Final Fantasy 16 has Accessibility Items Instead of Difficulty Levels – IGN
The pivot to a full-action combat system means that Final Fantasy 16 will have a higher skill ceiling than many of the previous, turn-based entries in the JRPG series, at least as far as input dexterity goes. But rather than give the option of different difficulty levels, Square Enix has devised an unusual item-based system that allows players to tailor the game to their required level by equipping special rings.
Discussing the system as part of a roundtable interview attended by IGN, combat director Ryoto Suzuki explained that “when making this system, the one thing that I didn’t want to do was create a system where it was just auto battle, that you’d get to the battle and then you’d put the controller down, it would fight for you, and then you’d pick the controller back up and play again. Because then that splits the experience for the different types of players. And also, the player that chooses auto battle doesn’t feel like they’re part of the battle and not participating in the battle. And we didn’t want to do that. So that’s when we had the idea for the accessories.”
These accessories take the form of five different rings that bestow combat-easing effects, and can be used to both reduce the game’s difficulty as well as make its combat more accessible. The five rings are:
- The Ring of Timely Focus, which temporarily slows time before enemy attacks connect, providing more time to react and dodge.
- The Ring of Timely Assistance, which automatically issues commands to your pet dog, Torgal.
- The Ring of Timely Strikes, which executes combo attacks with just one press of the attack button.
- The Ring of Timely Evasion, which auto-dodges most attacks.
- The Ring of Timely Healing, which automatically uses potions to keep your health topped up.
“We wanted this game to be kind of a gateway for players that aren’t good at action games to get into the genre and showing them that action games can be fun and you can be good at it and it can feel good,” explained Suzuki.
As we discovered during our hands-on demo, the items certainly make the action combat more approachable. But they may also help out in terms of accessibility. For instance, disabled players who are unable to quickly input multiple button presses may find the Ring of Timely Strikes and Timely Evasion helpful.
Only two of these five accessories can be equipped at anyone time. When asked why all five cannot be equipped simultaneously, producer Naoki Yoshida said: “If you put all of them on, then basically the player doesn’t have to do anything anymore. And so even with the two strongest ones, like the Ring of Timely Evasion […] and then maybe Timely Strikes […] when you get it down there, even then you still have to press square and you still have to get out of the way of some things. Even with those two most powerful accessories on, you’re still actually part of the action.”
Suzuki noted that while the items were made to help those who struggled with action combat, even highly skilled players may find use in them. “The other thing is that there’s just a lot of different types of players out there,” he said. “You’ll get some players who are really good at action but always forget to heal. And so by having [the Ring of Timely Healing] accessory, those players can still focus on action and they can still use their techniques, but then it becomes something that’s more quality of life rather than something that’s helpful.”
“But you still have to pay attention to how many potions you have left,” Yoshida warned. “You can’t auto use them if you don’t have any.”
For more about Final Fantasy 16, read our stories about how it was only possible to make it for PS5 hardware, as well as how its world map won’t have any hidden dungeons. You can also read Yoshida’s comments on Final Fantasy 16’s approach to the diversity of its characters and cultures.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.
Indian iQOO Z7 goes on sale – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
Last Friday, iQOO announced its India-exclusive Z7 5G smartphone with the Dimensity 920 chipset and 44W charging. Now, iQOO India and Amazon have the phone on open sale. The phone is available in Norway Blue and Pacific Night colors. The 6/128GB model is listed for INR 18,999 while the 8/128GB model is going for INR 19,999.
ICICI/HDFC CC&DC Full Swipe and CC EMI transactions are eligible for an INR 1,500 instant discount. The vivo E-Store is offering a free voucher worth INR1,000. Buyers are also eligible for a no-cost EMI up to 3 months.
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Cane Creek Announces 3D-Printed Titanium eMTB Cranks – Pinkbike.com
PRESS RELEASE: Cane Creek Cycling Components
Cane Creek introduces their next offering of titanium cranks, the Cane Creek Electric Wings, to join their iconic eeWings. A crankset designed specifically for the rigors eMTBs face, the innovative Electric Wings are 3D-printed from titanium, resulting in a product that is both incredibly durable and lightweight.
With the Electric Wings, riders can experience the benefit of carbon cranks, without the fear of damage from rock strikes. Electric Wings are as light as carbon, yet as durable as heavy aluminum cranks, making them the perfect choice for those looking to maximize their ride time with confidence.
Implementing advanced 3D-printing additive manufacturing techniques enable freedom in design, opening the door for Cane Creek to set a new benchmark for durability
A New Level of Durability
Break rocks – not cranks – with the Cane Creek Electric Wings. eMTBs are known for taking a beating on rough terrain, which can easily compromise the integrity of carbon cranksets. With the Electric Wings, riders can now enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their cranks are up to the challenge. Whether riders are climbing through a rock garden or hucking to flat, the Electric Wings will give riders the confidence needed to tackle any obstacle.
Compatible with electric bike drive units that use an ISIS motor spindle: The Cane Creek Electric Wings fit Bosch/Yamaha, Brose, Fazua, TQ, Bafang, Specialized motors and more, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of eMTB models.
Lightweight & Stiff
Weighing a mere 383grams – Electric Wings are as light as carbon eMTB cranks while still maintaining one of the best stiffness to weight ratios on the market – Constructed from 6/4 Titanium
Implementing advanced additive manufacturing techniques enable freedom in design, opening the door for Cane Creek to set a new benchmark for durability with a titanium crankset designed for electric-assist mountain bikes.
Cane Creek Electric Wings are now available at select Cane Creek dealers, distributors and factory direct at www.canecreek.com. These 3D-Printed Titanium eMTB Cranks are $1299.99 and shipments of 165mm length cranks are expected to begin in March
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City of Pointe-Claire signs a partnership agreement with Sport'Aide – Pointe-Claire
At the March 14th Council meeting, the City of Pointe-Claire signed a partnership agreement with Sport’Aide. The independent non-profit organization was created in 2014 by a team of 3 people concerned by the phenomenon of violence in sports.
The organization aims to offer support and guidance services to young athletes, as well as to the various actors in the Quebec sports world (parents, coaches, sports organizations, officials and volunteers) who may have witnessed violence against young athletes.
This agreement will allow the City and the para-municipal sport clubs, the Aquatic Club and the Canoe Kayak Club, to obtain personalized consulting services and to be assisted in the development and adaptation of sport safety policies and procedures.
“Pointe-Claire is the first city to sign an agreement with Sport’Aide, positioning it as a leader and further demonstrating our City’s commitment to maintaining a healthy, safe, harmonious and inclusive sports and recreation environment. I would like to thank our dynamic Sports and Recreation team and its director Mr. Gilles Girouard. This partnership demonstrates our proactivity and our concern for the quality of services offered to our community.” Said Tim Thomas, Mayor of Pointe-Claire
From left to right: Tim Thomas, Mayor of Pointe-Claire and Sylvain Croteau, Instigator and General Manager of Sport’Aide
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