Dev Tracker: April 21st, 2011

It’s time for another Dev Tracker! Lots of interesting tid-bits that are sure to get you excited this time around. Those missing genders? Yoshida hopes to have them out in time for the PS3 release! Ishgard is going to be arriving sometime after the new battle changes, and they’re looking into a cross-world party creation system. Interesting stuff to be sure!

Check out all the posts after the jump!


A request for Male Miqote, Female Highlander, and Female Roegadyn

“Hey everyone, sorry for the delay in getting this response back to you!

We talked to Yoshida and one of the things he mentioned was that the number of people wanting a female Roegadyn was pretty unexpected! He wanted us to let you know that the team will do their best to introduce missing genders alongside the launch of the PS3 version.”


Dev1037 Enchancement of Battle Effects

“Hello everyone! This is design lead Takai!

As previously mentioned in the most recent Letter from the Producer, the development team is divided into a number of smaller teams that work together side-by-side on the overall scope of the game. While the effects team is one aspect of this, the work that was required to adjust the scale of battle effects was almost completely separate, made no impact on the work of other teams, and was something that we were able to complete single-handedly.

We’re aware that players feel that the game screen is looking fairly somber at the moment when it comes to graphics and effects. We’ll do our best to quickly release elements that are able to contribute to addressing that very issue.

This most recent battle effect size enhancement is similar to the case with the previous monster scale adjustments. Naturally we’re not done yet, and we’re currently making adjustments in conjunction with the battle team lead by Matsui. This collaboration is tied into various elements, as well as motion adjustments, related to the battle system and battle content and we’re moving steadily closer toward the releasing the first set of updates.

I’m sure I’m going to frustrate some of you with the fact that I can’t give you the specifics about the content or the release schedule, but know that this doesn’t just apply to effects; we’re also taking care of things related to the all around graphics. Hang in there until Yoshi-P makes his announcement!”


I hope dungeons in this game arn’t like western MMO dungeons

“Everyone can rest assured that the raid dungeons and content that we’re planning to implement in the future will feature not only tough battles, but also challenging and exhilarating bosses. The nitty-gritty details are tied into the future rollout of Grand Companies which we’ll be announcing the juicy particulars of at a later date. I hope you’re all looking forward to it with bated breath!”


Story Mission Re-design –  Yay or Nay?

“To speak to the concern about a lack of new stories, quests, etc. – Of course we’ll be adding new events and quests filled with more robust and varied forms of storytelling. We’ll also be adding story-related content geared towards parties, as well. However, the implementation of these new high-quality events and quests are planned to make their debut after the implementation of raid dungeons and battle adjustments/tweaks.”


Why is the patch/update system -still- broken?

“We spoke with Yoshi-P about this very issue. He let us know that the development team is aware that the patch system is not performing as well as it should be. He also wanted us to assure you that they’re planning to continue to investigate and address its deficits in the future.”


Ishgard coming after the battle changes

“The reasoning behind it being planned after the battle system changes is because player’s wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy the content that will be introduced alongside Ishgard otherwise.”


Seriously 3-5 minute repop on NMs?

“Greetings, fellow adventurers!

As some of you have mentioned, the notorious monsters that were added on Patch 1.17 are designed for mid-rank players. So for those of you who have already reached to a higher rank, they may feel less of a challenge.

However we are planning to introduce new notorious monsters with more devastating strength and a complete new look in the future. We will give you an update once more details become available so please look forward to it!”


Mailbox / Delivery Systems NEEDED !

“We spoke with Yoshida about implementing a mailbox/delivery system for you guys. He wanted to assure you that of course this is being looked into, but it will take time to implement because it is difficult to execute without improving the server-related issues first.”


Seeking Party Flag Petition

“There have been discussions elsewhere on the forum regarding the LFP issue and the party creation system in general. Since this thread was a hot topic in the past, I wanted to cross-post an update to it.


We discussed all of the latest opinions with Yoshida. While it won’t make it in time for the implementation of the raid dungeons that the development team is working on currently, we’re planning on implementing enhanced LFG (looking for group) and automated party creation features.

Also, while it won’t be an easy task, we are also checking into the discussions for a cross-World instant party creation system.

Please continue to leave feedback so that your time and experiences while tackling dungeon-related content in the future can be enjoyable!”


Instant Dungeon

“We discussed all of the latest opinions with Yoshida. While it won’t make it in time for the implementation of the raid dungeons that the development team is working on currently, we’re planning on implementing enhanced LFG (looking for group) and automated party creation features.

Also, while it won’t be an easy task, we are also checking into the discussions for a cross-World instant party creation system.

Please continue to leave feedback so that your time and experiences while tackling dungeon-related content in the future can be enjoyable!”


That’s all for this edition of the Dev Tracker! We’ll make sure to post other additions on the site either by themselves or as a wrap-up style post. Make sure to let us know what your thoughts are about everything mentioned above in our forums and of course don’t forget to lend your two cents to the threads on the Official Forums!