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Version Update News

We're pleased to announce that the next FINAL FANTASY XI version update is on track for an early December release. In addition to the long-awaited continuation of the epic Wings of the Goddess mission arc, this patch will also feature new content designed with low-level players in mind, brand-new systems unlike anything you've seen in Vana'diel before, and much, much more!

All the exciting details will be announced here as they become available, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!

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looking forward
# Mar 30 2009 at 5:45 PM Rating: Good
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Oh haha.. well whenever release was... you know its hard to remember things in my old age. :D... I know the reply is old and long since forgotten but I totally forgot to reply

~Alanoth
ninja
# Nov 13 2008 at 12:18 PM Rating: Decent
maybe ninja can finally get it's first JA
This game still exists?
# Nov 11 2008 at 1:58 PM Rating: Decent
Low level content too late, stop already Q_Q
The Best Update I have heard about since playing!
# Nov 10 2008 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
I am so glad there is going to be new content for low level. There needs to be useful things to do that are fun and give XP and Fame. I tried to get some of my friends to play and it was boring for them.

Current issues that should be addressed:

1. There should be an in-game library that gives information about low level places, monsters and game concepts so new players have clues about most of the early quest in the game. No more going to websites or strategy guides to figure out basics. We need information on food effects listed on the food item.

2. There should be a lot less time recovering from combat. There needs to be cheaper low level potions for recovery of HP and MP and foods that really make a difference.

3. An in-game bulletin board for missions and quest. It is very frustrating to have to search for people. Perhaps better use of the Character Comment line?

4. Simpler Player vs. Player events. These should start at lower levels. The Taverns and Inns would be a great place for mini games. This could also be a place for bulletin boards. I wish Tetra Master was in game somehow. Having the cards and the game within the game would allow something to do will forming group events for lower level players. I am not sure how many people play the game in its current form.

5.Some things like the Chocobo Races are cool, but they are way too complex.

6. Get rid of XP loss when losing battles.

I really want this game to be fun and addictive. Lately I feel no need to play other than to try to level my character to go back and solo earlier difficult missions. There are always improvements and changes to the game, which is good. I really hope the choices that are made for low level players really matter. One idea is to have things low levels only can do to get items or events set up that the high level player depend on. That way more levels of players and interact.

Hoping to hear interesting comments on this,
Benelux


Edited, Nov 10th 2008 10:47pm by Benelux
The Best Update I have heard about since playing!
# Nov 11 2008 at 6:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Benelux wrote:


6. Get rid of XP loss when losing battles.



What would be the point of Raise? That would be one more nail in WHM coffin.
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I thought of it first:

http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=10&mid=130073657654872218#20
The Best Update I have heard about since playing!
# Nov 12 2008 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
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What would be the point of Raise? That would be one more nail in WHM coffin.


Yes and being a 75WHM I think we can all agree we're trying really hard to push the nails already in our coffins out. We'd appreciate not having any more driven in. ^^
FFXI Dying?
# Nov 07 2008 at 10:04 AM Rating: Good
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For those of you who think the game is dying because SE is making a heart felt attempt at making the game more welcoming to new players, quit and play WoW. Obviously you haven't experienced any of the still many exciting and challenging events this game has to offer. The way I see it is people play this game for years, grow out of it or other things encompass their time and they leave. SE is simply trying to make the game more inviting so people at least come in the front door and get their feet wet. If that didn't happen we'd see a huge decline in population and what fun is a MMORPG with out any people? If you're worried this game is dying, don't. When they merge multiple servers is the time to begin worrying.
looking forward
# Nov 06 2008 at 6:58 PM Rating: Decent
Your wrong it was a ps2 game initally came out in both NA and JP on ps2 before being ported to the PC in both nations.
looking forward
# Nov 07 2008 at 3:47 PM Rating: Good
Mysterytour used to have a list of all the release dates (including those for expansions) with counters showing how many days it had been since the releases, but I can't find it now.

