By Joseph Leray
Square Enix were nice enough to offer up a downloadable benchmark test for the troubled “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn” late last week, which doubles as a trailer for today’s launch of the troubled MMO’s closed beta.
Square recommends installing the test, even if you’ve already looked at the purported minimum system requirements: “Depending on your system’s resident software and hardware, it is possible that ‘Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’ may not run optimally, even if your computer meets the minimum system requirements.” Detailed instructions on how the benchmark works can be found on Square Enix’ website.
The test is actually an elaborate cutscene of spliced-together real-time footage. Those PlayStation 3 players hoping to get an extra peek at “A Realm Reborn” can watch the trailer above, which showcases off a few different areas and a fair bit of large-scale combat against a multi-colored dragon and a pride of coeurl.
“A Realm Reborn” doesn’t have an official launch date yet, but the benchmarking test and the fact that the game moved into closed beta today -- entry into which you can still apply for -- suggest that development is coming along.
Here’s hoping, at any rate: “A Realm Reborn” is actually a relaunch of the original “Final Fantasy XIV,” which performed poorly enough to be shut down in November 2012, barely two years after release. With development costs rising and Square Enix struggling in the console market, the stakes for “A Realm Reborn” are fairly hig. “We won't make a mistake like FFXIV again,” producer Naoki Yoshida said in a recent interview. “If we did, it would be like at the level of destroying the company."