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#1 Jul 20 2011 at 1:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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The letter is out @ http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/index.html?f0ec5d53dabba07beee0ae8a999504f4e0cbedcb

but my work firewall is blocking the actual letter itself, if anyone could please copy paste??
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Letter from the Producer, XIV (07/20/2011)
Hello everyone! Yoshi-P here with another post for all you FFXIV-ers.

I’m sorry to have kept you waiting so long, but patch 1.18 will finally be going live this week! This version marks the beginning of big changes being readily visible on-screen, such as the auto-attack feature, as well as a number of others, both big and small. It took a while to get it all ready, but we hope you all enjoy this first wind of change sweeping across Eorzea!

Japan’s been baking hot, with Tokyo getting up to just over 30°C (86°F) lately. But everyone knows what it means when summer hits… Beaches! Pools! Swimsuits! Events!

And so we’re preparing some festivities for Eorzea to really bring the heat! Here’s a li’l sneak peep for those of you taking the time to read this letter...





Yup, you just saw a Roegadyn dude in a swimsuit. Try unseeing that! Hold on, before you start flaming the forums, g’head and click on the screenshot to see an alternate-gender version.

What better way to celebrate summer in Eorzea!? Rumor has it that the coming festivities, entitled Firefall Faire, are going to feature a certain type of FF monster known to heat things up…

I get that it’s not summer everywhere (tilt of the Earth’s axis and whatnot), but never mind all that. It is summer all over Eorzea. So let’s get this party started!


I outlined a lot of new changes in my twelfth letter, and have seen a lot of posts on the forums about them. I ‘m going to pick out a few of those topics from the barrel and talk about them here.

Play However You Like
For 1.18, we’ve decided to get rid of the fatigue system after so many of you voiced your displeasure with it. Also, on a related note, we’ll be changing the way guildleves work in 1.19 to do away with the feeling that you’re somehow being penalized for not filling the daily quota of levequests.

We’re also going to be balancing in-game means of transportation. Our main focus will be on the already existing anima-based teleportation system, but new forms of high-speed travel are on the way as well.

All of this means big changes to the game’s balance, aimed at giving players the freedom to play however they like. I know there are players out there who are too busy irl to spend a lot of time playing during the week. No problem! Use your anima to get you where you need to go. Maybe you have more time to play on the weekends? Great! Mount up and travel around Eorzea with your companions on chocoboback, or grab an airship! This is the kind of freedom I want you to have—the freedom to choose your own style of play. And it is going to be a major focus of FFXIV’s development from here on out.
The Future of Ranking Up
Ever since I posted on the forums, we’ve been receiving feedback from players worrying about whether or not we’re going to be nerfing the ranking up process. The simple and emphatic answer to this, just as I posted in the forums, is no.

FFXIV is an MMORPG. But before the MMO-ness, it’s an RPG at its core. So it goes without saying that it should be fun to see your character develop and grow. There should be clear-cut goals, and a sense of accomplishment when you achieve them. No need for worries on that front!

I don’t want there to be a huge loss of skill points imposed for dying, or for players to have to grind 5–6 hours a day for 8 months to get to the high ranks. I do think ranking up should take longer in MMOs than in non-MMOs, but I plan to make the process both possible and enjoyable for players willing to invest the time, even if they’re solo, and even by doing quests and guildleves.
Public Areas and Party Play
We’re hurrying to bring in adjustments to enemy distribution, respawn timers, linked-enemy bonuses, and party bonuses to make skill point awards in public areas even tastier when playing in a party. Regarding linking, the current specs for fixed “enemy groups” will see large-scale changes towards a system more capable of addressing the combat potential of parties.

In attempting to cover the expansiveness of some zones, the current distribution of enemies left some wide gaps between them. This is another area high on our list of priorities that will see heavy adjustments.

Putting together a party isn’t all ponies and rainbows—there’s the time and effort spent getting the setup right and traveling to a camp, the risks involved when battling strong enemies, and so on. It’s an investment on the part of players, and we’re going to make sure skill point awards reflect that. More instanced raids are on the way, as well. I hope you’ll enjoy choosing between light and full party raids based on whatever kind of groups you find yourself in from day to day. And don’t forget about public dungeons, because we sure haven’t!

Derp, looks like I got a bit carried away there, and now I’ve gone and written a wall of text. Well, look forward to 1.18! In my next post, I hope to talk about 1.19 and have some more details for you on the changes in store. Until then, enjoy summer in Eorzea! And don’t forget to keep rocking those swimsuits even after the faire is over! (Square Enix and its affiliates are in no way liable for raid wipes resulting from adventurers entering boss fights armored in bathing suits.)

Alright, that’ll do ‘er for me. Talk to you next letter, or on the forums. See you soon!
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http://static.finalfantasyxiv.com/topics/images/86/97/949_0.jpg Roegadyn dude in a swimsuit.
http://static.finalfantasyxiv.com/topics/images/86/97/949_1.jpg Miqo'te and Hyur girls in bikinis.

edit: beaten to the punch by akirussan
but I left in the image links that he/she missed


Edited, Jul 20th 2011 2:32am by Leane
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If nothing else, by far one of his most entertaining letters. I am quite pleased with it as a whole as well. He didn't really tell us anything we didn't already know, but it did a good job of giving us a feel for what is in the pipeline in the near future, as well as an insight into some of the plans going into things like exp parties; which in particular it is interesting to hear their plans about. Even though everyone has their own opinions about classic exp-grind parties and the proof is in the pudding, I would say the inclusion of things like chain exp bonuses and some of the other FFXI(and pre-FFXI) classic elements he mentioned are on the whole good things. It will draw people to a wider variety of exping methods, which, in the long run, will provide a diversity of content at the lower and middle levels.

