Couple of new things on the games development. There was a recent Famitsu article that details some of the changes we will be seeing when we move into beta testing (we are still in alpha). If you follow the XIV fansites, this is old news, but I have to try to keep this thread alive
Major news is that Alpha phase 1 may be coming to an end soon. Second round of alpha invites have gone out and they will be adding new test servers. No ETA at this time, but I suspect there will be another round of invites going out then too.
When the next phase of alpha/beta begins (there's some ambiguity because alpha 2/ beta 1 have been used interchangeably) there will be a complete overhaul of the combat system to make it easier to string attacks together. Yay!
Also Miquo'te will finally be playable. Double Yay!
Addition of real dynamic lighting (HUGE!)
For more details of the inteview, check the numerous dedicated fansites for details.
With E3 less than 2 weeks away, we have confirmation that FFXIV will be featured there and that there will be some kind of announcement. My money is on a release date and the beginning of PC and PS3 beta testing.
Personally I'm very happy to see Square Enix take testing feedback seriously, especially in light of how close minded they were with FFXI. If they can fully abandon the tenets from XI they clung to for dear life, XIV may have a shot at making a lasting impression on the MMO audience, instead of feeling like an HD retread.