Per Wikipedia, here are the launch dates for the main game:

PlayStation 2
JP May 16, 2002
NA March 23, 2004
Windows (PC)
JP November 7, 2002
NA October 28, 2003
PAL September 17, 2004
Xbox 360
NA April 18, 2006
JP April 20, 2006
PAL April 20, 2006
looking forward
# Nov 07 2008 at 10:08 AM Rating: Decent
This game was released on PC before it was released on PS2 in the US. It was released on PS2 before it was released on PC in Japan
ha
# Nov 05 2008 at 2:58 PM Rating: Decent
They really need to give RDM a new Refresh spell. I've been talking with other RDM's in game and they agree with me. Refresh just can't keep up with the demand of a high lvl party. And as far as changes are concerned, yeah if they make it so that you could solo lvl that would be great. I know I have little time to play because I work from 3pm to as late as 3 or 4am. So that would really help me out alot. Oh, and the only thing that drives away the masses is talk of the Absolute Virtue Fights. Poeple say to me that they hate the idea that there's boss fights that last for 30+ hours in game.
ha
# Nov 14 2008 at 12:56 PM Rating: Good
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There's a whole other class called BRD that can stack Ballads onto Refresh, and lets not forget Vermilion Cloak & Noble's Tunic for 7mp/tick. If doing stuff at Aht Urghan, sanction adds another tick for a total of 8mp/tick. Also, as an RDM, we have Convert as well. RDM is one of the most mana efficient job yet you still want another Refresh?

Maybe you need to re-strategize your spell priorities and rotation.
ha
# Nov 07 2008 at 1:52 PM Rating: Decent
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RDM don't really 'need' another refresh spell, i mean if your so worried about refreshing the whole party thats what bard is there to help with, unless you like being the fulltime refresh *****. SE said during last fanfest, they wanted to move red mage more towards the front lines. Tier 2 enspells? maybe idk. but rdm is a jack of all trades not just a refresh/haste *****. and as for soloing, they already boosted the EXP gained on easy prey and decent challenges... which is already an improvement from what it used to be...
solo?
# Nov 05 2008 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
They have to make some changes to how leveling occurs. The update hints to some system changes. I hope that they allow some sort of solo leveling. I know it makes it easier to get to 75 but with the lower pop and not as many people leveling jobs lfg is very difficult. Especial after level 37.
solo?
# Nov 08 2008 at 10:21 PM Rating: Decent
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They have to make some changes to how leveling occurs. The update hints to some system changes. I hope that they allow some sort of solo leveling. I know it makes it easier to get to 75 but with the lower pop and not as many people leveling jobs lfg is very difficult. Especial after level 37.


Personally, I'd like that alot. I solo alot. Not because I don't like to PT (I love to), it is just that I often have time constraints due to having a family and work. I've soloed since I could get a free perp Carbuncle. It's been more then a few years now and with an addiction to playing new jobs, leveling up my crafting, and selling things on the AH (which sometimes slows my crafting) I still don't have a level 75 (I'm a less then 1/2 way to 74). Haha, I know it's funny and I laugh about it, too. Maybe soon, I can get off this soloing stuff and move back into the fun times with a party like I do on Friday and Saturday nights.

And as for what was posted by Allakhazam about this new update:
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this patch will also feature new content designed with low-level players in mind, brand-new systems unlike anything you've seen in Vana'diel before, and much, much more!


I bold texted what I found to be interesting. Something we've never seen before! This is great news. Could it be related to crafting? I'd love to get my Smithing up a little. I recently got a BlackSmithing +1 equipment that the WoTG expansion made a quest for. Keep thinking outside of the box. Maybe it will be MMORPG changing for the better! New players {Yes please}. I often go to starting areas and help new players out.
#REDACTED, Posted: Nov 05 2008 at 9:51 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) They can do all the updates that they want, but what good is it going to do when people are still getting their accounts hacked, all of their stuff stolen once they reach lvl 75, and then SE still refuses to get off their @$$ to do anything about it?
looking forward
# Nov 05 2008 at 5:26 AM Rating: Excellent
30 posts
You know for those of us that have been around here for 6 years and have not had time to lvl, and still havn't got a job to 75, maybe it'll help us out? haha Alanoth = Low-level adventurer :D.. sorry yeah I know I don't post much, but felt it necessary.

~Alanoth
looking forward
# Nov 06 2008 at 4:04 AM Rating: Good
You haven't been here 6 years unless you're Japanese. The game came out in the U.S. in October of '03. I personally started Nov 3rd of '03. As for coming out on PS2, wth? Where'd you hear that? At least in America, the game came out for PC in Fall of '03, and PS2 in Spring of '04. I could swear that they didn't have it out on PS2 in Japan before we saw the game. Could be wrong on that, but I highly doubt it.

