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Alisha
post Aug 4 2009, 03:05 PM
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http://www.joystiq.com/2009/08/04/final-fa...new-job-system/

The latest edition of Famitsu Wave recently hit newsstands in Japan, bringing with it a DVD which contains an 8-minute exposť on Square Enix's second stab at the MMO genre, Final Fantasy XIV. The whole video is posted after the break. Fret not -- it sports convenient English subtitles.

Here's some of the more titillating excerpts: The game features a reinvented character progression system which does not include experience points or leveling up. The job system from XI will make an appearance, but in a heavily altered form -- an interview with the game's director, Nobuaki Komoto, revealed that the game will place a focus on the weapons players use, explaining that your armaments will determine "the way you play" and "the way you grow." Sounds reminiscent of Final Fantasy IX. (That's a very good thing.)

In addition, FFXIV producer Hiromichi Tanaka explained that the game takes place in a new region with a more "modern" feel to it -- the mysterious Eorzea which was mentioned in the trailer. The new world features familiar races (albeit with new names), and plays host to a "deep story," which is told through cut-scenes and quests. For more FFXIV info than you can possibly handle, check the video after the jump.


sounds similar to monster hunter no?

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Someone translated the text on BG Forums regarding the characters:

"When you make your character, aside from choosing the race, you will also be able to customize their appearance. Head, skin color, hair type etc, there will be multiple factors. Just how exact we will be able to customize their appearance is still unknown, but we mean it in a good way when we say that it seems like it will become a worry to many players."


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Scan_Man
post Apr 24 2010, 05:52 PM
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There is over 2.5 million, there will be more when Cataclysm comes out, active US WoW subscribers. My point is WoW dominates the MMO market for subscription based MMOs. In comparison, FFXI never hit over 500k worldwide. I agree FFXIV will pull long time FFXI players; which is very small right now they had to merge servers. As for those that once played FFXI (a number of these play WoW now) or FF fans, I agree there as well. However, those players are less likely to stick around with FF fans being the most likely not to stick.

Don't underestimate how the WoW population get sucked into the latest fad, or hot thing to come out, and spend money on it. And I'm sure FFXIV will qualify as that because it is a new FF MMO. A week ago Blizzard released a mount, that is basically a reskin of an existing mount in the game, and charged $25 dollars for it. Guess what? Everyone and their mom bought this stupid thing. On its release Blizzard made 2 million dollars within 4 hours.

And everywhere you read about how FFXIV going to be more casual friendly, or solo friendly. These are words WoW players buy into.


My concern is more so how WoW and WoW players have influence on the over all MMO community. While there are some people that never really touched WoW, a good number of people playing free MMOs or other payed MMOs have. And a lot of MMO's try to do what WoW does, so thus attract the same type of players. There is a lot of hostility and immaturity in these communities, and it comes from the state of the WoW community. People stop playing WoW because they get tired of dealing with those types of people, but they are those type of people, and bring it to other games. I saw this happen in both Aion and Star Trek Online.

Ultimately, I'm going to have to decide if I want to give this game a try. I do play WoW, but only to participate in raids with my guild; they are a good group of people but it took me years to find this. One of the reasons I don't play other parts of WoW is because the community is awful. After seeing parts of the WoW community jump over to Aion and Star Trek Online, I have a hard time thinking any future MMO's are going to be any different. WoW population is too large, and too willing to spend money to try out new MMO's to not have a sizable chunk wanting to play FFXIV.

Now for WoW the developers are changing a lot of mechanics in order to reduce some of the issues in the community. I applaud Blizzard for recognizing that some of their gameplay is partly at fault.

For example, Blizzard added a cross-server, play with people on other servers, grouping system that allows you to queue up with your class/roll. It will automatically place you into a party with the correct class makeup and then port you to the instance. It has a vote-kick system to deal with bad players. If you vote someone out, it automatically replaces the player and ports them where your party is. So you hardly ever have to deal with idiots that are rude, or screw up your party. It also gets rid of the problem in these types of games when you get a group and it falls apart before it starts, or half way through. Lastly, it helps players easily find groups for low level content that has been deserted. Best feature in a MMO ever!

