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#602 Aug 08 2013 at 10:59 AM Rating: Good
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Pinched from Reddit.

Beta Phase 4 starts 17th/August and ends 19th/August. (thanks to grey_sky for the picture)

Beta phase 3 players can start one day early on the 16th/August

Early access starts on the 24th/August, no down time between early access and launch. (thanks to grey_sky for the picture)

Level cap is 20 in phase 4.

Arcanist available in phase 4

Fishing profession available in phase 4

Coliseum PVP will be in phase 4

Scholar confirmed to be healer role

Payment options Crysta, credit card, 30 day and 60 day game cards confirmed

Fee based world transfer service confirmed (available 2-3 weeks from launch)

Free of charge smartphone apps (named Libra Eorzea) confirmed. Shows character stats, all abilities, quests, crafting materials, and basically all information about the game. Available 1 week after launch for iOS and 3-4 weeks after launch for Android.

No item transfer between same account and same server available.

Barber shop not available at launch, In the barber shop you can change hairstyle, hair colour, face tattoo, face paint, face paint colour and beard.

Seasonal events confirmed (Xmas & new years confirmed so far), with season-themed gear obtainable

Snowman gear confirmed (lol)

Fire resistant swimsuit gear confirmed

New Eorzea 2013 Collection Video (Mob version)

Phase 4 data will not be wiped unless a game breaking bug is discovered. Stop asking.

Crystal Tower 24 man raid confirmed (not available at launch)

Primals finishing moves confirmed to be changing

No /tell allowed in raids.

Duty finder to be expanded over time.

Extreme difficulty setting confirmed for primals and dungeons

Unicorn mount confirmed, for white mage(thanks to BarbequeChickenWings for the picture)

Other unique mounts for different jobs available

Character gender and race effects mount sitting pose

Leviathan confirmed

Free companies earn points when members complete quests

EXP bonuses and other bonuses confirmed for free company members

Mob themed furniture for player housing confirmed (craftable?)

Marriage system confirmed (ick)

Molbol battle confirmed

Darklight armour for WHM confirmed

Player housing not reliant on GC city, houses can be in any city

Job quests can be completed solo

After launch (patch 2.1) there will be better rewards for those who choose to join random dungeon in duty finder

Re-roll status points confirmed

Addon support coming 6 months after launch

GC based PVP confirmed. 4v4, 8v8 confirmed

The crater left by dalamud coming down is used as the coliseum

FFXIV WELCOME BACK PROGRAM, 1.0 players can play for free until September 9th.

VETERAN REWARDS PROGRAM, bonuses granted depending on how long you have been subscribed. Bonuses such as items, mounts and character remake ticket. 30 day reward is wind up cursor minion and phial of fantasia. 60 day reward is cascadier uniform and black chocobo minion. 90 day reward is beady (tiny) eye minion and Voidal Resinator (Ahriman) mount. 120, 180 day and more rewards confirmed.

Edited, Aug 8th 2013 1:08pm by Spoonless
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#603 Aug 08 2013 at 11:10 AM Rating: Good
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Also, the phase 4 beta client can be found here: http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/playersdownload/jp/

I'm sure there'll be an English-language page available soon enough, but the big red button downloads the installer, which does allow you to select your region.
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#604 Aug 09 2013 at 1:55 AM Rating: Good
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For those playing cross platform (Both on PC and PS3) this may interest you:
http://www.xivnation.com/dev-tracker/letter-from-the-producer-live-part-viii-announcement-summary-08082013/

Pretty much you buy a copy for PS3 and PC you get 60 days (30*2) worth of game time. I know its not huge but thats better then them not stacking.
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#605 Aug 09 2013 at 4:40 AM Rating: Good
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BeanX the Irrelevant wrote:
For those playing cross platform (Both on PC and PS3) this may interest you:
http://www.xivnation.com/dev-tracker/letter-from-the-producer-live-part-viii-announcement-summary-08082013/

Pretty much you buy a copy for PS3 and PC you get 60 days (30*2) worth of game time. I know its not huge but thats better then them not stacking.


That new explanation seems to better suggest requiring both registration codes to play on both platforms (or maybe you get 30 days extra time if you do register a second platform, but can still play without doing so?). But if I'm reading it correctly, it also contradicts a previously posted FFXIV FAQ answer.

http://support.na.square-enix.com/faqarticle.php?id=5382&la=1&kid=67225&ret=main
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Windows only: To play three characters simultaneously:
- A Square Enix account
- A copy of the Windows version
- Three registration codes obtained from the product or the "FINAL FANTASY XIV Service Center"
*You can register up to eight registration codes per Square Enix account.


But that new link says that if you had the PC version registered, you cannot register the PC version again. Or maybe it just means you don't get the bonus for registering multiple PC versions? I don't know...

