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Upcoming Version Update Announcement

 It's almost here! The next major version update for Final Fantasy XI is only a few days away, and the planned changes and additions are tremendous. New Seekers of Adoulin missions, a new area, changes and additions to Skirmish, Relic armor additions and reforging, new job adjustments, new Monstrosity changes, new Trust alter-egos, and the easing or removal of various game restrictions are among just some of the changes planned for the February version update!

For full details about the version update, check below the break. Meanwhile, let us know what you think of the update over on the ZAM forums!

From the official Final Fantasy XI forums:

Upcoming Version Update Announcement

Matsui here.
I’d like to give you all an early preview of the content slated for the February version update.

In this version update, we will be adding new skirmishes that will be comparatively easy for six players to enjoy. Additionally, we’ll also be making adjustments to the existing Delve content so that it can be undertaken by smaller parties, thus making the content more accessible.

Also, we will be introducing more alter egos to the Trust initiative in an effort to continue making the game easier to play solo and less time-consuming. This time around we will be adding Prishe and Ulmia from Chains of Promathia along with a platoon of other alter egos, so stay tuned for more information.

We’ll also be implementing the ability to reforge relic equipment.
We hope you accept the challenge of both enhancing your relic equipment and of reforging artifact equipment that was added last year, if you haven’t already. Geomancers and rune fencers who currently do not have relic equipment need not fear, as we will also be adding relic-equivalent equipment for these jobs as well.

In addition to this, we will also be adding text commands to check stats that previously could not be checked in-game, easing the difficulty of existing missions, adding new monster families to Monstrosity, and much more.

The version update is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th.

Amongst the list of implementation items listed here, some are currently in testing.
Please keep in mind that we may remove certain items from this implementation list in the event that bugs take an unintentionally long time to fix or balancing issues occur during the development process.

Mission and Quests

Implementation Timing Update task and overview Tasks being worked on Notes
February Seeker of Adoulin missions Create text
Create cutscenes
Create mission battles
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February Trust acquistion quests Add Tavnazia Stronghold quests
Add Misareaux Coast quests
Add Whitegate quests
Add Bastok quests
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February Survival skill acquisition quest Add survival skill acquistion quest
Add new survival skill
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February Coalition assignments Add coalition assignments for the new areas
Change specifciations for the Couriers' Coalition
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February Geomancer job-specific armor quest Create cutscenes
Add NPCs
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February Rune fencer job-specific armor quest Create cutscenes
Add NPCs
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February Adjustments to existing quests Ease fame-related requirements -
February Ease Chains of Promathia missions Ease the mechanics of Phomiuna Aquaducts

Ease the mechanics of Sacrarium
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February Relic armor reforging Add quests -
February Repeat Login Campaign Add the items for Repeat Login Campaign No. 9 -



Areas and Monsters

Implementation Timing Update task and overview Tasks being worked on Notes
February Unlock new areas Add new areas
Add monsters and NPCs to new areas
Add ergon loci to new areas
Add colonization reives to new areas
Add lair reives to new areas
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February Monstrosity New monster family: aquans
Add new instincts
Add new supported areas (*Implementation of new supported areas has been pushed back to a later date.)
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February Monstrosity PvP Adjust the increase-to-decrease rate of infamy in PvP -



Content and Systems

Implementation Timing Update task and overview Tasks being worked on Notes
February Skirmish Add skirmish areas
Add monsters and NMs
Add skirmish-specific support effects
Add reforging armor
Add arcane glyptics
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February Delve Create difficulty adjustment logic depending on the number of people participating
Adjust drop rate of Yggzi Beads
Add items that can be purchased with Mweya Plasm
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February Trust Add new Trust NPCs
Adjust stats
Create and adjust behavior
Add items
Add quests
Support for Trust use in limit break quest "Beyond Infinity"
Adjustments to the behavior logic of "Zeid" New
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February Records of Eminence Add battle-related objectives
Add gathering-related objectives
Add synthesis-related objectives
Ease the requirements for the limited-time challenge "Receive seals"
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February Colonization and lair reives Add new lair reives
Add new colonization reives
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February Wildskeeper reives adjustments Add feature at entrance to check progress status -
February Voidwatch New Increase the values spectral alignments are raised when staggering an enemy. -
February Adjust entry restrictions for existing content Adjust participant number restriction for entering the Ashu Talif-related quests -
February Home point warping Add home points -
February Bazaars New Elimination of bazaar taxes -
February Auction house Lower fees -
February Commands to check parameters Add text commands that allow you to check parameters that are currently not shown -



Battle

Implementation Timing Update task and overview Tasks being worked on notes
February Rune fencer Create new abilities
Adjust runes
Add "Accuracy bonus" trait
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February Dancer Adjust waltz -
February Puppetmaster New Changes to Overdrive -
February Detection for certain monster behavior changes Add featuee that displays a "!!" when wildskeeper reive and Delve boss monsters' behavior changes -
February Add new monsters Create new graphics
Set special abilities
Create effects
Set and adjust capabilities
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February Adjust penalties for becoming K.O.ed Adjust the amount of experience points lost
Adjust the duration of weakness
(*Implementation of this adjustment has been pushed back to a later date.)
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February Enmity adjustments New Adjusting the formulas on the enmity in the high item level -



Items

Implementation Timing Update task and overview Tasks being worked on Notes
February Relic armor reforging (item level 109) Create acquisition cutscenes
Create equipment data
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February Relic armor reforging (item level 119) Create acquisition cutscenes
Create equipment data
In the February version update, 3 equipment slots can be reforged to item level 119.
February Geomancer relic-equivalent equipment Create acquisition quests
Create equipment data
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February Rune fencer relic-equivalent equipment Create acquisition quests
Create equipment data
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February Synthesis recipes Add ammo synthesis recipes
Add meal recipes
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February Add special campaign items - -



UI

Implementation Timing Update task and overview Tasks being worked on Notes
February Currency display Display the new currency to be added for skirmishes -

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