Final Fantasy XIV Graphics Update Explained: When Does it Release?

Are you wondering when the graphics update is on the way for Final Fantasy XIV?

by Gordon Bicker
Image of two characters in Final Fantasy XIV posing in front of a forest environment. There is a sparkle clear on the screen.
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Final Fantasy XIV has had many an update over the year but I know getting an overhaul in the form of a graphics update may be something that wasn’t as expected.

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You may of course wonder when the Final Fantasy XIV graphics update will be released and this article will take you through just that, along with the key details.

When Does the FFXIV Graphics Update Release?

The FFXIV graphics update will be released alongside the launch of Dawntrail which is currently scheduled for Summer 2024. There will be plenty of other content on the way with the expansion but the graphics update will no doubt be a highly-anticipated inclusion, though sentiment is mixed based on official forum discussions. I know I am highly looking forward to walking through Eorzea with all of the graphical enhancements.

There isn’t much you can do in the meantime to upgrade the existing graphics in the game apart from playing around with your computer settings and in-game graphics settings. One thing that I recommend is using the Gamma Correction slider and adjusting it until you get a nice blend of light and dark which will add to the overall atmosphere of the world.

Graphics Update Explained for FFXIV

The graphics update itself is quite simply what the name implies: a large graphical update for Final Fantasy XIV. Attack of the Fanboy has personally made a comparison article of the graphics that were viewed in the showcase of the update. It isn’t just environments that will get an update but character models, shadows, armors, and much more. Given the game was released back in 2010, the graphics update is a much-needed fresh coat of paint to bring the popular MMO into the modern day from a visual perspective.

Now that you know when the Final Fantasy XIV graphics update will be released, you can prepare for diving into Eorzea with a whole new graphical light.

- This article was updated on January 17th, 2024

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Gordon is a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy, a Games Design (BA) Honours student, and a Video Game Ambassador. He has been writing at AOTF for over a year and a half, with four years of games writing experience for outlets like Green Man Gaming. When he's not busy, he'll no doubt be experiencing games, writing poetry, playing guitar, adventuring, or happily starting a new Skyrim playthrough! As an avid Final Fantasy XIV player, he also hopes that you'll gain a warm feeling from his community stories. Gordon has reported on Fallout 4 and Destiny 2, whose favorite genres include action RPGs, MMORPG's and First Person Shooters but is always experimenting with many other types of games.