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#1 Mar 14 2013 at 3:25 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi all,

Been a long time since I posted on the XI forums... but this new expansion has piqued my interest and I'm considering coming back.

Not trying to troll here or stir something up, but I kinda wanted to gain a sense of what is expected from this new expansion in terms of story quality. The best part of XI for me was always the story, and I'm wondering whether or not you guys think it will be up to par with some of the previous expansions. A close second was the thrill of exploring and seeing new areas.

I quit XI about 4 years ago about 6 months before they released the final WOTG chapter after having played for 7 years. While I happened to enjoy that expansion overall (having watched the cutscenes for what I missed on YT) I agree with the criticisms that it was drawn out. Some aspects of the storyline felt sort of filler-y/boring too. The bottom line I guess was that I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous installments. While I thought that time travel was a neat concept, for a lot of the zones they didn't really look as I hoped... I mean, they were just slightly reskinned versions of their present forms (ex. create one tower, copy and paste it all over the map).

So overall how does everyone feel: will SoA be another protracted affair like WOTG, or are you expecting something more TOAU/COP in terms of story quality? I know that the development team has changed so I guess it's a question of whether or not this team can provide an FF quality story (because, correct me if I'm wrong, FFXI post abyssea has been more content rather than story focused). As for the map design... does it look like a bunch of reused assets or does it look/feel like something fresh and new? I'm not sure if I'm really conveying the feeling properly but... if I buy this expansion and I come back, is it going to feel as fun as that first time I walked into Miseraux? As exciting as that first boatride into Whitegate?

I realize that a lot of this is subjective but I trust the opinion of you loyalists. :P
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#2 Mar 14 2013 at 4:15 PM Rating: Good
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I think it's going to be thin at first. Square Enix has 300 people working on FFXIV full time right now, and can't spare any manpower for FFXI beyond what they already have. The dev time is spending every moment they have just preparing the initial launch of SoA, and while they likely have the whole expansion storyline planned out, they won't get started on the next infusion of content until after they've fixed all the major bugs from SoA launch.

I fully expect a WotG style, long, drawn out story expansion. That's hella better than the weak "scenario add ons" that they followed up with. At least with the Abyssea mini expansions, we got a bunch of goodies such as level 99 and whole new armor sets to go with it. (And a surprisingly interesting mini storyline, too.)

Despite WotG's long drawn out story, I was so busy with other content when it came out that I didn't actually get around to finishing it until last month. Just rounded out the Bastok quest line last night, and my static is on track to finish up the Sandy storylines before SoA is released. (We did the Windy storylines along with the main trunk missions.)
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#3 Mar 14 2013 at 8:43 PM Rating: Good
I think it's safe to assume that the story will be released sporadically - that's how they did CoP, ToAU, and WotG. The initial release will be focused on areas, mobs, and new jobs, maybe a new event or two. It will likely be a year or more before all missions are released - plenty of time for me to get off my ass and finish recording the rest of WotG instead of leveling/meriting and skilling up :P Other than that, it's too early to tell what kind of story we'll see. Now that I got an iPad for Christmas, I've actually been making my way through watching all of my old videos again on the train; it makes me realize how many unanswered questions there still are...
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