FFXIV Beta Includes New Combat, Better Visuals, And More
If you loved Final Fantasy XI and you need the vast open-world freedom that comes along with a MMO, you're probably intrigued by Final Fantasy XIV.
The all-online RPG from Square-Enix is starting to take shape, as more details have been published in the weekly Famitsu edition. Cited by Andiasang and translated by Beyond Vana'diel, the new information can't be confirmed quite yet, as the publication in question won't be on store shelves until the end of the week in Japan. Even so, it's likely legit: the beta test will improve on the poor tempo of the combat found in the alpha version; the team will make it easier for the player to string attacks together. Essentially, it's a whole different system. They also made it easier to save money, the graphics have been improved from a system called "Project Shadows" in the alpha to "Depth Buffer Shadows" in the beta, the chat log will get a "large variety of filtering options," large-scale housing (similar to FFXI's Mog House) can be expected, you can choose your character's God/Deity during the character creation process, and you'll be able to use everything from chocobos to carriages to boats to airships to get around.
Oh, and we really like the idea of item customization because it sounds like an ambitious, in-depth mechanic; a player will use a "selection of materials, colors and a variety of possible inscriptions" to design new items and - perhaps - certain equipment. Who knows? Right now, as Final Fantasy XIV continues through testing, the correct fixes and upgrades should be implemented. The final product might be pretty darn good...
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV
5/26/2010 10:21:32 AM Ben Dutka