Partying, Passive/Active Mode

First things first: the Japanese Final Fantasy XIV website now plays the classic theme of the Final Fantasy series!  Check it out.

The gaming magazine business is a crafty one.  During the month of March, we have seen pieces of a single interview that overlapped and got reprinted several times.  Now the monthlies hit the shelves, and Famitsu PSP+PS3 claims to have the same interview, covering the same topics, within its glossy pages.  

But what's this?  It's the COMPLETE version!  That implies something was missing before.  "If you don't buy me, you might miss out," cries Famitsu PSP+PS3.  So fine, I'll pass up my Honey Orange Latte and get you instead.

Now, what secrets do you hold?

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- Active Mode & Passive Mode  Active Mode is largely the "battle-ready" state, while Passive Mode is traveling and performing other tasks.  These modes will not be 100% limited to only those situations, however.  There may be times when you want to keep up Active Mode to quickly move from fight to fight, or even remain in Passive Mode during an encounter depending on your role.

- Healing Players will be able to heal (i.e. rest to recover HP) only when in Passive Mode.  If you switch to Active Mode, perhaps to do battle, the effect of healing will end.  It is possible to heal mid-battle, but only after switching back to Passive Mode first.

- Preemptive Strike!  Both players and monsters will have Active Mode and Passive Mode.  If a player gets into Active Mode and attacks a monster still in Passive Mode, they can score a Preemptive Strike.  This will be an advantageous way to start a fight, though there were no details on what actual effects it might have.  And be careful, because enemies can Preemptive Strike players as well.

- Flexible Party System  Magazines earlier this month quoted the developers as saying a 6-8 man party would be average.  However, in the complete version of the interview, they seem reluctant to pin down any number at all.  While Final Fantasy XI ended up locking on 6 as the magic number for party size, Final Fantasy XIV aims to be much more lenient.  You can start an adventure with 3 people, add on a fourth along the way, or even go forth with a band of 6 or more.

- The Price of Flexibility  It may sound like the larger the party, the easier content will become, but the developers assure us that will not always be the case.  Not to mention, there will be less treasure to go around if a giant group all go together.  It is also mentioned that players who receive tons of help all the time will have a hard time growing as players.  This does not appear to indicate any actual penalty, but rather the experience of the player behind the screen.  They follow up saying they hope adventurers find excitement in the challenge, and thus bring appropriate groups for quests instead of overwhelming ones.

- Going it Solo  Being able to solo will factor big into the world of Eorzea, and the developers reveal that they are working hard to make a game that does not impede the solo player.  Naturally, since enemies can appear in parties, there will be difficult, or even insurmountable challenges out there.  However, Iwao in particular finds a certain romantic image in the lone adventurer, and hopes to accomodate that playing style to the fullest.

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# Mar 30 2010 at 1:54 PM Rating: Decent
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i'm going to try and fish in active mode. that should surprise a few slithery fishes.

thanks again elmer.
Nice work Elmer
# Mar 30 2010 at 9:50 AM Rating: Default
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I wondering how they actually leveling up will work. Will we get xp points per kill or skill points per swing like FFXI? If it is skill points than I can see where a group of 18 killing low creatures will impede progression because everything will die so fast.
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Nice work Elmer
# Mar 30 2010 at 1:36 PM Rating: Default
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Ish no leveling up, remember!
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# Mar 31 2010 at 7:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Right! The reason why they are likely not to worry too much about how many people you bring is that the only reason you are there in the first place is loot and/or to do quests. There likely won't be a need for skill up parties since you can just do that on your own. If people do decide to make skillup parties, then it will be in their best interest to bring less people so that the fights last longer. You won't be killing xp or loot mobs for skillups. You will find big fat low damage mobs that have a billion hp and just whack away at them. You may also find a hard time getting a healer or mana-refresher for skill groups since they may be able to get their skillups out of combat, safe in a city somewhere.
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