On the other hand, I read about some FFXIV mechanics that I think need to be fleshed out a little more, so they don't create the mistakes that WoW had. They need to catch up with the times. My opinion, but will determine if I like the game or not. Allowing US players in the Alpha test so early on is a good sign that they want American feedback. Which is a good thing because Japan is not exactly known for MMOs. I hope Alpha and Beta test are successful and Square listens to good feedback.


I understand if you play a couple smaller population MMO's, played FFXI in the past, or have not experienced the current state of the WoW population; what I am saying has no barring on your decision to play FFXIV then. However, I am all too familiar with the WoW population and I know they will most likely be trying out FFXIV in the first few months of release; which is a crucial time in deciding if one will be sticking with the game. I know how these players behave. The thought of having to play a new MMO with these types of players again does impact my decision to play FFXIV or not. I'm throwing this possibility out there to warn those, that may be like me, who care about having a decent community to play with when deciding to stick with a new MMO. If you don't care about the community in the MMO you are playing, then who plays the game will make no difference to you. Or you already have a good group of people to consistently play with; consider yourself lucky. beigesmile.gif

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Alisha   FFXIVstuff   Aug 4 2009, 03:05 PM
Crushinator   The characters look nice, a big improvement over (...   Aug 4 2009, 05:41 PM
AC9breaker   Fuck yeah dood, Galka brotherhood 4 li4e. You guy...   Aug 4 2009, 06:50 PM
Crushinator   Direct translations from the Famitsu article court...   Aug 5 2009, 05:51 AM
tanshin   After reading all this new info, I can't help but ...   Aug 5 2009, 10:37 AM
Knightsword   Hopefully they also get rid of that annoying extra...   Aug 5 2009, 05:40 PM
Alisha   obviously we need to know more but i don't like th...   Aug 6 2009, 06:19 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE(Alisha @ Aug 6 2009, 05:19 PM) obvi...   Aug 6 2009, 10:13 PM
HC82   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Aug 6 2009, 10:13 PM)...   Aug 7 2009, 09:44 AM
AC9breaker   I don't know, it makes the game sound like PSU and...   Aug 6 2009, 09:07 PM
Alisha   QUOTE(AC9breaker @ Aug 6 2009, 11:07 PM) ...   Aug 10 2009, 03:10 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE(Alisha @ Aug 10 2009, 02:10 PM) i o...   Aug 10 2009, 09:41 PM
Crushinator   Some in-game screens posted at Kotaku: http://kot...   Aug 8 2009, 07:03 PM
Wiryu   It's because of monster hunter I feel really good ...   Aug 14 2009, 06:43 PM
Alisha   gameplay videos Video Games | Final Fanta...   Aug 19 2009, 04:36 PM
Crushinator   Blast! I was just here to post those! Yeah it loo...   Aug 19 2009, 04:58 PM
Vitamin D   It certainly seems that they're trying to rope bac...   Aug 19 2009, 05:08 PM
Crushinator   Video Games | Final Fantasy XIV Online | GC 09: La...   Aug 19 2009, 05:11 PM
Crushinator   RE: FFXIVstuff   Sep 24 2009, 02:30 AM
Alisha   mega boss. i'm geussing thats the games opening cu...   Sep 25 2009, 04:34 PM
Crushinator   From RPGsite: QUOTEPS3 fans who want to beta test...   Oct 2 2009, 03:17 PM
Scan_Man   About the DirectX9 thing. From what I heard the ma...   Oct 2 2009, 09:38 PM
