On Thursday, February 6th, the 57. Letter from the producer LIVE where producer and director Naoki Yoshida goes into detail about the new content of the upcoming updates 5.2 spoke. Before that happened, however, he spoke in detail about the mods and third-party tools that are in the Final Fantasy 14 community (buy now for € 7.90) some popularity. The mods are mainly graphical changes that allow players to change the look of their clothes, hairstyles or other assets, for example. Among other things, it is possible to dress the characters sexy or have them wear items of equipment that are otherwise difficult to reach, for example because they are only offered for real money in the Mogry kiosk.
The third-party tools represent another problem. These are programs that run independently of FFXIV, but access the program code. For example, it is possible to make invisible AoE attacks by bosses visible. The Damage Meter, which evaluates the damage figures of all players, also falls under this.
Yoshida commented: "It is against the usage agreement to use third-party tools, so please refrain from doing so. This can have consequences for your account." He then stressed that Square Enix will continue to offer no official damage tool. A little later, he added: "We can't do anything if the players have a small window on their screen that shows the ACT. We don't want to scan your computer to see what software you have installed. It would be against the law anyway. However, there are other plugins for ACT that have a huge impact on the game. This breaks the balance and is punished severely by us. Said ACT programs (Advanced Combat Tracker) scan the log during the fight and can thus be used to summarize the damage numbers or to predict attacks by the bosses.
There have been problems with such programs several times in the past. For example, the streamer Artharas blocked by Square Enix when he used the damage count to harass other players. In a more recent case, a tool was used to automatically reposition waypoints in combat. To prevent this, the marker system is revised with patch 5.2.
Of course we are also looking forward to your opinion. What do you think of using such mods and third party tools? Let us know in the comments.
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