FFXIV Director Clarifies Fatigue System
Well, we should know better than to cite a source that needs the "NSFW" disclaimer. And the clarification on Square-Enix's part is so very in-depth - and potentially confusing - it requires an entirely separate article.
The whole uproar over that 8 hour/week limitation in Final Fantasy XIV hit a fever pitch yesterday, which prompted game director Nobuaki Komoto to clarify the developer's position concerning the Fatigue System for their upcoming MMORPG. For the full explanation, feel free to visit FFXIVCore and read up on the complex issue. We'll just sum up- most MMOs, like World of Warcraft, have systems to reward players for taking some time off from playing the game, but none have actually penalized the player for playing too many hours. At first, MMO fans thought the Fatigue System in FFXIV did exactly that. But Komoto addresses this concern:
"First off, the main concept behind FFXIV is allowing those players with little time on their hands to play effectively, and game balance is based off of that. Furthermore, it is being designed to not give those with more time on their hands to play an unfair advantage. Because of that, systems such as Guardian's Favor (a bonus to Guildleves) have been implemented to make leveling in the short-term easier than leveling in the long-term."
Basically, the Fatigue System should be compared to real-world fatigue. "No one could train ad nauseam in the real world with no ill effects," the director says. That may or may not go over well with fans; many play MMOs to get away from real life, but whatever. You should definitely read up on what exactly is meant by an 8-hour limit; it actually relates to the specific class you've chosen, and you can always switch jobs on the fly. They're also still fiddling and tweaking the rate at which you gain experience, and then the rate at which the earned experience falls off after the 8-hour mark.
But really, you need to read the entire post. It's a little complicated but at the very least, it addresses the fan outrage.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV
8/26/2010 9:22:34 PM Ben Dutka