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[Column] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: In Anticipation of Beta

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,614MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Last week, Square Enix announced that the first round of beta testing for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will kick off in February. Today we take a look at the prospect of beta testing and what it all means. Read on and then add your voice to the comments.

With 2012 and FFXIV 1.0 now things of the past, discussion of what was is for historians while the rest of us look ahead.  The upcoming year promises to be an interesting one for Final Fantasy MMO fans.  We will soon see the Realm Reborn beta, which should take us through the first half of the year.  Following that we will see something relatively unheard of in the industry; an entire rebuild and relaunch of an MMO franchise.

Read more of Ryahl Smith's Eorzea Reborn: In Anticipation of Beta.

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  • Kenshin_HimuraKenshin_Himura Philadelphia, PAPosts: 75Member
    I loved every moment of FXIV 1.0 and can't wait till open beta to start playing again. Yoshi said open beta will not be wiped and progress will be saved.

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  • exile01exile01 arePosts: 244Member
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.
  • Kenshin_HimuraKenshin_Himura Philadelphia, PAPosts: 75Member
    Other gaming companies have no project plan at all so you were saying?

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  • ScottgunScottgun Williamsville, NYPosts: 356Member
    Originally posted by exile01
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.

    It is? I just assumed this was a  broad sketch meant for public consumption. What exactly is weak about it? Also bear in mind that this is a reboot, not a game being built from the ground up.

    Now we're calling prostitutes "sex workers". What's next? Calling hit men "end-of-life technicians"?

  • drivendawndrivendawn montgomery, ALPosts: 1,242Member Uncommon
    Very much looking foward to this, and you forgot the Golden Saucer, and Caravan Defence.  : )
  • EtherignisEtherignis philadelphia, PAPosts: 246Member
    I missed this game.
  • drivendawndrivendawn montgomery, ALPosts: 1,242Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by exile01
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.

    Weak? Ok whatever dude.

  • SmoeySmoey CambridgePosts: 572Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by exile01
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.

    Dumbed down for the masses

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  • guin10guin10 CPosts: 21Member

    Ncsoft, En Masse, etc... learn with Square-Enix:

     

    - Beta in the same day for America, Europe and Asia;

    - worldwide release;

    - patches in the same day for America, Europe and Asia.

     
     
  • ScottgunScottgun Williamsville, NYPosts: 356Member
    Me not reading the original article. Ignore.

    Now we're calling prostitutes "sex workers". What's next? Calling hit men "end-of-life technicians"?

  • ZizouXZizouX Burbank, CAPosts: 670Member

    BTW...what you do in Beta 4 carries over to launch... there's no wipe after Beta 4.  If you get into Beta 4, that's the official launch for you... which is a month or more earlier than the "official release."

     

    As a legacy member.. this pleases me :)
     
  • mgilbrtsnmgilbrtsn belleville, ILPosts: 1,710Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by exile01
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.

    Do you honestly think that that is all they have??  What is released as part of a media blitz and what goes on behind the scenes is completely different.  I work on relatively small projects compared to an MMO and I can tell you what we present in briefings to VIPs is nothing compared to internal documents.

     Lets be a bit realistic in bashing a company and bash on actual issues.

    Concentrate on enjoying yourself, and not on why I shouldn't enjoy myself.

  • ScottgunScottgun Williamsville, NYPosts: 356Member
    Originally posted by ZizouX

    BTW...what you do in Beta 4 carries over to launch... there's no wipe after Beta 4.  If you get into Beta 4, that's the official launch for you... which is a month or more earlier than the "official release."

     

    As a legacy member.. this pleases me :)
     

    Thanks. Good to know.

    Now we're calling prostitutes "sex workers". What's next? Calling hit men "end-of-life technicians"?

  • GwapoJoshGwapoJosh Auburn, INPosts: 989Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Kenshin_Himura
    I loved every moment of FXIV 1.0 and can't wait till open beta to start playing again. Yoshi said open beta will not be wiped and progress will be saved.

    Do you have a link to where Yoshi said that?  I have never read that before..

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  • Kenshin_HimuraKenshin_Himura Philadelphia, PAPosts: 75Member
    Originally posted by GwapoJosh
    Originally posted by Kenshin_Himura
    I loved every moment of FXIV 1.0 and can't wait till open beta to start playing again. Yoshi said open beta will not be wiped and progress will be saved.

