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#1 Oct 15 2010 at 7:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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The development team is currently preparing two major version updates for release in late November and mid-December. Some of the changes planned are as follows:

Late November Update
Adjustments and additions to the user interface
Adjustments to the Markets and retainers
Lowering of Teleport and Return costs
Adjustments to overall battle balance
Adjustments to class balance
Adjustments to party battle balance
Adjustments to monster placement
Adjustments to levequests
Adjustments to synthesis
Addition of new synthesis recipes
Alleviation of lag issues

Mid-December Update
Addition of notorious monsters
Addition of new guildleves
Addition of new synthesis recipes
Addition of new items

In addition to the above changes and additions, several seasonal events are planned to begin starting in December.

Further details on both version update and seasonal event content will be released in the coming weeks via the Lodestone.



NMs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#2 Oct 15 2010 at 8:02 AM Rating: Excellent
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striveldt wrote:

NMs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And some wont even be in guildleves.

There better be crafting NMs. You get to 98% then the orb destablizes into Nidhogg and you have to use your mad crafting skills to give him a manicure or fix his clothing.
#3 Oct 15 2010 at 8:14 AM Rating: Decent
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Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge:

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Q. Exactly what type of adjustments or additions to the user interface are being planned?
A. Since the game's official release, the development team has continued their efforts in designing various new features, as well as retooling and improving existing ones. Currently, we are focusing on addressing the issues about which players have been most vocal, and are pleased to announce several key changes set to be implemented as soon as next month. The following is a partial list of what we have planned:

–Inventory Sort Feature
The late-November version update will include the addition of a feature that will allow players to sort their inventories.

–Menu Navigation
We are currently working on methods to make navigating the game's menus simpler and more efficient. In the forthcoming version update, we will focus on improving the Actions & Traits menu, starting by automating the selection of main/off hand.

In addition to the aforementioned improvements, the following adjustments are also planned:

Map
Players will be able to scroll their maps via dragging the mouse
A player's current coordinates will now be displayed on the main map
A player's current coordinates will now be displayed on journal maps (as long as the player is in the same area)
Players will be able to relay their current coordinates to others using the text command <pos>
The area name will be added to journal maps
A journal map feature will be added to the main map
The log window will no longer be hidden when maps are displayed

Log Window and Chat
New tabs will be added to the log window
Players will be able to open multiple log windows
Controller functionality will be added to the log window
Players will be able to use Ctrl+R to send instant replies to /tells
Players will be able to change chat modes via menu options
The Home and End keys will now function in the chat log
For players typing multi-byte characters, starting a new message with "/" will automatically switch the typeset to single byte
Players will be able to adjust the font color for various chat modes
Adjustments will be made to the transparency of the log window when unfocused

Menu
A Loot List icon will be added
A Loot List option will be added to the System Menu
The general layout of several menus will be adjusted
Previously completed quests will now appear in players' journals

Targeting
Adjustments will be made to target priority when using the Tab key to cycle through nearby targets
When targeting a party member, a target mark will now appear next to the target's name in the party member list
Players will be able to target party members via the party member list

Keyboard Settings
Several new functions will be added to the keyboard, such as a key used for targeting NPCs
Players will now be able to re-map all functions to any key (other than Esc)

Looking beyond the late-November version update, the team is also working on introducing drag and drop functionality to the Equipment & Gear and Actions & Traits menus, map markers indicating the location of party members, a method to initiate message input in the chat log without having to press the space bar, and more.

Markets and Retainers

Q. Today's maintenance introduced several changes to the Markets. Are there further changes planned?
A. The Markets have been a hot topic since the game's release, and today's maintenance was the first step in making this feature better suited to the needs of the players. With that step we saw the introduction of a one-click targeting system, making it easier to access a retainer's list of wares. We also saw a renaming of the wards combined with a reduced-tax system aimed to promote a more organized distribution of goods, therefore making it easier for players to find the items they seek.

For our next step, we plan on introducing additional features to make navigating the Markets even easier. These include the implementation of a search feature that will not only help players locate items in a Market district, but then display an icon next to the retainers who have those items, reducing the hassle of having to look through the inventories of retainers who may not have what a player seeks.

Return and Teleport Cost

Q. Return and Teleport have made travel within Eorzea quick and easy, but it seems like I am always running out of anima. Are there any adjustments being planned?
A. Yes. The first adjustment, which increased the speed at which anima regenerates, was implemented during a recent maintenance. The second adjustment, planned for the late-November version update, will see a significant reduction in the amount of anima required to teleport or return. To be specific, the cost for Returning will be reduced to 1, and halved for Teleportation to one of up to three "favorite" aetheryte destinations designated by the player.