Edited, Jul 20th 2011 3:35am by Hulan
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Thank you for the copy paste.

To be honest I think I actually appreciate the "lack of new info" on this letter. With so much to get to grips on 1.18 I think we might need the time to actually think about those changes and see them in place before we start delving into upcoming ones.

Personally I also think that a special enphasis on party play is needed and that is one of the things I miss the most from FFXI. As a THF I could litterally spend ours looking for a party to eventually go out in the world for nothing less that 2 hours of chalenging, fun and rewarding party play.
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Where are the lalas in swimsuits!
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I'm glad to see that he's still optimistic about the game. Gotta hand it to these devs, they seem to finally be listening to us, and in this case, they're trying to appease both sides of the equation when it comes to modes of leveling. Looking forward to this patch.
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Lalafell in swimsuits... This is just going to be disturbing >.<

Did I read this wrong or is Yoshi saying that guild leves wont be altered until 1.19 now?
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Very hopeful with this coming patch and glad Yoshi-P is trying to let players choose THEIR way to play... Wether it be groups or solo.
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Kirby the Eccentric wrote:
Leane wrote:
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And this is why I'll be returning come patch... just so... interesting.... and interesting....
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You know we are having a Gidget style beach party soon, Kirby, right?
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Been playing ffxi like so many have lately. I was going to come back when patch 1.18 went live and now I am actually excited about it. I cant wait to read the comprehensive patch notes while we suffer super slow downloads lol.
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Lalafell in swimsuits... This is just going to be disturbing >.<

Did I read this wrong or is Yoshi saying that guild leves wont be altered until 1.19 now?



I believe 1.18 still is going to see the changes for guildleves being solo-focused content. What he seems to be referencing for 1.19 is a previously mentioned method to store "credits" or some other concept of getting to do more guildleves if you miss the reset timer. That way, it doesn't feel like you missed out on an opportunity just because you were busy RL and missed an entire leve reset.
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Ah, finally content that you want to really explore, look at from every angle. I was going to have another thought to add, but Seph just covered it. Now I'm back to that first thought..
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He mentions chocobos and airships.......are these coming on friday!?!?!?
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OMG my lalafel is going to have to slim down a few pounds, before he is caught seen in a bathing suit!! Grapefruit diet here I come!!
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He mentions chocobos and airships.......are these coming on friday!?!?!?


Compendium on "all" anounced updates in next few patches.
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If the swim suit is anything like the x-mas costume (meaning can be sold), both of my retainers will be in them right away. I can picture it now all the wards filed with chars in spandex, sure they will never see the light of day, but least they have the look cut out.
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My kitty is going to be decked out in bikini and glasses! Nerdy kitteh hotness!!!
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Wow really, I wanted to link the lalas to my in game friend that plays one. As far as 7 chan I dont have a clue what that is.
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one thing these letters have not yet addressed is the search function. There's been a lot of mention of improved party play and rewards for doing group related events but really no mention of the inefficient search function to put a on-the-go party together. This was the first letter that actually touched upon the issue of putting a party together by stating "Putting together a party isn’t all ponies and rainbows" but then it almost seems like they are denying the fact that the hardest part about putting a party together is the lack of a good search function. Granted most parties will probably be from ls members and friends, but there are those times when you just want to throw together a party during off hours or when noone is on and right now and as far as I'm concerned 99% of the player base still playing chooses not to use the search function in its current form.

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"FFXIV is an MMORPG. But before the MMO-ness, it’s an RPG at its core"

I am 100% happy someone finally have said this. I have tried almost every mmorpg out there and old looking for replacement to ff11 which i though had a great story behind it and a lot of the mmorpg out there forget they are RPG first or at the core.
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He mentions chocobos and airships.......are these coming on friday!?!?!?


No. 1.19.
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They'll probably look just like the Taru suits in XI. So in other words, like 1920s swimsuits for kids.

So does this mean we get to swim? Ha-ha
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So does this mean we get to swim?


They're for ankle-deep water only. And rain.
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They're for ankle-deep water only. And rain.

Well. A Taru would drown in anything deeper anyway.
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would a GM put me in jail if I hang out by the market wards in nothing but a bikini and nighthawk visor?
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would be nice to swim...
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Um. Now, while most all the rest of the content up and coming has me smiling, this...

...this...

Am I the only one thinking that Roegadyn looks like he's wearing a training bra? And as if that wasn't bad enough...
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Yup, you just saw a Roegadyn dude in a swimsuit. Try unseeing that!

I've just been trolled by teh man. Because I've been trying to unsee it all day, and it isn't working. >.<
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Am I the only one thinking that Roegadyn looks like he's wearing a training bra?


You're right, that's so wrong... he really should have at least a B-cup.



Edited, Jul 20th 2011 10:39pm by KaneKitty
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