"Not fifteen years past, a new threat appeared without warning from the east. Metal-clad warriors brandishing weapons that spewed streams of fire, fleets of behemoth airships belching oily smoke...A resistance was amassed..."
This is an excerpt from the monologue of FFXIV on their official (English UK) site. It seems like the "beastmen" in this game will be humanoids of some sort. Maybe hyurans and other races we'll be using or new races, but from this description, this game seems to be more politically driven than its online predecessor and when they speak about invasions, i think civil, structured minded "people", not some shadows of old beasts. What do you guys think? In my opinion I think it would be awesome running into mobs that are humans or some of the other races in the game, but gone rogue or have different ideologies and beliefs and are fighting to take your land...it gives the game a nice twist, it makes it feel like you're fighting people "like you" to protect your land which is awesome.
"However, even in the waters nearby the city (Limsa Lominsa), pirate bands run rampant, reaving and pillaging...."
Another excerpt, this time from the Limsa Lominsa description, that leads me to believe that there will be NPC mobs based off of humanoid races such as the ones we choose to be. Here they are in the form of pirates off the coast of the city, maybe they ambush you when you're out at sea, or maybe they are part of quests in which you have to assemble parties to take them on and retrieve stolen goods or something like this.