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Some Final Fantasy XIV Races, Jobs and Cities Revealed

| 7 Aug 2009 15:00
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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?

(Via CVG)

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