Knightsword   And if I recall only ati has launch its dx11 cards...   Oct 2 2009, 09:54 PM
Crushinator   But on that same token, the developers for FF14 ha...   Oct 3 2009, 10:06 PM
AC9breaker   Not only that but, of course the people won't buy ...   Oct 4 2009, 12:01 AM
Alisha   QUOTE(AC9breaker @ Oct 4 2009, 02:01 AM) ...   Oct 7 2009, 03:49 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE(Alisha @ Oct 7 2009, 02:49 PM) but ...   Oct 7 2009, 04:04 PM
Wiryu   Least of my concerns. If it only supported Dx3 my ...   Oct 6 2009, 02:55 PM
Knightsword   I would rather have it be dx9 and usable by all th...   Oct 6 2009, 04:37 PM
Crushinator   Making a game DX10 compatible does not preclude it...   Oct 7 2009, 01:46 AM
HC82   All these stats hurt my brain (well not really), a...   Oct 7 2009, 06:42 AM
Crushinator   Yeah I'll admit I kinda lost my way toward the end...   Oct 7 2009, 03:42 PM
Crushinator   http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/ Updates on the off...   Oct 8 2009, 12:37 AM
Scan_Man   LOL at the Armoury section with the Leeroy example...   Oct 8 2009, 09:18 PM
Crushinator   PC version beta signups are a GO! http://entry.ff...   Dec 17 2009, 03:54 AM
AC9breaker   Applied! So yeah the last question was Do you run...   Dec 18 2009, 04:59 AM
Alisha   some screenshots someone posted on another board f...   Dec 18 2009, 02:04 PM
Crushinator   Looks hot. Now how about they actually reveal som...   Dec 18 2009, 05:31 PM
Alisha   some character creation info http://www.ffxivcore...   Dec 22 2009, 05:13 PM
Crushinator   Those crabs are fucking awesome. Good to see ther...   Dec 22 2009, 06:54 PM
Alisha   some old some new http://www.ffxivhq.com/reposit/...   Jan 10 2010, 01:43 PM
AC9breaker   YOU'VE ACTIVATED MY TRAP CARD!   Jan 10 2010, 11:29 PM
donkeybeatz   RE: FFXIVstuff   Jan 11 2010, 11:59 AM
Vitamin D   LMAO X2.   Jan 11 2010, 05:51 PM
Alisha   a copy and paste job for you! QUOTESo drama has b...   Feb 23 2010, 07:06 PM
AC9breaker   How much money you figure he could get for that? ...   Feb 23 2010, 07:17 PM
Crushinator   Call me when we can actually get a beta in english...   Feb 23 2010, 07:29 PM
Alisha   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Feb 23 2010, 08:29 PM...   Feb 25 2010, 03:33 PM
Crushinator   http://www.destructoid.com/final-fantasy-x...11-16...   Mar 1 2010, 02:33 AM
AC9breaker   I'm pretty doubtful. It seems like they're gonna ...   Mar 1 2010, 07:10 AM
Crushinator   I knew i should have set my excitement for FF14 as...   Mar 1 2010, 02:30 PM
Alisha   this isnt ffXIV related but the level cap in ffxi ...   Mar 1 2010, 04:34 PM
AC9breaker   Apparently the invites have only been sent to peop...   Mar 1 2010, 06:43 PM
Alisha   QUOTE(AC9breaker @ Mar 1 2010, 07:43 PM) ...   Mar 1 2010, 07:01 PM
Crushinator   That level cap raise seems really stupid. Its lik...   Mar 2 2010, 01:15 AM
Wiryu   I'm just too curious to stay away!   Mar 6 2010, 12:00 PM
Crushinator   Apparently if you buy the PS3 version of FF13, you...   Mar 9 2010, 02:22 PM
Crushinator   http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/4268-famits...ki-le...   Mar 10 2010, 05:40 PM
Alisha   this url has a boat load of pics http://www.famits...   Mar 11 2010, 06:05 PM
AC9breaker   I'm rolling Galka Archer and Maybe Marauder.   Mar 11 2010, 10:09 PM
Crushinator   The officiall AT linkshell will be "Bro". You can...   Mar 12 2010, 01:49 PM
Alisha   the official jp site has been updated and you can ...   Mar 12 2010, 06:12 PM
