I've been been testing FF14: ARR since alpha and it really is a different game now... more like a Western MMO with most of the modern conveniences. There's a fear that it has maybe gone a bit too "WoW-style"; however, I will reserve judgement until I've had a chance to see what lies beyond the first 20 levels. If the game eventually ends up with a similar diversity of endgame content to what FFXI has, I won't complain.
Chulo and I will likely end up on the Hyperion server, with some FFXI acquaintances. I have a Gladiator from 1.0, but I never did get very far with her, and so I'm just as likely to restart from scratch.