Final Fantasy XIV Details New Eureka Systems and Sells Sky Whales

More than a few of us were pretty much in love with Final Fantasy XIV‘s newest mount, and really you can’t blame us because “sky whale” is the best fantasy thing ever. However, if you’re more about actual gameplay things, there’s a dev blog detailing a new Eureka Pyros system that lets the game’s Jobs take on some new abilities.

eureka pyros system

We’ll get the sky whales thing out of the way first: the game’s Mog Station cash shop is now selling the Indigo Whale mount, a floating whale that can travel across land, air and underwater. The mount can seat one other party member and, like other mounts from the cash shop, is an account-wide item. It’ll set you back about $30.

On the gameplay side of things, the most recent dev blog has outlined the Logos Action system that’s coming with the arrival of Eureka Pyros. This new system will allow Jobs to take on new skills that would otherwise not be available to them, such as letting a Ninja use tank abilities or a Black Mage use heals.

Here’s, roughly, how it works: you collect logograms from activities in Eureka Pyros and bring them to an NPC to combine into a Logos Duty Action. Three of these skills can be stored at a time, and as players push through the Eureka Pyros story, they’ll even be able to tie two actions together into one skill.

There’s a bit more to it than that synopsis, of course, so those interested will want to read the full post. If you’d rather see more sky whale, though, we’ve got you covered with the video below.

Our Thoughts

Guys, the whale has a bunch of rugs on it. Ahem…the Logos Action system definitely sounds interesting and we kind of hope that it finds its way into the full game, but we’re also not holding our breath in seeing that happen. …sky whale.

Sources: Mog Station email, official site

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RIFT Removes the Mount Loot Box

Much like the last RIFT store item and Trion Worlds’ quick action on the matter, the $100 mount loot box that was added with a recent patch to RIFT has been removed from the game following player feedback along with apologies from the company.

rift store item

CEO Scott Hartsman took to the Rift subreddit to announce the removal of the Orphiel’s Mount Crate as well as to apologize to players for the item’s inclusion. “For this year’s holiday season, we wanted to do something fun and special across all of our games,” wrote Hartsman. “One just plain wasn’t great. You dragged us for it. We deserved that. It’s gone. And we’re sorry it happened.”

While Hartsman made mention that store items are the way RIFT keeps its lights on as a free-to-play game, he also admitted that the mount crate did not hit the self-imposed bar of being a desirable item that is best for the players. “I take responsibility for that; we must be better and I must be better. This was a definitely a teachable moment for us, and one we intend to learn from,” wrote Hartsman.

Our Thoughts

Apology accepted, Mr. Hartsman. One can certainly blame the devs of being perhaps ignorant of the greater conversation regarding loot boxes in gaming, but at the same time the swift action on the part of the players and a written statement from the game’s CEO are pretty good steps to perhaps reinstall a bit of player confidence. Of course, if you feel the same or differently, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Source: RIFT subreddit

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RIFT Adds a $100 Mount Loot Box to the Store

If news of the RIFT in-game store selling a thing people vehemently disagree with sounds familiar, well, that’s because it is. The latest cash shop kerfuffle now centers on a $100 loot box that includes a random in-game mount.

rift in-game store

The loot box in question is known as the Orphiel’s Mount Crate. It costs specifically $99.99 and offers one of 42 different premium mounts including the Love Buggy, the Arclight Rider, and Scraps the Necro Budgie. Whatever mount you earn, you can trade it.

While some players in the Reddit discussion thread point to the fact that players aren’t required to buy the loot box, the OP counters that the offered mounts are not new and trading form them would only return about 15k Plat at most, or $40 worth of REX. Another response reasons that RIFT isn’t drawing in new players and so items to attract whales are a necessity.

If you are interested in the Orphiel’s Mount Crate, it will be available to buy until December 31st.

Our Thoughts

Personally, this particular loot box doesn’t seem quite as predatory or game-breaking so much as it seems slapdash and lazy. The price is pretty exorbitant and the chance of an item that isn’t brand new doesn’t really justify its price tag. With that all said, it really does seem like a matter of “don’t like it, don’t buy it”, but you’re welcome to share your own thoughts in our comments.

Source: RIFT subreddit

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RIFT Removes End Game Currency Offering in the Cash Shop

So that whole 4.3 hotfix that added a RIFT end game currency to the cash shop? Looks like the devs have decided that was probably a bad idea as a result of player reaction and have since had the offending item removed.

rift end game currency

In a post to the RIFT official forums, it was announced that the Collected Intel packs have been officially cut from the game store “for the time being”, though whether that means they’ll return in another form or not isn’t expressly stated in the post.

“We like to try new things,” explained the announcement. “Sometimes they work great, sometimes they don’t, and sometimes they need tweaking.”

The devs will be collecting both feedback from players as well as some in-game data and will be looking over all of the information in order to make “careful, reasoned decisions” on what to do next. In the meantime, the announcement post has also been designated the official feedback thread for the issue.

Our Thoughts

That was a decidedly swift action on the part of the RIFT dev team, so to that we want to offer our kudos. The language of the post does seem to infer that these items are going to make their way back to the in-game store, though, which might not sit terribly well with RIFT players. We’ll be sure to update this story as new developments arise.

Source: official forums

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