Hello. As far as I've seen, there has been very little mention or demonstration of the magic system for FFXIV. As a fan of magic in many games, I am curious about the extent of magic for Square-Enix's new online game.
I can only assume that the magic system will be as extensive as the "melee" system (for lack of a better term), since it is clear that many people enjoy being magic casters alongside those who enjoy being physical damage dealers.
The recent information on FFXIV shows space for 10 "abilities". Now we are unsure of what these "abilities" encompass--meaning could they be 10 slots for specific actions? Or are they 10 slots for general commands (ie: white magic may be one command which takes up 1 of 10 slots, but you can then choose from certain spells depending on your weapon and/or white magic mastery). I can only hope that players who are magically-inclined will be able to accumulate and utilize many magic spells of a certain type without significant restrictions.
Basically, I wonder if the spell list in FFXIV will be as expansive as it was in FFXI. And under what circumstances certain sets of spells will be able to be used at any given time. I was surprised that nobody asked for a little more detail at all in the magic system during the various interviews which were conducted with FFXIV developers.