Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Begins In Feb; PS3 Version To Follow

By Ishaan . December 26, 2012 . 10:00am

Square Enix have announced their plans for the upcoming beta test for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The beta test will be divided into four phases and will initially only be for the PC version of the game. It will kick off in mid-February. The PlayStation 3 beta test will take place at a later date. Read on for details.

 

PHASE 1:

  • Closed beta/NDA in place
  • Commences mid-February 2013
  • Duration: 2–4 weeks

 

Phase 1 will be followed by 1-2 weeks of debugging.

 

PHASE 2:

  • Closed beta/NDA in place
  • Duration: 1–3 weeks

 

Phase 2 will also be followed by 1-2 weeks of debugging.

 

PHASE 3:

  • Closed beta/NDA in place
  • Duration: 1–3 weeks
  • PlayStation 3 beta test begins

 

Another 1-2 weeks of debugging following Phase 3.

 

PHASE 4:

  • Open beta/NDA lifted
  • Duration: 1–2 weeks

 

Note that all of the above time periods are subject to change, depending on the volume of feedback and adjustments that Square Enix have to make to the game along the way. More details regarding each phase of the beta test follow below:

 

PHASE 1:

  • Between 5 and 10 Worlds will be available.
  • All races and genders will be playable.
  • Certain customization options will be unavailable until phase 3.
  • The level cap will be set to 35.
  • Eorzea time implemented (morning, afternoon, evening, night, etc.)
  • Part of the main scenario, sidequests, class quests dungeons available.
  • Note: Phase 1 characters will be deleted at the start of phase 2.

 

PHASE 2:

  • Between 10 and 15 Worlds will be available.
  • All races and genders will be playable.
  • Certain customization options will be unavailable until phase 3.
  • The level cap will be set to 35.
  • Gamepad control will be implemented.
  • Grand Companies/Grand Company exchange items, Private Chocobos.
  • Chocobo raising unavailable. Additional Full Active Time Events/class quests.
  • Note: Phase 2 characters will be deleted at the start of phase 3.

 

PHASE 3:

  • Data centers now in Japan and overseas (previously only in Japan).
  • More than 20 Worlds will be available.
  • All character customization options will be available.
  • The level cap will be set to 35 or above (TBD).
  • Version 1.0 characters can be used.
  • Testing will commence on the PlayStation 3.
  • All FFXIV service account holders qualify as testers in phase 3.
  • Overseas data centre stress-testing and performance optimization.
  • Note: Phase 3 characters will be deleted at the start of phase 4.

 

PHASE 4:

  • Phase 4 is scheduled to be an open beta.
  • The PlayStation 3 version will be available.
  • Characters created in Phase 4 will carry over to the official release.
  • More than 20 Worlds will be available.
  • All character customization options will be available.
  • Version 1.0 characters can be used.

 

That’s just a summary of Square Enix’s beta test roadmap for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. If you’d like to read the entire plan in more detail, you can read through this PDF file.


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  • http://twitter.com/Nates4Christ Nate

    I’m ready for the ps3 version. This will be my first FF game and MMO.

    • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

      Fuck yeah man, you’re going to party so hard, Cat Girls, in their underwear like everywhere.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        Spoiler: the cat girls are probably men.

        • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

          Suspend your disbelief!

    • Bob Stockalockapoulos

      Looking forward to Phase Tres.

    • AnimusVox

      We need to have a Siliconera guild or something.

    • Jacob Paul Schmidt

      Do yourself a favor and play final fantasy IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX before you ruin the final fantasy experience for yourself forever.

  • QBninja

    I wonder how ps3 users will get division. Anyway can’t wait!

    • Luca B.

      If it’s anything like FFXI, there shouldn’t be any division between PC and PS3 players.

    • http://twitter.com/advanced_wind Vinicius Machado

      No division. Same servers for everyone. Only thing is that, at release, there will be some servers only for new players, regardless of platform.

  • TheRealMalek

    Currently in alpha and it ends at the end of the month this means a 1-2 months between alpha & Beta

    • Rentekabond

      Seriously? Dangit. I got invited to the alpha, but my Gaming Pc’s stuck at school until the end of Christmas break. I was hoping to play a bit before it finished T~T

  • Luna Kazemaru

    my god this has more NDA’s then CoH2.

  • http://twitter.com/DarrylThinks The Letter D

    Looks like Square Enix put in a lot of serious work in FFXIV.

  • riceisnice

    The final stretch. It’ll be interesting to see what will become of FFXIV.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Annie-Greaves/100000763503945 Annie Greaves

    im so excited for the ps3 beta version!!! :D

    • AnimusVox

      Me too my friend <3

  • saxophone15

    Nicely detailed schedule. Looking forward to trying out the game in open beta.

  • Bloodios

    Anxiously waiting for the open β.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Waiting for the PS3 open beta. My PC can probably run it but it’s nice to have variety :P

  • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

    I’m really looking forward to the first week of madness on PS3.

  • Draparde

    “All races and genders playable” wonderful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Lee/100001803906692 Danny Lee

    So is this one gonna be p2p?

    • http://twitter.com/advanced_wind Vinicius Machado

      Yes

  • http://www.facebook.com/olivia.knightly.7 Olivia Knightly

    played ffxi for 4 years, this is going to be a treat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1461361440 Jason Ronardo

    is this free after u buy the game? or monthly payment?

    • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

      It is free to play now. But unfortunately, it will be a monthly paid game once A Realm Reborn is in it’s first Full Release version.

      • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

        Wrong info. The servers are offline officially, only alpha participants at the moment for PC for ARR… which alpha testing is free yes, but doesn’t really count. There has been a monthly fee for awhile since 1.0 came out.
        Nothing unfortunate about it being pay to play. The quality will speak for itself. If they don’t deliver this time around, they know they will lose even more face (and capital) as a company than they already have.

    • AnimusVox

      Yeah what konpon fellow/gal said. It’s $14 a month I believe

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.wilson.77377 Edward Wilson

    Phase 3 says that you can use version 1.0 characters and it says that characters will be deleted at the start of phase 4. I think I’m just being paranoid, but does that mean I lose my main character, if I choose to use him?

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