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Eternal posted a topic in Development DiscussionHello everyone! This is my first post here on NG+, but I'm excited to be able to share this project with this community. I've been out of the modding scene for the past few years aside from some minor projects, mostly due to work and real life stuff consuming the vast majority of my time and energy. I was working on FFTA2 for the most part until I stumbled upon the FFXII (PC) modding community. To that end, I was able to work with some of the many talented folks who are working hard on making tools and doing research on XII's inner workings. With their help, I was able to create the first difficulty/rebalancing mod for FFXII, called The Struggle for Freedom (SFF), designed for The Zodiac Age on PC, for English-speaking communities. XII, and Ivalice in general, hold a very special place in my heart. FFT was one of the first RPGs I ever played, and XII was the first numbered FF I ever finished. Even when I was younger, I always thought XII had a lot of potential and wanted to mess around with it. Why did First Aid have to suck? Why did all Black Magick have to feel the same? And why do those three invisible items added in IZJS not have models? And further, why can't every character feel unique, like they do in other FF games? Those are all some of the founding things I wanted to change with this mod, among many other changes. Here's what the biggest changes are: Enemies have 2x HP and a 1.3x boost to their other stats, making them hit harder, faster, and actually able to survive for a bit longer, without making enemies super tanky and feeling like a drag. Many enemies now use abilities that people have never even seen them use before because of the added survivability. If you use the default version of the mod, each character is assigned a set role and License Board to give them a unique role within the party. Vaan is fast and excels at evasion and combos, Fran is able to wield offensive magicks, Balthier is the best item-user, etc. There are two versions of each board for each character- a Struggle Board, and a Freedom Board. Struggle Boards are linear and have set growth, similar to FFX's Sphere Grid and FFXIII's Crystarium, and Freedom Boards are more open, similar to XII's original License Boards. For those not wanting set roles, there is also a version of the mod included that has the original 12 jobs and the PS2 version of the License Boards. If using the SFF boards, you face a choice- you can either pick up Quickenings early in the game as shortcuts to proceed on the Board faster, or opt to not pick up Quickenings until after the rest of the Board is complete to access a series of bonus Licenses for each character. Espers are now far more useful and, if you use the default SFF boards, are assigned to each character. Each character gets two Espers, each having very different playstyles and abilities that compliment their summoner, and Espers have completely revamped AI to take advantage of their skillsets. For example, Belias excels at helping Basch tank by using Bubble/Decoy on him while Belias uses magick, and Adrammelech uses Hastega/Slowga/Blindga and Thunder magicks to aid Vaan. Many abilities have been completely revamped to either fill a new niche, or to be more useful. For example, First Aid now heals a flat 10% of an ally's HP (great for using between fights!), rather than healing a very small amount of HP to an HP Critical ally. Bio/Scourge are now Water Elemental, and Gravity/Graviga are now Earth Elemental and act as regular spells (rather than fractional damage), giving the player more elemental options that were lacking in the original. Further, Fire/Ice/Thunder magicks are now very different from each other. Fire focuses on damage, with each casting of Fire able to potentially inflict Oil on the foe. Blizzard is AoE, and Thunder spells have a greatly reduced cast time. Equipment- primarily weapons- have been greatly rebalanced. The three invisible items now have models and are more balanced to be on par with other late-game weaponry, and are now available through the Bazaar (albeit requiring rare Loot). Most late-game weaponry within each category is competitive with each other. For example, the Arcturus has enhanced Range compared to other Guns, the Fomalhaut has an increased Critical Hit Rate compared to other Guns, and the Mithuna has the highest raw Attack of all Guns. Character stats have been revamped to better fit a character's role. For example, Basch now has some of the best VIT/HP in the game as befitting his role as a tank, whereas Vaan is the fastest, and Fran has the highest Magick. What will happen in future versions? Currently, FFXII modding is still very much in its infancy. There's many things we can't do just yet, and even things like editing text is very time-consuming. To that end, there are some minor text inaccuracies and other very small bugs that are being slowly but surely snipped for future versions. We're also working on a Treasure Chest Editor, which will hopefully be done within the next few weeks. Once that's completed, treasure chests will be a 100% spawn, 100% set item, and will no longer respawn, much like traditional FF treasure chests. Those chests will have set items, generally the rarest item that would have normally been found in that chest to begin with. AI is currently not editable for enemies. Hopefully, in future versions, we'll be able to make enemy AI more interesting. I think that covers most of the bigger things... I would definitely add, however, to read the Readme/Master Guide included with the mod download prior to playing. It has a variety of useful information, as well as accurate info about Abilities/Equipment/Items that can't be found in-game at the moment due to text modding limitations. SFF isn't perfect, but I hope that it'll allow people to enjoy XII in a new way. A lot of love went into making SFF, and I'm excited to share it with others who love Ivalice as well. If anyone has any questions or feedback, feel free to ping me on Discord (eternal248#1817) or shoot me a message here. I try to be as responsive as possible, and I'd love to hear from you guys! This is my first post here, so if I've done anything wrong, just let me know and I'll fix whatever I need to. Thank you! Download it here.
Project Echo-S For Final Fantasy VII This mod is still a WIP. A playable demo will available soon-ish for you guys to get a first hand experience of what we are really trying to achieve here. The demo will be playable up to falling into Aeris/th's church from Mako Reactor 5. The variety of things this mod includes are as follows: Full Voice Acting Subtitles All New 3D Models Automatic Text Remastered/Metal music choices Field/Battle scenes remade by hand Weather System Day/Night System Dynamic Weapons There are also a few features planned for the release but not guaranteed: All New Movies Class system Menu Redisign All of these pieces are individually chosen by the player, you do not have to use all of these. It's very easy and takes no time at all to swap them in and out at any point if you start to dislike one. No file edits, no nothing. It's as easy as clicking a button So right now this project does in fact have new movies, but they are used from other sources such as trailers. Naturally is SE do not provide me with them, then i'm stuck. So why i put them in that section is because what we plan to do is remake every movie ourselves using 3d engines. The class system is in fact very nearly ready but just not in a position where it can be released yet. Especially in a demo that doesn't exactly go very far yet. The voice acting provided with this mod is to the best of my abilities. I am the Director of this project and do everything except the actual acting myself. I have never directed anything before and thus everyone's opinions are greatly appreciated. All i ask is that if you hate it. try not to diss it too much. Give criticism. ALL Actors are UNPAID and very, very few are pro's by any means. So naturally this isn't going to be like a standard produced game that a company spent millions on. The Day / Night System has 6 different times. And will chance every 5 minutes. Naturally as the demo increases in length, so will the days. This is so you may get to see at least 1 full 24 hour cycle. There are also plenty of minor changes inside this project just to test out these new features, for example. When it begins to rain, NPC's will stop roaming around in shorts and either go home completely, or swap outfits to be more weather appropriate. The Day / Night system also allows me to make certain events only occur at certain times of day. So many mini-quests may be added to extend this feature. Shops will close at a certain time and stay closed until the next morning. Whereas Inn's will remain open all night. We are always looking for more ways to improve on this mod and you guys may be able to help out. So enough rambling, you can read all you like about it, but the imagination will only take you so far. So here i'll provide you with links to videos of the project for you to see for yourself. there are also Character Demos available so you can hear some of the actors that won't be making an appearance for a while. Please make sure to leave some feedback on the videos if you have a moment to help me and the actors do the best we can. Episode Playlist Character Demos