The citizens of Vana'diel watched live blogs this morning, eagerly awaiting any news about the exciting new title Final Fantasy XIV Online, just announced yesterday. With the press conference transcript still to come, the team at ZAM put together a list of additional questions not posed earlier today in the hopes that more information was available. Read on for the response!
The ZAM team sent a total of 10 questions to Square Enix this morning. Of these 10, four are answered below.
>> Will current owners of the Square Enix Security Token be able to use the same token they use in FFXI to secure their FFXIV account?
Players who have already obtained a SQUARE ENIX Security Token and have been using an OTP for FINAL FANTASY XI will not need to purchase a new one, and will be able to use their current one for XIV.
>> Will Final Fantasy XIV be available on Direct2Drive at launch?
Because of the estimated size of the game, we are aiming for a package release. However, we are also considering distribution via download.
>> People were ecstatic to hear about the beta. Can you tell us anything about it? Will it be a closed or open beta?
We are planning both closed and open beta testing periods. The schedule is not yet decided.
>> You've confirmed that FFXIV will not be using PlayOnline. Will FFXI continue to be launched through PlayOnline or will it be done away with completely?
As long as FINAL FANTASY XI service continues, PlayOnline will continue.
For the rest of the questions we don’t have any comment at this time. Glad to see you guys excited about FINAL FANTASY XIV!
Full list of questions asked:
You stated today that the races were ported over to FFXIV to make FFXI players comfortable in the new game, but will their backgrounds be the same or are the similarities only aesthetic?
Will current owners of the Square Enix Security Token be able to use the same token they use in FFXI to secure their FFXIV account?
Could you elaborate a bit more on how you will make the job system different from FFXI? Will players be able to play all job classes from the start rather than have to progress to a certain point to gain access to an Advanced job?
Will Fan Festivals now combine both FFXI and FFXIV players? If so, will we be able to hear any of the new score at this year's Fan Festival?
It took more than six years for a male mithra to make any kind of entrance into FFXI, will players be able to play a male mithra character from the start? What was the original reasoning behind making Mithras a female only race?
Campaign and Besieged have both been, without a doubt, very successful battle systems for FFXI. When you say that you will be implementing systems not previously utilized by MMO titles, does this include FFXI or will you implement a different version of your most successful systems into FFXIV?
The FFXI developers have always seemed to look upon true PvP with distaste, at least in Vana'diel. Will this outlook change in any way for FFXIV? Will you have special PvP servers for players who are attracted to this style of playing?
Will Final Fantasy XIV be available on Direct2Drive at launch?
People were ecstatic to hear about the beta. Can you tell us anything about it? Will it be a closed or open beta?
You've confirmed that FFXIV will not be using PlayOnline. Will FFXI continue to be launched through PlayOnline or will it be done away with completely?