| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (9)

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 8:37PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
The version update and the mini-expansion are two separate things. While the version update is scheduled for November, 'A Shantotto Ascension' will be available via PlayOnline in October.

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 8:48PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Firstly, the update was announced the same day the add-on trailer was released so the bit about the "conclusion" that the update was coming soon doesn't make much sense.

Also, the add-ons are available for pre-order. They'll be available for purchase in Oct. But won't be accessible until the update in early November
Reply

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 9:25PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
"Also, the add-ons are available for pre-order. They'll be available for purchase in Oct. But won't be accessible until the update in early November"

Ah... I didn't notice that before as it's in the disclaimer at the end of the trailer.
Reply

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 9:10AM Wisdomandlore said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Breezer, you hit the nail on the head. FFXI was in many ways a great game, and FFXIV looks promising. But SE, more than any other developer, does not listen to their playerbase. I played the game for it's first year or so in the US, and during that time no class or game issues were ever touched upon. Spells listed in the game guide but not available were not released. Dragoons were not buffed to be useful or fun. SE finally released a patch shortly before the expansion, but it didn't fix any of the glaring issues, besides nerfing Ninja tanking a little. The expansions didn't also didn't add anything that players had asked for.

I don't know whether Japanese developers just refuse to listen to their playerbase, or whether it's a problem of communication between an Eastern developer and their Western players, but the there was zero interaction. Playing a game like LOTRO where the developers regularly post on the forums and answer questions--and game updates clearly reflect the community's concerns--is a world of difference.
Reply

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 8:47PM breezer said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
More MMM adjustments. Every update.

Let me put this in WoW terms. Imagine Blizzard only did 4 updates per year, and in those patches they only adjusted 1 or 2 classes, but without fail, every patch, they made major adjustments to the Eastern/Western Plagueland PvP thing.

That's how unpopular MMM is. Very, VERY few people have ever done MMM more than once, if that, yet it's apparently been the primary focus of the development team since they started working on it.

It's astonishing and almost unbelievable how out of touch SE is with the players and how little they care to remedy that problem.

It's FFXIers' #1 concern about FF14: SE is going to continue to block out player communication

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 9:30PM myr said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
And exactly why I'm very skeptical about it, but still gonna pick up the game because of my friends.
Reply

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 12:19AM Dblade said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Yeah for some reason SE seems hellbent on pushing MMM despite the fact that few players really use it, and at the time I quit the rewards weren't worth the effort of grinding marbles or duplidocs. SE as a developer has some weird priorities.
Reply

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 11:31AM breezer said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Just to give an example of how uninterested in communicating with players SE is...

They refuse to have official forums. The official reason, straight from the devs mouths: it's an international game with integrated servers and they don't want either Japanese or English speakers to end up dominating the forums and stifling the other group. As if having separate EN/JP forums isn't implied.

It's a shoddy excuse to hide the real reason they don't want forums: they just don't value player feedback. At all.

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 5:32PM hatori1181 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I hope Summoner get the new avatars we've been promised.....

Featured Stories

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW