The lights are on
In September, Square Enix outlined changes planned for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Beta testers will soon be able to see if Square's decision to mend this heavily criticized MMO will pay off. Final Fantasy XIV's website has been updated with a new beta roadmap that calls for a February 2013 start date. The first phase focuses on the core systems rebalancing for the PC version. Phase two focuses on the PC's gamepad control adjustments. The PlayStation 3 beta kicks off in the third phase. Phase four is open testing for both versions.
Legacy status holders are eligible for the beta. Players with a Square Enix Members code (bundled with Final Fantasy XIII) will be given priority for the PlayStation 3 beta.
In phase 1, the level cap will be set to 35, and all races and genders will be playable across 5 to 10 worlds. Interestingly, characters created in the fourth phase will not be deleted. They'll carry over into the official release.
Square hopes to launch the beta tester application site in early January. Check out the beta roadmap for all the details.
Special thanks go out to GI reader Tom B. for the news tip!
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I hope they get it right
How can get my hands on this BETA?
I hope it works.
I'm excited for 2.0, I've played 1.0 and it still was fun with it flaws. I'm cheering for Yoshi-senpai!
I would love to try out the beta. This game seems interesting, now that they reworked it.
Haha when I saw the graphic on the GI landing page I thought it said, "Final Fantasy: A Real Problem", which I guess isn't a far fetched thought!
hope this game will be a huge success. unlike the first one.
The carry over is a neat idea
Honestly, I think Square is doing the best they can to mend this game. Anyone who played it could tell that it was a rushed product, focusing on just making it pretty and not really trying to see what modern MMOs are like, or even what elements go into a good game. I was disappointed when FFXIV was announced as an online game, so I laughed so dang hard when no reviewer would give it a decent score. I honestly thought they should start over from there, creating a whole new game with a story driven experience, but as a consolation to those who made the original purchase, allow for some online interactivity wherein that character could be brought in for weapon trading and going on some online-only quests.
I'm really hoping for greatness. They created a beautiful world full of backstory and had great aspirations. However they failed to adhere to some of the standards apparent in MMOs that are there for a reason. Examples being visual menus instead of text, more control with the mouse, and questing that actually works. They don't need to take away their original ideas and intentions, but I hope they improve on them in every way and simply make it more playable.