The FAQ also seems to suggest that if you register both the PS3 and PC versions (or 2x PC, which is said to not be possible in the xivnation link), you can play simultaneously from two separate platforms on the same account. That seems strange to me, kind of a unique feature from an MMO point of view that doesn't seem right.
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#606 Aug 09 2013 at 7:04 AM Rating: Good
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That's pretty awesome, actually, since it essentially knocks $15 bucks off the purchase price of the new version, since you would have paid for that time anyway.

Also, it figures that my boss would decide that we're having a company retreat right during early access.
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#607 Aug 09 2013 at 8:37 AM Rating: Good
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TirithRR wrote:
The FAQ also seems to suggest that if you register both the PS3 and PC versions (or 2x PC, which is said to not be possible in the xivnation link), you can play simultaneously from two separate platforms on the same account. That seems strange to me, kind of a unique feature from an MMO point of view that doesn't seem right.
I think it's pretty neat. Basically SE-supported dualboxing.

I guess my question is how supported is having friends or family playing on the same account? This makes it easier if your partner or kid is interested and makes a character on your account. Then you can just buy a new copy and play together, without having to pay an additional subscription, right? Or is it a thing where you're really not supposed to do that? I think WoW lets you take a character and transfer it to a new account, which satisfies the old FFXI problem of not being able to split accounts. I wonder if there are IP address restrictions on the SE service. Can you be playing two characters on the same account from different states? It just sounds easily abused.
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Spoonless wrote:
TirithRR wrote:
The FAQ also seems to suggest that if you register both the PS3 and PC versions (or 2x PC, which is said to not be possible in the xivnation link), you can play simultaneously from two separate platforms on the same account. That seems strange to me, kind of a unique feature from an MMO point of view that doesn't seem right.
I think it's pretty neat. Basically SE-supported dualboxing.

I guess my question is how supported is having friends or family playing on the same account? This makes it easier if your partner or kid is interested and makes a character on your account. Then you can just buy a new copy and play together, without having to pay an additional subscription, right? Or is it a thing where you're really not supposed to do that? I think WoW lets you take a character and transfer it to a new account, which satisfies the old FFXI problem of not being able to split accounts. I wonder if there are IP address restrictions on the SE service. Can you be playing two characters on the same account from different states? It just sounds easily abused.


Given how clear they've been that you can have multiple accounts registered to one PSN ID, I'm guessing they're going to technically require no account sharing.

WoW allows you to share your account with one minor child of yours, and that's it. I'm fairly certain there's no way to transfer the character to a new account. Now, it IS possible to transfer characters between accounts with the same last name, but it's also technically against the TOS to transfer them to an account where you are not the registrant.

So what this technically looks like is that:

You register your account, and you let your child use your account. They like it. You register a new account, in your own name, and transfer the character to it. They use it.

When they turn 18, they technically aren't supposed to be using it anymore. No one's going to give them a slap on the wrist, because plenty of minors (even if older) play on accounts registered by their parents. It doesn't behoove Blizzard to police it.

But they've never had a "create a new account with this character" feature, to the best of my knowledge. And the account has to have been registered with the same last name for it to work at all. And if you don't use the same first/middle name, it still might be blocked (though less likely).
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#609 Aug 09 2013 at 8:57 AM Rating: Good
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Oh, OK. I just saw you could transfer it to a different account. I didn't know the specifics.

I was thinking about buying the PS3 version, but I just might hold off on it until the PS4 is out. I preordered a PS4, and have been putting my beer money towards it as a way to reward myself for not drinking as much Smiley: lol, so I may as well hold off.
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I'm still a bit confused by the wording in the xivnation matrix saying you cannot register a new PC code if you already have the PC version registered on your Square Enix service account. That seems to contradict directly the FAQ stating you could register 3 codes and have 3 simultaneous characters played.

I think it's going to be one of those things that won't be fully understood until you actually do it, or see it on the launched game's account handling system.
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#611 Aug 09 2013 at 10:25 AM Rating: Good
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What I think they're trying to say (but can't do clearly, because of the ******** corporate hurdles involved with these account tiers and such) is that:

Registering any service account gives you 30 days of game time.

When you register a PC account to your PS3 account, or your PS3 account to your PC account, you choose if you want this to be the same service account, or a new one. By making it a new one, you get 30 days on that new account, but do not get a time credit on the old one. But you will be able to play those two services at the same time (but not access the other services' characters). If you add it to the existing service account, you cannot access the PS3 and PC versions at the same time, but you get an additional 30 days (accessible from either service), and can access your characters from either service.

You can only have one PS3 service active to any SE account, period. If you want to multibox, you'll have to do it with multiple PS3s (which I assume would be possible for the tech savvy).

HOWEVER, you ARE able to register additional PC service accounts to a single SE account. Much like registering your PS3 as a new service, instead of a service extension (which won't be possible with the PC).

