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#1 Jun 16 2009 at 2:46 PM Rating: Decent
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I posted this in another thread but i tought i should make a topic about it (hope there isnt a similar topic.. if so i didnt see it).

How will they work with their servers this time? Every1 get to pick their own server or we get appointed to one and we have to get friends in by means of world passes..?

I am quite curious about how they are gonna do this... cause what i liked about FFXI was that it was a big mix of cultures (i think everybody loved this)..JP NA EU it was alot of fun and made the game active at all times.
Imagine if we have full freedom of choosing servers, im positive that people from the same language would all choose 1 server.. like all JP servers.. sure you could still choose to go there but the majority would be JPs there would be no more balance.
While ofcourse like everyone else i want to be able to play with my RL mates.
In FFXI it wasn't a problem for me because i was already playing the game and could deliver my RL friends world passes.

I'd like for them to give info about this soon, id really love the mixed servers again but i also want to be able to start on the same server as my friends at launch... any1 have any ideas on how they should do this??

Edited, Jun 16th 2009 7:35pm by BaasP
#2 Jun 16 2009 at 2:51 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm fairly certain the majority of players, if given the opportunity, would choose their old server. I, for one, would choose to go to Ramuh. I don't see why SE wouldn't recognize this right off the bat, since they are trying to make us feel "comfortable" in a new world/environment.
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#3 Jun 16 2009 at 3:01 PM Rating: Good
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i vote for randomness

the whole JP only server and NA only servers doesn't appeal to me in the slightest.
bring back world passes or an option for a friend to invite u would be nice.

on 2nd thought forget the world passes, those costed us gil. base it on friend invites where a select person can invite as many ppl as they want that way whole linkshells can join up together. if both those ideas arnt added u could always make and remake till u get in the server u want.
#4 Jun 16 2009 at 3:15 PM Rating: Decent
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This is something I was thinking about also. I am in a 50+ member linkshell and most of them said they will be playing FFXIV. Will my entire linkshell be able to join the same server day 1? Will it be random like FFXI? Will someone have to buy one of those worldpass things in order to get the rest of their friendlist or linkshell to join them? I am sure this is already worked out and it will be easy to keep your linkshells intact, but I am just curious how.
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#5 Jun 16 2009 at 4:01 PM Rating: Decent
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This kind of goes to what SE has talked about in getting you the ability to transfer your name possibly? Maybe you'll get a spot on a server?

I hope they make the servers completely open to start out and then limit it after a week or something when some servers have huge populations.
#6 Jun 16 2009 at 5:39 PM Rating: Good
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I think it'd be best if everyone could choose what server they wanted to play on, but it wasn't regionally limited. That way, whole communities could unite from day 1 and share experiences, AND there'd be no culture locks.
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#7 Jun 16 2009 at 5:43 PM Rating: Good
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Leyego wrote:
i vote for randomness

While the idea of all NA and all JP servers doesn't appeal to me...

Randomness is rather abhorant when you are like, ya know... married... and play with your spouse... and you have real life friends... who you also want to play with.

I'm not sure why anyone who actually socializes in real life would advocate randomness.
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#8 Jun 16 2009 at 6:49 PM Rating: Default
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I think they will probably have some sort of deal for server choice in regards to ffxi players. So that current in-game community's can stay intact. and for all the new-comers...I say make em random. sorry WoW players^^
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#9 Jun 16 2009 at 7:12 PM Rating: Decent
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You better be able to pick your own. People want to play with their friends, be it RL, those form other MMOs, whatever. And it's not just FFXI players that want this iMOB.
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#10 Jun 16 2009 at 7:54 PM Rating: Default
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lol I kno...I apologized to ur lot up there see ^^^ :P...just sayin the veterans of ffxi ought to get some perks...this could be one of em. ^^
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#11 Jun 16 2009 at 8:21 PM Rating: Good
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Back in the day, they didn't even have worldpasses, so you would just have to keep trying and hope that it spat you out on the server you wanted to be. I really do hope they let us choose this time.
#12 Jun 17 2009 at 3:00 AM Rating: Decent
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They should make a system where its easy to group up with friends and family but still have a balanced mix of cultures, that would be ideal.

Question is.. how are they going to pull that off?
#13 Jun 17 2009 at 3:12 AM Rating: Decent
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Make the server names more neutral.. if there's "Bahamut" or "Odin" or "Sephiroth" server we all know which ones are going to have server congestion first!

Mixed servers are nice, but I wonder if making auto translate better and everyone starting the game at the same time will change how JP's view english players.. hopefully.
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#14 Jun 17 2009 at 3:20 AM Rating: Good
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I'm not really understanding the confusion.

If they simply allow us to chose a server, then we can plan with our friends to be in the same servers. "Hey, John, which server are you in?" "Carbunkle." Easy.

