Some Final Fantasy XIV Races, Jobs and Cities Revealed

Some Final Fantasy XIV Races, Jobs and Cities Revealed

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Remember when we reported that Final Fantasy XIV would keep the job system (and races) from its predecessor Final Fantasy XI? Well, here's a look at some of them.

The Final Fantasy XIV official website has been updated with some new information for Square-Enix's upcoming MMORPG, and some of it is rather interesting. Also, it's all very pretty.

As previously reported, the five races from Final Fantasy XI will be making a reappearance in Eorzea, only with different names. FF11's Humes - that is, humans - are now the Hyur, the Elvaan - Elves, naturally - are now Elezen. The diminutive Tarutaru are known as Lalafell, the mountainous Galka are called Roegadyn, and the ever-popular catgirl Mithra are known in Eorzea as Miqo'te.

The site also lists the three new city-state regions that make up the world of Eorzea - Ul'dah, Gridania, and Limsa Lominsa. Of the three, Limsa Lominsa and its seafaring people are the only one with a description; information on the other two is forthcoming.

And finally, Famitsu sheds some light on the game's Job System, which was mentioned to be slightly different from other incarnations of the mechanic in previous Final Fantasy games. Four jobs have been revealed so far, with two sub-jobs available in each branch: Fighter (swordsman, archer), Sorcerer (enchanter, warlock), Crafter (blacksmith, cook) and Gatherer (gardener, fishermen).

There's some intriguing information here. For one, it's strange to see jobs like "Blacksmith" and "Gardener" alongside traditional MMORPG classes like a Fighter or Warlock. Are those combat classes? How exactly does a Gardener fight, with pruning shears?

While the art on the site is uniformly stunning (and hot damn do those screenshots look amazing), I do have to say that the names for these places are... really, really silly. I suppose that's what you get when you mix the absurdity of fantasy names with the absurdity of names from JRPGs. Or, alternatively, that's what you get when you come up with names by drawing Scrabble titles out of a bag.

How the hell are you supposed to pronounce "Miqo'te," anyway?

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CantFaketheFunk:
How the hell are you supposed to pronounce "Miqo'te," anyway?

I think it's pronounced 'Mii-koh-tey.' :P

I will be a gardener, and I will fight with my trusty rake.

Or grow man eating plants that can walk.

I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

The_Oracle:

CantFaketheFunk:
How the hell are you supposed to pronounce "Miqo'te," anyway?

I think it's pronounced 'Mii-koh-tey.' :P

It's pronounced 'Cat-per-son.'

Also, I think this MMO is different from other combat-based MMOs because it actually gives people the option of playing a non-combat character. I'm pretty sure a blacksmith and gardener don't fight, they just make items for other people or themselves and get money. I guess it's kind of like a sim in that way...they're bringing in a larger group than just the battlers.

Hm..I'm not sure what I'd do here.

Maybe archer =p

Mezzamine:
I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

No, but you should go play one..

..right now..

*twitch*

Irridium:
I will be a gardener, and I will fight with my trusty rake.

Or grow man eating plants that can walk.

Ah, Im starting to see the advantages of being a gardener. A cook will naturally either dual wield a rolling pin and a frying pan or a giant two-handed cooking spoon. He can also throw red chili into your eyes.

And those names are just as silly as I expected them to be, so no surprise there. I can live with those.

Mezzamine:
I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

Yes, extremely. We will now pelt you with rocks and garbage. Kidding, but seriously, play one. Preferably, VI.

If it's still turned based and RANDOM battles every 2 steps I'm not interested.

Wait... They are making another MMO? Ugh... I need a barf bag...

How exactly does a Gardener fight, with pruning shears?

Normally I'd expect Suiseiseki to post this but she's on a time out right now so I suppose I'll have to do it.

Those are giant pruning shears in her hand, if that wasn't clear.

Krakyn:

The_Oracle:

CantFaketheFunk:
How the hell are you supposed to pronounce "Miqo'te," anyway?

I think it's pronounced 'Mii-koh-tey.' :P

It's pronounced 'Cat-per-son.'

Also, I think this MMO is different from other combat-based MMOs because it actually gives people the option of playing a non-combat character. I'm pretty sure a blacksmith and gardener don't fight, they just make items for other people or themselves and get money. I guess it's kind of like a sim in that way...they're bringing in a larger group than just the battlers.

Ultima Online had a system where you can have a completely non-combat character used for professions like Mining, Blacksmithing, Carpentry etc...

xxhazyshadowsxx:

Mezzamine:
I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

Yes, extremely. We will now pelt you with rocks and garbage. Kidding, but seriously, play one. Preferably, VI.

