Fahros here, and ever since I've came back to FFXI just recently, I've been slowly compiling a list of things I would like to see in the game. Things that could either be addressed via a monthly update patch, or potential things that could come with, and be selling points of the next expansion. Since I have a small voice on Youtube, I have wanted to bring these ideas together in a 'Top10 things that should be in FFXI' video of sorts, that I could post on the official forums and/or tweet the developers, so they catch wind of it.
If we organize this correctly, perhaps it will reach our new FFXI producer. So instead of just using my own ideas, and uploading the video myself, I thought, why not ask the ZAM community?
What I will do is leave this thread open for ideas / critiques / responses, and then if it goes well, perhaps even create another thread later on, so people can vote on what ideas should make the video.
Don't worry, I'll have the video fleshed out with a mixture of gameplay screens / fraps footage files / and maybe even a bit of webcam face talk. I'll make sure it's done right.
So, on to my personal top 10 ideas, for things I'd like to see in FFXI:
#1: An in game Card Game! (Tetra Master, even):
I could be wrong on this, but I feel as though the POL Tetra Master has long since seen it's time of day. Yet there are countless applications where this could really spice up life in FFXI! Just think of all the times you're waiting around for your buddies to get to a certain area, or you're waiting for them to finish their task at hand, before you all can meet up for some adventure. I think having an in game card game would really improve on the down time in FFXI, and also has the potential to create great adventures of it's own, depending on how they implement the acquirement of cards.
#2: New Billing System:
Let's face it...the billing is a major hindrance for anyone who is looking to get in to FFXI. Sure, this game probably isn't drawing in masses of new players anymore, BUT, the billing system the way it is set up now, (in my opinion anyway), is a seriously clunky and over complicated process. For better or for worse, I know a handful of people personally that never would have set foot in Vana'diel, had I not been there to help them with the billing...It does not need to be that complicated!
#3: Fullscreen Windowed Mode:
This is long overdue as well. Why should people have to download a third party application in order to play the game full screen, and still be able to alt+tab to look up quests/missions/anything? They shouldn't, that's nonsense. Old needed fix that's 10 years overdue!
I realize a lot of this community might not like this idea, just because on the face of things it does sound relatively silly, and because it's done in a lot of mainstream MMO's that people around here hate...BUT, having played a variety of MMOs myself, I have to say achievements have really grown on me. I like a interface filled with goals, and some of which being very very difficult to achieve. This will give the playerbase things to work towards, things to strive for, and even things to show off and compare with other players. Rewards could be anything from furniture / mog house items, to flavor items, fun items, or even more tangible rewards like gear. Achievements would be great on a personal level to give players things to do, and also on a community level, to give more things for groups of players to work towards together.
#6: More lines in macros:
This is something I would personally like, and something that's probably in the works already to be honest with their new 'interface overhaul'. I don't see a legitimate reason to leave it at 6. Perhaps 'a' limit being in place is a good thing, to avoid abuse; but six is pretty small. Perhaps doubling this to 12, or even rounding it out at 10 would make more sense.
#7: Summon - Fat Chocobo (Portable Mog House):
For all those times you are out adventuring, and you somehow manage to run out of space, or forgot you left something in your Mog Safe that you cannot access...I think this would be a nice fun addition, and give Summoners something nice to play with. :)
#8: Quested Item - Nomad Moogle Bell:
I personally really like the summon fat chocobo idea...but a friend suggested that the idea could be a nice addition to the game that would make life easy for a variety of players. He thought it would be nice if there was a quest you could undertake to be able to as a reward, call a Nomad Moogle to you out in the field, once a day or so. I don't see the harm in this, it would make life a little easier, but I don't think it would make life too easy, in so far as to trivialize the difficulty of the game.
#9: More Campaign 'Battle' music:
If you're someone like me, or a friend of mine; whom partakes in Campaign rigorously...you know that it's the same battle music zone after zone. SE does such an amazing job with their music! I would definitely like to see at least another track or two added to the list. The same music gets old, especially when just running through past zones not even participating in the campaign, but you have to listen to the music throughout the zone.
#10: Linkshell Housing:
I added this last, not because it's not a cool idea...but because this is the only idea that I think could potentially hurt the game. Any time you're taking players away from the cities, away from the other players and in to a secluded zone - en masse, is potentially a bad thing. You could potentially lose the 'hustle and bustle' that makes a giant player hub, a city, what it really is. So I'm not so sure this is a good idea, but it is a nice idea to think about. Having linkshell houses, fortresses, etc, where players could come together to store their trophies in a single space, hang out, and hell, maybe even play some card game in? ;)
So those are just ten ideas of my own.
Feel free to leave YOUR ideas in the responses below. Like I said, if this catches on, perhaps I'll create a poll later on where the community can vote on their top 10 ideas, and then I could compile them in video format. I probably typed far too much, if you don't want to take the time, don't worry about doing what I did. You can just leave your ideas below, and leave a description / explanation to them if you so choose.
Thanks for the time guys. What do you think?
Edited, Aug 4th 2012 7:10pm by Fahros
Edited, Aug 4th 2012 8:27pm by Fahros