As for a culture mix, I think you'll find people from all over in any single server. The thing to keep in mind though is it's natural for people of the same culture to gravitate toward each other. Not to knock any culture, but I would prefer if everyone was able to type english clearly, just as your average person from Japan would prefer if everyone typed Japanese. It's not that I think english is better, it's simply much easier for me.
#15 Jun 17 2009 at 3:39 AM Rating: Decent
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On the issue of server choice, I at first thought it was a tough question. "There is some benefit in forcing players initially onto random servers, it helps evenly distribute the population." I then promptly smacked myself in the head "Are you daft Allegory?" People should be able to choose. Forcing an inconvenience on players that affects the rest of their game experience is silly. It's easily but annoying to bypass. There are much better ways to help control server populations without making it painful for people to play with their friends.

I had a similar initial ambivalence towards regional separation. "Mixed servers help balance peak times, and I do enjoy the novelty of working with someone who doesn't speak my language." It's hard me to affirm either position on this issue, but I do think there are slightly greater benefits to regional separation. I don't think it should be a hard coded operation like in some MMORPGs (such as WoW), but I do believe marking specific servers for a region would benefit the players.
#16 Jun 17 2009 at 3:46 AM Rating: Default
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Regional servers would be horrible (for me).. I don't want to play with EU's, they suck. US servers would be empty when I play, same for JP... At least with worldwide servers there'd be a bit of each 3 and I wouldn't have to deal with only EU's ><.
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#17 Jun 17 2009 at 4:19 AM Rating: Good
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Here's an idea.

Let's have the servers still attempt to fit players in with a healthy mix of different regions.

AND... When people are assigned to a server, players are given a simple passcode. This would be their server-passcode, and you can give it to any friend/spouse/guildmate that you want to play with, and they input it, and they are assigned to your server instead of at random.

Beats the **** outta those worldpasses.

I'm excited about FFXIV... But if they put me through **** again for trying to play with my friends and spouse, there is a good chance I'll just say ********** it" and not play at all.
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#18 Jun 17 2009 at 6:41 AM Rating: Good
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I liked worldwide servers, If there would of been regional servers straight off the bat on FF, I wouldn' have the friends I do now. I enjoy the fact that on my summer breaks I could wake up and play with my Aussie friends during their peak, and play with my NA friends on my late night sessions.

I hope they let us pick and I hope they're worldwide.
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#19 Jun 17 2009 at 6:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Will FF XIV servers be connected? What I mean is...
Will PC players be segregated from PS3 players, like most online games are now these days?
If that's the case, that would totally suck, IMHO.
Thank you in advance for answering my question:)
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#20 Jun 17 2009 at 6:55 AM Rating: Decent
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Well that'd be as dumb as keeping POL for XIV. They must know better than to do that ;o.
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#21 Jun 17 2009 at 7:00 AM Rating: Good
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While the idea of all NA and all JP servers doesn't appeal to me...

Randomness is rather abhorant when you are like, ya know... married... and play with your spouse... and you have real life friends... who you also want to play with.

I'm not sure why anyone who actually socializes in real life would advocate randomness.


u misunderstood me.
make it random for new comers like they did in 11 but give them access to a free worldpass that they can give to friends.

so that way someone who first starts ff14 gets thrown into a random server for balanace. while the players from ff11 get a chance to invite there familly, and friends to the servers they play on.

someone whos new wont have a need for thier pass code unless they get there friends to play, while we will.
#22 Jun 17 2009 at 7:07 AM Rating: Decent
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u misunderstood me.
make it random for new comers like they did in 11 but give them access to a free worldpass that they can give to friends.

so that way someone who first starts ff14 gets thrown into a random server for balanace. while the players from ff11 get a chance to invite there familly, and friends to the servers they play on.

someone whos new wont have a need for thier pass code unless they get there friends to play, while we will.


And where would the retired FFXI players fit into all of this? Would we be considered new, or as returning players from FFXI?
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#23 Jun 17 2009 at 7:40 AM Rating: Decent
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I believe what Karelyn said would be an idea but it would still create some minor problems...
I know alot of people including me want a name thats already pretty popular and thus they want to create their char asap so theyll have that name... problem is you would have to wait for 1 of your friends to have created a char and be on a certain server and then they would need to contact you before you can get into the same server as they are... that's quite annoying even without the problem of certain names being popular..

I really would like to see mixed servers again tho and hopefully balanced as well... not that there is 1 big majority.

Edited, Jun 17th 2009 11:44am by BaasP
#24 Jun 17 2009 at 6:36 PM Rating: Good
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And where would the retired FFXI players fit into all of this? Would we be considered new, or as returning players from FFXI?


give it access to everyone. weither ur a returing player, a vet, or new. new players wont have use for it since they don't no anyone, the rest can use it to gather there LS's, friends, and familly.
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