time spent in this "Very excessively" time consuming game to just pack up and quit. I think people are making way to many predictions way to early. The only thing we have that we can follow on this similar issue is with EQ, because it happened there. As well as in Lineage. And Lineage 1 and EQ1 are still up more than 5 years after their sequel games were released. Don't Panic, Worse comes to worse we loose a ton of players SE merges the servers and we don't notice the difference, just notice the fact there are only 5-10 servers.