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#1 Jun 03 2009 at 11:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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11:56 Q: What are the ties to Final Fantasy XI, if any?
11:58 A: While you may have noticed that some of the same type of races appeared in the trailer, the world of FFXIV is different from FFXI. The reason that we made the races similar to the FFXI races is so FFXI players could choose a similar type of race in the new game. For example, in movies, you might have an actor that plays many different roles. Please, think of it that way.
11:59 Q: What happens to Final Fantasy XI now that we're moving to FFXIV? Are you going to phase it out or continue to publish new content for XI? How will the development team be split?
11:59 XIV does not take place in Vana'deil.
12:00 A: The development for FFXIV started 4 or 5 years ago with primary ideas. Development started a few years ago, while FFXI was still being supported. FFXI will continue to be supported. There is another year of content planned. There are no plans for the near future to stop development on FFXI.
12:01 Q: What influence have games like World of WarCraft have on the development of FFXIV?
12:02 A: As with WoW, we want to aim a bit for the casual user. However, we don't want to make a copy of WoW. We believe we will have things that are unique and will stand out from that game.
12:02 Q: Will combat be more action oriented or turn-based?
12:02 A: We cannot talk about the battle system at this time.
12:03 Q: FFXI has evolved a lot over the years, especially in the areas of player accessibility and the ability to solo. Will you carry over features like level sync and other features to FFXIV?
12:04 A: Yes. All of the knowledge and experience we gained from FFXI will be used in the development of FFXIV. At the launch, we intend to have content for solo players as well as large-scale battles. We want a wide-variety from the start.
12:04 Q: Are you planning a simultaneous worldwide release or will it be released in Japan first?
12:05 A: Yes. At the launch, this will be a worldwide simultaneous launch on PS3 and Windows PC. English, Japanese, German, and French versions released at launch.
12:05 Q: Will all servers be worldwide or split by territory?
12:07 A: The current plans are to have worldwide servers that are cross-platform and cross-region. We will do a beta test and look at the balance and player experience. We want to look for a good balance between region and cross-region play.
12:07 There's your beta!
12:08 Q: Will you be taking feedback from your FFXI users?
12:08 A: Yes, we still get a lot of feedback from our FFXI players and will continue to take feedback as we move into beta. The game will change as it goes.
12:09 Q: Will you try to move players from XI to XIV or will they be separate communities?
12:09 (I'm on my laptop + 3G now ;) )
12:10 A: It's up to the community themselves. We envision users that will hopefully play XI one day and XIV another. They will be independent, but users are free to play both.
12:10 Q: Are there plans to localize the game in Spanish?
12:11 A: Currently, there is no Spanish version in development. We'll consider it if enough Spanish-speaking users demand it from us. Getting good translators in Japan is hard, but if there's enough demand we will consider it.
12:11 Q: How can users transmit this demand?
12:12 A: We will conduct marketing research.
12:12 Q: Is there any special element in the MMO genre that you will improve with this game?
12:13 A: Our plan from the beginning was to make the best Final Fantasy game available. That is our vision for XIV. Then we thought, how can we make the best FF game and we came to the conclusion that it would be an MMORPG. It was decided to make the best FF first, then led to the decision to make it an MMORG and use that genre.
12:13 A: However, we are trying to implement a lot of new systems that other MMO's haven't used in the past.
12:14 Q: Why did you decide to make a new game rather than continue to evolve FFXI?
12:16 A: It all comes down to, originally, FFXI was designed for the PS2. It then moved to PC and Xbox 360. A lot of people have asked for a port to the PS3. With an MMORPG of this size, you have to develop new content. Porting to a new technology would take a lot of effort. Instead, we decided to use that time to make something new.
12:17 Q: Yesterday's trailer that was shown, was that running of a console or was it pre-rendered?
12:18 A: There were parts that were pre-rendered and parts that were running on the in-game engine.
12:18 Q: Is that the quality you're aiming for? The scene with the Galka fighting, is that what you're aiming for?
12:19 A: Yes, that is the part that was running in-engine.
12:19 Q: In that scene, we saw many parties and many enemies. Is this the new focus: many parties fighting many enemies?
12:20 A: I cannot say too much, but we hope to have battles that are many vs. many and many vs. one.
12:20 This is a Q&A for FFXIV, not a press conference. It was added at the last minute. FFXIV will be the only title discussed.
12:20 Q: What would you like to emphasize with this game? What is different from FFXI?
12:21 We're asking questions, but they are currently going through the international and Japanese press.
12:22 A: For FFXIV, the keyword that we've been using is "The Growth and Development of the Character." We will have the same type of storytelling and high-quality graphics. We also want to expand and create new in-game systems. The player can grow & develop in a more natural way without putting too much weight on the player. We will expand the job system to make it fairly different from the one in FFXI.
12:23 A: Another very important concept that takes a different direction from FFXI, for FFXIV we want to make it so the player can choose to play solo, in a party, 40 minutes, all-day... there will be content for ALL of those play styles and systems for all of those play styles.
12:24 Q: On the beta process, will current XI players get in?
12:25 A: As with the actual release date of the game, we don't have a concrete beta schedule yet. We will have a beta and look forward to more information about then shortly.
12:25 Q: Will FFXI characters be portable to XIV in any way?
12:26 A: The game is completely different. There will not be any XI character transfers to XIV. However, the character design is familiar and XI players will be able to create a similar character.
12:26 A: We will NOT be using PlayOnline, but friend lists will transfer over.
12:27 Q: If I'm new to the MMO genre, why would I choose FFXIV over other games?
12:27 A: We believe that players will fall in love with the world & story that we have created.
12:31 Q: I've been seeing information that the title is free to play, is this true?
12:31 A: No pricing has been decided at this time. It is still TBD.
12:33 That wraps it up for the Q&A. Thank you all for following along and I hope you had some of your questions answered. That last one about pricing was mine, by the way.
12:34 Remember to come back later for Konami's press conference. I'm guessing they will reveal what the "Mask" game is that is being teased on Kojima's site.
12:34 Square-Enix's session is over.
12:34 Video for Konami will come later. It's a technical limitation of the venue that prevents us from live streaming it, but we are filming it to my knowledge.
12:35 No other Square-Enix conferences at E3, but we've been covering their games and keep checking G4tv.com and TheFeed for info.

