A hefty two-and-a-half hour live Final Fantasy XIV producer's letter
has tackled a wide range of questions from the community, including issues regarding class balance, anti-cheating efforts, and housing details. While free company housing is coming soon, the producer said that it will be another half-year or so before individual housing arrives.
One of the big topics of the day was how the team is dealing with the disagreeable elements arising from the use of the duty finder. Square-Enix
is considering changes to add a bulletin board-style system for more specific groups, better communication options for group participants, and an MVP voting system that will allow players to give points to good teammates that can be later spent on rewards.
Executive Producer Naoki Yoshida
also addressed the question of whether the game's subscriber numbers are decreasing: "As FFXIV:ARR
is a subscription-based business model, naturally there will be players who will not play anymore once they finish the main scenario. MMORPGs that launched after 2008 with a subscription based model retained a maximum of 35% of their users during the first month of subscriptions. However, FFXIV:ARR
has surpassed this number by a wide margin."
There's a lot covered for Final Fantasy XIV players who want to be in the know, so check it out