Last week, an update went live on the Test Server that allowed players to change the width and line height of the chat log. Since then, players have been asking about other changes that may come about as a result of this latest adjustment to the user interface. Hiromichi Tanaka has replied on the forums answering some of the questions players have had. While switching out some of the current window backgrounds is a welcome change, there’s one that would be even more welcome: A completely revamped UI that eliminates current limitations that the development team is facing. One example given is the ability to have multiple chat windows, but perhaps past limitations such as a mini-map would be possible under this new system.
As we are working within the limitations of the current UI, we are a bit limited with the things we can do.
While we are working on things that we can, like the Windows version resolution improvements, we have actually begun looking into completely revamping the entire UI. Of course this is going to take some time, so once I have more information, I will be sure to share it with you.
For our next step, we are planning to address higher resolution text fonts and separate resolution settings for the overlay graphics resolution and menus.
After all these resolution changes and a revamp of the user interface, what else would be left to update to help this game stay current with this generation of MMOs? We already know that the opening cinematic has been redone in a higher quality. Could updated textures for an HD version of Final Fantasy XI actually be in the works? Let us know what you think in the forums!