It's from a translation of the FFXIV Events in Niconico. It's possible some is lost in the rough translation, but if the other gear is better than relics, it would make sense that you would need relics to obtain them.
Additionally, he could mean that you need them to complete the content from a difficulty standpoint, not that the quests are a requirement.
Yeah I was referring to the translations I've seen from the event. From the ones I've seen earlier it was closer to assume he meant the latter of the two you mention, at least that is how I interpereted it. I mean it could mean you have to get a relic to unlock the tower, but I read it as the Crystal Tower being tuned to be completed with weapons like relic or of comparable power. I guess we will have to see, but I personally don't like the idea of having it as a requirement because it kind of takes away from the feeling that the weapon is special.
I agree, but then you'll have groups saying things like "No Relic or Triple Melds, no thanks" when this elitiism could be easily avoided with gated content and quests.
Particularly, the Relic weapons are already not special if they are outclassed by other items, and I would assume the upgraded version would be the special ones.
The elitism you are talking about will exist either way, having gated content doesn't make a difference in that regard. I think gated content is a good thing, don't get me wrong, but it does nothing to prevent elitism.
I agree they are not as special as they could be since they will probably be more or less "handed out", but just the fact that they require a long questline to complete and the lore and names of the weapons still counts for something to me. The upgraded versions still won't be the best weapons out there, but of course they will be more special than lower grade relic.
Either way I don't think gated content should be in the form of a specific weapon. You already have item level requirements for different tiers of content, don't force me into working for a specific weapon on top of that. I dunno I just don't like the idea of relics being tied to content in that manner I guess. Edited, May 1st 2013 7:14pm by Belcrono