Personally, I dislike using mics and prefer text any day. For that reason, I have absolutely no problem with FF's lack of mic suppport. I can understand why people would prefer them though...
i concur completely.
however i always play supportive rolls in these types of games, so im generaly talked to and dont have to respond with words, just actions.
Letter from the Producer, XLVII (07/02/2013)
Hello again to all of you eagerly awaiting FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. Yoshi-P here, bringing you the forty-seventh Letter from the Producer!
I hope everyone who's been accepted into the beta has been enjoying themselves so far. The team is carefully reading over all your feedback, verifying and squashing urgent bugs. We've received many critical reports for the PlayStation 3 version, in particular, and they've all been resolved without incident.
Now that we're halfway through phase 3, all that's left is to stress test the duty finder, and to monitor server stability over a long period. It won't be long until phase 4, early access, and the big day arrive, so the team is really giving it their all.
It's been hectic preparing for release, but I've managed to sneak in a little anonymous game time during phase 3 as well. This past weekend I was playing as a conjurer, partying with random players to collect gear from the dungeons. No matter how many runs I did though, not a single robe dropped. But then, on my last run, the robe I'd been waiting for finally appeared in the loot list! Needless to say, I lotted on it right away—but then the thaumaturge lotted and won by two points. It was all I could do to type "Congrats!" while biting back my tears.
Anyway, let's put those unfortunate events behind us. Now that the latest testing period has ended, I'll be heading to Paris for this year's Japan Expo. Not only will I be giving a presentation on FFXIV: ARR, but I'll also be doing interviews with a number of media outlets. My schedule's looking more hectic by the minute.
As producer and director, things will only get tougher from here on out. As much as I hate riding those metallic nightmares they call airplanes, I think I can muster up the courage if it means meeting all of our fans in Europe.
(That's not to say our North American and Japanese fans aren't important too. )
And with that, I'm off to Europe. See you soon!
Regarding the Next Beta Test Schedule (07/03/2013)
Thank you for your participation in the beta test for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
The next Beta test is scheduled to begin July 5th at 2:00 a.m. (PDT)/9:00 (GMT).
We will begin stress testing the duty finder feature at the start of the next Beta Test; however, the system is still undergoing QA testing. As a result, there is a possibility that the duty finder will not be available at the start of the test, but instead will be implemented through an update that occurs during the Beta test.
Testing details, such as when the duty finder will become available and also the closing schedule of the next Beta test, we will be making another announcement before the test begins.
We look forward to your active participation in the beta test for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn!
Notice that it does not have an ending date yet lol.
All 3 of my characters. I need to work on leveling Tsuki more, I'll do that once Umbros and Dracin have access to Haukke Manor.
I'm on Leviathan server as a level 9 Gladiator.
I unfortunately haven't been playing the beta to much lately though due to some rather serious issues I'm personally suffering which ruins a lot of the gameplay for me.
Hopefully they'll be resolved soon.