Development Roadmap

As we work to enhance both the retail and custom experience on Nocturnal Souls, we’re happy to share our roadmap with members and continue to take feedback and ideas from the community. This is not an exhaustive list (we do like to keep some surprises), but here’s the highlights.

As items are implemented, they’re removed from this list. Be sure to read through the update notes to see the latest enhancements.

Q1 2019

For the first quarter, our goal is to work on any stability issues around the server and existing custom game mechanics. As the population of Nocturnal Souls continues to grow, some adjustments are necessary for balance and playability.

Major goals/themes of this quarter:

  • Review and tweak pet-centric classes (PUP, SMN, and DRG) to have more endgame potential and balance with other classes.
  • Review and adjust PUP automatons in general, focusing on better AI and attachment functionality.
  • Review QOL for new player progression from start to reforged AF and relic weapons. These first steps should be seamless as the players work towards even greater rewards.
  • Update the custom !mount command to use the client’s built in command. This helps edge out some cases of enmity cheating and makes it easier to add new mounts in the future.
  • Adjust Magic Barrier. This long-standing thorn is miscoded and greatly overpowered; however, the retail version is less than spectacular, so an custom alternative is necessary.
  • Review and adjust encounter job specials (“2 hours”). With the addition of the new mixins for job specials, revamp all custom content to use these new methods and tweak existing encounters that were either unbalanced or broken.
  • Add new ‘solo style’ battlefields that players can participate in once they’ve unlocked Henge to acquire Rem’s Tales pages and other upgrade items–challenging, yet soloable content.

Q2 2019

The second quarter’s focus is primarly on new content, specifically around Heroics, master job quests, and new solo-style battles.

  • Add a new “Spring”-themed seasonal event to the game in early to late April.
  • Evaluate encounters and feedback from players who have entered Escha zones, tweak as necessary and prepare.
  • Work towards and release Reisenjima to Heroics players; this update includes a few dozen new encounters, new gear sets, and a giant forest of high density, highly aggro mobs.
  • Add in new master jobs quests for ~ 6 jobs.
  • Dynamis Divergence, of some sort. The actual implementation is still in the air, but we’d like to get either these zones added or the existing Dynamis city zones updated to level 130+ for players to acquire reforged relic +2/+3 gear.
  • Review and tweak the Halls of Legion from ALL perspectives–how the instances work, loot drops, difficulty and scaling, and whether or not various rooms/halls can be further used for new content.
  • Review and revamp Blue Mage from both an abilities and a magic perspective. The scaling of blue magic doesn’t align with elemental magic making both magical and physical blue mage abilities very lackluster.
  • Review and revamp Divine Magic as it doesn’t use modern damage formulas (from retail) and is very lackluster in performance.
  • New ‘gauntlet’ style battles into Reisenjima Henge for parties that rewards additional loot and upgrade materials.
  • New Reisenjima Henge tier 5 encounters designed with unique mechanics and battle requirements.
  • Add in a functional Atma system promoting the collection and use of Atmas both in Abyssea and the open world zones.
  • New tier of VWNMs, adding in the Abyssea VWNMs, with custom loot tables and mechanics.

In addition to in-game mechanics, the following meta additions are planned:

  • A leaderboard system: as players defeat NMs and HNMs around the world, a score is kept and available for viewing on the Members Portal. Players will unlock bonuses on their characters as they unlock higher tiers on the leaderboard.
  • Tying into the new leaderboard system, the “Around the World” questline tasks players with defeating challenging HNMs with unique spawn conditions around the world–over 80 new HNMs in total ranging from levels 110 to 140. The reward adds bonuses to the leaderboard score and unlocked additional features.

Q3 2019

  • TBD

Q4 2019

  • TBD

Always In Research

  • Trusts

  • Implement daily login points, goblin loot boxes, and keys dropped from world NMs and HNMs.

  • Enhance the !hunts system to work more like the 4-hour rotation ‘New Challenge’ in retail to provide custom, rotating mob ecosystems programmatically and rewards based on levels.

  • Update the Survival Guides throughout the world to be functional and tie into the !gotoexp command.

  • Custom recipes to allow for crafting of new gear that’s only available via synergy in retail.