Final Fantasy XIV is ever growing and the release of its first expansion, Heavensward, is just the start. This past weekend, producer/director Naoki Yoshida gave fans a wealth of new information on what they can expect going forward through Patch 3.1 as well as addressing some of their concerns in the most recent Letter from the Producer Live.
Aside from class adjustments for roles such as Dragoon, Astrologian and Machinist Yoshida revealed the team is planning introduction of many requested items such as a Haurchefaunt minion, a Vanu Vanu dance for players, the ability to change Free Company names and a new afro hairstyle. On the systems side, a bar will be added to display party TP amount and retainers will soon be able to actually able to use jobs rather than simply classes. The European data centers should also be ready for launch around the release of Patch 3.1.
Starting next week, those looking for a greater challenge will have a chance to try at Alexander’s Savage Mode which will carry with it a weekly lockout similar to the Coil of Bahamut from A Realm Reborn. Loot rules will be different this time, however, with both random gear drops and a token automatically distributed to players for clearing each Floor per week. This will allow those who don’t get what they want to drop to simply buy the piece of gear they’re missing and will hopefully eliminate some of the frustration caused by RNG. The gear from Savage mode won’t look any different from the Normal version, although it will be higher ilevel and have the ability to be dyed different colors.
Yoshida also touched on a few other questions and revealed that they aren’t planning on adding any new jobs until at least the next expansion, version 4.0. He also commented on the PS4 version of the game as the team is considering adding some of the DirectX 11 improvements added to the PC version of the expansion to that client while making sure to maintain stability on the console side of things. Unfortunately for PS3 users, however, that hardware just isn’t up to handling that sort of technology so there will be no further improvements on that front.
Starting next month in August Final Fantasy XIV will be celebrating its second anniversary since its relaunch and on August 22nd Yoshida will be hosting a 14-hour livestream in celebration. Also during that month, the Moonfire Faire summer event will see its return along with new swimsuits for the masses.
Final Fantasy XIV will also see its share of presence at Gamescom in Germany again this year, which starts on August 5th and will feature various primal battle challenges with a chance for more t-shirt prizes similar to past events.
The complete list of questions and answers can be read over here on the official forums.