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The teams from Final Fantasy World and Final Fantasy Ring conducted an exclusive French interview with director and producer, Naoki Yoshida, on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at Japan Expo and we now have the proper English transcript! Yoshida was grilled with worrisome questions regarding the core ideas of the game, the duty finder, the inclusion of Lightning, and PvP. 

There's a concern that the duty finder aspect of the game will make players lazy and reluctant to explore the world of Eorzea. But, Yoshida argues that the goal is to give players more options - more liberty. He doesn't want to force anybody to do anything. If someone only has 1 hour to play per day, the duty finder is helpful. You don't have to travel the world if you don't want to. 

Regarding the inclusion of Lightning into the game, Yoshida stressed, once again, that there will be a reason in the storyline that explains why she's there "naturally". She doesn't just barge in the game.

On the topic of PvP, Yoshida says that it's hugely influenced by the game, Dark Age of Camelot. He wants player to enjoy PvP as a sport, not merely to murder other players. 

Lastly, Yoshida says the development teams have heard the negative feedback from fans on the PlayStation 3 port and they have tried their best to push the limits of the hardware. He stated, "Just because we try hard, it doesn’t mean the speed will be improved, but we are going to do our best to make all the playable zones appear as quickly as possible. We are also going to use the feedback from the user interface. From the graphics point of view, I think we have pretty much reached the perfection for the PS3 version. We have tried so hard until the very last minute, we feel comfortable that we have managed to have worked with the limitations of the PS3 hardware as an MMO with this quality of graphics."

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