12:35 http://g4tv.com/thefeed

12:35 Until next time, I'm out ya'll!

Edited, Jun 3rd 2009 3:40pm by Maldavian
#2 Jun 03 2009 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Sounds to me like they are aiming for the more casual crowd. Especially with the references to WoW, easier to solo, level, "play for 40 mins" etc.


Bummer.
#3 Jun 03 2009 at 11:45 AM Rating: Default
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They are aiming both for casual and hardcore gamers.

That's not a bummer!
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#4 Jun 03 2009 at 11:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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They also mentioned they'd have content for people who want to play all day. :P
#5 Jun 03 2009 at 11:48 AM Rating: Decent
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/t SageSundi Get me into the Beta or I shall punt Pikko :3
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#6 Jun 03 2009 at 11:50 AM Rating: Good
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The devil is in the details. If "casual friendly" means I have an alternative to waiting around 3 hours to get a group together, that's a big plus. If "casual friendly" means that nothing has any substance and there is no reason to group or socialize, then not so much. It's a very fine line between the two, if such a line even exists.
#7 Jun 03 2009 at 12:00 PM Rating: Good
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Very true. :)

I hope it isn't the latter of your interpretation :)
#8 Jun 03 2009 at 12:14 PM Rating: Good
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We will expand the job system to make it fairly different from the one in FFXI.


I liked the FFXI job system, this is a shame.

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As with WoW, we want to aim a bit for the casual user. However, we don't want to make a copy of WoW. We believe we will have things that are unique and will stand out from that game.


This worries me, i hope they don't push too hard towards the casual market and loose touch with the playerbase they already have.

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While you may have noticed that some of the same type of races appeared in the trailer, the world of FFXIV is different from FFXI. The reason that we made the races similar to the FFXI races is so FFXI players could choose a similar type of race in the new game. For example, in movies, you might have an actor that plays many different roles. Please, think of it that way.


No suprise really, FFXI-2 isnt going to happen, but hopefully they keep the good parts of XI and build on them.



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#9 Jun 03 2009 at 12:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Demonviper wrote:
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We will expand the job system to make it fairly different from the one in FFXI.


I liked the FFXI job system, this is a shame.


I like the job system as well but remove the subjob ability please.

#10 Jun 03 2009 at 1:30 PM Rating: Decent
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As long as they keep the ability to change jobs, I'll be happy. I don't like the one job per character system. XI had an awesome system. I much rather be devoted to 1 main character than have 8 characters and do quests 8 times over.

As long as they don't go too casual as they said they weren't trying for a WoW clone I'll be happy.

Now...figure out how to get into the beta! XD
#11 Jun 03 2009 at 1:50 PM Rating: Excellent
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Like I said in the other thread, I'm happy about some of the announcements this Q&A mention:

While you may have noticed that some of the same type of races appeared in the trailer, the world of FFXIV is different from FFXI. The reason that we made the races similar to the FFXI races is so FFXI players could choose a similar type of race in the new game.

Like this because it goes back that whole "something familiar in a new world that makes you feel comfortable" thing. I hope they bring in new races, if they do I might change, but its nice knowing that I can have something (like a mithra) that I can connect with and am used to seeing!

Yes. At the launch, this will be a worldwide simultaneous launch on PS3 and Windows PC. English, Japanese, German, and French versions released at launch.


All's fair in love and FFXIV! XD

We will do a beta test and look at the balance and player experience.

Ok SE, where do I sign up?!

The player can grow & develop in a more natural way without putting too much weight on the player. We will expand the job system to make it fairly different from the one in FFXI. Another very important concept that takes a different direction from FFXI, for FFXIV we want to make it so the player can choose to play solo, in a party, 40 minutes, all-day... there will be content for ALL of those play styles and systems for all of those play styles.

Thank you Thank you Thank you! Now the hardcore gamers and the people who have jobs and school or both can all play the way they want! The one thing I never liked about FFXI was... if you wanted to get the best of the best gear you had to be on all the time to do events with endgame LS's... and some of those LS's wanted you to show up to a lot if not all of the events. As a full time student and worker I can't do this... and I felt like I missed out on a lot of good gear pieces. I hope they make this more player friendly in the sense that everyone has a chance to get good gear, and not just those who have all the time to play and do the events. ;-;

There will not be any XI character transfers to XIV.

Saw that coming a mile away, not surprised at all.

We will NOT be using PlayOnline

THANK YOU! <3

I'm impressed so far, so SE give us some more info soon! <3

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#12 Jun 03 2009 at 2:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Im happy with everything Ive heard so far.

This should get stickied

Edited, Jun 3rd 2009 6:17pm by mezlabor
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