The second Letter From The Producer LIVE has just wrapped up. We have some juicy new information regarding the future of Final Fantasy XIV including jumping, mount testing, mini-games and much more! We’ve got all the information tweeted from the @FF_XIV_EN account below so make sure to check it out and let us know what you think about it in our forums! Make sure to keep an eye out for the official re-cap along with a subtitled version of the video in the near future.
Q: In regards to starting to charge a subscription fee, could you tell us about the reasoning behind starting now?
A: As I mentioned in the previous LIVE, our stance about being 50% complete has not changed. Though we have been able to gradually implement FF-related content, I still think that there is a lot that has not yet been completed, such as a lack of player search and an auction house. With patch 1.20, we will be introducing the player search and auction house, so I made the call as a producer to start billing at this time.
Q: What type of data will be carried over into the 2.0 version?
A1: Levels, character data, and achievements. There will be two exceptions, though. The progress of some quests may be rolled back. Also, some items will be moved from your item list to an NPC, as bag size may go back to 100. Don’t worry. Everything will be saved!
Q: Will data only be carried over if you’re a paying player?
A: The data of those who aren’t paying will also be carried over to 2.0. Don’t worry!
Q: Will it be possible to play by using a keyboard only setup?
A: We will make it possible to fully customize your controls with keybinds, so it will be possible to use the keyboard only as a means of playing if you wish.
Q: When will the bazaar problem (being forced to stop walking when looking) be fixed?
A: This will be addressed with the new server setup. Also any other issues with server access is required will be fixed with new server, too.
Q: Once 2.0 goes live, will gatherers and crafters be able to become primary classes that can actually fight and not just sub-classes?
A: The FINAL FANTASY that I envision is one in which the player is an adventurer who saves the world. Crafting and gathering are certainly important elements of the game too, but looking at the larger picture, battle is going to be necessary. There is no need to rush, so I would like for players to try out various classes, including battle classes and then decide on which class best fits them. Of course, this can be a crafting class if they so choose.
Q: Will the new version be graphics heavy?
A: Not at all. Currently only 40 characters can be displayed at once now. If you have the recommended PC for the current version, it will display more characters at once. If you have lower spec PC, you can turn off some extra settings and still be able to enjoy everything.
Q: With the map edits, will there be area changes/loading screens within the map? Also, when changing areas and it is loading, do you have any countermeasures about the chat and log getting cut off/lost?
A: There will be loading as a result of area changes. However, we will be preparing countermeasures for chat and log being cut-off, so please do not worry.
Q: With the launch of 2.0, will we be able to change our character’s gender? Can we change names?
A: Are you sure this is a good idea? Continue to give us feedback on the forums! As for the name, currently it may be too long… If we implement the ability to change names, we may want to reduce the length. We’re still thinking about it, so please give us feedback.
Q:It seems like with FFXIV 2.0, you will be changing the game engine and changing other core aspects of the game, but will the movements and what not be as laggy as the current client? Depending on the conditions, we need to customize our PCs so I am curious.
A: The main purpose in changing out the graphics engine is to allow for a large amount of characters to be displayed in an MMORPG. Due to this, after switching, it will be possible to display a lot more characters than currently. Also, we are also making it possible to change the setting on your PC, so there should not be lag.
Q: What was that crown looking graphic the character was wearing?
A: It’s an achievement reward coming for 1.20. The gold looking one will be harder to get. Hope you’re all looking forward to 1.20!
Q:Will any kind of things be implemented so we can change the equipment on our chocobos?
A:Actually, we have already decided on some armor from each of the three city-states. If you are curious how you can obtain it, think along the lines of how you obtained your personal chocobo…
Q:I have a question for you Yoshi-P. What are those photos on the wall below the world clocks? I don’t recall seeing them in the previous LIVE broadcast.
A:These are actually pictures I took at each office when I visited the four regional Square Enix headquarters. You can’t see it in this broadcast, but there are also pictures from my interviews on another wall!
Q:Are you planning on adjusting the Ifrit reward distribution? I’ve killed him 45 times… I’m starting to lose motivation now.
A: Yes, especially with regards to the Primal battles. We’re considering a system along the lines of need or greed. In the mean time, I’m thinking about other solutions to help people who tried many times, too. Please wait a bit and we’ll give you some more details
Q: Will there be any kind of special item given to players that start subscribing now and keep playing through 2.0?
A: In addition to the achievement that will be related to the Seventh Umbral Era, we are thinking about giving players a special mount… (Showed some early test footage of characters riding enemies like Ahriman, Drakes, and Goobues!)
Q: It wasn’t listed on the documentation for 2.0, but what’s the status of the jump feature?
A: Since we are revamping the maps for 2.0, we need to take time to check things once we implement jump, and we are currently testing this with aims to implement it for 2.0. In regards to swimming, we need to think about raids and other content, so it will be planned for some time after 2.0. (Yoshida also showed off some early test footage of characters jumping, saying it’s still early in development.)
