The Daily Grind: What are your reactions to this year’s Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest?

    
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Game-specific conventions are always a wild ride. Square-Enix didn’t have to spend the past few days wowing people who had no idea about what Final Fantasy XIV is; the fan festival is an event in which the developers want to impress the players and fans, and that was clearly on display over the weekend. Presumably. See, I’m writing this on Wednesday, and those of you capable of recalling time would note that I’m not even going to be in Las Vegas until Thursday, which means that I don’t even yet know what the reveals for the event will look like.

What I do know is that the event always packs a lot of stuff into its runtime, and that means fans, gawkers, and disinterested outsiders will all have stuff to see while the festival kicks off, ramps up, and winds down. So let’s just put this out for the future. What are your reactions to this year’s Final Fantasy XIV fan festival? Was it impressive to you, as a fan or just an observer? Did it seem fun? Do you wish you had been there or are you happy you weren’t?

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Toy Clown

I definitely feel the hype for it and I look forward to everything coming our way. I found myself, for the first time in a very long time, excited for an expansion. I’ve been playing MMOs far too long to get excited over much anymore, and I almost feel like a MMO-newbie again. Well, not exactly a newbie, but not so jaded.

When I sat and watched my guild’s discord, where a group met up at the Fan Faire, I got really excited because it reminded me of the SoE fanfest years where we used to hype for it and make plans to meet year after year. When SWG died, when SOE died, I didn’t think I’d ever be excited for another MMO again – Then I caught myself thinking, “I’m going to go to the next FFXIV fan faire.”

We’re getting lots of things the players have been asking for, such as the Blue Mage and the Viera race. I have no interest in playing the new race, but the new class sounds interesting. I’ve read the things around changing up the group aspect to make it soloable, in some way I didn’t quite grasp, but it sounded good to me! Forced grouping is a huge barrier for a lot of people that want to play FFXIV.

There were lots of other things teased at, and yes, my friends are going spastic, excited that we might finally get Ishgard housing, and everyone is eagerly waiting to hear more on the Ishgard content.

The data center changes have everyone abuzz and I’m excited to see the parts of the RP community I’ve been split away from becoming accessible.

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Carebear

New zones and new dungeons are always guaranteed in expansions. What i am more interested in expansion announcements is the small details, the qol improvements, new race/class etc.

So in this case the only thing got me excited (for now) is the new race. I will be excited when i find out the details.

A crafting bag? More inventory space? Combat changes… (like ninja no longer have positional requirement abilities). New features? More housing instances and a way to be able to pay for your house for 6 months to not lose it if you dont subscribe…

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Danny Smith

positives: almost everything

negatives: WHAT DO YOU MEAN MORE EUREKA?

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hypefordays

Plenty of highs, one understandable low and one neutral until I play it myself.

First day was amazing, the keynote was great.

Second day brought some bad news for some statics, but long-term the game will benefit from the additional data centers and servers (looks like EU is getting two new servers according to those question marks).

So many new systems and quite a bit of innovation when it comes to MMOs. BLU is innovative and should be cheered for, though I think if the community comes together and explains a good way to get it in roulettes (such as making a base set for PUGs that’s easier to balance and use specifically for it) it will be even better. I like that they stuck to the true spirit of the BLU, but am skeptical of the cost. The Blu Meta might be a thing as well, since they’ll likely own dungeons in premade groups to the point there will be BLU power level parties for other classes.

Rebuilding Ishgard as a crafting is what I’ve wanted. Here I am having several omni crafters and I can’t just go there and rebuild everything myself, I’ve said to myself in the past. This is great, and by the looks of it will open up a new Ishgard housing area in the game. Farming might be interesting to learn about as well.

Trusts were the best thing to happen to FFXI and allowed for many to actually play through the story, albeit at a still slow pace since the game is a hot mess when it comes to systems and map design. I’d like to see it implemented for FATES that no one shows up for and story dungeons.

New Game + will help me go back and reread old story and lore without having to spend days making a set of gear for every couple of levels that that alt plays, along with having to wait in the queue and rely on others for story. Now I’ll just blast through everything, and turn level sync off with dungeons. Might be a good way to level alt classes as well with storyline experience.

World Visit… not keen on being able to buy stuff in other places. The dust will settle after a few weeks or months, but it will destroy economies until then. Most will probably go to the largest populations and buy everything up cheap. Increasing the prices there while lowering the prices on small servers. I’m also worried about harassment on other worlds as that isn’t your community. Hopefully there will be a better report feature for other worlds and its acted upon by the staff, if genuine.