AC9breaker   Just reached the first save point for in FFXIII an...   Mar 13 2010, 10:55 AM
Crushinator   The different "Tribes" from FF14. So I guess we ...   Mar 31 2010, 01:42 PM
AC9breaker   Looking fantastic. I just hope the framerate isn't...   Mar 31 2010, 05:14 PM
Crushinator   Alpha Test users' manual: QUOTEFINAL FANTASY XIV A...   Apr 2 2010, 04:39 PM
tanshin   Good info there, that answers a lot of the questio...   Apr 3 2010, 03:47 PM
Alisha   lol it seems a ton of people are getting banned fo...   Apr 9 2010, 05:39 PM
Crushinator   Ace reporter Alisha, on the scene!   Apr 9 2010, 06:00 PM
Alisha   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Apr 9 2010, 08:00 PM)...   Apr 9 2010, 06:38 PM
tanshin   QUOTE(Alisha @ Apr 9 2010, 05:38 PM) QUOT...   Apr 11 2010, 03:24 AM
Crushinator   From what I understand, the person posting the you...   Apr 11 2010, 05:44 PM
Bilix   First one to name a Hume Justin Beiber wins a priz...   Apr 15 2010, 01:53 PM
AC9breaker   Looks more like a taru to me.   Apr 15 2010, 02:56 PM
Scan_Man   I can't wait. I love the music previews on the mai...   Apr 18 2010, 09:55 PM
Alisha   QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Apr 18 2010, 11:55 PM) I...   Apr 19 2010, 05:13 PM
Scan_Man   Yeah I saw that. But the other one lacks a group h...   Apr 19 2010, 10:33 PM
Alisha   the only mmo ive played where you need group heals...   Apr 21 2010, 09:30 AM
Scan_Man   Apparently there are 2 more caster classes, among ...   Apr 21 2010, 03:42 PM
tanshin   QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Apr 21 2010, 02:42 PM) T...   Apr 24 2010, 11:13 AM
Scan_Man   There is over 2.5 million, there will be more when...   Apr 24 2010, 05:52 PM
Alisha   click here mang http://killingifrit.com/forums/to...   May 18 2010, 04:46 PM
Crushinator   So in other words final fantasy has caught up to w...   May 18 2010, 05:19 PM
Alisha   well i've only played 3 mmo's asherons call, ffxi ...   May 18 2010, 06:29 PM
tanshin   Well, long story short, I've been chosen to partic...   Jun 7 2010, 09:34 PM
Crushinator   Awesome, keep us updated on the front lines with w...   Jun 8 2010, 01:25 AM
Crushinator   It wouldn't be Final Fantasy online if you weren't...   Jun 16 2010, 04:48 PM
Alisha   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Jun 16 2010, 06:48 PM...   Jun 16 2010, 05:34 PM
Crushinator   I didn't post the 2nd report because its just a bu...   Jun 16 2010, 05:51 PM
Alisha   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Jun 16 2010, 07:51 PM...   Jun 16 2010, 06:34 PM
Scan_Man   I really like how the action bar changes based on ...   Jun 17 2010, 03:20 AM
Alisha   unfortunate? i actually preferred playing ffxi on ...   Jun 17 2010, 05:25 PM
Scan_Man   Compared to a controller, using good keybindings w...   Jun 17 2010, 11:32 PM
tanshin   QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Jun 17 2010, 10:32 PM) t...   Jun 18 2010, 07:33 AM
Crushinator   I guess this belongs here.   Jun 18 2010, 03:46 AM
Scan_Man   I explained why there is little difference between...   Jun 18 2010, 04:59 PM
Crushinator   http://www.joystiq.com/2010/06/30/final-fa...ch-20...   Jun 30 2010, 10:32 PM
Scan_Man   Those are very shitty release dates for both versi...   Jun 30 2010, 10:55 PM
AC9breaker   That's a good question Scan_man. guess I'm gonna...   Jul 1 2010, 12:04 AM
Scan_Man   Well I am in the beta. Guess I'll see for myself.   Jul 12 2010, 09:55 PM
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