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How was the Japanese Playerbase in 1.0?Follow

#1 Mar 05 2013 at 5:47 PM Rating: Good
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Hey guys, I was just wondering how the English and Japanese player bases interacted in FFXIV. I know in FFXI most Japanese groups did their own thing but occasionally you could get into a Japanese group and it was usually awesome. One of the most endearing accomplishments for playing was when I would be complimented on my skills by said Japanese players. With the addition of regional servers in 2.0 I was wondering how this would play out. Would the majority of players choose their exclusive servers or will there still be a good amount of people that enjoy the multinational servers? Other than minor mob spawning/claiming issues I really enjoyed the multicultural experience. Plus I tend to play around Japanese prime time quite often so I'm not sure how the experience would be on a mostly East Coast server.
#2 Mar 05 2013 at 6:13 PM Rating: Good
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It was pretty much the same as XI. You'd find a nice one every once in awhile who you let you join in on their parties, but most of the time it was jp only. Some of my LS buddies were regularly invited by jp parties, but only b/c they knew enough japanese to communicate with them and/or used some translator on the internet. Other than that, as far as I know, there really wasn't very much intermingling.

They really haven't announced how many or where the international servers will be, but I've always heard that there will probably only be a server in Los Angeles to act as the server in the US. I'm not sure if they'll have an east coast server at all. They only thing they've really confirmed at this point is that they'll have data centers in North America. If I were a betting man, I'd bet money that most people with choose the servers that are closest to them to reduce any lag they might encounter. If this is true, it's going to hurt the opportunities for people to interact with others from other regions around the world. Of course, they are not forcing you to join any particular server unless you are going to use a 1.0 character. If you start a new character, you can join any server you want, just know that if it's associated with a data center outside of your region, you may encounter more lag than other that live within that region.
#3 Mar 05 2013 at 6:49 PM Rating: Default
If you really want you can choose a server in JP but the problem will be timezone, I think most people have work/school, so regional servers by SE is a blessing, at least for me since I have university studies to attend to during daytime GMT+1 ^^
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