Aparently, in an interview the developers released that there will be seasons in FFXIV. This means as well as day/night and weather, we will also have spring, summer, fall, and winter.
And you thought figuring out fishing/growing in FFXI was hard. Also, imagine the effect this could have on finding rare, elementaly based monsters. Heck, depending on how they view magic's connection to nature this could effect almost everything we do.
Of course, the biggest bonus is this will greatly increase replay of the same areas. Imagine finding yourself saying this, "Yes, it's swampy, but you really should see a spring sunset here while it's raining."
Also, mosters could have differnt attitudes in different seasons. Wolves could be more aggresive in the winter, etc. Some monsters might only appear in certain seasons, "No, don't go there. It's giant season."
Edited, Jun 9th 2009 1:53am by sillymuppet