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

    
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Speculate!

This one feels as if it took half of forever. Combined with the leaks, the lack of hints, the speculation, and the general lack of anything to predict… honestly, this is the first time that I’ve found the wait between fan festivals to be actively unpleasant. This is a shame, since it’s been coloring some degree of my enjoyment of the usual Final Fantasy XIV proceedings. This should be a fun experience, not a frustrating one! And yet here we are.

I’m writing this when we’ve still got far more than a week until the fan festival rolls around, but you’ll be reading this when it’s a scant five days away. And since it was fun to do this bit of betting odds the last time, I think I’ll repeat the same trick this time around. So what awaits us on this particular journey into mystery? Let’s have some fun with it.

Scholar! Wait.

Our second new job

The most odd aspect of this reveal is that for the first time that we’ve been doing these expansions, we really have no hints about what this next job will be aside from leaks. If there were hints on stage or in the trailer, no one has yet uncovered any of them; as near as anyone can tell, we’re just going in blind. Yes, the last two hints have been somewhat misleading (no one really got Machinist, for example, since everyone expected a gun-based healer), but this time we have nothing.

That having been said, right now the primary betting odds are for Dancer as a healer. This works, that’s fine. But we’re going to find out here, and that ties in to the next point.

Betting odds: Will we have to fight Titania?

A third new job?!

This one is being hinted by not being hinted, if that makes sense. A lot of the stuff we’ve learned about with this expansion and these fan festivals have been very focused on reminding players that something hinted at is not confirmed and something that won’t be done for a while is not the same as something that will never be done again. With that in mind… here we are at the possibility of three new jobs instead of two.

I don’t think this is tremendously likely, but I can see Dancer as ranged DPS (probably using boomerangs and/or fans as its weapons) and something else taking the healer spot. Of course, that’s contingent on assuming that Dancer is our next job in some capacity, which itself hasn’t been confirmed or more than hinted at. In short, it’s not something I’d really plan on, but you can’t discount it.

Betting odds: Three lines in Wondrous Tails!

No, this is Amh Araeng.

Our destination

This is the one that has the largest amount of buzz because it’s been tacitly confirmed that we’re not going where people expected after the first fan festival. Obviously it’s not an explicit confirmation, but the fact that Yoshida has specifically avoided mentioning our new destination is important. There’s also the fact that no zones we’ve seen have any hints of Garlean influence and it all adds up to us not being told yet – and that makes me suspicious of theories that wind up at “we’re just going to the outer fringes of the Empire!”

So where are we going? I honestly suspect we’re going to find out at this fan festival. It’s something that could be left vague and spelled out explicitly in the next part of the main scenario, of course, but somehow that feels just a little bit too late for what we’re investigating now. There’s also the rather interesting aspect (to me) that we have yet to see any real signs of geographic connections; compare what we’ve seen here to the zones of Coerthas and Dravania, or Othard, or Gyr Abania. We’re missing some connecting tissue, and I think knowing our destination will provide some of that.

Betting odds: High-quality chance of 75%

Male Viera

Well… this seems reasonable. The theories obviating this don’t feel quite right. But then there’s that wall of silence and no hints, and who knows any more? But I’d be taking bets on this over a second all-male race.

Betting odds: Retrieving your Tier V materia

Hrothgar?

As much as this could be a race reveal, this could even just come down to discussion of what that line actually meant. It could be nothing, and if it’s not discussed, that’s exactly what it means. But that’s not what people are speculating about; no, the speculation involves this being an entirely new race.

As I’ve discussed before, I think that if this is a new race it’s something that’s not going to be seen for a good long while… and I think that this may be the reason for the continual “probably the last race” regarding the Viera. Setting us up to not expect this for a long while, and actually introducing the race earlier. We’ll just have to see what happens, but it seems unlikely for the last fanfest to include a heretofore undiscussed new race.

Betting odds: Retrieving two Tier VI materia

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The new normal raid

Well, this seems like it’s a shoo-in; the whole reason it wasn’t included in the last fan festival was that it wasn’t quite ready. As the last several of these have been based on traditional superbosses or major summons, it feels safe to assume this one will be as well; the question is what it’ll draw from, as we’ve honestly gone through those pretty quickly.

Here’s a wild idea. If we do wind up going down to Meracydia, is it possible we’ve not actually seen the last of Bahamut-themed dungeons? Unlikely, perhaps, but possible?

Betting odds: Main Scenario roulette featuring snarky cutscene commentary

An extended trailer

It feels like this could go either way. There’s stuff that could be filled in further with a more extended trailer, so it’s definitely possible; at the same time, the trailer we got from Paris is already about the length of a full expansion trailer. So I’d believe it, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if we get nothing of the sort. We’ll probably find out when the keynote kicks off.

