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Major Changes, Job Changes, Role Based Actions & More

The latest Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer Live has completed and, as usual, it is packed with an almost overwhelming amount of information. With Stormblood literally around the corner, players have a lot of new information to process.

Job Changes

Part of the team's effort for Stormblood has been to eliminate skill "bloat" that most notably came as a result of cross-class actions. With Stormblood, players will instead choose from Role Based Actions (Tanks, Ranged / Melee DPS, Caster or Healer) and be able to equip up to five abilities at a time. 

To make figuring out jobs a bit easier, a new interface called a "Gauge" specific to each class. It gives a more visual presentation of abilities and other useful information.

Stat changes are incoming, as well as the removal of some that may cause a few raised eyebrows: Parry is being removed and replaced with Tenacity that increases damage dealt and will only be available for Tanks. Accuracy is also being removed and replaced with Direct Hit and will be available for DPS. Block works from different angles rather than just in front.

A number of changes are being implemented with PvP as well:

  • Level restrictions removed so that any job over level 30 can participate.
  • PvP attributes are determined and normalized by role.
  • Gear no longer effects performance and is for glamour only.
  • PvP will now only allow 9 actions per job with two selectable actions and the adrenaline rush limit break.
  • The melee directional requirements have been removed from all skills.
  • Combos are now consolidated into one button to free up space on the hotbar.
  • No more stuns in PvP.
  • Sleep potency reduced.

Lastly, players will be able to purchase "jump potions" to reduce the gap between new and veteran players. Scenario Shortcut Items allow players to bypass the main scenario of A Realm Reborn for $18. For $25, a potion allows players to bypass the main scenario in Heavesward.

You can check out the video above for a bit more information or head to this MMORPG.com forum thread for an ongoing discussion.

Source: RPGFan.com