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Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XI Q&A
Beast Tribe Quests
Just to be clear, there are two types of beast tribe quests: a set of main quests that focus heavily on the story of the beast tribes, along with a larger assortment of quests that you can repeat on a daily basis.
*The video introduces the beast tribe quests.
With the daily beast tribe quests, you accept the quests from NPCs that have a new "repeatable quest" icon. This new icon indicates that quests from these NPCs may be repeated every day. Once your reputation reaches the maximum, you will be able to accept up to six quests in a single day. When you accept a quest, a new quest will be listed in the window. There are a total of 3 NPCs per beast tribe that offer quests, with difficulty and rewards to vary depending on which NPC you accept the quest from. Also, the quest details will be different for each player. Accept up to six of your favorite quests to receive up to six rewards. Repeat this on a daily basis your reputation will grow, further advancing the story.
This is item level 80 and 90 equipment. The weapon shown is a reward from the extreme primal quests. As for the armor, it's item level 80, so I'll leave you to imagine where it can be obtained.
Once you reach a certain level with one of the three gathering classes, you'll be able to discover or fish up treasure maps from various locations. These treasure maps show the way to riches buried long ago, and by deciphering the map, a portion of it will be displayed. There are five types of treasure maps, with the challenge and rewards varying accordingly. Only Disciples of the Land can discover treasure maps, and it will also be possible to sell maps before they are deciphered. Anyone can decipher a map with the "Decipher" action, and when this is done a portion of the map will be displayed on the screen. The area name, difficulty, and recommended party size will be displayed on the map. Travel to the "X" on the map and use the "Dig" command, and you’ll unearth a treasure chest. Opening this treasure chest will cause monsters to spawn, and if you triumph you’ll obtain the treasure.
Treasure hunting isn't just about digging like crazy─you'll find maps as you gather, and once you have a few in hand, you can go out find the treasures all at once. The monsters guarding the rarest treasures will provide a challenge worthy of a full party, so free companies might save up these maps, choosing a time to search for the treasures together. Treasure hunting is not something you’ll focus on exclusively, but rather something enjoyable and rewarding that adds to the variety of things to do when playing.
A: It’s not dependent on level, but instead, based on the area and gathering point. We encourage players to explore and get a feel for what sort of maps can be found where.0:34:51
Q: Will the rarity of treasure maps discovered differ depending on the level of the gatherer?
The Wolves' Den
A: The highest-ranking PvP players will naturally be those possessing formidable gear and high skill, so without suitable equipment, naturally it will be difficult. However, I believe that up to an item level difference of twenty or so, your skills should be able to compensate. For example, black mages have the instant ability Lethargy, a combination of both Slow and Heavy, and there will be a significant difference depending on how effectively the player is able to use this. Also, a character who is running forward might turn their camera to notice a paladin chasing after them at full speed. Whether they can fend him off with a well-timed Sleep, or fail to notice him entirely, getting stunned and becoming the focus of a full-on attack—which gear will save you from—again will depend on the player’s skill. Therefore, it depends on how you look at it, but having skill certainly has the potential to change the course of battle, so both skill and equipment are important.0:37:19
Q: Will I be able to obtain a high rank in PvP without collecting high-item-level gear if I fight skillfully?
A: For the most part, there will not be any changes. The calculations for PvP are slightly different, but bonuses will still be applied, so being stunned opens up possibilities for your opponent and puts you into a bad situation.0:39:43
Q: Will actions and directional-based ability combos be altered in any way for the Wolves' Den?
However, there are certain elements that will differ between PvE and PvP. Bows, for example, will have their damage reduced depending on distance. This is to balance out the fact that they can deal damage while moving from long range. Also, when taking any kind of damage, magic casting will be interrupted. Pet behavior, however, will be the same as PvE. Swiftcast and Surecast will likely be essential for Disciples of Magic. It will feel quite different, so I encourage all players to experiment at first as they get used to the new playing style.
Review the patch notes for Patch 2.1 "A Realm Awoken" for details on PvP actions.
We showed off some gear in a previous LIVE letter, but some of that was actually Frontlines equipment and will therefore not be available in patch 2.1. In this patch we'll be introducing item level 70 and 90 PvP equipment. It'll also be possible to dye this gear, so you and your teammates can have matching colors.
* During the stream, the answer to this question initially implied that points used to obtain equipment and learn abilities would be the same. It was later corrected to say that points are separate and players need not worry about which they should spend their points on.
Various Additions and Refinements to Patch 2.1
A: While the type of stats on these weapons will not be changed, the value of the stats will increase accordingly for item level 95. Also, the stats for Allagan armor and the armor that can be obtained with Allagan tomestones of mythology are too similar, and we will be changing a couple of these items to make them different.0:58:03
Q: With the item level increase for weapons from the Binding Coil of Bahamut, will the stats also be changed?
* During the stream, the answer to this question suggested that only the item level would be increased. It was later corrected to clarify that while the parameters themselves will not change, values would increase to what would be expected from item level 95
A: They cannot be used in character creation. The newly added hairstyles will only be available through the Aesthetician, and the hair style choice in character creation will remain as they have been thus far.0:59:23
Q: Will the new hairstyles introduced through the aesthetician be selectable if we were to create a new character?
