It seems like there's some of confusion as to what the difference between classes in FFXIV and jobs from FFXI in some of the threads. With not a lot of information to look at and having not been able to play it's understandable to think that classes and jobs sound pretty much the same thing, but I wanted to give you my take on the differences based on the information I've read. I'm not saying this is defenative by any means as there are some grey areas in information so I could end up being wrong about somethings, if so feel free to enlighten me. :)
Ok so here we go. First none of the classes = to a certain job. I know many jobs from FFXI are somewhat defined by the weapon they wield but weapons alone don't make the class the same. I think the main difference between the two is that jobs includes abilities. So yes wile the Lancer does have a lance that does not mean it's going to have a pet wyvern and be able to jump on enemies. From what I've read Classes in FFXIV seem to dictate the following
1. what weapon your using
2. Weapon Skills
4. what skills you are able to skill up in.
(possibly stats (if they have stats in the game) as well though I haven't read anything that says so, unless I read pass it or something :S)
I think the thing that confuses people the most are the techniques. SE says that there is no auto-attack in FFXIV which mean once you engage with an enemy you don't automatically whack at it with your weapon every few seconds instead think of techniques as Weapon Skills only they you (probably) don't TP to use them. The more you skill up with a weapon the more Weapon skills and Techniques you'll acquire. So if your a Gladiator your techniques will be special sword moves you can use and once you change weapons your Weapon Skills and Techniques will change to the corresponding weapon.
Now SE seems to indicate that abilities will come from loot (most likely armor) so that could mean you get the flee ability from boots (there happen to be boots like this in FFXI) or Taunt from a chest piece with armor requiring a higher skill giving a increased effect. This is more of a speculation though as they have yet to be clearer on this subject.
so there it is, hopefully this may clear up some confusion as to the differences. most of the info can be gleaned from this Developer interview. There's also a bunch of questions that are still left unanswered like if we'll be able to transfer things from one class to another ( I'm specifically thinking of the magic from classes in the Disciples of magic to classes in the disciples of war and vice versa)and if it's possible to learn abilities after a period of time with the armor equipped instead of always having to equip the right armor to have access to the ability. I guess we'll have to wait :/
Edited, Oct 9th 2009 6:55pm by Maximusdb