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Famitsu Interview Sage Sundi

22nd August 2009

As well as talking to Tanaka, Famitsu also interviewed Sage Sundi, who is the Global Online Producer and Lead Game Master of Final Fantasy XI.

  1. What is your role here with FFXIV?
  2. How will GM (game master) policies exist in FFXIV?
  3. Speaking of the community, how will you approach a global community?
  4. How will communities be introduced into the game?
  5. Some players would prefer segregated, language specific server. Can we expect to see this in FFXIV?

Q. What is your role here with FFXIV?

I will be returning as the Global Online Producer for Final Fantasy XIV. We are looking at the development team, a mangement team and the user base as the key factors in supporting FFXIV. My job will be to build the communication between these areas and get them working as one. For example, if there is an interview with Hiromichi Tanaka I am there.

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Q. How will GM (game master) policies exist in FFXIV?

I doubt that there will be any large changes from FFXI in the area. Other than maintaining order, GM's are there to also help maintain a peaceful and safe playing environment for everyone. Policies from FFXI will be carried over and even the team will more than likely be carried over. We are, however, going over the system to make improvements to the system in certain areas. One thing I would like to make it easier for players to contact GM's. Besides these improvements there are going to be efforts to create a better experience for all players

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Q. Speaking of the community, how will you approach a global community?

.If we were to make a forum in Japanese then it would become the Japense player forum. We feel that the best way to approach this issue is to have premier sites and have them act as community managers for their language/community. We can then get feedback from these sites and that way we get the voice of every player in their own way. I plan to be able to use the web more than ever to get information directly from the users because it is valuable which we can see from item databases and wikis.

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Q. How will communities be introduced into the game?

There will of course be chat within the game but there is also going to be a system similar to the "Linkshell" found in FFXI as well as a "Linkshell community" on the official site. Unfortunately I am unable to elaborate any further on this area, though. We do plan to work with fan sites and blogs in some way.

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Q. Some players would prefer segregated, language specific server. Can we expect to see this in FFXIV?

No we wont have this in FFXIV just like FFXI. I feel that this would be a step backwards from FFXI and it has made it this far without segregated servers. I would rather work at making mixed servers a success instead of abandoning them.

(closing statement)

Sundi: Making FFXIV enjoyable for all users, including FFXI players, is our number one priority. We cannot build a community without considering that. First we address how to satisfy Final Fantasy fans. From there, we will attract other MMO players and develop a community like never before. I believe FFXI players will find their time in Eorzea to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, and I hope you look forward to it.

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