SE unveils the classes for FFXIV's launch
The speculation about classes in Final Fantasy XIV is over -- for now.
With the new MMO poised for a Sept. 30 global release date, Square Enix has revealed the 18 classes that will be playable at launch. These classes feature seven combat classes and 11 classes that specialize in crafting and gathering. Square Enix unveiled this news via a press release reported by Famitsu magizine.
Now that all the initial classes are known, soon-to-be adventurers can decide which roles they will play upon arriving in Eorzea. However, the nuances and specific abilities of each job remain a mystery.
The initial seven combat classes are comprised of five melee classes and two magic classes. The melee classes -- formally called Disciples of War -- are gladiator, marauder, archer, lancer and pugilist. The two magic classes, or Disciples of Magic, are conjurer and thaumaturge.
Gathering classes, called Disciples of the Land, include botanist, fisherman and miner. The Disciples of the Hand classes, which focus on crafting, include woodworker, blacksmith, armourer, goldsmith, tanner, weaver, culinarian and alchemist.
It's unclear how much time will pass before additional classes are added to the game. In time, we'll know whether unexpected delays in developing the Playstation 3 version of FFXIV will cause new content to be delayed as well.
That said, Final Fantasy XI has 20 combat jobs and zero crafting jobs. That means the creative folks at Square Enix have left themselves plenty of room to introduce new and exciting classes for their flagship title.