If one didn't know better, the 100 devs working on XIV returned and they finally had more than 2 people working on the updates.
It is funny how abyssea is the only part of XI that is done right, and yet the stone access part would have to go to make the game perfect.
Maybe abyssea access will be free once we get Heroes of Abyssea and defeat the big boss? Several key items can be obtained that increase the amount of stones you get (3 -> 5), the time you get for them (30 -> 33min), and the recharge time (20 -> 16h), so eventually it might be free.
As much as I hate to use logic on a forum, I'm going to make some assumptions and logic based guesses.
Somewhere in the Scars zones is a mob that will drop an abysite that will knock recharge time down another 4hrs. Making it 12hrs per stone. Like the tonberries in the last zones, these mobs may not have been popped yet, or they may be up and noone has fought them yet. Using that logic, there will be another key item in the final abyssea zones that will take another 4hrs off, making it 12hrs per stone.
Following the same path, there is an abysite somewhere also right now that will give an extra 3mins to your stones. Neither of them have been found.
While I don't expect them to make time free in the zones, I'm going to make a small leap and say that once the final 3 zones are released, there will be a way to carry 6 stones, have stones regen every 8hrs and get an extra 9mins per stone, all by key items that will eventually be found. It's a nice way for SE to tie all 3 together and make sure if you want the max time, you gotta buy all 3 expansion packs. As well, I'm sure, they'll put the last two pieces of jse armor in them too. Edited, Sep 14th 2010 9:41am by Heywood