Likely the game is still 2 years out, so I'm not too concerned. I wouldn't be mad if they basically copied/refined what they did for 7R.
As for what Final Fantasy is? I think it's whatever SE wants/needs it to be at that time. They have changed the formula so many times that I would say there are more 'experimental' titles than there are traditional. And I'm ok with that! But the story is seemingly exactly what I've been wanting forever now... a high fantasy FF game. Swords and shields, not tech!
(Also, yeah, FF14? It's dangerous. It's free now from level 1-60, with t