FFXIV Dawntrail Benchmark Character Creation System Will Be Updated 
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FFXIV Dawntrail Benchmark Character Creation System Will Be Updated 

Final Fantasy XIV Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida announced that the FFXIV Dawntrail Benchmark tool’s character creation system will get an update. This will more accurately represent how characters will look in the expansion with the 7.0 graphical update, though there’s no date for when the replacement will appear.

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When the FFXIV Dawntrail Benchmark appeared and people started using the character creation system to see or make their characters, reception was mixed. Yoshida noted that the system hadn’t been updated, with light sources and environments affecting appearances of avatars created. 

Yoshida also noted the following three elements will be fixed when the tool is replaced, making characters look better as a result. Here is an exact quote of what he says will be fixed.

“Lifeless” eyes due to a lack of highlights in the pupils.

Facial contours appearing flattened due to incorrect lighting conditions caused by backlighting.

A lack of gloss or excessive appearance of gloss due to character creation-exclusive weather conditions (i.e. the use of thunderclouds).

He also noted four other points that will be fixed, which will affect how the tool shows characters:

An issue with unimplemented high-resolution textures, including those for certain playable races.

An issue pertaining to special data processes.

An issue with necklines for playable races under certain circumstances.

An issue with uncorrected scaling for the mouth of certain playable races.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Dawntrail expansion will arrive on July 2, 2024. The FFXIV Dawntrail Benchmark tool is out now, but will be updated and replaced in the future.


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