Square completed a version upgrade of Final
Fantasy XI today, the company announced on its official site.
Thus, the company records an unusual milestone in history, releasing
what we believe is the first patch ever made for a console game.
The modifications to the client software, which players can download
from the game's main title interface, fix several bugs, add new
features, and tweak existing features. The patch is required to
access the game after 9AM today (Japanese time), and registration
of new users to the PlayOnline service, as well as cancellation
of existing accounts, is suspended for 24 hours after that point
in order to prevent difficulties resulting from the additional
server load. According to Impress
Game Watch, the changes to the game include the following:
Limitations on auctions have been lifted,
so they can take place anywhere in the game.
"Notorious monsters" are now
generated in various places around the game.
It's now possible to subscribe to the
Vana D'iel Tribune (the regularly-updated source of news on the
game) and receive it when checking into the Mog House.
The distribution of experience among
parties according to the level of members has been adjusted.
The Thief job's Surprise Attack ability
now receives a damage bonus according to the player's Dexterity
The Thief job's Treasure Hunter ability
is more effective.
The effect time of the Bind black magic
spell is shorter.
An experience level of 18 is now required
to receive a quest to acquire a support job.
Monsters which drop quest items now drop
different items besides that quest item.
Some message colors in the combat interface
An error related to the message filter
and the Raise spell has been corrected.
Tapping the triangle button now converts
character strings in the software keyboard (this is presumably
something to do with the Japanese language input system).
The probability of acquiring crystals
while participating in the Conquest system has increased.
Guards providing signets to characters
involved in Conquest have now been placed in consulates in each
country, as well as borders. Thus, it's possible to affect the
Conquest system even in other countries' territory.
As a consequence of the aforementioned,
certain borders have been redrawn beween Gustaberg and some provinces
in Bastok (we apologize for the vagueness here, but the translation
is difficult and essentially meaningless to Western players).
Sale prices on certain expensive items
Priced on fishing equipment have also
Guild shop hours have changed to reflect
The lists of items for sale at guild
shops has changed, as have certain prices.
Item synthesis occasionally leads to
the accidental acquisition of new recipes for high-quality items.
Item synthesis now produces two items
on rare occasions.
Some quests have new rewards.
The system of deliverying rare items
to homes and the Mog Safe has been corrected -- delivering a second
specimen of one item no longer destroys the first.
The format of resistance values and other
equipment attributes has changed.
Online reports that some users may not be able to effectively
install the patch to their client program. Users with such difficulties
are advised to try again a short time after the release of the