I'm both worried and confused at this image to a degree though, as nice as it is to see this, this shows 1 job for every 1 class, which I suppose is what they originally implied (still think it's asinine) but that means...
The armor that looks exactly like Final Fantasy IV's Dark Knight armor is.... actually... Dragoon Armor? Or Dark Knight now wields a spear? ( Or that's a scythe, it's difficult to tell if that blade is part of a spear, or the whole scythe blade at an angle... Which leads me to my next point... @#%^ SCYTHES! Why can't we go back to using Great Swords!? ) So either we're not getting jump or we're not getting souleater, or we're getting a weird Dragoon/Dark Knight hybrid with both... Or we're getting more jobs than they're showing, or they're saving one for late, or, or.... I digress.
Also, if the 1:1 ratio is the case, and this is what we're getting.
Red Mage... not... here... KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
(This entire post up until this point is just jittery ravings. Before someone takes anything I said as an honest complaint.)
I very much doubt that this is Yoshida-san's work personally; I am curious who does the concept art for FFXIV now though. It doesn't look like Amano, obviously, thought it shares a lot in common with some Korean styles I've seen.
On a completely different topic, while there is a substantial amount of evidence that ARC will become BRD - and therefore I imagine the theory that that is a bow-harp is sound - another possibility is that it is an on bow quiver [link=http:http://www.amazon.com/Martin-Archery-Two-Piece-Traditional-Leather/dp/B000RK8D2K]like
so[/link]. If you look closely, some of the "strings" do kind of look like they have fletching. It's just another possibility though, since there is a lot of evidence pointing toward the likelihood of the existence of a bow-harp.
Edit: Sorry fixed bad link vomit. Edited, Sep 21st 2011 6:51pm by Hulan
Are you familiar with Yoshida's art style?
I'm a pretty avid collector of his work, and I have to say, if this is not his work - they've hired pretty much the most impressive imitator I've ever seen.
It's idiotic to imply that Yoshida does every piece of artwork for the game (and I'm not implying that), but images like these are EXACTLY
the types of images that he would be working on. Remember, he's the Art Director (STILL the art director, he has not left) for the entire game, it's his job to steer the course of the visual style that the game follows. Even if in the case of this game, they follow his visual style more conservatively (probably to appeal to a wider audience.)
A very important image like this, that's very high concept and is showing off a very important part of the game, is prime territory for your Lead Concept Artist to work his or her magic. I would be, very, very surprised if this is not his work. And I will literally stir fry and eat my hat if I am wrong. Edited, Sep 21st 2011 3:57pm by RamseySylph