Not without weakening some of the good stuff. The party combat couldn’t have been nearly as intricate and exciting (when in a good party) if the game didn’t basically require you to level in a full party that was designed and built correctly.
The huge problem here is having a dev studio building a service and then being unable to draw feedback and interact with that public (language barrier). So I doubt they’ve figured out something new.
Really? It’s 2010, not 1986, dude. I’m pretty sure SE has plenty of translators on staff, and I’m equally sure that none of the various problems with FFXI can be blamed on those crazy Japanese guys not being able to understand us when we talk.
What you can hope is that they copy good things from other games.
If I wanted them to copy other games, I’d play those other games. Of all the ways that FFXIV could go wrong, the worst of all would be for it to be one more WoW clone. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like that’s what it’s shaping up to be.
Or maybe make proper controls for PC?
To each his own, but I’ve been frustrated by every MMO since for not having good gamepad controls.