Sunday, July 4, 2010

FFXIV Beta Article

Some interesting new information about "retainers" in FFXIV has been posted in an article at gamewatch, where can be read here or you can find a translation of the article here. Retainers appear to be NPCs that a player calls with a call bell item. These NPCs are customizable with different looks and accessories, and their sole purpose is to act as a player's bazaar when the player is offline, or perhaps even just out adventuring.

The article also has quite a few of those beautiful Final Fantasy XIV screenshots. I have to say, the game does indeed scream "Square-Enix Masterpiece." Even if the company's latest additions to the franchise haven't quite been up to snuff when compared to the original PlayStation interations.

I'm excited to see what all this game has in store for us. Let's hope they bring all of the good things about Final Fantasy XI back, and drop the things that made that game almost unbearable (wait times... on everything. Literally.)

Anyhoo, read the article and enjoy the images. Less than three months until official launch! But if your machine can handle it, you can go ahead and download the beta client which was made available just the other day. However, you'll need to wait to actually play the open beta until they announce the beta dates.