A: Not exactly. When defeating extreme mode Ifrit, Garuda, and Titan they will drop a quest item. Collect all three of these items, and you can exchange them for an item level 90 weapon of your choice. You can’t just defeat one primal multiple times; you have to defeat all three of them and obtain each quest item. While the quest item is a guaranteed drop, there are also non-weapon items that drop at a certain rate, but you'll have to defeat the primals yourself to find out what they are.1:00:16
Q: There's been talk of a new weapon we can receive from the extreme primal. Is it a reward simply from just defeating them?
A: No, it will not be possible. I understand that there have been a lot of requests to queue for the Crystal Tower with pre-made alliances, and this is a change we'd like to make as soon as we're able. At that time, you'll be free to set up your party as you like. Because the Crystal Tower currently matches together three parties at random, however, we've elected to require standard parties of 2 tanks, 4 DPS, and 2 healers to prevent any difficulties that may arise from pre-made party compositions.1:04:38
Q: Will we be able to enter the Crystal Tower (via Duty Finder) with a party configuration other than two tanks, two healers, and four DPS?
When opening the Party Finder window, the recruiter's name, roles being recruited, requested average item level, objective, and a comment will be displayed for the parties currently recruiting. When you click each recruitment listing, details such as the remaining time left for recruitment and the roles that have been filled will be displayed. As soon as you hit “Join Party” you will be placed in the party. In the event you want to talk to them a bit beforehand, you can click “Send /tell” to message the leader. Pressing the “Back” button will close the details window. Also, you can filter search results by changing the search criteria. I believe that most shouts for content were taking place in Revenant’s Toll, but now you’ll be able to do various other things and go to the places you want to go to while you recruit.
You can recruit your own party by selecting “Recruit Members.” The pull-down menu for Objectives allows you to select the type of duty you'd like to recruit for, with each category marked by the same icons seen in the Duty Finder. You can also recruit players for activities not listed in the Duty Finder such as treasure hunts, listing the number and types of maps you have. It's also possible to designate a minimum average item level for your party, and specify what jobs and classes you wish to join your party. At the bottom of the window, you can specify a language and write a comment to give everyone an idea of how you want to accomplish your objective. After you finish, press “Recruit Members” to register. There is a time limit for recruiting, and your posting will be displayed for one hour. If no one joins after one hour, the posting will automatically be taken down. Please be sure to try it out.
A: Yes, it will.1:09:53
Q: When leaving a dungeon, items will go to the last person in the instance if no one lots need or greed. Will this also happen in the Crystal Tower?
A: Yes, it will count, so please be sure to pass if you don’t need something.1:10:23
Q: If no one lots on an item and I automatically acquire it, does this count as my one reward for the week?
* This answer was given after the initial streaming after confirming the details of the lot system. Please see the response here.
A pricing chart will be listed in the patch notes that are scheduled to go live after this broadcast. Prices will differ depending on the size and location of plots, which range from fifth-class to first-class plots. The price of a fifth-class small size plot of land on the cheapest World will be 4,000,000 gil at the start of the auction. The pricing for Legacy Worlds are completely different, but there will be price differences between even the new Worlds. After the patch goes live, the prices of land will be reduced every six hours. Before you start making plans based on how much gil you have right now, keep in mind that you’ll first need to increase your free company rank. There will also be new ways to obtain gil in patch 2.1, so it may be best to set a goal of one or two months to save up for a house. We have plans to introduce individual housing as well, so we'd like to encourage you all to start saving up.
By the way, we've set the price of the actual houses relatively low (in the tens of thousands of gil) so rebuilding and remodeling should not be overly expernsive.
* To review land prices for each World, please refer to the patch notes.
On Dec. 17th, Producer/Director Yoshida made a comment on the overall vision for and future direction of land pricing. Please read his comment for details .
A: The start of the PlayStation 4 Beta Test will coincide with the PlayStation 4 launch in Japan on February 22, 2014. While FFXIV: ARR initially went through an alpha test, four phases of beta testing, Early Access, and then the official release, we're planning to first start off with an initial PlayStation 4 beta test, then a second beta test where data will be transferrable from the beta servers to the live servers. After an Early Access period, official service will begin in April, so the testing period will be rather short.1:46:47
Q: Could you give us a rough schedule for the Beta Test through official release of the PlayStation®4 version?
A: The initial beta test set to begin on February 22, 2014 will be for new characters only. This is because we’d like to debug hardware in the same manner as Beta Test phase 1 for FFXIV: ARR. In the beta test phase to follow we will allow the transfer of character data from the PlayStation 3 and Windows versions.1:48:35
Q: Will I be able to participate in the PlayStation 4 beta test with my character from the PlayStation 3 version?
A: PlayStation Plus is used for various online services for online multiplayer and has a fee associated with it. However, for the PlayStation 4 version of FFXIV: ARR, we received permission from Sony Computer Entertainment to allow play without subscribing to PlayStation Plus. However, there are plenty of enticing services for those with PlayStation Plus, so it may be worth looking into.1:50:17
Q: Will we need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus in order to play the PlayStation 4 version?
A: That’d be nice, but there are no definite plans for this at the moment.1:56:16
Q: Are there any plans to sell a special package which includes a PlayStation 4 and FFXIV: ARR?
A: We're working on a function to allow character settings such as macros and hotbars to be saved to our servers. If this new feature can be implemented in time, it'll be possible.1:57:30
Q: If we start playing on the PlayStation 4 with an existing character, will it be possible to transfer over our macros and game settings?
* At the end of the stream, concept art of new equipment and minions are shown along with the design images of the interior of the Sanctum of the Twelve and a wedding carriage. Please see here for details.