In its transition from alpha to beta Square Enix are claiming some improvements to Final Fantasy XIV, the game derided as “pathetically boring,” saying they have sped things up, but some doubt remains as to whether they have gone far enough in what must be close to the retail version…
The comparison video they released:
Quoth Square Enix:
We are happy to call attention to some improvements made in transitioning from the alpha version to the new beta version of FINAL FANTASY XIV. Notice the difference in lighting, the new depth of field effect, and the faster battle system.
The beta seems to boast some moderate graphical improvements, though the combat seems as soporific as ever… with no further substantive improvements likely, hopefully this level of thrilling anti-rat combat will suffice.