With the new UI and the new expansion pack coming, I've been thinking.
Final Fantasy XI is a beautiful game that has quite a bit of odd things that look strange and out of place. You'll have a beautifully crafted town, but a low res rockface. Or a wonderful looking Mog House with a blurry, 10 pixel carpet. Or a legendary armor set that looks as good as it is powerful, but a poor looking weapon that clips through the user's tail and gear.
Actually, we've all been thinking, and this certainly isn't the first thread to ask for a texture pack:
Now the solution was obvious:"Several months ago we made what we called 'high resolution' improvements to the game, and there are some other ways we plan to implement high resolution graphics into the gaming experience," says Tanaka. "Right now we're testing other aspects of the user interface." However, Tanaka warns that a complete overhaul would be too much to expect with a world of Vana'diel's scale. "If we were to redo every model to support the newest version of DirectX, just with the massive amount of data that has accumulated over 10 years, it would be almost impossible. So, we will continue looking at individual aspects that we can improve graphically."
Square-Enix will announce that they are taking submissions in a thread for new textures, gear and weapon models, and animations, and give guidelines about how and what to submit and how to make it, and some legal to cover themselves.
SE will also decide what submissions go into an optional but official "High Definition" pack that will install all the new textures on the PC, taking some user feedback while doing so, and discussing some basic lore with players to ensure that submitted textures fit into the world of Vana'diel. They might even provide a slight carrot prize, such as some currently existing costume item and some tickets into special event BCNMs, or something like naming an item after the best contributors, or possibly even being credited in FFXI's credits.
Users everywhere, particularly those with advanced artistic skills, will work together to provide an upgraded graphical experience to go along with the new user interface for Windows PCs that SE is working on. They will craft the Eye Drops for adventurers with poor eyesight, and adventurers will get to see FFXI with new eyes. With some luck, certain resources will even go into the game proper, but for the most part, we'll remake the world in what is to be an optional but official pack for the Windows version of Final Fantasy XI.
So what do you, the reader, need to do to make this a reality?
If you are an artist at heart, capture the hearts of Final Fantasy devs by smearing the whitespace of this thread with examples of how you can make FFXI look better while maintaining the look and feel of FFXI.
If you aren't so hot with drawing or modeling, you can still help. We need examples of what needs work, particularly screenshots of stuff that needs work such as a bad looking texture next to a masterpiece of art.
No matter who you are, we need feedback about this. We need constructive feedback that is clear and professional about what needs done and what needs fixed, and "Like" things in this thread that deserve it.
I honestly don't know how far this can go. But we can try. Worst case we take a look at our world and reminisce about our adventures while watching the future pass us by... but if we're very lucky, we might see a revamped world that is a result of the ongoing collaboration between the game developers and the players that spans well over ten more years into the future.