Niconico just broadcast a new talk session with Hiroyuki Nishimura and FFXIV Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida this morning, and even though it was entirely in Japanese, we were able to get some information out of the broadcast. Near the beginning, they showed off new benchmark software running on a Surface laptop. You can see the laptop sitting right in front of Yoshida in the image below.


They also announced a Character Creator Benchmark release date of August 1st, 2013.

Yoshida and company then proceeded to do a demo of the Ifrit battle, to which they wiped twice, and another demo of one of the FFXIV’s instanced dungeons— Brayflox’s Longstop. Their performance wasn’t too impressive during their dungeon run either, but they looked like they had fun.

Near the end of the broadcast, we were showed quite a few shots of in-game characters in never-before-seen, various kinds of gear. A few pictures of that gear can be seen below, courtesy of Included in these images are actually some Titan Primal weapons, namely a bow and a great axe. Check out the shots below.

It was also revealed that the next live letter is scheduled to broadcast on August 8, with the Phase 4 open beta expected to begin not long after that. We’ll keep our eyes open for video of the entire talk session.