I thought 7 was supposed to be the godsend of the series?

Mezzamine:

xxhazyshadowsxx:

Mezzamine:
I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

Yes, extremely. We will now pelt you with rocks and garbage. Kidding, but seriously, play one. Preferably, VI.

I thought 7 was supposed to be the godsend of the series?

Many think so. But then again, everyone has an opinion. I think that FF7 was good, but not as great as people make it out to be. Try 6, and 7. You can't really go wrong with either.

Mezzamine:

xxhazyshadowsxx:

Mezzamine:
I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

Yes, extremely. We will now pelt you with rocks and garbage. Kidding, but seriously, play one. Preferably, VI.

I thought 7 was supposed to be the godsend of the series?

7 was the first one with advanced graphics, and it came out for a wider audience on the Playstation, that's why it gets most of the hype. I do love 7, but I love 6 too. Sabin is awesome.

This is really just abyssmal.

Look, I'm sorry, I want the Final Fantasy series to get back to making RPGs along the lines of Final Fantasy VII and even Final Fantasy X (though looking back on it, I really can't stand it being marinated in JRPG bullshit). Now I can accept they'd think a little about branching out, experimenting, trying different things. But I thought MMOs are something they tried with Final Fantasy XI. Now I'll admit, it has its following, all MMOs have some people who keep coming back, but why in the name of fuck would they try it again? I can admit that they can do thing differently in XIV that they can't implement in XI without backlash, but still...y'know, looking at this very sentence, I think I just answered myself as to why they're doing it.

But still, I wouldn't mind them going back to console RPG-land. Yes, I think their glory days are far, far, far behind them, but who knows. They might be able to re-channel the FFVII lightning and have it strike again.

The Great JT:
I really can't stand it being marinated in JRPG bullshit.

I find this image hilarious.

Krakyn:

Mezzamine:

xxhazyshadowsxx:

Mezzamine:
I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

Yes, extremely. We will now pelt you with rocks and garbage. Kidding, but seriously, play one. Preferably, VI.

I thought 7 was supposed to be the godsend of the series?

7 was the first one with advanced graphics, and it came out for a wider audience on the Playstation, that's why it gets most of the hype. I do love 7, but I love 6 too. Sabin is awesome.

Eh, I kinda preferred IX to VI. Mostly, I just liked the story more, but it kinda helps that Vivi just so happens to be my favorite character in all of the Final Fantasy games EVAH! Sure, mages are kinda gimpy, but he gained my respect when he ended a boss fight with a single spell. (mind you, the spell just so happened to be the most badass version of Blizzard that was ever cast.)

grinklehi:

Krakyn:

Mezzamine:

xxhazyshadowsxx:

Mezzamine:
I have never played a final fantasy game. Am I a bad person?

Yes, extremely. We will now pelt you with rocks and garbage. Kidding, but seriously, play one. Preferably, VI.

I thought 7 was supposed to be the godsend of the series?

7 was the first one with advanced graphics, and it came out for a wider audience on the Playstation, that's why it gets most of the hype. I do love 7, but I love 6 too. Sabin is awesome.

Eh, I kinda preferred IX to VI. Mostly, I just liked the story more, but it kinda helps that Vivi just so happens to be my favorite character in all of the Final Fantasy games EVAH! Sure, mages are kinda gimpy, but he gained my respect when he ended a bodd fight with a single spell. (mind you, the spell just so happened to be the most badass version of Blizzard that was ever cast.)

I loved IX as well. I'm actually a pretty big fan of all of them up to XI. Amarant was my favorite in IX, and Zell was my favorite in VIII. Honestly, I think I just really like monks.

CantFaketheFunk:

How exactly does a Gardener fight, with pruning shears?

Every MMO player will learn to fear a noob with a saucepan.

The item system sounds very interesting.

From the sounds of things it's an FF9 style system where equipped items give you skills. This interests me greatly. I love the idea of having a red mage that isn't shoehorned in to certain skills.

nova18:

CantFaketheFunk:

How exactly does a Gardener fight, with pruning shears?

Every MMO player will learn to fear a noob with a saucepan.

Image doesn't work ;/

Incredible Bullshitting Man:

Irridium:
I will be a gardener, and I will fight with my trusty rake.

Or grow man eating plants that can walk.

Ah, Im starting to see the advantages of being a gardener. A cook will naturally either dual wield a rolling pin and a frying pan or a giant two-handed cooking spoon. He can also throw red chili into your eyes.

