As always, we would like to thank you for choosing to play FINAL FANTASY XIV.
In this Topics, I will speak at length about the forthcoming version update.
Allow me to begin by stating that the development team plans to release a version update at a rate of once every three months, of which the large-scale version update currently planned for December will be the first. Nothing is more important to us than seeing to the prompt implementation of the various changes and features players desire to improve playing conditions. In that vein, there are several adjustments and additions which we will be introducing before December's version update.
A good deal of the constructive feedback we received was in regards to the market and retainer systems. As previously addressed in an installment of Ask the Devs
, several improvements will be brought to both of these features. Among these are a simplification of retainer access which no longer requires use of the interactions menu, and specific reduced taxes in market wards which will serve to reorganize them by item types.
Further changes we have planned for the near future, which will be coming sometime after the first version update, include the following:
Search feature to allow item searches by individual wards
Icon display to identify retainers selling sought-after items
Increase in the number of retainers that may be employed
A version update scheduled for late November will contain a number of other changes and additions as well. Below is a list of the primary points of focus.
Another significant addition planned for the December version update is the introduction of notorious monsters (NMs), which will appear in open areas and on guildleves (faction leves). Coming together with the notorious monsters will be a wide variety of new items and rewards, and future version updates will usher in all-new content centered around these formidable new enemies.
Further details regarding notorious monsters and associated new loot will be released in Topics posts as they become available, so be sure to check in regularly!
We also have several seasonal events scheduled to take place beginning in December, and hope that you will all look forward to those as well!
There are still more changes and additions slated for year's end and early next year as well. We will make sure to release information regarding them as soon as we are able in the ongoing Ask the Devs FAQ.
Thank you again for your time, and we hope that you will continue to enjoy your time in ever-evolving Eorzea!
FINAL FANTASY XIV Director