Blaugust – Day 3
Day & Night
One of the things that I like about Final Fantasy XIV is the day/night cycle. Not only does it have some beautiful colors as day turns to night, but the coolest part is that night is actually dark.
Coming from World of Warcraft, it was a common gripe that night didn’t seem like night: it was too bright. An engine oddity, perhaps? It could even be by design, considering WoW’s colorful palette and graphic style. I think I read somewhere that it is because they are concerned about players seeing everything too dark, particularly during the real life daytime – I see the point, though.
In Eorzea night can get pretty dark. It’s never pitch black, but at times you do get a feeling of “where the hell is everything?” from the darkness. The screenshot above was taken at night in the Western Coerthas Highlands and it was snowing. I could see distant places like Falcon’s Nest, but only as a silhouette in the darkness; I could reach it by following the window lights and signal fires. During the day you can see this same settlement almost from across the map.
I think this is a pretty cool detail of the game. Day is bright (sans weather conditions) while night can get really dark without becoming impossible to see.