I've been logging into FFXIV every now and then since spring and have slowly made my way to a physical level of 16. Mainly I was just keeping the game up to date, because there has been many incremental patches. Recently I have been playing a lot more in anticipation of patch 1.18, which is coming out this month.
This game still does not require a subscription fee and I think after this patch hits, it will be the time for anyone who owns the game to take a look. Especially for everyone who tossed it into the rubbish bin shortly after launch (I know I didn't login for some months).
So why do I anticipate the patch? Well lets start with two official videos. First is the auto-attack, second is a preview of a raid.
I know auto-attack does not sound terribly exciting. But I look forward to no longer endlessly jamming on a hot key Age of Conan style. Next up is the change to monsters enmity. I have not had to deal with it yet but its good to know they are simplifying things so a party can better control aggro/hate. The other big change is for guildleves. Wait guildleves are in the giant bomb object database? Haha. I'm a bit unsure about this, but along with the changes to guildleves will be something called encampments. No idea what kind of quests there will be. But if I dont have to travel or teleport back to the city for guildleves anymore that would be nice.
Planned future updates are just as big too. Airships, Chocobo mounts, pets?, JUMPING! Whats coming in 1.19 is shaping up to be big as well. I am appreciative that the development team is constantly working hard to make this game better. While being very communicative with the player base. As an MMO veteran of sorts (that sounds stupid I know) I find it all pretty fascinating. I don't think such an overhaul has ever been accomplished.
Anyways I figured this might start up some conversation as this forum is pretty dead. Maybe inform somebody who bought a copy. The only news I've seen of all the updates is limited to MMO news sites like Massively or the lodestone itself. Also to be honest I'm actually unsure what big features were implemented in previous patches, outside of the ability to search for items now. I'm a casual player at best.
Lastly, here is a recent community interview with Naoki Yoshida. Damn does his team have guts. This mmo is far from dead.
So patch 1.18 just got bigger. Check it:
- Grand Companies will go live.
- Repairing is no longer crazy. They are doing away with all repair materials.
- Fatigue system is abolished.
I think I am about ready to summon Bahamut and get the fuck down!