Expanding Upon the FFXIV Job System
There are a whole lot of jobs within the Final Fantasy universe and only a few are featured in FFXIV. I remember Keen mentioned to me recently that the devs were already thinking up new ways to incorporate new jobs and how they would work. The two of us got to talking for a while and here are some of the things we came up with along with several jobs we would love to see.
Thief Base Class and more Base Classes
There needs to be some sort of thief base class. It seems curiously absent from this game as it’s been in several other FF titles that have a job system. From here you can obviously expand upon it with the NINJA job and or ASSASSIN job.
More base classes would also allow for additional jobs without the need to increase the level cap. There definitely needs to be more magic base classes. I’m already clueless as to how archer helps make a black mage. They could easily add in some kind of Animist or Caller base class or even something Blue/Green mage related to work up to.
So right now you need to be level 30 with a main class and level 15 with a sub-class in order to unlock a job. The job then takes on the level of your main class. By the time new jobs come around I imagine people will already have maxed several classes/jobs so any new combination is just going to end up being max level. That kinda seems to take all of the fun out of actually playing the character. I’m not really sure what they could do to fix this aside from a level cap increase, which basically means we wont see any new jobs until an expansion.
One idea might be to combine existing job gems into a new advanced job. Like, say, combining a Dragoon gem with a Warrior gem to create a SAMURAI class. Another way they could do it would be combining multiple base classes like like gladiator/theurgist/conjurer in order to make a RED MAGE. Or you could combine an existing Job with a base class or two.
Combining Battle Classes with Field Classes
I thought this would actually be a pretty interesting idea. Combine some battle class with a crafting class and get something like a MACHINIST or TINKER. Probably not something that would appeal to most people but it’s something different.
There are many, many, jobs out there but these are the ones that are currently on the top of our list:
NINJA – One of my favorite jobs and one I’d love to see. A better fighter than thieves and also some sweet mystical Ninjitsu powers.
RED MAGE – Red Mages are a lot of fun a hybrid classes never go out of style. It’s a combo of Black Mage/White Mage/Fighter
GUNNER/SNIPER – Any additional ranged type job. It’s kind of a bummer that archer turns into Bard and not something like these
SAGE – Black and White magic hybrid that would be pretty neat.
TIME MAGE – Not sure how they would implement this one other than generic slow and haste abilities. They could do some cool stuff with their gravity powers, however. One of my favorite jobs.
Mog Knight – Kind of a pipe dream since it would require playable Moogles but wouldn’t that be awesome?
What are your thoughts of adding additional jobs to the game? Any in particular you’d like to see?