Though Final Fantasy 14 is already a fine looking game, there are always some who'd love to upgrade the look of things. FF14 director Naoki Yoshida himself seems to entertain the idea himself; but in a recent interview, he outlined a few of the reasons why upgrading the visuals of such a massive MMO isn't as easy as saying it.
Speaking to Dualshockers at E3 2019, he responded to making improvements on the game's visuals with, "Yes, there's always that desire." But there are two major issues, as Yoshida puts it, that can prevent that. Part of it is the constant MMO cycle.
"It is quite aggressive even now, so if we add on top of that the workflow for making our graphics depiction advanced it will add to the cost that is required," Yoshida told Dualshockers. "We would have to add to the workflow as well and not just cost in terms of bandwidth, time as well, it's not a matter of just adding additional people who can resolve this issue."
Higher fidelity graphics do add an extra layer of work to be done. And on a similar beat, being on the bleeding edge isn't always the best way to maintain a strong user base, which he notes as the second issue.
"By raising the quality a bit higher we may unintentionally exclude people by having such an increased quality," says Yoshida. "Which is completely defeating the purpose, we want people to enjoy the game. We can't plan for it on a whim, we have to be very meticulous, we have to make detailed plans for it."
For now, Final Fantasy 14's perfectly fine graphics will suffice. In an era where the graphics keep getting better and my graphics card isn't getting any newer, I appreciate that a developer is considering folks who aren't always on to the next big pixel-spewing behemoth.
The hype around Final Fantasy 14 is at fever pitch at the moment, as the new expansion Shadowbringers just launched. While it brought in some unsavory attention from trolls, players have seemed otherwise pleased with the expansion. They do hope that some quality-of-life adjustments are coming for the much-maligned healer classes, however. Hopefully those back-line heroes get some much-deserved attention soon.