I don't like the seamless world idea. For one, either anyone without a PS3 would need to spend a bunch of money to match the specs that FFXIV would require to give great graphics AND a seamless wourld, or the graphics would have to take a huge hit. I don't want it to be cartoony like WoW or LOTRO, but I also don't want it to require spending a bunch of money on upgrading my computer so I can play it seamless. Adding in zone lines just solves the problem entirely, and I'm all for it.
Completely pointless argument. Whether FFXIV will be seamless or not is irrelevant, the game will still warrant PC upgrades that put you on par with PS3 graphics if you don't already have that. What makes you think a seamless world would necessitate higher requirements compared to one with zones? It's not like the entire world is rendered all at once for you. You're also implying WoW and LotRO could have had better graphics, but their developers cut back so they could give players a seamless world, which is a totally baseless and frankly just plain wrong assumption. Clearly you have never played Oblivion or Fallout 3.
FFXI is already visually seamless in that there is map and terrain as far as you can see, it just stops to load assets from the next zone while unloading the old ones. Even by removing this behavior, you'd never need more than two zones loaded at a time, and technology like LOD and occlusion is more than capable of making sure stuff you can't see isn't affecting your rendering cost. Nevermind the fact that you needed major PC upgrades just to be on par with the PS2 version at release, FFXI was supposed
to have seamless zones as well and was limited by the PS2 hardware.
"Solves the problem?" I don't see a problem that requires zone lines to solve. So no, SE is not going to add in zone lines just so mortalabattoir doesn't have to spend money to beef up his computer. In fact I can hardly wait for SE to announce that Eorzea will be seamless so I can see you post about how you won't be playing FFXIV and you're being ripped off as a consumer because you can't save up for a $200 video card that will be $120 by the time it actually comes out. Edited, Jun 6th 2009 9:41pm by TraumaFox