    Do you have a link to where Yoshi said that?  I have never read that before..

    Open Beta is considered Beta4 in that table you see there. I follow every little or big info about the game I might be the biggest fan of all kept playing even when all critisized the game.

    Go to lodestone forum and find it there is just too much info for me to go dig that out now.

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  • mgilbrtsnmgilbrtsn belleville, ILPosts: 1,710Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by GwapoJosh
    Originally posted by Kenshin_Himura
    I loved every moment of FXIV 1.0 and can't wait till open beta to start playing again. Yoshi said open beta will not be wiped and progress will be saved.

    Do you have a link to where Yoshi said that?  I have never read that before..

    I would like to know as well.  I don't normally play much in betas, other than to get a feel.  However, if they don't wipe, I'll definitely be there.

    Concentrate on enjoying yourself, and not on why I shouldn't enjoy myself.

  • zenaku14zenaku14 hialeah, FLPosts: 3Member
    Originally posted by ZizouX

    BTW...what you do in Beta 4 carries over to launch... there's no wipe after Beta 4.  If you get into Beta 4, that's the official launch for you... which is a month or more earlier than the "official release."

     

    As a legacy member.. this pleases me :)
     

    The only people that get there char save is everyone who play 1.0 version everyone else have to go and buy the game and play from level 1

  • zenaku14zenaku14 hialeah, FLPosts: 3Member
    Originally posted by mgilbrtsn
    Originally posted by GwapoJosh
    Originally posted by Kenshin_Himura
    I loved every moment of FXIV 1.0 and can't wait till open beta to start playing again. Yoshi said open beta will not be wiped and progress will be saved.

    Do you have a link to where Yoshi said that?  I have never read that before..

    I would like to know as well.  I don't normally play much in betas, other than to get a feel.  However, if they don't wipe, I'll definitely be there.

     

    It's only for 1.0 players everyone else who does not have a 1.0 account would be wipe just like a normal beta. Us 1.0 members get early access and we can use our old 1.0 chars and remake them in beta4 but this is not set in stone yoshi-p said this may or may not happen.

  • guin10guin10 CPosts: 21Member

    It's not only for 1.0 players: Beta Roadmap

     

    Beta Test Phase 4 - Characters created during this phase will be carried over to the official release

     
     
  • RyahlRyahl Houston Metro, TXPosts: 47Member

    Hi everyone!

    Thank you all for reading and thanks for the comments.

    A very big thank you @ZizouX for reminding us of the Beta 4 carry-over and a similar thanks @Guin10 for providing a source and confirmation!

    Also, thanks for the heads-up @DrivenDawn regarding Golden Saucer.  I was planning on working Caravan Defense with a few other elements in the next column.  I'm going to need to do some research on GS and its incarnation in FFXIV.

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  • XCmanXCman Lee''s Summit, MOPosts: 9Member
    Originally posted by exile01
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.
     

     

    It's weak because it's flexible and has plenty of room for change?  It's pretty unprecedented for a game developer to devulge any amount of their development process to the community ahead of time.  A more detailed plan is not needed to give to the community because:

    A: Not necessary because it would contain information that the majority of the community would not understand.

    B: and the main reason! Would contain spoilers that would ruin the game experience for the players already interested in the game.

    The schedule is loose because of a fairly famous business rule:  Underpromise and Overdeliver.

    If you cut yourself short on time because you allot only the time it takes to get the job done you are setting yourself up to fail when things unexpected come along.  So I think this is a very forward thinking and flexible road map for Beta to Launch for FFXIV:ARR.

  • ScottgunScottgun Williamsville, NYPosts: 356Member
    Anyone got a source that nails down how committed SE is to simulataneous release on PC and consoles?

    Now we're calling prostitutes "sex workers". What's next? Calling hit men "end-of-life technicians"?

  • YayohYayoh colton, CAPosts: 1Member

     

     
     
  • DeserttFoxxDeserttFoxx North York, ONPosts: 2,360Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Smoey
    Originally posted by exile01
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.

    Dumbed down for the masses

     

     

    His teacher didnt teach him that in his high school class.

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  • smackizarsmackizar Cary, NCPosts: 2Member
    Originally posted by exile01
    Wow my teachers would kill me if i would present them such a weak Projectplan. Very weak planned.

    Those who cannot do teach, they say. Profitible, experienced corperations planning 9/10 times is > school's idea of how it actually works in the industry.

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