The story looks like it can be interesting depending on how they play it out. The cinematic will no doubt be great when it’s fully released by the last festival. Looking forward to the story in 4.5 to see where it leads. As well as to where we’re going, since they omitted that information.

Viera (shirt), Gunblade (cinematic) and Dancer are all but confirmed at this point as the leaks have been 99% spot on. Though the latter is less so as we’ve seen no indication. But they had to specifically say in interviews that Stormblood’s mysterious fighter wasn’t a dancer when it was asked, so it’s been on their mind.

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Sorenthaz

Looking forward to it all. Sounds like a lot of good/fun stuff coming, and BLU will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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Vunak23

OMG BLU!!!!
*Limited Job*
Omg Blu!!!!
*Cant actually do content as BLU*
…… !@#$ing serious?

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bereman99

Breaking out of the “level-cap end-game content is the only thing that matters” can only be a good thing. It’s a mentality that has infested the genre for too long, and this an experiment that works toward that.

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Vunak23

BLU is like the kid at an amusement park that doesn’t quite meet the height requirements. While all the other jobs are off doing anything the game has to offer. BLU is stuck on the kiddie rides.

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hypefordays

Initial reaction for Blue Mage is that of disappointment. While I am excited about a lot of what they announced — and the potential gunblade and dancer class — it is also a step forward in innovation… which could lead to better things.

Also, until they said they won’t make them viable in the future for stuff, there’s still opportunity.

In addition, there will likely be room for BLU in the game. They will likely be AMAZING at power leveling others through dungeons with their OP abilities, since premade can use them to enter instances. Will also likely dominate FATEs and world content. There were Solo classes in FFXI — Beastmaster for one — so maybe it will work out well. If not, I hope they have the good sense to make it so a “nerfed” version of them will be usable in a future patch for raid content. Whether they have to pick a set amount of abilities themselves that are the easiest to balance and then just give them to the BLU for that content or attempt something else.

The overall message is good — they’re willing to try new things. Though honestly, it should have been done with the Beastmaster since that was the premiere solo class in XI. Even though RDM/Nin and Blu were also considered fair at it as well. Especially BLU soloing monsters to learn the unique skills from them.

New Game + and Trusts will likely be fun with BLU as well. I’m looking forward to the horizon and will see how it plays out when the new patch comes around. Though I may just be elated due to the crafters and gatherers being able to finally rebuild Ishgard. Been an immersion breaking factor for a while since I could build on it, but it wouldn’t let me.

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Arsin Halfmoon

No switch version announced :(

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rafael12104

My reaction? Much like Palamah’s. So, I would call it irony. Heh.

The only coverage I saw is based on MOP and a few other gaming sites. Unlike Blizzcon, I didn’t see any livestreams or check out live blogs.

And yet, I feel much more positive about where FFXIV is going and what is coming up with the new expansion and class. So much so that I will be resubbing in December, I think.

Meanwhile, my opinion of Blizz is going the wrong way down a toilet bowl. Remember Red Shirt Guy? The dude with the now famous or infamous depending on your take “out of season April Fool’s” question? Well, he posted a response on Youtube to all of the hubbub. And, he is right. Every word he says is right on the mark.

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Palamah

Having only read the couple articles posted on MOP about FanFest, I don’t feel I can judge the event fairly right now without more data.

But that said, the trust system may eliminate some of the pain new players have with MSQ completion (and help convince people like me to come back if I don’t have to lose a ton of playtime to queuing in instance finders). Of course this all depends on how good the NPC AI is and just how flexible the system is…

Oh and adding in Viera as a new race? Very nice (assuming it happens).

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Dagget Burmese

Looked good all around, they do know how to put on a good show. Blue mage I can understand they are just inserting it now with a lot of restrictions until they figure out how to integrate it into regular roulettes and so forth. Cross server market competition will be interesting, some servers have way overblown prices on many things, now they can be undercut by sellers on other servers in their cluster. Viera looks to me to be Miq’ote with bigger ears and no tail and will likely flourish like proverbial bunnies.

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Gildersleeve

I think a lot of folks would be okay with BLU being primarily for solo play temporarily until they can balance it properly in group content, but we don’t have any indication that they will allow proper group play in the future. If they had mentioned something like that, then I think a lot of people would feel better about it. Maybe they’re looking into it, but I think they would have just delayed the job until it was fully realized if this were their goal from the start. With that said, I certainly do hope they do plan this or change their minds after receiving feedback.