รวมคำถามน่าสนใจจาก Letter from the Producer LIVE Part IV
Q1: Will Hildibrand make an appearance in ARR?
A1: Of course! He will most likely face brand-new challenges. Please look forward to it in ARR
Viva ลุง Chak!
Q2: Will we be able to change our character name at the start of ARR?
A2: We'll continue to look at the possibilities until the very end, but it looks like we will be able to provide this option.
Q3: Will my character's chest be bouncy?
A3: If you are an expert in this area, you will most likely understand, but they will... *boing boing*
เค้าว่ามัน ดึ่งๆ ล่ะ! ลองนึกถึงลุงแชคหรือไมค์ดึ๋งๆ สิ!
Q4: Will we be able to use Magitek armor in battle? Also, would it be possible to provide us with additional info on the other mounts you’re planning to implement?
A4: Unfortunately, we currently do not have plans for the Magitek armor to be usable in battle. However, we may treat this particular mount in a special way. Also, we’re currently planning to implement a coeurl mount. We’re currently in the process of testing out the animations.
Q8: You mentioned that the concept of the monk job was going be changed. Would it be possible to provide a little bit more information? (Such as if STR/INT will continue to be their main attribute, what kind of abilities they will have, etc.)
A8: The main attribute for all classes and jobs will be completely different. Since the whole battle system will be revamped, we will make the necessary changes to accommodate these changes.
Q9: Will there be anything new added for crafters and gatherers in ARR?
A9: We currently do not have anything planned that is specific for gatherers and crafters that could be considered as a “main focus”. However, they will play an important part for things like housing (such as changing roofs, etc.) for example.
Q10: Please tell us more about the new market system.
A10: The retainer system has been revamped from the ground up. We are planning to implement new functions such as the auction house system, which was requested by a ton of players. Additionally, you will be able to display the retainer of your liking while in the wards. It’s quite difficult to explain so please see for yourself in the Beta Test!
Q11: How will the materia system change in ARR?
A11: Basically, there won't be too many changes. In the current version, there are fluctuations in the resulting stats for materia, but in ARR these fluctuations will be removed. The rate for multiple melding will be higher than it is currently, and the materia system as a whole will be made more casual.
Q12: I found some artwork related to the housing system. Can you tell us more about it?
A12: Here's the artwork for a large size house. As you can see, large houses will come with balconies. If you plan to purchase a house of this caliber, it will require a very large amount of gil.
You will be able to set entry restrictions for your house. With this function, you will be able to specify which players will have access to your house. With the larger houses, we plan to release it as a headquarters for the free companies initially, and then release it as a personal house later on. Additionally, you will be able to place parks and towers within your houses and these objects will provide special bonuses such as experience bonus, HQ rate bonus for crafting, etc.
Furthermore, we have plans to turn a portion of a room to an instance that the players will be able to live in.
Q13: How much will housing, including the interior and furniture, cost?
A13: We will be lowering the value of gil in ARR, so this is quite difficult to say, but a couple of level 50 players that save up their gil can get an S-sized house.
Q17: When will the PC benchmark be released?
A17: We're planning to release the first one around the time of the Beta Test. The first one will be to check your system in order to play the Beta and the other benchmark will be released around the timing of the launch of ARR. We are planning to have character creation in the second benchmark.
Q18: Will we be able to switch the language of the subtitles and the voices? If so, will we able to switch it in-game?
A18: While we plan to increase the languages that are supported, we currently do not have plans for players to be able to switch the language of the subtitle. The voices can be switched while in the game, but you will not be able to switch during a cut scene.
Q19: Tell us if there will be any physical evidence on our characters that they survived the Seventh Umbral Era!
A19: Sorry, but we cannot tell you right now! We will let you know once the time comes!
Q20: Please tell us more about the Crystal Tower and the Great Labyrinth of Bahamut!
A20: The Crystal Tower will be an alliance-specific raid and an alliance party consists of three parties. Both the Crystal Tower and the Great Labyrinth of Bahamut will be expanded in multiple stages.
Also, as far as the Great Labyrinth of Bahamut goes, you probably figured out the Dalamud was used to imprison Bahamut. Players will find out why Bahamut was trapped, why the key-like object fell to the ground, what role the key plays in the dungeon, etc. Sorry, this is much as I can say for now!
Q23: In the 3rd player survey, there was a question about new races/clans, but when and what race will be implemented? Will there be Viera or beastmen/lizardmen?
