Why do I do it? First of all, in traditional MMOs — in this regard FFXIV does not count as traditional — playing all the classes meant creating a new character for each one. Frequently I would have at least two characters going at any one time, and as I rarely made it to level cap in past MMOs that didn’t matter all that much. I have a tendency to be indecisive about what class I actually want to play, so this often manifests itself in me creating a new character every now and again. Worse still, I frequently want to look at a pretty new character without having to spend real money because I’m cheap. There, I said it. I’m cheap.
And now I want one! I want a new character, I want to experience the story again and not skip any cutscenes. I want to have a different race since I feel like some races are better suited to certain jobs than others. The only thing stopping me right now is a system I do think is rather stupid — Square Enix has locked character creation on highly populated servers during peak hours. How this really helps server congestion I’m not sure. Maybe encouraging players to play on other servers instead? But ultimately, I want to create my character on my “home” server, and I don’t really want to stray from that.
Do you often create alts? What makes you want to play multiple characters?