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Naoki Yoshida On Viera And Hrothgar Gender-Lock, Lack Of New Healer In FFXIV: Shadowbringers


By Sato . Might 10, 2019 . 2:00pm


It’s been over three and a half years since Naoki Yoshida wrote up a “Letter from the Producer” nevertheless it made a return to debate a couple of subjects for Ultimate Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers’ new races and extra.


On the weblog submit, Yoshi-P begins out by explaining why a brand new healer class gained’t be added within the Shadowbringers enlargement, then explains why the 2 new races Viera and Hrothgar are gender-locked in contrast to the opposite races, and lastly about why we will’t make younger-looking playable characters as a result of moral causes.


Take a look at the complete submit under:


Why a New Healer Was Not Added with Shadowbringers

Previous to the Tokyo Fan Pageant, lots of you anticipated that we might be saying the addition of a brand new healer job. I think this was inspired by the truth that we had simply revealed gunbreaker, a brand new tank job.
Once we debuted dancer as a bodily ranged DPS job, there have been many who welcomed the information, however others who questioned why no new healer had been added.
After inner dialogue about learn how to stability the sport as an entire, we decided that we should always not add a brand new healer with this enlargement. There have been three key elements which knowledgeable this determination.

    1. Solely Two New Jobs Might Be Added with Shadowbringers – The discharge of a brand new enlargement is invariably accompanied by the elevating of the extent cap, which signifies that along with including new jobs, we have to add new actions for present jobs, in addition to assessment and rebalance present actions. Aside from the blue mage restricted job, there are fifteen jobs—seventeen with the addition of gunbreaker and dancer. Whereas the event group and I personally deliberated prioritizing the addition of latest jobs, after contemplating our replace launch schedule, we concluded that two new jobs was our restrict. Subsequently, we needed to decide sure roles over others.
    2. Solely Two Bodily Ranged DPS Jobs Are Presently Carried out – As of Stormblood, there are three tank, three healer, 4 melee DPS, three magical ranged DPS, and two bodily ranged DPS jobs. We consider that there’s worth in including one other bodily ranged DPS to enhance the stability of obtainable roles, and so we determined to make use of one in every of our two new jobs to fill this want.
    3. The Current Stability Between Tank and Healers – Since we presently have 4 melee DPS jobs, we determined to carry off on creating one other and as an alternative added a brand new tank.


Tanks in FFXIV are sometimes utilized in both a principal tank or off-tank position. Nevertheless, we at present have an odd variety of tank jobs, and we felt it that it will be simpler to stability them shifting ahead if we had a fair variety of tanks, which is why we went with gunbreaker in the long run.
Furthermore, ever since we added astrologian with Heavensward, we’ve had appreciable problem in balancing it together with white mage and scholar. Relatively than exacerbate a posh state of affairs by including a fourth healer to the combination, we determined to as an alternative prioritize balancing the three present healer jobs presently.
That stated, we perceive that there’s a robust want for a further healer, and so we’ll bear this in thoughts when designing new jobs sooner or later.


Relating to the Gender of Viera and Hrothgar

As you realize, in Shadowbringers we will probably be introducing two new playable races: the Viera and the Hrothgar. Hrothgar might be male solely, and Viera might be feminine solely—a choice which has prompted quite a lot of suggestions from every area. I’d wish to elaborate on why we determined to proceed on this style.

