Although I was hoping for something in the far east or on the Mithra homeland, to have another area such as Adoulin, and potentially the other islands nearby, to explore will make for a potentially great new expansion. We'll see how things go with it, but it's nice to see that we have a name to attach to what we've been seeing lately.
I think it's a smart move. Don't want to make all your big plays first and leave the little stuff for later. West is also almost the blankest slate except for the tribal, veldt-like theme. East, South, North are the most well-defined (North least of those 3). South & East are the bigger two, West & North are the smaller two. Saving the Far South for later gives people something to look forward to. Previously, it seemed like it would never come, but from the ToAU era and now this era, it seems possible so long as subs remain decent. I think the best order would be small, big, small, big (for most impact, probably West, East, North, South).
And I thought there was an A-island right off the coast of Ulbuka. Wasn't Garuda from around there?
Does seeing Adoulin make anyone think of Adoulin oblongata? (medulla oblongata)
And the mention of cowboys, wouldn't Paladin belong in the wild Far West? (obscure tv reference)
FFXI is most definately the cash cow is, the big question is, has FFXI made more money for SE since 2002 than FFVII made for Square/SE since 1997?
Somewhere out there, there is a road with 2 signs on it. One says "No Trespassing". The sign right next to it says "FREE KITTENS".