We’re all waiting with great anticipation for June 20th, 2017 when we will be thrown into the realms of the new expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. With just under two months to go, I will be looking at my own preparations for the coming expansion along with some ideas how to spend some time in Eorzea if the main content of the game is feeling a little sparse.

 

Stormblood Benchmarking

During the Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XXXV on April 28th we got a very exciting glimpse into the future of Final Fantasy XIV. Just over an hour into the stream the announcement was made that the benchmark for Stormblood would be available to us, along with some confusion over an actual bench.

Stormblood

The benchmark, a hefty 2gb download, is designed to test whether your machine will be compatible with the Stormblood system requirements. Not only does it run a score for your machine, but it gives us a glimpse into the gameplay for both the Samurai and Red Mage classes. In addition to this we can see an array of new spell animations for various classes which can only lead us to speculate about what these could entail for their respective classes… Read More!