Late last week, FINAL FANTASY XIV producer/director, Naoki Yoshida, appeared at the Nico Nico Chokaigi 2015 event in Tokyo. During the show, Yoshida appeared in various on-stage segments, including an “on-the-road” version of the ‘Letter from the Producer LIVE’ where he discussed the upcoming expansion, Heavensward.
As part of the producer letter, Yoshida revealed a brand-new trailer for the Heavensward benchmark software which showcases the three new playable jobs, exciting dungeons, new areas, and flying mounts. He also announced the release of the benchmark software that will enable players to test their PC ahead of release. The benchmark also features the ability to try out the impressive new DirectX 11 graphics, and create characters, including the new playable race, the Au Ra.
During the show, FINAL FANTASY XIV main scenario writer, Kazutoyo Maehiro, also presented a fun video created in his spare time that features the characters of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn® in an imaginary fighting game style battle. You can check the official trailer below.
The FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward benchmark trailer,if you want to watch and not run the software, is available on YouTube. If you are looking for the actual software to test your gaming-rig, then you can download the software at na.finalfantasyxiv.com/benchmark/.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward releases June 23, 2015 and will feature a new story which plunges adventurers into the heart of the Dragonsong War, the bloody thousand-year conflict between the knights of Ishgard and the dragons of Dravania. Adventurers can also look forward to an increased level cap from 50 to 60 for all disciplines, a new playable race, new dungeons and raids, new primal battles, and new mounts that allow players to take to the skies—flying black chocobos, single-rider airships, dragons and more! Pre-orders are available on the Square Enix Online Store.