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    Greetings for the New Year! (01/05/2007)

    Quote Originally Posted by Playonline
    Greetings for the New Year (01/05/2007)

    Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year!

    Representing the development and operations teams for FINAL FANTASY XI, Hiromichi Tanaka, Nobuaki Koumoto, Kouichi Ogawa, and Sage Sundi convey their best wishes for the coming year.



    Happy New Year, Everyone!

    Five years have passed since the beta test of FFXI, and this year is the twentieth anniversary of the original FINAL FANTASY. This means that one quarter of the history of FINAL FANTASY is also that of FFXI.

    Twenty years ago, when FINAL FANTASY began as a small project with a staff of about ten people, nobody imagined it would become such a long-lasting series. FFXI's Vana'diel sprang from our desire to redefine the world we wanted to create in the beginning—one that we couldn't due to the limited capacity and technology available back then. And this world continues to grow...

    All of us here will strive to make great advances in 2007. We sincerely thank you for your continued support of FINAL FANTASY and FFXI.

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    Hiromichi Tanaka
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    Happy New Year!

    FFXI has seen five new years since its Japanese beta test, and May of this year will herald the start of its sixth year of official service.

    So much has changed these five years. Thanks to new incomers among our players, the operations staff, and the development team, Vana'diel continues to evolve each and every day.

    We on the FFXI team try hard every day—whether uplifted by expressions of delight or bruised from harsh criticism—to make FFXI even more fun.

    This year I'm confident that you'll enjoy many of the new gameplay elements we plan on delivering.

    I truly hope that this year is a fine year for all our players, and that you continue to enjoy FFXI!

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    Nobuaki Koumoto
    General Director, FINAL FANTASY XI



    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Thank you for playing FFXI.

    In addition to continuous updates, last year we released the Treasures of Aht Urhgan. In it this expansion we included new content like Assault, Besieged, and Chocobo Raising. These were aimed at different kinds of players—from mid-level players who have broken the original level limit after completing the limit-breaking quest, to high-level players who have already reached maximum levels.

    I sincerely apologize for dropping many of the features we had originally planned to implement, and for the delay in delivering some of the new content that was announced in the roadmap that we made public.

    This year we will start implementing the remaining content, completing the missions of "Treasures of Aht Urhgan," and taking FFXI to new horizons. All of us here are committed to making sure FFXI is everlastingly enjoyable, and we invite you to look forward to the many coming developments.

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    Kouichi Ogawa
    Director, FINAL FANTASY XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan



    Happy New Year!

    For all of us on the operations team, 2006 was a tremendously busy year. We held a Fan Festival, began the beta test of the linkshell community, formed the special task force, and expanded our GM policies, which we recently released to the public.

    This year, in addition to making system operations more robust, we're implementing several features we think you'll enjoy. We're also adding support for German and French in the European version, which will add even more momentum to the FINAL FANTASY XI community.

    We in operations will continue to do our best all year, so we hope you keep enjoying FFXI!

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    Sage Sundi
    Global Online Producer
    Yeah yeah, happy PR message.
    But this section caught my eye:

    Quote Originally Posted by Kouichi Ogawa
    I sincerely apologize for dropping many of the features we had originally planned to implement, and for the delay in delivering some of the new content that was announced in the roadmap that we made public.
    This guy is the ToAU director... what features did they drop?

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    those pictures are scary

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    Notice they didn't include the CoP director.

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    Re: Greetings for the New Year! (01/05/2007)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeryhn
    Yeah yeah, happy PR message.
    But this section caught my eye:

    Quote Originally Posted by Kouichi Ogawa
    I sincerely apologize for dropping many of the features we had originally planned to implement, and for the delay in delivering some of the new content that was announced in the roadmap that we made public.
    This guy is the ToAU director... what features did they drop?
    Yeah, caught my attention when I read through it too. Was thinking they were dropping Collesseum and The Pit, since they haven't been implemented yet.

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    Chocobo racing is about 3 months late at this point isn't it?

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    Because it had to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vigion
    those pictures are scary

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    looks about right, 3 people working on ffxi in their spare time.

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    I actually have to say it's refreshing to see them apologize and admit to some failings, though.

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    http://www.playonline.com/pcd/topics...216/1216_4.jpg
    I guess we now know who galka's were modeled after.

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    Notice they didn't include the CoP director.
    He committed seppuku to save face shortly after people first hit Sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ircgeek
    I actually have to say it's refreshing to see them apologize and admit to some failings, though.
    They've made a lot of great changes w/ the past expansion, so I think they've finally realized what does and doesn't work.

    Assaults, good.

    Cerb/Khimiara both have nice drops, and are worth killing as soon as they spawn, Hydra is kinda meh still.

    Salvage has absolutely amazing gear.

    So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senoska
    http://www.playonline.com/pcd/topics...216/1216_4.jpg
    I guess we now know who galka's were modeled after.
    he was responsible for CoP if i remember correctly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lordwafik
    Quote Originally Posted by senoska
    http://www.playonline.com/pcd/topics...216/1216_4.jpg
    I guess we now know who galka's were modeled after.
    he was responsible for CoP if i remember correctly
    If this is true, then I don't blame him for wanting to be called "General Director" instead of "CoP Director".

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    I thought when he said features they dropped they were talking about all the low-level content that ToAU was supposed to be about.

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    If I'm not mistaken, they also did say something about west-ronf. ballista area @ CoP. I'm still waiting for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamanosukeShiva
    If I'm not mistaken, they also did say something about west-ronf. ballista area @ CoP. I'm still waiting for that
    Yeah, they kinda forgot about West Ronfaure ballista and went straight to Ghelsba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senoska
    http://www.playonline.com/pcd/topics...216/1216_4.jpg
    I guess we now know who galka's were modeled after.
    I lol'd irl :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by spooky
    I thought when he said features they dropped they were talking about all the low-level content that ToAU was supposed to be about.
    I'm pretty sure ToAU was meant to be for high levels onry actually.

    As for the ditched content, whatever happened to the colliseum thing? I need some Spartacus style action.

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    Well, 2006 was a pretty nice year for FFXI so hopefully 2007 will improve.

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