Monday, July 20, 2009

Morning in Vana'diel: Millions of Voices of Summoners Suddenly Cried Out In Terror and Were Suddenly Silenced.

Morning in Vana'diel is your daily dose of FFXI and all things Vana'diel. Give us your thoughts on the interesting topics of the day! Today, Ring can't figure what SE is doing and how they are going to survive the Summoner Holocaust that is currently descending on their offices.

Update day! And no word on a new Avatar. The new Avatars were announced over a year and a half ago, and restated 6 months ago, and essentially promised for the last update then this update. And still absolutely nothing. This really is getting pathetic. There are only three major items in this entire update: the NIN JA's, opening Northlands in the past, and the Union system. And it remains to be seen just how good this Union system is going to be.

I am now convinced that these mini-expansions are killing our updates. They are working on getting everything done for them and cutting out all of the meat of the updates. And Summoners are probably getting screwed the most out of this all. For most jobs you just get a JA here or a new spell there, but nothing is so definitive about the change for Summoner as a new Avatar. They are iconic and the main stay of the job. Promising them and then not delivering for a year and a half is just irresponsible to the player base.

I normally don't care about SMN outside of Summoner-burns, but they have their place in the game and they should get what is promised after such a long time. I don't know, vaporware seems to be an American tradition, but then again SE does love teasing stuff then taking forever to put it out. Not just in FFXI but all of their games. But knowing that doesn't make things any better for the Summoners that have been left out in the cold with no Alexander or Ixion or Cait-Sith or whatever.

Do you feel for the Summoners? Do you care about them outside of Summoner-burns? Do you want to see more Avatars? Or do you think that Summoners are just spoiled kids begging for new toys? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!


Qtipus said...

I'm saying this w/o having SMN leveled, but it seems to me that jobs like BST and PUP should stand to have some strong updates before SMN should. SMN at least has a niche in the end-game scene for bad guys like JoL, Odin, Kirin(non melee burn) etc, but BST and PUP are just flat pathetic when it comes to their overall usefulness. PUP has what? A ZNM they're useful in at level 1? BST has the Rostrum Pumps NM, Despot and escort quests?

I know SMNs were promised these avatars a long time ago along with some other updates and shame on SE for dragging it out so long, but could be worse.

Anonymous said...

I stopped caring about SMNs when they decided "Boo hoo! We are justified in abusing an exploit because we don't get enough parties!" Fuck you, vast majority of SMNs. I hope they nerf your exploit AND you don't get a new Avatar for another year.

Legitimate SMNs (Both of you) - Sorry, but your abusive brethren have tainted your job. Take it up with the scummoners.