Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s First Expansion Will Let You Fly

By Ishaan . April 11, 2014 . 9:00am

 

In a recent “Letter from the Producer” video Q&A, the development staff of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn answered questions pertaining to various aspects of the game’s future. One such question asked about the first expansion to the game, which is currently in development.

 

“Well, naturally we’re working on this now, and while I can’t go too deep into detail at this point in time, I can tell you that one of the themes revolves around a great conflict that spans across millennia,” replied main scenario writer Kazutoyo Maehiro. “Beyond this, I can only ask you to stay tuned for additional details in the future.”

 

Producer Naoki Yoshida added, “I spoke a bit before about the expansion, and I said we were deciding on whether we should swim or fly. Well, we decided to go with flying so players can expect to look to the skies in the coming expansion.”

 

Another question asked whether the development team has any plans to release a roadmap for the future of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. This is something that producer Naoki Yoshida didn’t seem to be very keen on.

 

“We were able to launch the game according to schedule, and managed to release patch 2.1 in a short period of time,” Yoshida replied. “With that said, we’ve been receiving a lot of requests asking for smaller more frequent updates to give players more things to do, or challenges similar to Treasure Hunts that whole free companies can take part in, so we are currently discussing adopting a development method that allows us to implement smaller updates alongside our core objectives.”

 

“We’ve made adjustments to our roadmap, so releasing it would constrain us from adapting as we go along. Rather than a definitive roadmap, we would like to provide an update list similar to the one used during 1.0, which would show the status of updates, and are planning to do so after the PlayStation 4 version has launched. With this method, we plan to update the list around the time each Letter from the Producer is released, and I think this will make it easier to get a sense for how various updates are progressing.”


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  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    This flying interests me greatly. I wonder if they mean that the player can physically fly or do they mean there will be methods which will allow the player to fly such as personal airships and such?

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      The last time they brought this up, they were talking about mounts. I would assume he’s still talking about the same thing here.

      • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

        True. That sounds right lol. Now I wonder if they will let you fly all around Eorzea with them or will they just be like regular mounts lol

        • KuroNathan

          Hovering mounts. They’re flying! 3 feet off the ground.

          • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

            Lolz. That’s some fine flying there =P

          • http://www.falgram.com/ Falmung

            They already have two hovering mounts in the game though.

          • KuroNathan

            “We’re done here” -Dev staff

      • Pyrofrost

        I think you’re thinking of the Free Company airships that we would be able to craft, that Yoshi P promised us.

        To my memory, any time personal flying mounts for individual players were addressed, they were always met with a resounding no; primarily due to the game’s design.

    • http://nabe.kokidokom.net/ Cybersteel

      I want personal airships! And travel Eorzea with team members!!!

      • AnimusVox

        1billion gil for an airship :L

        • MogCakes

          I actually think a pricing in the range of millions would be something SE would go for if we’re talking private airships. Would be something like airships for FCs.

    • Asaoko

      Ishgard! Flying dragons! Ishgard!!!

      YES, this one is VERY excited for the Holy See! …*cough* It would be nice if you had to sit in airships to travel between city states though, like 1.0. Then maybe you’ll be able to meet new people… or you know, just fool around until you’re there. :>

      • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

        I remember sitting in the airships, and it was quite pleasant =)

      • Firekitty

        Considering that you can already teleport between cities instantly, having airships/boats between major areas actually run on a schedual would be pretty neat, especially for RPers.

    • Firekitty

      Given the history of the series, I’m gonna assume airships?

      Though being able to fly would be awesome…Aion was my first MMO, and coming from that to FFXIV I STILL catch myself trying to glide down hills from time to time.

  • Jonah Paley

    Black Chocobo mount go! Or a personal airship, but probably Black Chocobo mount.

  • Warukyure

    As someone who’s played 11 and 14, they shouldn’t do time lines… It just gives players a false hope. Back in Summer 2012, they announced we would be getting the Cait Sith and Atomos Avatars/Summons. Only recently (March Update I think) did we get Cait Sith. And it seems the entire dev team forgot about the promise of Atomos.

    As for flying, Yoshida, there’s a ton of stuff that needs your attention rather than flying right now. I’m seeing a lot of people drop 14 lately in favour of things like Diablo 3, or even going back to 11.

    • Ferrick

      The only reason on why Yoshida looked like he focused on flying is because that was the question asked to him and the focus of this article

      and poor them, going back to the mess called diablow 3 and the now saddening 11

    • Pyrofrost

      >>>I’m seeing a lot of people drop 14 lately in favour of things like Diablo 3, or even going back to 11.

      I take great comfort in knowing that you don’t have 20/10 vision concerning this, and what you see doesn’t represent 0.00000001% of the FFXIV userbase.

  • Thatguy

    But what about dating simulation and marriage?! Will you bring it, SE?

    • Neophoton

      I nearly forgot they had plans for a marriage system.

  • http://youtube.com/thegaminghself MrShinkara

    I just want to see what The Gold Saucer will look like :) Super excited to see that.

  • Theob Vious Choice

    And thus the entire world became tiny and player interaction diminished. Gj. Flying in MMOs is never a good idea unless it is specific zone based. I hope they learned from WoW here.

    • Ferrick

      considering that the areas are zone based with transition gates (or so to speak), flying mount wouldn’t be that useful….unless if you need to use it to hide from your crazy FC leader, then it may be useful lol

      • Theob Vious Choice

        Haha, yeah. Then again, no world PvP in this game so it’s not so much of a loss if it does happen I guess.

        • Ferrick

          yeah and some views are quite nice in the air as well

  • fairysun

    I want my flying mount look like this.

    No, not the flower girl’s ass, where are you looking at?

    • Somebodyissilent

      What ass?

    • http://www.falgram.com/ Falmung

      Ass? I see no ass.

    • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

      Where’s the booty? (Oh gawd! I couldn’t resist! *hides under the smallest rock ever known to mankind*)

  • http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/25050-farm-mapping-contest/#entry239430 Chaos17

    Been 7 years that I can fly in WoW…

    • Blake

      people still play wow?

  • Blesmi

    I sincerely hope that by flying he isn’t talking about flying mounts because those really kill the atmosphere and make the world look dead, since everyone will just be flying around on their mounts to avoid mobs.

  • Rune

    Interesting coincidence that in this same timeframe, the developers of World of Warcraft are considering disabling flight to an extent in the next expansion’s content after it has been an aspect of endgame content after 7 years.

    Regardless, I’m interested how they approach flight in FFXIV.

  • Seven of The Scions

    YAAAAAY FINALLY A GOLD CHOCOBO MOUNT!!!

  • Seven of The Scions

    Oh, also…

    New founded celestial island consisted of new grand cities.
    New villain after The ascians!

    and random generated dungeon that makes heartbeating fast like on Ehrgeiz game.

    • Ferrick

      the ascians are still not beaten yet at this point, we still lack many primals (IE. Ramuh, Bahamut etc.)
      The next continent is likely to be Ishgard or doma according to Yoshi

  • Kumomeme

    fly?

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Has two-handed sword been implemented yet?

    • Ferrick

      not yet

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Ah, I see. Thanks for the info.

  • Solace

    Skies are nice, but I’d prefer seas. I’d love to go swimming in the seas by Costa Del Sol…

    …while wearing my Marauder armor…

    …Then again, flying is cool.

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