Betting odds: No good lines in Mini Cactpot

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Game mechanics previews

Ah, now we’re getting deep into the woods. We know that the “main” previews of new job mechanics and such will be coming in May, separate from the fan festivals. The keynote isn’t really quite the right place to go into this stuff in depth. And yet it’s also possible that we’ll see a bit of sizzle, some of the idea about what our old favorite jobs will be getting in terms of new tricks.

I think this isn’t exactly impossible, but it’s not really likely. It’s the sort of thing to expand the festival when there’s otherwise not quite enough to fill out the full run time.

Betting odds: Blocking the tankbuster when you missed Shelltron

Some heretofore unannounced system

This one sort of ties into the bit about a third new job because this has been the fan festival cycle of big reveals. Not the reveals that you already knew about, of course, but reveals you didn’t expect showing up in ways you didn’t expect. Blue Mage arriving in patch 4.5 was a big shocker. Paris was a bit more conventional, but dropping a sudden “oh, and we’re bringing in Yoko Taro” was a sudden swerve. So I think it’s plausible that this particular fan festival keynote caps off with something… stunning.

What could it be? I don’t know. It can’t be the Trust system, since we know about that. It already feels like we’ve got a pretty full slate. Could it be some sort of specialization system for combat jobs? A promise of Ishgard housing? A new housing system?

Well, nothing. It could be absolutely nothing. This is speculation about something to speculate on. So don’t bank on this one.

Betting odds: Barely winning a Greed roll when someone could roll Need

Feedback and your own odds are welcome in the comments below or via mail to eliot@massivelyop.com. Next week, well… we’re going to have this to react to, yes? Let’s get on that. And, of course, I’ll be covering the keynote and such as it happens, so if you want real-time reactions keep watching.

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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BigAngry

I think the swerve could be something to do with DoH/DoL. That’s all I’m comfortable guessing, but maybe a new system with them. Crafting’s getting a bit stale, and high level crafting is literally macro-crafting these days. There needs to be some sort of new excitement and challenge injected into it.

Also, our destination? I’m pretty convinced that we’re going to the Warriors of Darkness’ world. Know why? All the Scions in the trailer are the WoD’s world’s Scions. I’m damn near convinced of this, and WoDW’s Alphinaud is the one with the calling voice that’s causing all the trouble with our world’s Scions.

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Vincent Clark

The fact that we are getting the final MSQ patch after the Fan Fest has kind of thrown my expectations for the actual event out the window. Are they going to reveal exactly where we are going at Fan Fest if it spoils the events coming in the MSQ the following week? Grrrr….

JonBuck
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JonBuck

One of the speculations I read was doing dungeons with NPCs. This would really help with a story-mode with simplified mechanics to advance the MSQ. Especially if you’re a DPS.

At any rate, I’m back and seriously enjoying all the content in this game. There’s just so much.

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cursedseishi

Betting odds: Three lines in Wondrous Tails!

… I had the perfect triangle set-up for the Three Lines, just before I clicked on this article I used my 8th Sticker and… Yep, of course, down one from right where I needed it! I know this pain… It hurts… I just want the 1-million GP reward, Square…!

Male Viera ain’t worth even commenting on for me. They’d have literally zero reason to make a race gender-locked after all, and by virtue we already know they exist. Even with cross-overs, FF14 tends to stick closely to their cross-overs worlds way of working, and 12 did confirm that male Viera exist already… So, yeah…

And with the trailer? I agree. The first fan festival did a bang up job of editing things in, making them fit together so well and so seamlessly that we’d no idea there was more fitted in there. Second one though…? It may get a little cramped if they try to work any extra bits in. So I doubt we’ll be getting a third trailer. But the opener movie? That is likely going to come with this festival. The trailers have some interesting music playing to it, but it’s hardly a fit to open a game unless YoshiP is reaaally wanting to veer hard on expectations. But even then, the song has no lyrics aside from the chanting, and even Stormblood had some worked into it.

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styopa

Since hitting 60 SCH (70WHM, 70AST) I just felt the huge inventory pressure-relief of dumping all my non-glam sub-60 healer gear. So … probably a healer, with my luck.

Or…maybe a buff-based class, something skew to the tank/healer/dps triad? Maybe another limited job like BLU? Hell, I’d just be happy if they gave the buff job to WHM so my lilies might have some purpose….

I think one thing that hasn’t been much talked about is…what happens to the various jobs between 71-80? I mean, new abilities could (unlikely, but possible) really change how some classes play at that point.

Further, we haven’t seen much about the MP/TP crunch, that too could have pretty major balance ramifications.

Another block of PotD/HoH stuff? We’re about due, imo.