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The latest Letter from the Producer has been published on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn forum. In it, players are told that the first phase of beta testing is scheduled to begin in February. Players are also told that all races will be available for testing during the beta though all customization options will not.
We've been back in the office for almost three weeks now, and our calendars are already marked full of meetings and deadlines. It won't be long before beta testing begins, and soon after that, the release of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn! Looking at the beta test road map we released last month, the road from beta to release would appear to be a long one, but the testing will be over before you know it. There's not a moment to spare in preparation for release, and the development team will stay at full throttle to make sure we get there.
First things first, let's talk a bit about the beta test. Phase one will begin in February, and we were thrilled to see so many players from around the world signing up to participate. I know the beta test is just around the corner, but I'd like to show you guys a few screen shots to tide you over until then.
Read the full letter on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn site.