And those names are just as silly as I expected them to be, so no surprise there. I can live with those.

We should try and remember that Death himself carries around a gardening tool.
I'll be more interested in seeing what "herbal remedies" the gardener can. I get the feeling that weed isn't illegal in the FF world.

Looks cool, but really video games with the word job in it sound so unappealing for some reason. Couldnt they think of a name to disguise that?

Amnestic:

nova18:

CantFaketheFunk:

How exactly does a Gardener fight, with pruning shears?

Every MMO player will learn to fear a noob with a saucepan.

Image doesn't work ;/

Should be fixed now.

Krakyn:

The_Oracle:

CantFaketheFunk:
How the hell are you supposed to pronounce "Miqo'te," anyway?

I think it's pronounced 'Mii-koh-tey.' :P

It's pronounced 'Cat-per-son.'

Also, I think this MMO is different from other combat-based MMOs because it actually gives people the option of playing a non-combat character. I'm pretty sure a blacksmith and gardener don't fight, they just make items for other people or themselves and get money. I guess it's kind of like a sim in that way...they're bringing in a larger group than just the battlers.

I think you are being naive. FFXI (this game's predecessor) also had extensive in-depth crafting professions and resource gathering (soul-crushing grind in mines and fields.) I don't think much has changed in this game. PCs will probably be able to develop several jobs and crafts on the same character, just like in FFXI.

SuperFriendBFG:
Ultima Online had a system where you can have a completely non-combat character used for professions like Mining, Blacksmithing, Carpentry etc...

Damn! I wanted to bring that one up.

But yes, back before the concept of "graphical MUD" became the genre we call MMOs, Ultima Online had a fully functional non-combat social and economic aspect to it. Also combat was quite hardcore compared to PvP in recent MMOs.

not a zaar:
I think you are being naive. FFXI (this game's predecessor) also had extensive in-depth crafting professions and resource gathering (soul-crushing grind in mines and fields.) I don't think much has changed in this game. PCs will probably be able to develop several jobs and crafts on the same character, just like in FFXI.

Yah, it was in-depth. Too in-depth. When I'm making expensive sushi or expensive arrows, the last thing I want to have to worry about is what day of the game week I'm crafting on and whether I'm facing in the proper direction which takes about 10% off the huge failure rate. And this goes quadruple for when I'm making something that is gonna have an 8-figure value in game currency. Not that anyone really could make Scorpion Harnesses. RMT farmers would make damn well sure that 24-hour spawn was going to them and no one else. And if that wasn't bad enough, there were 7-day spawns in that game too. And none of them were in instances.

Not that Squeenix has any real chance of making a good MMO. FFXIV will either be a crappy remake of FFXI, or a crappy knockoff of WoW. Or quite possibly some bizarre hybrid of the two. In any case, it's going to suck harder than Paris Hilton on a Friday Night.

johnx61:

not a zaar:
I think you are being naive. FFXI (this game's predecessor) also had extensive in-depth crafting professions and resource gathering (soul-crushing grind in mines and fields.) I don't think much has changed in this game. PCs will probably be able to develop several jobs and crafts on the same character, just like in FFXI.

Yah, it was in-depth. Too in-depth. When I'm making expensive sushi or expensive arrows, the last thing I want to have to worry about is what day of the game week I'm crafting on and whether I'm facing in the proper direction which takes about 10% off the huge failure rate. And this goes quadruple for when I'm making something that is gonna have an 8-figure value in game currency. Not that anyone really could make Scorpion Harnesses. RMT farmers would make damn well sure that 24-hour spawn was going to them and no one else. And if that wasn't bad enough, there were 7-day spawns in that game too. And none of them were in instances.

Not that Squeenix has any real chance of making a good MMO. FFXIV will either be a crappy remake of FFXI, or a crappy knockoff of WoW. Or quite possibly some bizarre hybrid of the two. In any case, it's going to suck harder than Paris Hilton on a Friday Night.

And it will STILL make a bucketload of cash.

If the races are exactly the same as the previous ones, why sow confusion with needlessly changing the names like that? That's just retarded.

Dear Square-Enix.

Fire everyone who came in from Enix. Bring back the awesome beasts, good storylines, the brilliant merger of magic and technology, and all the stuff we love about the game. Stop trying to compete with WoW. This is not your job. Your true fans remember games of far greater quality then what you've made here.

I will not play this, because of that little dorky looking creature. And Japanese elves, come on now? The dangerous aspects of the series have been left in the past somewhere.

 

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