And eventually moogles, and Dragoons, and a Blizzaga spell, Omega battle, something something crystals, and Tonberrys, level up chime, airships, Cid etc.
I managed to play FFXI for 9 years, not because I picked it up on a recommendation or just randomly wanted a MMO, I played it solely because it was a FF game and I like FF stuff. I expect there are a few fans who may be interested in XIV for the same reason.
I do get where you are coming from, I just think Vana'diel was awesome, the lore, the NPCs, the world, the music, all some of the best in FF games. The main mission stories were fantastic (if you could stick it out). Not all hope for XIV in that sense is lost yet, if they can't follow XI's suit then yea thats their fail.
Gameplay wise? Well, I don't know about that I will watch the thread of people actually playing it with interest to see.