Changes from Alpha to Beta posted a short list of the main differences players can expect as Final Fantasy XIV moves into the beta phase.  According to information given at E3, we are only a few short weeks away, so let's take a look at what we can expect!

  • The Effect Gauge, which influenced the accuracy and power of an attack, has been removed.
  • Along with the removal of the Effect Gauge, the function of the Action Gauge has been altered.  Previously, the player would need a full Action Gauge to execute a command, whereas now commands instead consume a specific portion of the gauge.
  • The Action Menu, where players can customize their list of actions, has been expanded to 30 slots.  There are 10 slots allocated for Traits (class-specific characteristics) and Abilities (crafting-specific characteristics)
  • The "Physical Bonus" system, which affects HP/MP, stats and elemental affinities, has been changed.  Now, HP/MP rise automatically along with the player's level and only stats are customizable.  Also, the list of stats has been adjusted from 8 to 6.  Elemental affinities have been separated and will now require the use of "Elemental Bonus" points to increase.
  • Throwing weapons have been added and can be equipped and used with the "Throw" action.
  • Left/Right Ear 1 and Left/Right Finger 2 equipment slots have been added.
  • New abilities can be set when a shield is equipped.
  • Distance and orientation relative to the enemy will have more of an effect on the battle.
  • The amount and variety of Guildleves has increased.
  • The level cap has been increased.
  • Players can now consume items.
  • Food has been introduced, which is used to temporarily strengthen a player character.
  • A number of changes have been made so the menus and chat logs are easier to read and navigate. 


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beta contact?
# Jun 23 2010 at 9:38 PM Rating: Decent
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So has anyone started receiving e-mails or anything about this?

I sadly think my current system probably can't even run it well enough to justify getting into the Beta ... blah definitely upgrading before it comes out tho ha

No it wasn't my online name so I didn't register initially as such. I finally got around to exposing my identity however O.o
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