Final Fantasy 14 won’t have NFT, gets a graphics upgrade

Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda made many gamers suck a breath of air between their teeth when he talked about adding NFTs to Square Enix games, saying the publisher has “an eye on the game.” ‘potential issuance of our own tokens in the future’ despite the fact that, as he said, ‘some people who ‘play for fun’ and currently form the majority of players have reservations about regard to these new trends”.

Final Fantasy 14 players in particular have been holding their breath for some time, waiting for an announcement that their beloved MMO will be forced to include something as ugly as NFT Worms or as potentially intrusive as NFT Stalker. 2. Well, here’s some good news for people who play for fun: Game Director Naoki “Yoshi P” Yoshida has confirmed that FF14 will not have NFT.

In the last Letter to the Live Producer, Yoshida said, via translator Aimi Tokutake, “Based on the design of FF14, we have no plans to incorporate any sort of NFT element into the game at this point, so if anyone is worried or concerned about this, I can clearly state at this time that we have no intention of integrating this into the game.” And if that doesn’t seem definitive enough thanks to “at this point”, Yoshida clarified“We are not going to include NFTs in [Final Fantasy] 14.”

During the live stream, it was also announced that the FF14 free trial will return on February 22. Free trial registrations were previously suspended due to server instability after the launch of the Endwalker expansion.

Additionally, a graphical update that came with version 7.0 was shown. Characters will get higher resolution hair, skin, gear and so on with improved shaders, though their overall appearance will be changed as little as possible. Environments and dungeons will also get high-res textures, though they’ll stick to its current aesthetic rather than aiming for photorealism. It’s still a work in progress, with the review only a month into testing, but here are some of the samples that were featured.

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