Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn producer, Naoki Yoshida, held a live Letter from the Producer Q&A session on YouTube earlier today, where he answered all sorts of questions from inquisitive fans. You can read a transcript of it at this link. Below are some of the more interesting issues addressed:
Q: Are there any plans to increase the level cap? If so, when?
A: At the launch of A Realm Reborn, the level cap will still be 50. We have not yet decided on the exact timing to raise the cap.
Q: Can you tell us the minimum and recommended specs for the PC version of A Realm Reborn?
A: We’ve announced the specs on the alpha test recruitment page, but these specs are mainly for the alpha version, and we are currently thinking about what kind of line to draw for the minimum specs post-alpha. The game will run on specs much lower than you’re expecting, but please hang in there a bit more for the post-alpha specs.
Q: Can we see the PS3 version…?
A: We’ll be releasing the initial information around mid-October. I believe we’ll have screenshots first, but please hang in there! The actual video is pretty (while looking at the Windows version screen), but the quality is a bit messed up in the broadcast.
Q: When will the A Realm Reborn benchmark be released?
A: We’re planning to release multiple benchmarks. Also, we’re planning to release a character creation benchmark, and you can create the character of your liking. Additionally, we’re considering making it so you can carry that character over to A Realm Reborn.
Q: I saw some new artwork… What is this (artwork for the upcoming housing system)?
A: With the new housing system, there are multiple themes such as “wilderness,” “sea,” and “forest.” Players will purchase the land and also the right to own a house. Once you build a house, players will be able to create their unique house by selecting from a list of parts. Also, players will be able to place furniture created by Disciples of the Hand and build a chocobo farm in their yard.
The housing system will have updates dedicated specifically to housing. I’m sure players will really enjoy the housing system. Additionally, objects within the house can be placed via drag & drop (including the PS3 version).
Lastly, there are plans to implement huge spaces of land that cost a fortune!
Q: Are there any plans to have a second job for each class? For example, gladiator > dark knight.
A: The Battle Team responded that if they have the time they will do it. Currently they are working full force for the A Realm Reborn battle system, so once they finish that up they’ll take a look into it.
Again, you can read a temporary transcript here. Once Square Enix have edited their recording of the Q&A session, they will delete the temporary transcript and share the full Q&A subtitled in English.