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#102 May 25 2011 at 10:54 AM Rating: Good
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LillithaFenimore wrote:
So like all this is scheduled for tis coming patch in June?


No, according to the producer, as well as one of the community representatives that says he spoke with the producer, it'll all be implemented by the end of summer 2011.

http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/11012

http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/11028-Thoughts-on-the-new-Letter-from-the-Producer-%28May-20%29?p=147417#post147417

"To clarify regarding the "plans for summer 2011" discussion; the items that Yoshida listed are things that we are planning to implement before the end of summer. Hopefully that's clearer!" ~Bayohne~ Community Rep for SE
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#103 May 25 2011 at 11:36 AM Rating: Good
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End of summer? Ha.
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#104 Jun 03 2011 at 5:10 PM Rating: Default
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Good to see that they've finally figured out some of the basics of game design?

I'm actually disappointed to see so much attention to enmity control as a mechanic-- really disappointed. Crowd control, ok. Those could be good changes. Enmity? All that's going to do is regulate the pace of action. I expect it will be about as fun as seeing how fast you're driving on those speed limit trackers. At this point any new mechanic no matter how simple is bound to improve the skillfulness of the game, but I was hoping they'd draw more attention to player:mob:environment interactions. THAT'S the cornerstone of good combat, and the simplest of player:mob interactions isn't going to do a whole lot for the depth of the game.

Overall, I'm fairly pleased with what I'm seeing (they've even included a number of my suggestions, though slightly bastardized it seems), but I just don't know if these changes will be enough to offset the horrid lack of skill in the gameplay. I guess a lot of it will come down to what they actually DO with the algorithms. In any case...

bsphil wrote:
End of summer? Ha.


Yeah, no. I imagine they'll unveil a couple of these features at the end of summer, and the rest will trickle in over the months. As nice as it would be to think that "they've been working on it all this time," and it's probably near completion, I just don't expect that much from SE.
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