Battle Balance

Q. What is the development team doing in the way of balancing battle?
A. Without straying from our original stance to provide players with a feasible means to play solo, we are working on improvements to the battle system that will make party play just as rewarding. One of the reasons players have little motivation to form a party is because there are currently few battles that require contriving a detailed plan of attack. To rectify this, we are currently conducting adjustments to areas such as enmity distribution rates and Battle Regimen effects. We will also be introducing several powerful creatures that will be better suited for party-based battles.

Monster Placement

Q. Where are all the monsters?
A. At the time of release, server load issues limited the number of enemies that could appear in areas where large amounts of PCs gathered, such as aetheryte camps situated near city-states. To alleviate this, we have increased the number of servers. This, combined with the fact that players are moving away from these areas and have begun to spread out over the world, will now allow us to increase the number of enemies roaming the realm.

Guildleves

Q. What changes and additions are planned for guildleves?
A. In the late-November update, we will be adding a new feature that allows players to adjust levequest difficulty after activating the guildleve. Furthermore, we will also be adding a feature that will allow players to abandon local levequests after accepting them.

The mid-December version update will introduce many new guildleves; among them special faction leves that pit players against deadly notorious monsters.

Synthesis

Q. What kind of changes are planned for synthesis?
A. The late-November patch will see adjustments to the required ranks and difficulty levels of various existing recipes, ensuring that players will have a better chance to successfully create items when reaching the optimal skill level.

For the mid-December update, we will be adding several new recipes, including ones for crafting new gear. In addition, we will be introducing a new feature that will allow players to select recipes from a list of recently crafted items and recipes learned through levequests, and set all of the appropriate ingredients with the touch of a single button, thus making repeated synthesis of a single item a snap!

Server Load

Q. The lag in some areas is lowering UI and battle response times, making it difficult to play. Why is this happening?
A. Even if a World server is not crowded, a large number of players gathering in a single place would increase server load, adversely affecting gameplay. To alleviate this, we have pinpointed heavy-traffic areas and split up their processing duties over multiple servers, reducing the chances that a single server will become overloaded.
#4 Oct 15 2010 at 8:15 AM Rating: Decent
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Sigmakan wrote:
striveldt wrote:

NMs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And some wont even be in guildleves.

There better be crafting NMs. You get to 98% then the orb destablizes into Nidhogg and you have to use your mad crafting skills to give him a manicure or fix his clothing.


I like it.
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#5 Oct 15 2010 at 8:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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Impressive SE, for at least proving that you've been taking good notes across the board. But I'm still staying deactivated in Nov, and if you deliver I'll be back. You've tricked me before *Cough FFXI spell-bind fix that didn't fix it Cough*

But if you do deliver on exactly what you said, hallelujah your ears have opened. The deaf can now hear.

Edit : Wow extended free month? NVM guess im sticking around til they deliver or not :P

Edited, Oct 15th 2010 10:30am by RattyBatty
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#6Rinsui, Posted: Oct 15 2010 at 8:33 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Time to follow the carrot dangling from the stick a few more months, eh?
#7 Oct 15 2010 at 8:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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Rinsui wrote:
Time to follow the carrot dangling from the stick a few more months, eh?


This is how MMO is defined.
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#8 Oct 15 2010 at 10:49 AM Rating: Good
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Rinsui wrote:
Time to follow the carrot dangling from the stick a few more months, eh?


But SE just made the carrot actually like a Prime Rib with some hot *** afterward!!!
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FFXIV: Lancer, Fisher, Culinarian
FFXI: DRK 55, WAR 30, THF 27, DRG 27 (all retired)
WoW: Hunter 70, Warrior 29, Druid 26, Warlock 22, Shaman 19 (all retired)
EQII: Shadowknight 36 (retired)
#9 Oct 15 2010 at 10:55 AM Rating: Good
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RattyBatty wrote:
Impressive SE, for at least proving that you've been taking good notes across the board. But I'm still staying deactivated in Nov, and if you deliver I'll be back. You've tricked me before *Cough FFXI spell-bind fix that didn't fix it Cough*

But if you do deliver on exactly what you said, hallelujah your ears have opened. The deaf can now hear.

Edit : Wow extended free month? NVM guess im sticking around til they deliver or not :P

Edited, Oct 15th 2010 10:30am by RattyBatty




Your free trial is up before the real update to the game so dont worry.
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#10 Oct 15 2010 at 10:56 AM Rating: Good
After reading that i think i just Jizzed In My Pants!!!
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