Keeping the storyline? Wat? No they aren't. Please keep in mind it's still Alpha, what you see now may or may not be final. :/This is truly disappointing. I had a feeling something like this would happen when they said they were keeping the original storyline of FFXI.
What happen to the good ol' days when every Final Fantasy game had a completely different storyline? They were to quick to make the game and not look at the market. Come on Square...let's hold the release date back to 2011 and completely change the combat system. I would not mind if this is what they held the date back for..as long as the specified this.