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Final Fantasy XIV expansion detailed and benchmark released

Final Fantasy XIV Online passes another milestone ahead of the release of Shadowbringers.

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Final Fantasy XIV Online passes another milestone ahead of the release of its next expansion.

During the latest Letter from the Producer live stream, Final Fantasy XIV Online director, Naoki Yoshida, has updated players on the progress and future of Square Enix’s popular MMORPG.

The good news is that six years after release the game is still going strong. It recently surpassed 16 million registered users, an impressive year-on-year increase of over two million players.

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The news comes as the game prepares for its third major expansion, Shadowbringers. In the live stream, Yoshida detailed the changes the expansion will introduce to the game’s battle and FATE systems, and revealed more about the new ‘charged action system’.

In addition to shadows, the expansion will also bring a rebalancing of the job system, some UI updates, and various quality of life changes.

The Shadowbringers benchmark software is also now available to download. It includes a full character creator that lets players create and view playable avatars – including the new Hrothgar and Viera races – which can be carried over to the full game.

Here are the system requirements you’ll need.

Final Fantasy XIV Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8.1 64 bit, Windows 10 64 bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2.4GHz or higher
  • Memory: 4GB or higher
  • Available hard disk/SSD space: 60GB or more
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX750 or higher or AMD Radeon R7 260X or higher
  • Screen Resolution: 1280×720
  • Sound Card: DirectSound sound card
  • DirectX: DirectX 11

Final Fantasy XIV Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8.1 64 bit, Windows 10 64 bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 3GHz or higher
  • Memory: 8GB or higher
  • Available hard disk/SSD space: 60GB or more
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX970 or higher or AMD Radeon RX 480 or higher
  • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Sound Card: DirectSound sound card
  • DirectX: DirectX 11

The new trailer showcases some of the changes that Shadowbringers will, erm, bring.

Final Fantasy XIV Online is available now on Windows, Steam, PlayStation 4, and Mac. Shadowbringers is set for release on July 2 and can be pre-ordered from the usual retailers, including the official Square Enix store.


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