So you CANNOT register a new PC service to an existing PC service for an additional 30 days of game time. But you CAN create a new PC service that will get its own 30 days of game time (without any credit to your original service). And you may have up to 8 total service accounts (so either up to 8 PC accounts, or up to 7 PC accounts and 1 PS3 account).

I think you're getting confused because that article was only attempting to address how game time would work with having multiple services within a single service account, what services could be added to a single service account, and how it would work for adding additional services (meaning, they wanted it to be clear there was a maximum of two services on one account, and that they had to be different services).
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#612 Aug 10 2013 at 12:49 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm starting to think that I'm the only person here who just needs one account with one character...
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Turin wrote:
I'm starting to think that I'm the only person here who just needs one account with one character...


Nah In FFXI I only had 1 account with 1 character I dont see FF14 being much difference since you can change at will. But I might make a character on the 'Zam' server and one my friends from FF11 Titan server (They're choosing Sarageras or however its spelt)
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#614 Aug 10 2013 at 5:26 AM Rating: Good
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Turin wrote:
I'm starting to think that I'm the only person here who just needs one account with one character...


Well, I want one account, with one character, on two platforms.

It'll probably take me a while to figure out what race/city I want. But otherwise, just the one.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Turin wrote:
I'm starting to think that I'm the only person here who just needs one account with one character...


Well, I want one account, with one character, on two platforms.
This.
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Installing windows 7 and an SSD seems to have increased my 1920x1080 HIGH score by around 1000 points on the character creation benchmark. Went from 3600 to 4600.

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Plugging in my laptop seems to have increased that to 4900. I forgot it wasn't plugged in when I ran it.

Edited, Aug 10th 2013 11:45am by TirithRR
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#617 Aug 12 2013 at 5:58 PM Rating: Good
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So I downloaded the Phase 4 client but it wont download the game client I keep getting "Down for Maintenance" anyone else able to d/l the game?
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#618 Aug 12 2013 at 6:14 PM Rating: Good
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I'm under the impression that is what it is supposed to be saying. It's what it says to me.
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TirithRR wrote:
Installing windows 7 and an SSD seems to have increased my 1920x1080 HIGH score by around 1000 points on the character creation benchmark. Went from 3600 to 4600.

Edit:
Plugging in my laptop seems to have increased that to 4900. I forgot it wasn't plugged in when I ran it.

Edited, Aug 10th 2013 11:45am by TirithRR
What are your laptop specs?
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#620 Aug 12 2013 at 6:43 PM Rating: Good
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i7 2.4Ghz processor
8GB RAM
GTX 660M

Purchased it so I could play some games on it. I am expecting to spend 8-10 weeks trapped in a hotel 10 hours away from home at the end of the year, and definitely want a computer with me to play my video games.

Edited, Aug 12th 2013 8:45pm by TirithRR
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With an Non- Overclocked i5-3750k (3.4Ghz) and a Geforce 660 2GB Im getting 9.5k scores at High Settings(maybe Ultra cant remember). Im running 8 gig ram and Off a SSD.
If your running an i7, even with a laptop you should get better i would expect the 7-8k mark. Change your powersetting to High performance while Plugged in and see if you get a better score.

My Wifes laptop (Core 2 Dou 2.2 Ghz, 4 gig ram, Geforce 240M) was scoring in the 3.5k range at 720p.


Edit: Also I was just wondering about the preinstall since Phase 4 starts on Thursday for those from earlier Betas. I figured they would start Installing around now to stop the huge influx come Thursday/Friday

Edited, Aug 12th 2013 8:05pm by BeanX
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Nope, still just under 5000 with 1080 selected and High Laptop settings.

Pretty sure the 2.4GHz is playing a roll in that, even if it's an i7
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#623 Aug 12 2013 at 8:39 PM Rating: Decent
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The download is the 16th. Looks like they're trying to ***** themselves the way they did with the 1.0 open beta.
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The download is the 16th. Looks like they're trying to ***** themselves the way they did with the 1.0 open beta.



Funny because if you were in previous betas your supposed to be able to log in on the 15th.

You're right I got my days mixed up.

Edited, Aug 12th 2013 10:51pm by BeanX
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Farting around, looking at benchmark scores, I'm seeing some similar-spec'd laptops coming in mid 5000's on Maximim, at 720p. Even on a 17" screen, 720p should look fine. I mean, obviously it's your choice, but I'd probably give it a run and see how you like it.

Not a whole lot of mobility GPUs on this list, but some benchmark scores on maximum preset, 1080p to compare your own to: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ao70YcZoNX_zdHpER085M1hXOW0yeFF5a3ZtQmI0TkE#gid=0

Edited, Aug 13th 2013 2:01am by Spoonless
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I haven't gotten my early access code from gamestop yet. This displeases me.

Of course, my boss decided we were having a retreat the day before launch. That also displeases me.
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