    1. The Value of Creating a New Playable Race – In a Fan Pageant keynote speech, I said that this can possible be the final time we add new playable races to FFXIV. To place it merely, an incredible period of time and assets are required to develop one. I’m positive you all perceive that a new race would require new faces, hairstyles, our bodies, and different belongings. Along with this, they must be able to equipping all present gadgets—this alone requires an enormous dedication of assets. Every race has a singular body and physique sort, and so each piece of seen gear must be rigorously adjusted to show correctly on Hrothgar and Viera fashions. A cursory search will present that FFXIV has round ten thousand equippable gadgets already carried out, all of which have to be manually modified by our designers. That is an instantaneous and unavoidable improvement value incurred when including a brand new race.
      The addition of latest playable races will influence greater than the event value of the gadgets added in 5.1 and subsequent updates. Not solely will we be transitioning from twelve variations (six races, two genders every) to 14, however we may even have to commit extra assets to the event of latest emotes. Whereas FFXIV will proceed to attempt to take care of a daily three.5 month main replace cycle, we should additionally be sure that adequate time is secured for the meticulous improvement of latest content material—or else the standard will invariably drop. This can be a complicated drawback that may’t be solved just by throwing extra money or individuals at it, because it impacts each debugging and QA.
      In abstract, these are the circumstances which knowledgeable my earlier assertion that that is more likely to be the final time we add new playable races; as at this time limit, it’s troublesome to see us sustaining our patch replace schedule if we now have to account for greater than seven races and two genders (technically six races with two genders and two races with a single gender, however that is the practical equal).
    2. A Vital Variety of Gamers Have Been Requesting Playable Viera – Since this can be the final time we add new races, we spent a very long time deliberating which race can be the most effective addition. Followers worldwide have proven an awesome want for FFXII’s Viera, and we’ve got lengthy been conscious of this reality. The truth is, we thought-about including Viera again in Heavensward, however ultimately determined that, since that was FFXIV’s first enlargement, we should always as an alternative add an all-new unique race—the Au Ra. If we have been so as to add yet one more race relatively than the Viera, we anticipated that many followers can be disenchanted, and so we determined to attempt to fulfill their request on this enlargement. The will to please our followers is the first cause behind this choice.
    3. Offering a Extra Beastly Selection for Ultimate Fantasy XIV Character Creation and World Constructing – After seeing the constructive reception of the Lupin characters we launched in Stormblood, we concluded that, for the long-term well being of FFXIV, it was essential to implement a larger number of character varieties past the historically lovely in a future enlargement. In fact, we had thought-about including extra beastly characters lengthy earlier than, and since this was probably our final probability to take action, we determined that we should always—very similar to we did with the Viera—within the pursuits of increasing the lore and the alternatives out there to gamers.
      Character creation is about offering gamers with choices, and whereas there’s no telling how many individuals will make the most of these choices, we additionally consider that there’s worth merely in having them exist—in empowering individuals to fill the world with higher selection.


Though these second and third factors are in battle, we however felt that it was in the most effective pursuits of our gamers to attempt to fulfill each calls for. We understood that some gamers can be upset in the event that they have been unable to make use of their most popular gender, besides, after a lot inner dialogue, we determined this strategy was one of the simplest ways to enhance the general recreation expertise.
We might have determined to implement solely female and male Viera, or solely female and male Hrothgar. Nevertheless, we as an alternative went with an strategy meant to increase the chances in a number of methods.
As you play by way of Shadowbringers, you’ll study that each male Viera and feminine Hrothgar exist. When you gained’t meet any in individual, if we builders can discover a approach to handle the varied issues that are stopping us from implementing them, then maybe sometime you’ll have the ability to see them for your self. I need to be clear that this doesn’t imply it’s going to ultimately occur, and that I can’t make any guarantees right now. I hope you’ll perceive and bear with us.


Addendum—On Including Youthful-Wanting Playable Characters

Amongst a number of the suggestions we acquired have been requests for playable characters that resembled younger girls and boys. Sadly, that is one request we can’t think about for moral causes.
With each passing yr the talk surrounding ethical and moral points in video games grows extra intense, and we don’t need to current youngsters in battle or in ache—and posing such characters sexually and taking screenshots and so forth can be expressly forbidden.
In any occasion, no matter what our gamers did or didn’t intend to do, the very fact stays that if a evaluate board have been to guage such content material and decide it have been unacceptable, we might be pressured to droop FFXIV’s service. We ask that you simply hold these elements in thoughts as we attempt to abide by the altering requirements of the occasions.


In Closing (and with a Bonus!)

The event group is tough at work placing the ending touches on what we hope might be our biggest enlargement but. Slowly however certainly we’re getting ready for the day that you simply all will lastly be capable of play as Viera and Hrothgar. These new adventures and extra are two months away, however till then, please maintain tight!
However earlier than I log off, I assumed I’d depart you with a style of what I personally think about to be the strongest Hrothgar and Viera (and no, this isn’t an invite for debate).




Ah, sure. As you could keep in mind from the Tokyo Fan Pageant keynote, I discussed that because of the particular design of the Hrothgar and Viera heads, outfitted headgear wouldn’t show.
Glasses and so forth wouldn’t show both at first, however after seeing how many individuals referred to as for us to do one thing, something, to deal with this after the announcement, the character staff took it upon themselves to make use of their spare moments to make it potential—with out telling me. Greater than 5 hundred and forty such gadgets have been rigorously modified by our designers so that each one would show appropriately with our new face fashions. /salute
Daily, the FFXIV improvement group strives to make the unattainable attainable. Collectively, we’ve taken one other step ahead and surmounted yet one more hurdle we as soon as thought-about unimaginable. We hope you’ll proceed to help us as you expertise the whole lot the world of FFXIV has to supply.


Last Fantasy XIV is accessible on PlayStation four and PC.  Ultimate Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers releases on July 2, 2019. In case you missed it, the sport just lately made it potential for gamers to go to different servers with the World Go to System. The  first enlargement, Heavensward, can also be obtainable at no cost on PS4 and PC via June 27, 2019.

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