An Idea For Future Content Note: Used Dev1058 since I used the idea of incorporating Jobs into the mix of it.
Forgive me if the suggestion has been posted before. In light of the new battle system changes, along with the point allotment, I'd like to see a Merits system in the future. Once again, not trying to turn XIV into XI-2, however the Merit system was awesome in it's own right simply because it gave me something to do after I hit the level cap.
In games like WoW, and Rift, I hit level 50 and the only thing left to do is go do Heroic/Elite dungeons in order to get new gear, doing it over and over again until I get the right gear, then endgame is essentially the same sort of dungeon just longer. As much as I like both of those games, it's extremely boring. I just recently hit level 50 on Rift, and I'm so bored I've almost nearly stopped playing all-together.
In XI, however, in order to explain the system to those who never played it (though I'm sure many have), once you hit level cap you could switch to gaining "Merit Points" instead of EXP, and every 10k XP in that mode, you received 1 merit point to put into a specific aspect. You were only able to put points into classes that were also at 75, but if you had 2 level 75 jobs, you could gain points with Job A but put points into Job B if you wanted to. You could do all of this while waiting for your LS to get together and do events to go get better gear. And these merits would help you out in the field!
Stuff you could unlock in XI: You could upgrade your attributes, such as STR, VIT, etc.
If you were a Samurai, you could upgrade your meditate to have a lower recast timer, or increase the effect of your Zanshin. It also allowed you to purchase abilities that had long timers (Anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes) on them but were powerful when used, and then put more merits to decrease the timer on the abilities.
http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Category:Merit_Points <- The XI wiki page for more info
Examples for unlocks that could work with Jobs:
Now that Jobs have been announced and explained a little bit. I think they could incorporate this Merit system into those jobs. Say, for example, that as Pugilist you unlock Monk at level 30. However, once you hit level 50, you can start earning "Job Points" and start putting in points into Monk in order to improve that Job and make it better for party play.
Any thoughts or ideas to better improve upon this idea? Please be constructive.