The PAX East 2023 Final Fantasy XIV panel with Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida brought up the graphics update set to arrive in 7.0. One of the fan questions asked what “future project” he’s most excited about. He cited the work on the graphics and explained how the team recently did a midway review of it.
Here’s Yoshida’s full quote from PAX East 2023 about the FFXIV graphics update:
I think I would like to mention our artists and engineers are really working hard to get this to happen with our first graphics update. That’s something we’re really looking forward to and excited about.
And of course we are working hard on it, so before I left for PAX, we were doing this midway review right before Fan Fest. With the graphics update, we want to deliver better looking graphics of course. But there are elements we’re working on that is part of the update that’s not just the immediate aesthetical aspects of it. We’re really excited about what we can deliver for this.
This could mean we may see more examples of what the update accomplishes at the Fan Festival. That will be held July 28-29, 2023 in Las Vegas.
As a reminder, Square Enix brought up the FFXIV graphics update for 7.0 in February 2022. It will involve things like higher resolution textures and improved shaders. It will also be the “first” one.
Final Fantasy XIV is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC.