Wisdom of Nym: Speculating on the the European Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival

    
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Originally I hadn’t actually planned to do this particular column, and had instead figured that I’d just go down on reactions to the fan festival. But then I decided that this one would be fun too, hence getting two columns last week and this one today. Plus, this way when I get a whole bunch of things wrong about Final Fantasy XIV’s second fan festival, we can all laugh about it together!

I always get some things wrong. The question is whether or not it’s most things.

February 2nd is when the fun times in Paris start up, and that means that all of us are eager to learn about what’s coming next for the game. There will no doubt be more teases for the back half of the story in 4.5, of course, but the focus will be on Shadowbringers more fully than it was in Las Vegas. So what will we be learning about? What happens next? What revelations can we expect to see, even if we’re not yet sure about the content of those revelations? Let’s start going through the possibilities!

A new job

Even if we assume we’re just getting two new jobs with this expansion (which I think is a reasonable assumption, there’s no way we’re not getting at least one of those jobs revealed with this fan festival. There’s tweaking the pattern and then there’s just making things unpleasant.

Betting odds: It must needs occur!

Oh, Thancred, you wild trash fire.

A second new job

I don’t think that having this particular expansion offer three jobs instead of two is outside the realm of possibility. Considering how Yoshida outright taunted the assumptions of “no jobs mid-expansion” with the Blue Mage assumption, I feel like it’s important to more critically examine the fact that all we’ve been told is that it would be a long time before doing something like three jobs in one expansion again, not that it would definitely never happen. And considering my short list of odds for new jobs consists of four entries, I can see three being added so we get a tank, a healer, and a DPS.

That having been said? Those last two will probably be in the Japanese fan festival.

Betting odds: Ishgardian Duke

Our destination

Again, it’s important to note that we have not yet been told we’re going to Garlemald. Or Nagxia. Or Thavnair. Or anywhere beyond two specific zones. Finding out where we’re going now will possibly spoil a little bit of revelation for the tail end of the patch cycle, but it’s still something that I see as likely here without the story making it fully explicit.

We sure have heard a lot about the western continent lately, huh?

Betting odds: Second or better in Frontline

Viera

Seeing as how this one got teased harder than new jobs at the first fan festival and seeing as how all of the not-even-really-hints about Fran in the Ivalice finale came to pass? Yeah, we’re going to be seeing the bunnies in an early form.

Betting odds: Is Y’shtola preparing a snappy retort?

An additional male-only race

Some people have decided, based on the lore around Viera society and the leak claiming that we’re getting two new races, that we must be getting a second male-only race and male Viera will not be playable. This is not, strictly speaking, impossible. The developers can do this. They can do almost anything they want! But it seems highly unlikely and hinges almost completely on a few statements that do not actually imply that as an absolute reality.

Again, the past few reveals have necessitated a reminder that nothing is impossible until proven so. But that’s not the way to bet here.

Betting odds: 1.0 Miqo’te booty revival

Just be happy with the bunnies.

The new normal raid

My memory is honestly not perfect with these things, and while I seem to remember generally getting the announcement about the new normal raid ahead of the new Alliance raid, at this point we can assume that we’re going to get one or the other announced in Paris. The field is wide open about which one we’ll get, of course; it’ll be a dozen boss fights either way, and both of them will probably have some tie into past mythology in the franchise.

Betting odds: Every tank fighting for MT status in Alliance roulette

The new alliance raid

Or maybe we will get the announcement of the next Alliance raid because while it’s technically further in the future, it really doesn’t matter in the broadest sense. Both pieces of content may as well be equidistant in February.

Betting odds: Every tank avoiding tanking in Alliance roulette

The full trailer

This isn’t something we usually get until the third and final festival of the sequence. But again, that’s not a law of physics. More than anything, the reason for these staggered reveals is to make sure that each festival is teasing something for the next one while letting fans feel like the local festival has cool stuff to show off. I don’t expect that this trailer will necessarily be as spoileriffic as the full Stormblood one, but it’s quite possible we’ll get the whole one to coincide with the reveal of our ultimate destination for the expansion.

Betting odds: The Bowl of Embers (Hard) has ended. You learned Eruption!

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Game mechanics previews

We know that the expansion is going to feature upgrades and refinements to the game’s combat system. We don’t know what all of them are going to be, but it’s quite possible that we’re going to be getting a whole mess of reveals about new abilities and some ideas of the new systems we’ll be dealing with when Shadowbringers rolls around. It’s also possible that we’ll get a peek at some new abilities without a larger context.

In other words, this is a category with a lot of volatility, and it’s hard to figure out if we should be expecting a lot or a little from the event. I’m going to say that the odds are moderate of learning something more, and from there the odds are moderate that we’ll get somewhat substantial information (including ability previews).

Betting odds: Get Bole, reshuffle, get Spear

The benchmark

Every expansion gets a new benchmark. It’s not really about benchmarking, though; it’s about checking out some new character customization options and seeing some of the areas we’ll be exploring along with some of the gear we’ll be sporting. These are good things. But there are no rules about when we’ll get one, and while it seems far more likely to be closer to release date… hey, we could always get a surprise.

This is not something I actually expect, of course. It’s far more likely to drop in later April as the expansion launch is right around the corner. But boy, it’d be fun to play with character creation earlier…

Betting odds: It’s like all my namedays have come at once!

Feedback and your own betting odds are welcome in the comments down below or via mail to eliot@massivelyop.com. Next time around? I’m going to see how well my guesses did and what we know that we don’t know at the time of this writing. That will most likely be a rather expansive list.

The Nymian civilization hosted an immense amount of knowledge and learning, but so much of it has been lost to the people of Eorzea. That doesn’t stop Eliot Lefebvre from scrutinizing Final Fantasy XIV each week in Wisdom of Nym, hosting guides, discussion, and opinions without so much as a trace of rancor.
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WrathOfMogg

I hope tanks and healers both got a new job even though I don’t play those roles, but I also hope that we get a new physical ranged DPS. Technically, this role has the lowest number of jobs at the moment.

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hypefordays

I’m getting my pitchfork and torch ready if / when they reveal that Tank or Healer will be left out again this expansion.

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Vincent Clark

I’m pretty sure a tank and healer are pretty much a guarantee at this point.

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Danny Smith

i wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘the last race ever’ stuff was because the recent 133 million loss was seeing them tighten their belts. With Kingdom Hearts 3 finally coming out this week Square basically has no big release with a date on it anymore to predict as a bad income wave. I imagine every studios battening down the hatches for a rough period for the company and the statement might not be as set in stone if they get another big surprise moneymaker in the future be it near or far.

-Not the 7 remake though, thats never coming out.

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Bereman

It’s also possible that the “last race ever” comments were meant to be humorous and tongue in cheek rather than a serious forecast of future development actions.

Humorous responses/friendly sarcasm from the Japanese team has gotten lost in translation before, so it would hardly be the first time were it the case here.

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Sorenthaz

I’m sure if Viera don’t have the same quality of posteriors that Fran has, players are going to riot. I don’t get why Squeenix decided to give the other races basically awkward cardboard cutout butts.

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Zora

Well there’s some solid Viera Dancer hype among those who plan to attend, whether or not Yoshi intended to foster that or not… at this rate we have to pay attention on to what underwear he’s wearing to get hints at the future!

Cleverly enough, none of the merch available for purchase at the fanfest provided any clue about it… playing close to their chest really

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Mr Poolaty

Zepla HQ mentioned the bunny dancer hype..