Latest FFXIV Q&A Digs into Housing, PvP, and More
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn just dropped a 2-hour-long Producer Live video and discussed almost everything you can think of about the game. If you don't have the time to watch the full video, you can read the summary of the Q&A Summary at the forum.
The developers talked about housing, which is a feature for A Realm Reborn. By placing various items around the house, you will receive a variety of different enhancing effects. "As an example, you and your friends or free company members can receive a two-week-long EXP bonus or a bonus to gil received." The devs mentioned the bonus for using player houses aren't designed to lure or force you to buy a house. Your house can be upgraded in the future, and if you don't want to upgrade it, you may be able to buy another one. House is tradable, and you can even give a house to that special someone in your free company as a present.
PvP is not a not a focus of Final Fantasy XIV but it will be different in A Realm Reborn. Square Enix teased about PvP gear before (and you can see artworks for PvP gear in the video above), and today they told more about PvP. You will be able to watch other players playing PvP matches — imagine the spectator mode. You can expect to fight like a warrior in the coliseum, which is planned to implement at launch, and you can expect a 4vs4 match mode. There will be PvP rank, as well as PvP points and a reward system.
I'm sure opposing warriors and paladins would attack me first because of my low defense, so I would probably try to cast sleep or repose to take them out of the fight for a short while. Depending on your role and the situation, you'll want to fight with a different style. And, as I mentioned in the previous live letter, you can use the environment to your advantage. These matches will be balanced around 4 vs. 4. Hopefully everyone can try it out and go from there.
The devs discussed new classes, dungeons, and other details in the Q&A. You can read the full post at http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/61657.