I'm only writing this because I've read so many posts of people trying to offer up improvements on the market ward system to make it to their liking. Stuff like this:
Add a search feature
Lower the number of wards
Categorize the results of the search, but whatever you do don't add an auction house
So adding the aformentioned features sounds like what? Yeah, WoW, and guess what, they called it an Auction House.
WoW Auction House
- You can see who is selling items
- You can see the price and supply
- You can do a keyword search of what's available
- Goods are categorized
The difference between WoW and FFXIV Market Wards with enhancements are mostly dependant on how the search feature is implemented. Will it be from the main menu? Will it be accessed from an object simliar to what you use to manage your retainer? Will it be accessible only once you're in the market ward? No matter which it is, the difference is involved in finding physical the retainer or bazaar. That is assuming they dont let you purchase it from the search feature, in which case, it'll make wards pointless. So within the scope of "Auction Houses semantics", the differences are small.
So why not implement a WoW style auction house? Is it a fear of being called a "WoW clone"? Is it trying to be innovative even in the face of failure? Or is it just because the lead designer has never played WoW? Or maybe because Hiromichi Tanaka loathes it so much he forgot how to compete. Probably all of them, but if you didn't want a mainstream game, you got it, congrats.
It doesn't have to look and feel like WoW, just a system that keeps the economy running and doesn't have us spending hours making up for a system that's not there rather than enjoying the game's content.