I have a few updates to give you in regards to various aspects of the UI for A Realm Reborn.
First, in regards to chat log font, we received a bit of feedback stating that in screenshots, as well as the Alpha Test, the font felt a bit too small. We will be making it possible to change the size of the font in the chat log config settings, and instead of just having "small," "medium," and "large" font options, it will be possible to indicate a specific font size.
Next, we will be adding notification sounds so that when you are invited to party or linkshell, or receive a trade request you can recognize them quicker. We are also currently looking into making it possible to change the sounds for tells in the config.
There were a few questions asking if there would be a feature where you can make sounds that other players can hear via macro or the chat log, similar to the "calls" from FINAL FANTASY XI; however, we currently do not have any plans to implement this kind of feature. The main reason why is that we will be setting the game up and making adjustments so that everyone can play smoothly without needing to rely on these kinds of sounds. However, if there are enough players that feel strongly about this feature, we will look into it again.
When it comes to UI organization, by using the HUD layout mode you will be able to move various aspects of the UI around to your liking, including buff effects and such. It will also be possible to configure the action bar so that it is constantly displayed, and you can make it so multiple action bars are displayed at the same time.
Just a quick note on buff effects while on the topic; in the Beta Test buff effects will be indicted on your character's stats, but in the future we are planning to show the effects from buffs separately from your character's normal stats.
Finally, for weapon skills like Phalanx that can only be used when fulfilling certain criteria, we received some feedback that mentioned it was difficult to know when these weapon skills can be used and how long they had left before they could execute them. Due to this we are looking into ways to make it easier to recognize, and one example of what we are looking to do is displaying a specialized UI.
The Beta Test is right around the corner, so get amped and try out all of the new UI features when the time comes!
This post has been edited by Jackel: 06 February 2013 - 12:17 AM