Dont get your hopes up. That becouse its calles MAINTENANCE and not UPDATE
That's how SE has done their previous patches. They say the servers are coming down for maintenance. Then at some time before the servers are back up, a patch appears on the downloader.
Then everyone sits around wondering what the heck that patch did until hours later when SE finally releases some patch notes.
Whether this is actually only maintenance or not, we'll find out in about 24 hours from now.
I'm thinking that this will be the market changes that they talked about back on the 29th.
Here is what I'm talking about: http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=693682a80ae927d74b11a0381c7cd1af570568aa
You'll notice that in their first answer, they say... "As a result, we are planning a number of revisions and additions to the system, the first of which are scheduled to be implemented in the next one to two weeks."
With that being on the 29th, the 6th would have been the one week mark. So the timeframe makes sense that what they discuss in that Q&A is what the maintenance will be for.
But who knows? It could just be server restarts.
i read the article in that link...what they said they are trying to do sounds exactly like an auction house. sometimes re-inventing the wheel works. if anything, they should have added features to the AH to make it even more convenient then FFXI's was.
I know it isn't fair to directly compare this MMO with their other MMO because they aren't going for FFXI-2, but so many things worked in their first MMO, and just because you used it again doesn't make it a clone of the original.
the perfect example of this, is the legend of zelda series. i have to give it to nintendo, for having the balls to reinvent their flagship game everytime a new one comes out. the secret to the success, is not changing the formula, but the features.