The players of Final Fantasy XI
have voiced their anguished concerns over a certain Notorious Monster (NM), and Square Enix
seems to have listened. We recently reported on the extreme levels of commitment
needed to take down the NM Pandemonium Warden in Final Fantasy XI.
A linkshell (guild) ironically called Beyond the Limitation
attempted to take the boss on over a solid 18 hour period, and still weren't able to succeed. Consensus from FFXI's
players who've been vocal on the matter
is that Pandemonium Warden isn't just beyond this particular linkshell's limits, they're beyond anyone's limits.
In response, Square Enix stated, "Discussion has spread significantly throughout forums, and it has become apparent that this is indeed an issue of major unrest in the community."
The company implied that the methods players have employed may
have been sub-optimal, as Square Enix didn't anticipate that NM encounters would be as protracted as they've proven to be. To remedy this, they will alter the difficulty of defeating Pandemonium Warden, Absolute Virtue, and Jailer of Love. "The aim of these changes is to create battles where a decisive outcome may be reached within a shorter period of time,"
they said. The changes will go into effect with the next version update, which is scheduled for early September. [Via 1up]