Q: Will you add in some just-for-fun minigames like the ones from the Gold Saucer in FFVII, or card games like the Triple Triad in FFVIII be added?
A: Although not included in the 2.0 document, there are plans for adding minigames like the ones from the Gold Saucer. We are thinking of adding them as the next phase for entertainment after housing is introduced! As for card games, it will be important to go for both the entertainment value and reward aspect of the games. They are being considered and if a good plan comes up, we would definitely like to go for it.
Q: Will you be able to swim in the future?
A: When looking at the current mount system plan, it may look hard. Internally, everyone on the team is still debating it. As for swimming while on a mount, it may end up as something like walking on water. We’ll see how it develops as we go.
Q: Will there equipment with special magic-type of effects on them? Or spells like Regen in the future?
A: Yes, these are definitely on the way and planned for 2.0.
Q: I have a ton of guild tokens that I can’t use currently. Will there be any opportunities to trade these for equipment in the future?
A: As we are currently adjusting classes for 1.20, we will change to a system where you learn abilities as you level up. With this change, opportunities to use guild tokens will no longer exist, so we are currently looking into whether it would be better to make it possible to exchange them for gil or a system where you can trade them to the guild.
We will solidify what we end up doing for 1.20. We’ll be sure to tell you once we have decided so we can hear your feedback!
Q: I’m having trouble obtaining company seals. Do you have plans to increase the amount obtainable or increase the ways you can obtain them?
A: In 1.20 we will be adding higher tier caravan defense and company leves. We will not be increasing the amount you can obtain at one time, but we plan on increasing the areas where you can obtain them, therefore making it easier to collect.
Q: In 2.0 will the head and face have separate slots so that we can simultaneously equip a hat and glasses? Also, I would like to be able to equip a cape as shoulder equipment and carry two weapons at once or be able to grip a weapon with either right of left hands.
A: It is difficult to allow for the simultaneous equipment of both hat and glasses from a technical perspective, but we are considering it so this does not mean that it will never come in the future. As for equipping a cape, this will all depend on how we can compromise on its animation quality. But it will be quite difficult if we were to make it match the graphical quality of FFXIV. As for gripping a weapon with either hands, we are considering to allow the handling of weapons to be switched between hands to increase the depth to battles.
Q: Will you make it possible to display NPC names in English? It’s difficult to communicate sometimes with English speaking players due to the localized names.
A: Yes, with 2.0, we are thinking about doing so.
Q: Do you have any plans to implement artifact/tools for crafter/gatherer classes?
A: Currently for FFXIV, there really isn’t such thing as “artifact”, but I guess it depends on the definition. There are class artifacts, so we are planning for class specific equipment including achievement-related items. We would like to make items so that they affect the items that gatherers obtain, and for crafters it will affect what they make.
Q: Tell me more about Job system. Will it be like gladiator turns into a paladin and then they change the way they fight?
A: For example, as for the paladin job, it requires certain things such as having gladiator around level 30 and then you’ll need to clear a quest. You will then advance the job through quests, instead of leveling them independently.
Q: When is the smart phone app for FFXIV coming?
A: As we are developing the 2.0 sever, we wanted to make sure that external access will be possible (such as from an smart phone). For example, to allow players to organize items in their bags or retainers via their smart phone, check the markets, and play the chocobo farm as I mentioned earlier. But this will be half a year after 2.0 goes live.
Q: We are dying to know which class gets which job… White mage and black mage, which is conjurer and which is thaumaturge?
A: Conjurer is the white mage and thaumaturge is the black mage.
Q: Achievement-related weapons look so good. What will happen to the crafter HQs? Will the HQ from the crafters be not so good anymore?
A: HQ from crafters will be changed, too. If you compare achievement ones with HQ ones, may be achievement ones will be better. However, there is a possibility that HQ one will be stronger after materia are applied. So HQ items from crafters will continue to be important.
Q: What sort of player-made add-ons are you exactly thinking of? Also, how much game data will we be able to look at?
A: I’m thinking of add-ons on the UI. For example, changing the way it looks, adding graphs to show enemy enmity, or adding more windows, things that players make that actually interact with the game. Fundamentally speaking, we are trying to allow for the maximum amount of data to be used. As for the PS3 version, the dev team will be updating it to keep up with the PC version.
Q: Will a free trial version be available at the time of the 2.0 launch?
A: It won’t be in sync with the 2.0 launch, but we do have plans to make a free trial version available afterwards. Countermeasures against RMTers will also be worked on at an early stage as well.
Q: All of the dungeons will become instanced, but does this mean all public dungeons disappear?
A: For the ones that require a certain amount of people, I think it would be better to be closed off, so please assume that this means they will basically disappear. However, there will still be beastman strongholds in the open fields.
Q: Yoshi-P! I want to ride magitech armor!
A: In the past we had a survey on the forums and magitech armor was the number one choice from players! I’d like to add this after 2.0. (Showed off an early design sketch)
Q: Will new players after the launch of 2.0 be able to play the current scenario? Also, how about the Instance raid? How about the Primal battles? Also, you said something along the lines of “fights with current adventures will be engraved.” What does that mean?