A23: Viera are extremely popular amongst our players overseas, so we are lost in thought on this one. We haven’t decided anything as of yet and are still looking into this. In the event that we do add them, it will be in the future in an expansion.
Q24: Once the PvP content is implemented, will we be able to fight Yoshi-P?
A24: There are multiple people from the development team who put a lot of thought into the PvP system and we currently do have plans to implement a system where players will be able to fight against the development team. As an additional note, we have plans for players to be able to fight Wada for an event!
Go! Go! Wada Hater!! :lol:
Q26: Are there any plans to expand inventory size? Also, are there any plans for us to be able to send an item to our secondary character easily?
A26: Unfortunately, we do not have plans to increase the player's inventory size (maybe a little). However, we do have plans to expand a player's storage. We also have plans for players to be able to increase the number of gear sets they can have through quests. As far as sending an item to a secondary character goes, in ARR, you will only be able to send letters and items to your friends. As long as you know a character’s info, you will be able to send them a letter/item.
Furthermore, we are planning out the delivery system so that player's won't be able to abuse the system (anti-RMT measures).
Q27: When can overseas players join the Alpha Test?
A27: The first phase of the Alpha Test has been completed, and we have managed to solve almost all of the issues when player numbers increase. We've made it possible to safely run the game with 800 people in a single area, but once it the area exceeds 800 people we've seen some heavy lag. Next week will not have an Alpha Test and we'll be focusing on fixing this. The week after if we are able to hold five days of tests with no issues, we will open Alpha globally on 11/26.
Q30: Can you tell us what's planned for equipment dying? Can you dye artifact?
A30: For dyeing, there will be colors that can be purchased from NPCs and there will also be those that will be made by Disciples of the Land/Hand. It will be possible to dye gear that has already been dyed a different color. At the start there will be 24 colors, but there will also be rare colors besides these 24. In regards to the methods for dying, the places you can dye are decided based on the equipment, and only that part can be dyed. For artifact we are not planning to allow for color changes at first. We don’t want to destroy the image of artifact armor, but we’d like to do this in the future.
Q31: When you create a new character in ARR, they come with the race-specific gear. Will existing players also receive the race-specific gear? Also, are there any plans to implement a high-level version of the race-specific gear?
A31: Existing players will also be able to obtain the new race-specific gear. As far as the high-level version goes, while we currently do not have plans to implement them, if we receive a large amount of requests, we'll take it into consideration.
Q32: Will you need to buy a separate registration code for the PS3 version if you are playing on PC? Will it be possible to play on both PC and PS3 with the same account?
A32: We apologize, but it will be necessary to purchase a separate PS3 registration code. It's possible for a PC version character to play on PS3, so it will be possible to alternate.
Q34: Is there anything else besides Carbuncle for arcanist? Any other new information besides arcanist, summoner, artifact, and relics?
A35: Arcanist will basically only use Carbuncle, but there is a chance we expand on this in the future. It's a bit tough to release new information right now, but there are these things... (Shows arcanist rewards for Great Labyrinth of Bahamut, arcanist book that can be purchased with grand company seals, job equipment for summoner, class-specific arcanist equipment)
Q35: I would like to know when the Beta Test will start and I'd like an updated version of the road map.
A35: Currently we are about two months and two weeks behind schedule compared to the road map that was released on Oct. 14, 2011. The main reason of the delay is the vast amount of adjustments that needed to be taken care of two months ago. While we'd like to stay on schedule, we want to make sure we create a top-tier MMORPG that can compete against the rest of the MMORPGs in the market. Therefore, we wanted to spend as much as time as we need until we are satisfied with the product.
Sorry to keep you all waiting, but we plan on releasing a new roadmap around the end of November/early December.
We're starting to prepare for the Beta Test which we would like to implement at the end of January or early February. However, we are doing our best to make it so we can have the servers open 24 hours to allow for more and more players to participate in the Alpha Test, so please hang in there a bit longer for finalized details.
1) FF Versus XIII is on hold and all staff have been moved to FFXIV: A Realm Reborn until it gets released.
2) FFXIV: A Realm Reborn will release in July 2013.
3) FFXIV: A Realm Reborn releasing in July 2013 is much later than the originally planned Q1 2013. It's safe to say that Lightning Returns: FFXIII is now a Q4 2013/Q1 2014 release at the earliest. FF Versus XIII is looking likely to be a Q4 2014/Q1 2015 release.
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