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Final Fantasy XIV: XP Capped After 8 Hours – Is this right?

We have some worrying news for those of you planning to pick up Final Fantasy XIV on either the PC or PS3, as Square-Enix has confirmed that they will be capping XP growth after eight hours of continuous play, to keep the game fair for others.

As reported from Eurogamer, the controversial move has been set up in order to balance the game for those people who don’t have enough time to play as others do.

The system will follow as this: After eight hours of continuous play, players will stop receiving XP and Skill points at the speed they normally would. If a player continues to play for 15 hours in a single week, then XP growth and skill points will be shut off completely, until the next week starts.

It seems very harsh on the hardcore Final Fantasy players who want to level up their character so they have an advantage over others – what is the problem with that? It is up to the player on the amount of time they spend playing the game, so why should Square-Enix have an input in that?

What are your thoughts on this revelation? Are you happy that XP will be capped after eight hours? Don’t forget that the open beta is due to start for PC owners soon.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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squarenixsuckssucks
squarenixsuckssucks

Ha ha ha, I guess Square-Enix is being more proactive than the money-grubbing whores of the west, actually encouraging their players to do something more productive in reality, like say, getting a job?

squareenixsucks
squareenixsucks

I agree it is bullsh*t, we pay for our time let us do what we want with our paid time, this is the biggest sh*t scam I have ever heard of, there excuses are mental to, as it is not a pvp game, low lvls will lvl with low lvls and high lvls with high lvls, your cap does sh*t except make ppl pay more as if we don't pay enough in our day to day living

Buck Futter
Buck Futter

I think this is just a psychological experiment and most everyone is failing <.<

PJT
PJT

i was going to go pick the game up tomorrow until ,and thank goodness i came across a post about this cap saved me 50 bucks. I pay a monthly sub. to play when i want which with my work some weeks is not at all other weeks i have alot of time which if ' I ' choose to play longer it is my choice game looked great SE but thanks but no thanks i dont need you telling me how much i can play this week .

mkc
mkc

This really is ridiculous! If im buying a game AND paying monthly to play it, what right do SE have to tell me how long i can play it for? I thought after paying £40 for the game then, what, £12 each month you've actually bought it, not renting it! only being able to play 15hours a week playing the game in the style you want! However long people play a game for is their business! They're claiming they're making the game fairer for people who dont get much time, but all its actually doing is punishing people who make… Read more »

Sin
Sin

now it really sucks ass if its only 15 hour per week instead of per job… Who the fuck is gonna pay money for something you cant use totally full time..this game will be the biggest joke in history and i think people wont play it at all until the remove the lvl restriction why the fuck should we who have time be punished by square because other peoples dont have time to play or priorise other things as more important… its like you go to the doctor and pay money and get sick twice in a week and the… Read more »

Ace
Ace

For all you wondering about the 8hr cap, it is not per job for i have tried to switch my job by changing my weapon and i am not allowed to do that, nor am i allowed to do anything resulting in xp, so the 15hrs a week is true

wtf noobs
wtf noobs

Read wiki. FF XIV is skill based. The xp cap is for the rank. Kinda like how players rank up in Monster Hunter.

Instead of thinking XP, think of it as points towards the next rank. Ranks prob wont increase a single stat skill but allows accessibility towards higher missions.

Brendan-Z
Brendan-Z

This is more so a breaking point for me then anything else. I was extremely hyped about this game for the longest time then it seems that at the last second this rule was shivved in there. Now I just don't want anything to do with it, and would much rather play a game of which allows me to play my money's worth, AKA WoW. I'm really not going to pay 15+ dollars a month to just play a game 2-3 sessions (days) a week, then maybe 2 more sessions at reduced experience gain. This idea is a bit more… Read more »

FXMorph
FXMorph

And then once Square has a server full of levelcaps, are they gonna remove the debuff for the constant stream of newbie players trying the game? Or are they happy with lowbies getting pwned all the time becuase of play restrictions?

People should learn that playing an MMO, you will get pwned one time or another. Just let ppl do their own thing, it more fun than trying to do croud control from a developer's chair… that's why we have tanks.

Big Brother
Big Brother

I think its great. There are enough idiots that can't control themselves living their fat lives in front of their computer screens. All MMO should have hard playtime caps. People don't know how to make informed decisions and they have no personal control. These things need to be handled for them.

James
James

Not sure why ppl are getting mad over this and actually canceling there pre order. First off this is just the first draft of this system,and while It seems like its here to stay it wont be stuck this way forever. the way its setup now could be nothing like the way it could be when it actually launches. from my understanding is the feedback isnt good so far so SE will most likely tweak it to give players more time. Besides from what I heard is that are more classes planed but wont be realeasd for sometime after launch… Read more »

Chris
Chris

I could be wrong here but I believe that this is 8/hr per class. So it is not simply 15 hours and your done for the week, it is 15 hours in one class and your done with that class for the week. Again this is just what I have read, but you should then be able to change your class and continue leveling as normal until you hit the next 8/hr cap. If anyone has hard fact stating otherwise please post a link to this information.

erik
erik

i don't see why people are getting sooooo mad about this, so what if it will take you an extra month or two to get to level cap. once you hit the level cap you can play as much as you want cause you wont give a crap about exp anymore

Will
Will

Could you technically stop playing at 7hrs 59 minute and restart to keep getting xp (until the 15 hour cap)?

Chris
Chris

I think it is a bunch of crap. If someone wants to play a game they pay a monthly fee to play then they should have unlimited access. After reading this I WILL be cancelling my preorder. This is not the way to operate an MMO. Other games give exp bonuses to people who play less and that should be done here.

@Disco_box

I suspect this is a move designed to help circumvent the laws set in some countries about online games and play periods.

If there is no "reward" for extended periods of play, yet people can still play socially, it will most likely be allowed to operate unrestricted.

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