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#1 Aug 10 2012 at 12:09 PM Rating: Good
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Okipuit wrote:

Good morning!

One thing we have seen players asking about is whether it would be possible to add weapon sheaths. From a technical standpoint, weapons make the same movements that a sheath would make, so it would be possible to add a skin over each weapon; however, depending on the weapon some of the animations may look a bit strange.

The problem is that adding a sheath model for every single weapon would take a considerable amount of work and it is just not possible to address all of the existing weapons.

In the future, however, we’d like to try to use the opportunity when new, unique weapons are added to design sheaths. With that said, as it’s not possible to do immediately, please look forward to it as a future possibility.


http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxi/threads/26712-Weapon-Sheaths?p=350825#post350825
#2 Aug 10 2012 at 12:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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That's pretty much the answer I expect whenever I see someone bring up the whole "we need sheathes" thing. Aside from that, not every weapon would really -need- a sheath, or even look very good with one, and there are several types of weapons that would really be even more compleximacatified by a sheath.

Weapons that would look good with a sheath/scabbard/saya:
- Most sword types (not all)
- Most Great Katanas (except the wonkyass branched ones, how the @#%^ would even sheath that? also, how have I not noticed that, some how, my spell check seems to think katana is not a word?)
- Some Daggers
- Some Katanas
- Arguably, some Great Swords (They're really way to big for a sheath to be practical; since they're back-mounted, drawing them would be really weird, and even then, only the Straight-bladed ones would really look ok; falx and algol type gswords wouldn't really fit a sheath well.)

Weapons where a sheath would be impossible due to the weapon's shape (and would be more accurately portrayed with a simple looped strap holding them in place, either a belt strap or one over the back):
- Polearms
- Scythes
- Great Axes
- Axes (arguable, but one-handed axes are far more often portrayed without any form of sheath)
- Staves
- Clubs
- Most H2H weapons (ie: everything except Katars, Triple-Katars (see: Avengers or Afflictors), and possibly Adargas; yes, even claws/baghnakhs would be weird to sheath)
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#3 Aug 10 2012 at 1:50 PM Rating: Excellent
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Also... um... isn't pretty much everything more important than this?
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#4 Aug 10 2012 at 2:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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Also... um... isn't pretty much everything more important than this?


That's why the SE devs secretly love the official forums imo . They can flat-out ignore real questions/requests and answer/support the asinine ones while giving the appearance that they value our input.

I mean seriously, go take a look at some of the times they actually respond. Yeah they address some legitimate concerns, but they indulge WAY too much fanciful BS when their efforts could be spent elsewhere.
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#6 Aug 10 2012 at 3:04 PM Rating: Good
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I'd certainly hope they have different people working on things such as graphic designs for objects than they have working on more technical programming of things like evolith.
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Yeah they address some legitimate concerns, but they indulge WAY too much fanciful BS when their efforts could be spent elsewhere.

Such as a cheese sandwich?
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#8 Aug 10 2012 at 4:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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Unless each weapon has its own sheath, with awesome weapons having awesome sheaths while normal weapons have plain sheaths, I wouldn't want this. My empy katana looks cool. Why would I want it covered up by a sheath if the sheath itself wasn't awesome looking?
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