Final Fantasy XIV Has No Summoners, But Will Have Summon Monsters

By Spencer . June 28, 2010 . 7:28am

imageFinal Fantasy XIV has a handful of announced classes ranging from your basic fighter (aka gladiator) to crafting specialists such as the blacksmith and alchemist.


Summoners, a staple of the Final Fantasy series, aren’t on the list, but summon monsters will play a key role in the game’s story. "Currently, there is no summoner class, but avatars (summons) will have a key role in the story, and there are several plotlines surrounding these beasts,” said Hiromichi Tanaka, Executive Producer, in a fan-powered Q&A session.


While summoners are out, the developers plan to roll out Final Fantasy XIV classes even after the game launches, “There will be more classes announced after the service starts. For the beta version, there will be a level cap, and there will also be a level cap at the start of the service.”

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  • Code

    My friend is really into FFXIV, but like FFXI it’s not for me x__x’ I don’t like what they did with the class names/everything names, monk is now Pugilist, rar, the only way I’d accept such a name is if they wield actual pugs! Two of them, on a chain! Pug-chucks! This would redeem Final Fantasy for me >O>!

    • gatotsu911

      Well, technically speaking it makes sense. Saying that they’re a monk implies that they have some sort of religious affiliation, but if their only distinguishing feature is that they fistfight, “pugilist” makes more sense. (“pugilism” = “fist-fighting”)

      • Code

        Oh I know what Pugilist means, it’s just when the last 20 years of my life names like Monk, Fighter, or Blackbelt create that real vision of FF classes — Pugilist only creates mental images of Dudley from SSF4, possibly still wielding pug-chucks. I mean sure it’s correct but there’s just a certain verbal unwieldiness to the new class names; like Thaumaturge! rar, heal me Tahumaturagegagaone!

        • gatotsu911

          Clearly SquEnix is trying to make their games sound more “fantasy-ish”, as they have been for the last several years. I agree that it is a little bit of a slap in the face to old-school fans, but I also understand why they’re doing it.

          • Code

            Yeahh, I get why there doing it — still I think the impact from a simple gesture to old-school fans to keep classic names, would have had more weight then changing the names for the sake of making it more appealing to new players. But FFXIV really isn’t my thing to begin with, let them have there funny names! I’m like you where’s my “Chrono” game Square >O>!

  • gatotsu911

    Every time I hear about Hiromichi Tanaka I become seriously depressed, because I think about what game he’s NOT working on… hint: it starts with “Chrono”.

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