Better Beta Battles

The Final Fantasy XIV beta is confirmed for July 10th!  Just two more days until lucky testers get to jump in and play with the new and improved Eorzea.

Today, Famitsu published a few comments from Battle Planner Atsushi Okada on some of the improvements he has made to the battle system.  Check out what he had to say after the break.

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Positioning and Orientation in Battle

"When fighting monsters, the direction from which you attack can alter the power and/or effect of your techniques.  There are also other elements such as the ability to break off parts of the monster's body by attacking certain areas.  This isn't true for every single enemy, but say you're fighting a monster with two large horns on its head.  Attacking the head from the right side with a certain technique could cause the horn to break.  Similarly, attacking certain creatures from behind can damage their tail.  Such precision attacks will be a part of the battle system.  We hope players enjoy trying out how attacking certain areas cause changes in the monster."

The New Action Gauge

"In the beta version, the Action Gauge is a set length and fills at a set speed.  However, the Action Gauge now has a direct effect on the effectiveness of attacks, so we are looking into what further changes might be made.  For example, we could add an ability that makes the Action Gauge fill up faster -- something like a Haste spell, perhaps.  Also, we are testing out having the Action Gauge fill up at different speeds for different classes."

Comminication in Battle

"Since players have to constantly be selecting commands during battle, it's can be difficult to find a moment to chat with your teammates.  In order to allow party members to communicate in the midst of battle, we plan to include a set of icons intended to convey key concepts.  For example, there will be signs that indicate "Let's do Battle Regimen X" or "Please heal me!" that can be quickly and easily displayed to the party."


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Battle music
# Jul 09 2010 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
All I know is I'm in love with the battle music! I dread the day that I grow tired of it, should it ever come.
# Jul 08 2010 at 6:13 PM Rating: Decent
47 posts
Wow.... 2 days. I can't wait to watch those NDA breaking Youtube uploads.
# Jul 08 2010 at 4:57 PM Rating: Default
HAHA! PS3...oh sorry. Its just hearing that makes me laugh every time. Everybody I know who own a PS3 either doesn't use it or uses it only for blu-ray. But this is going be a very short beta. Was hoping it be longer, but now knowing that FFXIV well be coming out in sep, I won't be sad if or even care if I get into beta. I can wait the almost 2 months.
# Jul 08 2010 at 3:31 PM Rating: Decent
Very excited about this. Ordered my copy already, just counting the days
I Wish I Had Beta Access
# Jul 08 2010 at 8:16 AM Rating: Decent
Man, I wish I had beta access. I think playing this on my PS3 in 1080p on my big screen TV is going to be amazing. They've always made the Final Fantasy games so amazing looking that a smaller computer screen doesn't do it justice in my opinion. Beta test or not, I will probably pick up this game.
I Wish I Had Beta Access
# Jul 08 2010 at 3:36 PM Rating: Good
28 posts
FFXIV for PS3 will not support 1080p, only 760p.

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