Square Enix realizes Final Fantasy XIV needs work and they have a plan to fix it. A wave of changes are coming in a November/December update that rebalances the game and should improve communication with features like filters and multiple logs.
Regarding the game’s economy, Final Fantasy XIV will finally get an item search feature in the marketplace so buyers and sellers can find each other. There will be new guildleves, class adjustments, synthesis recipe changes, and map interface tweaks coming soon. Square Enix also plans on addressing load balancing problems with the November/December update. Notorious monsters bearing loot will also start roaming the world in December.
Bigger changes are coming in early 2011 when Square Enix introduce guild-like companies. These player run groups can acquire buildings for use as a headquarters and ships to move around Eorzea. Aligning with a company will have some kind of benefit, although Square Enix hasn’t said what that is.
Unfortunately, for many launch players the free trial period will expire before all of these features are implemented. So, if you’re a Final Fantasy XIV player or thinking about checking out the PlayStation 3 version coming in March 2011 peruse the entire list of changes here.