The FFXI Team Answers Your Questions!

With the recent December version update now active in full force, the player community has been asking many a question in regards to the adjustments and changes made to Final Fantasy XI. To shed some light on these quandries, the FFXI Development Team has tackled some of the more prevalent questions floating about, ranging from Salvage tweaks to Playstation 2 installation problems! Read on for all the exciting information!

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From Playonline.com:

Since the release of the December version update, the community has been abuzz with talk of the latest added content. Today, the FFXI team would like to take the opportunity to address some of our players' most pressing questions and concerns.

Q: The new update saw adjustments to existing content such as Salvage, Einherjar, and Dynamis. Can we expect periodic refinements to these and other existing content in the future?

A: Yes. Our plan is to continue to tweak entrance cost, minimum party size, and other restrictions so that the widest variety of content can be enjoyed by the widest audience of players. While we cannot go into specific detail yet, we are closely monitoring player feedback, and will work to address the areas of greatest demand on a priority basis.

Q: A new recipe was added for Pet Food Eta, but the ingredients are terribly difficult to obtain. Will there be any adjustments to this recipe in the future?

A: Yes. The team shares players' concern that this recipe is disproportionately difficult compared to existing pet food recipes, and we plan to ease the requirements to make it more readily obtainable in the future.

Q: Since the installation of the version update, it seems that certain enemy attacks that were previously unable to reach me are now doing damage. What happened?

A: To resolve an issue wherein terrain features in Wings of the Goddess and Abyssea areas could be exploited to one-sidedly attack enemies, adjustments were made to the vertical range of enemy abilities. We apologize for failing to properly mention this in the version update release notes.

Q: After the recent maintenance, the cost of augmented items increased from 1,000 Dominion notes to 2,500. I understand the need to control gil flow, but was it not possible to just lower resale prices instead?

A: Lowering the resale price of these items was an option we considered as well. As the items in question are augmented versions of equipment obtainable via Synergy, however, we came to the conclusion that such a measure would have undesirable effects on crafters. Raising the cost in Dominion notes was deemed to be the fairest solution.

Q: I tried to install the version update on my PlayStation 2, only to have it fail due to insufficient HDD space. Eventually, I was forced to perform a clean reinstallation. Can PS2 users expect a fix for this problem in the future?

A: It is true that FFXI is approaching the limits of the PlayStation 2 HDD, resulting in insufficient storage space errors for some players. As there is no means by which to defragment the HDD, performing a clean installation of the game is currently the only effective solution. We are working on an upgrade to the update process that will lower the amount of HDD space required, which we hope to implement in future version updates.

Q: I very much enjoyed having the opportunity to have questions directly answered by development team members via their Twitter accounts. Recently, though, responses have grown scarce. Will there be no other venue provided for players to correspond with the FFXI team?

A: We understand that players value the opportunity to communicate directly with the development team, and appreciate your feedback tremendously. However, the use of personal Twitter pages for this purpose is somewhat problematic. Our plan is to establish official FFXI Twitter accounts for each supported language early next year, with an official discussion forum also under consideration for further down the line.


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The Old PS2 Limitations Excuse Routine, Egh?
# Dec 23 2010 at 4:56 AM Rating: Default
**** SE over this PS2 situation. This is not a HDD space problem it is a how SE has FF handle files problem and they are too lazy and cheap to fix it.

I am glad FFXIV flopped, and while it won't teach SE a lesson it surely makes the value of their company drop which is a bigger wake up call than an angry community.
The Old PS2 Limitations Excuse Routine, Egh?
# Jan 05 2011 at 2:34 AM Rating: Decent
1,408 posts
BelenosSwiftWater wrote:
@#%^ SE over this PS2 situation. This is not a HDD space problem it is a how SE has FF handle files problem and they are too lazy and cheap to fix it.

I am glad FFXIV flopped, and while it won't teach SE a lesson it surely makes the value of their company drop which is a bigger wake up call than an angry community.

Your right, SE should be spending their time cleaning their files up instead of all this content jibberish.........

Major sarcasm.

They have said they are going to work on it, they have given us huge updates this year and then need to tweak previous content and anything else that they couldnt forsee. Think you find they wont give us a huge amount of content past 99 but instead actually work on these problems with PS2 HDD and previous content costs etc.

If my velocity starts to make you sweat, then just don't
let go
# Dec 23 2010 at 2:17 AM Rating: Excellent
568 posts
While I fully support players who keep the ps2 attached to their TV's (that's far superior generation of games than the current one) I have to say that 360 costs now almost the same amount and you don't have to un-install the game and overall have to deal with less hassle.

It has only a handful of good games XI, Bayonetta and Lost odyssey but I say those are worth buying the console for. Especially considering for how long you are likely to play XI.

Having said that I admit there's something incredibly cool about the fact that you still play on ps2. It's so un-cool that it's really cool.

Oh what am I saying Microsoft is horrible! The consoles don't spontaneously catch on fire anymore...that often.
#REDACTED, Posted: Dec 22 2010 at 4:58 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I have been playing FFXI for 7yrs now and after the update was forced to quit. Because they didn't take the time to make sure that PS2 user's would be ok. I could easily buy another disc and reinstall because after 7yrs and moving from NY to LA i just don't have that disc on me anymore. I just refuse to spend more money on this game. I'm paying for the service and aside from the recent 2 updates its been pretty poor. The game is fun but service has never been good. So of all the ways to leave the game I was pretty much forced out. Thnx SE because spending over $130.00 a year not including add-ons just isn't worth it but you have shown me the light. Hello Assissn's Creed Brotherhood. Hello God of War 3. Hello Halo Reach. Hello Super Street Fighter 4. Hello Mass Effect 2. Hello Red Dead Redemption. And F You SE. You never could get anyhting right.
7yrs of the same service = not good
# Dec 22 2010 at 7:53 PM Rating: Good
Didn't I read somewhere recently that ffxi was $5 with all the expansions?

Besides, it's your fault you lost the CD, not SE's.
#REDACTED, Posted: Dec 24 2010 at 11:39 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I didn't lose it its in NY storage. And its SE fault there was a problem to begin with. I know you wanna be a smart *** but you have to have a good point and not sound like you work for the company known for being a royal *** up... you dip ****. $5 is pennies to me. The point is why spend more money on a game that doesn't take care of the people that are paying them for the service? If you can still play I say if you enjoy it keep playing. Simply pointing out my situation is ok last I checked.
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