A: As for the main scenario, yes it will be possible, as it will be different from Seventh Umbral Era. As for the Primal battles, it will be taking place in Seventh Umbral era, so it may be only possible to challenge now. Anyway, in order to play everything you have to play as it goes on now.
Q: Will dragoons have a wyvern?
A: After 2.0, we are thinking about having them use their breath ability when you jump. However, as I answered in the interviews, I think you all really would like to fight alongside a wyvern pet. With a dragoon having a pet wyvern, battle balance will be necessary for both master and pet, and as a result the dragoon itself might become a bit weaker. We would like to hear your feedback on this before we make any final decisions.
Q: On the schedule “player room and private area” is TBD. What is that about?
A: As for the housing, I think it is important that an MMO player has his/her own private area. We are still planning this but something like having bonus when logging out from the private area would be nice. The resource work for them is done so implementation may not be too far away.
Q: Will the level cap be removed before the release of 2.0?
A: This is not planned until patch 1.21. It won’t be good to have a huge gap in players’ level until 2.0 goes live, so we would like to carefully weigh our options
---------- Post added 2011-11-05 at 04:56 PM ----------
You can check out the 1st part here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0l2wZCXpEo
Last edited by miguelcrespo85; 2011-11-05 at 08:54 PM.
Hmm, I actually have a copy of this I bought at release sitting on my shelf which i played for about a month on and off then gave up hope on and never returned. I have been checking up on fansites just to see if anything had changed, and a few things have but having read up - not enough to bring me back to date.
This is interesting information though - and I would hope they might offer a short free trial when the overhaul is released for the poor stupid sods like me who bought into this huge turkey on release so we can decide whether to return.
This whole thing actually really surprised me because the changes inplemented so far have been reasonably minor really from what I have read, still i hope they can save this game and metomorphasise it into what it should have always been... if only so my partner will stop bringing up the fact I was stupid enough to have wasted money on it!!
I would honestly love for this to work out, and I REALLY REALLY hope it does. Final fantasy has just always felt amazing visually, through gameplay, and through the story. I really hope they are able to translate all of those aspects into an MMO like they have done in so many single player games. I would just be so happy if it worked out.
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By implementation of the job system does it mean we're going back to the classic BLM/WHM/RDM etc classes =P
If so, time to don my scarlet hat and feather
Heres some diffrent mounts that might come to FFXIV
As long as their current plan of action doesn't get scrapped, I think it might end up being pretty good.
Because ten billion
years' time is so fragile
it arouses such a
almost heartbreaking fondness.
I tried it in open beta and it seemed like the UI itself waited for confirmation from the server to open it's menus.
Is it still like this today? I have no problem with pressing 4 buttons instead of 1 to perform an action when I don't have to wait 3 seconds between each press to do the next. I remember waiting 3 minutes just to switch one skill on my skill-bar.
Even the first version of the game wasn't all that bad if it didn't waste your time with EVERY action you were able to perform.
I won't hold my breath just yet, but I really hope they deliver. I love the series (well, most of it) but have never gotten into the MMOs because they just didn't look appealing enough. If they successfully reboot it though, I'm going to be a really happy gamer!
A lot of people don't realize that the original director of FF14 (who was also the director of FF11) was kicked off of the project because 14 was so horrible. Yoshi-P, the new designer is an avid MMO player and has a much more modern version of what's actually fun (read: not grindy).
The captain of the ship has changed as has the destination. :P
Last edited by Mukki; 2011-11-14 at 07:29 AM.
I bought the game about 3 weeks ago after everyone I had spoken to that plays it had told me "It's come so far from when it was totally shit"...
I was blown away by the opening movie...but after that it started to go downhill... the UI was unbearably annoying to navigate, the combat was slow and not user friendly at all.
I really hope they fix this game because it should've been awesome. Guess we'll just have to wait and find out.
If the whole game was as good as the opening cinematics (I can't begin to describe how much I enjoyed them, like, can't come even close), I would never play another game in my life.
I just got the game and im kinda having fun with it, even tho alot of stuff is broken, those leaves quests are pretty fun
Last edited by miguelcrespo85; 2011-11-16 at 01:19 AM.
I hope they fully implement the keybindings like they say. That was one of the things I loved about FFXI was that you pretty much only used the keyboard.
I miss using the Numpad in an MMO
As far as I'm concerned FF14 hasn't been released yet, haha. Version 2 with the new UI and engine will be amazing-Also, jumping will be incoming (finally). I have faith in Yoshi-P given what he's done so far. Those of you who play 14 from now until 2.0's release, take heart that this game was nigh unplayable when it was first released.
I recommend keeping up on his letters from the producer. He's taking it in the right direction with 2.0 being the culmination. Also, as Edge said, he's been very liberal with giving out information, heck, I think he may have even surpassed GC in terms of communication.
I just hope they will release for 360 like with 11