Edited, Nov 6th 2008 6:11am by Dragonli
#REDACTED, Posted: Nov 05 2008 at 5:14 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) oh yes that's exactly what people want, after 6 years(and dying fast) of getting numerous jobs to 75 that's what we all looking for, more opportunity to play low level,no skill jobs!! with are u thinking SE??? do you honestly believe new ppl are gonna join(originally released for ps2 game)a 6yr old game? im sure this will bring the masses from warhammer or WoW..think it might finally be time to say goodbye and save 15 bucks a month.as for buddy with his few friends that wanna join,ya that helps 3 ppl to replace the hundreds of thousands who have said goodbye to our little world :P
puhlease
# Nov 05 2008 at 8:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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ozzebra wrote:
oh yes that's exactly what people want, after 6 years(and dying fast) of getting numerous jobs to 75 that's what we all looking for, more opportunity to play low level,no skill jobs!! with are u thinking SE??? do you honestly believe new ppl are gonna join(originally released for ps2 game)a 6yr old game? im sure this will bring the masses from warhammer or WoW..think it might finally be time to say goodbye and save 15 bucks a month.as for buddy with his few friends that wanna join,ya that helps 3 ppl to replace the hundreds of thousands who have said goodbye to our little world :P


I've been playing for 5 years, and only have one lvl 75. I very much like the sound of this update. Not everyone can play 100+ hours a week and level everything to 75. I'm excited to take up some of my other lower lvl jobs that i've put off because of time restraints.
Ready
# Nov 04 2008 at 10:01 PM Rating: Decent
I'm ready for SE to pimp out scholar with there group 2 merrits. Scholar is an amazing job that just needs a little fine tuning. The dont specialize in anything but magically can do a little of everything. They only lack haste. I wanto to see something released to make scholar shine completely for the amazing job it is.
my opinion
# Nov 04 2008 at 6:27 PM Rating: Decent
think blm gonna get some updates? or maybe PUP? would be nice if it happened... or at least some new gear for lower lvls, or at least another option at 29-AF for blm other than seers gear...
new area
# Nov 04 2008 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
The only thing "new content for low lvl players" could mean is a new are to lvl. Maybe I will finally get around to leveling blu.
New things never seen before?
# Nov 04 2008 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
More like you've seen it before, but we're just using that term to make you think you haven't already seen it yet. When really you did.

Since you can't Skillup in Campaign battles. Why not give us something we skill up in.
New things never seen before?
# Nov 05 2008 at 4:02 AM Rating: Good
You can skillup in Campaign battles if you don't get tags.
New things never seen before?
# Nov 05 2008 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
ahhhh...good to know.
Take heart!
# Nov 04 2008 at 1:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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this patch will also feature new content designed with low-level players in mind


Rejoice level 74s, no longer will your inadequate levels be held against you.
Take heart!
# Nov 04 2008 at 4:45 PM Rating: Excellent
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Kelbar wrote:
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this patch will also feature new content designed with low-level players in mind


Rejoice level 74s, no longer will your inadequate levels be held against you.


You Mean 73 cause at 74 they get Ni lol.
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Can't wait!
# Nov 04 2008 at 1:11 PM Rating: Excellent
This is not only beneficial to new players, but even most players that have been around since the beginning can enjoy low level content!

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Seems like a nerf, anyone?


Did you even read what was posted? A nerf would be making older content easier. What I got out of it was that it was going to be new content with low level players in mind. Maybe this part of the article is what tipped me off:

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this patch will also feature new content designed with low-level players in mind


(bolded for emphasis)

Good timing
# Nov 04 2008 at 11:28 AM Rating: Good
Sweet, I have a few new players due to join my group soon, can't wait to see how they're gonna make bringing them up to our level easier.
Good timing
# Nov 05 2008 at 4:14 AM Rating: Default
Bring them to your level easier? why even skill/lvl up anymore just have a upgrade to 75 option :/ . Yes make the game more fun but why make things easier for new players? did everyone else get Easier when they started to lvl a job? Are semi new (level Sync) and things to come updates a hint that the game is dying?


Good timing
# Nov 10 2008 at 3:29 PM Rating: Decent
the introduction of level sync in no way means this game is dying the fact that this game is 6 years old and most people have all the main jobs lvled to 75 all this does is help the people who want to lvl there other lower level jobs without searching for a party for 24 hours since now they can bring the people that have leveled there jobs to 75 down to there level all in all just meens that most people have already leveled most of there jobs now it gives people a chance to lvl the jobs they wanted to lvl but couldnt cause no one near there level range
mmmmmm
# Nov 04 2008 at 11:23 AM Rating: Decent
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/waiting with anticipation
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