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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Beta Testing to Begin February 25th

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,659MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

The Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta will officially commence on February 25th according to a new post on the Square Enix site. According to the information on the site, beta invites have been sent but the team is still accepting applications from latecomers.

The latest letter from the producer has also been published and is packed with some terrific new screenshots and information about what players can expect when the beta begins.

The following screenshots are of a new system that will be ready for testing from phase 1: Full Active Time Events, or FATE for short. These events will take place in non-instanced areas and appear at random. Players can participate by simply being within proximity of the event, and there's no need to form parties. Rewards are automatically distributed when it's over, making it easy to jump in and have fun.

Read the full letter on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn site.

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  • kabitoshinkabitoshin Posts: 758Member Uncommon
    Really good news, but sad to see no invitation to betas. Really sucks, I got interested in this game a little too late to get legacy perks.
  • MargraveMargrave Knoxville, TNPosts: 634Member Uncommon
    Yeah, great to hear that the beta is starting up soon. Sad to not see an invitation though....
  • LummLumm amarillo, TXPosts: 132Member
    The new beta invites havnt actually been sent out yet but you can expect them at any point now.
  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 6,787Member Uncommon

    i think everyone who bought the first game should have default beta access. Squeenix, make it happen!

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  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,648Member Uncommon

    Wating for this... but it does nark me when they haven't obviously used up the tester apps they have already before asking for more.  

     

    For once I agree with Rojo ;)

  • VanadromArdaVanadromArda Hot Springs Village, ARPosts: 445Member
    Originally posted by rojo6934

    i think everyone who bought the first game should have default beta access. Squeenix, make it happen!

    We've discussed this. Welcome to the topic a bit late! You get into a beta Phase 3 and/or 4 if you sign up. So you DO get default access, just um.. Not PRIVLEDGED default access. That went to people who actually subscribed to the game for a long duration and did much more than just buy it.

  • SmoeySmoey CambridgePosts: 572Member Uncommon

    When will we beable to download the client? 

     

    I just hope they have changed their updating system as it requires torrenting! This is throttled to death by my ISP :(

     

    However, I'm super hyped about this and I'm lucky enough to have the legacy status. 

     

    Bring on my free Chocobo!!!

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    c('')('')

  • VanadromArdaVanadromArda Hot Springs Village, ARPosts: 445Member
    Originally posted by Smoey

    When will we beable to download the client? 

     

    I just hope they have changed their updating system as it requires torrenting! This is throttled to death by my ISP :(

     

    However, I'm super hyped about this and I'm lucky enough to have the legacy status. 

     

    Bring on my free Chocobo!!!

     Client doesn't torrent anymore, it's direct download from their patch server using a real patch client. And you should be able to download once you get an invite via mail.

  • drivendawndrivendawn montgomery, ALPosts: 1,253Member Uncommon
    I can't wait to try out  FATE, Guildhest, and the new dungeon. 
  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    Exciting, hope I get a beta invite :D

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  • EhnoahEhnoah DresdenPosts: 25Member

    Invites go out the hole Weekend.... I got this messaage from Square.

    Its not only today

  • ZooceZooce B, FLPosts: 586Member
    Reading the letter from Naoki Yoshida puts a smile on my face.  Seems like many of the ARR changes addressed my concerns with the original.  Looking forward to getting in phase 3.
  • DarkersonDarkerson Princeton, INPosts: 8Member
    Legacy Member on both accounts, so only 10 more days for me and a buddy to get into Phase 1. Cant wait! :P
     
     
  • pb1285npb1285n Brentwood, NYPosts: 505Member
    Out of curiosity, does every legacy member get into this phase or just a select few?
  • cybertruckercybertrucker Pensacola, FLPosts: 1,119Member
    BRING ON NORRATH! Or neverwinter. Or TERA.. Or Tyria! or Millineum City!
  • nbtscannbtscan Phoenix, AZPosts: 781Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by pb1285n
    Out of curiosity, does every legacy member get into this phase or just a select few?

    Every Legacy member has access from the start.

  • ToxiaToxia Lake Charles, LAPosts: 1,319Member Uncommon

    Great to hear, and just today i got my lost token authenticator removed from my account. It's like fate.

    Make sure to post the download link for those of us with slow internets great mmorpg.com members!

    wanna make damn sure its ready to go when i get my invite!

    The Deep Web is sca-ry.

  • VanadromArdaVanadromArda Hot Springs Village, ARPosts: 445Member
    Originally posted by Toxia

    Great to hear, and just today i got my lost token authenticator removed from my account. It's like fate.

    Make sure to post the download link for those of us with slow internets great mmorpg.com members!

    wanna make damn sure its ready to go when i get my invite!

    You need to have an activated account to download. The patcher will not patch until you log in, and you can't log in if your account isn't active!

  • Squeak69Squeak69 Colorado Springs, COPosts: 956Member

    im sorry but i got nothing but contempt for this game not only do they make it badly but they got the balls to after people buy it close it down and tell em they cant play it anymore, until they fix it THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, honestly if they felt it was such crap that they had to do iot agian why didnt they notice it, why will it be any better this time

     

    F2P may be the way of the future, but ya know they dont make them like they used toimage
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  • AllizarAllizar Houston, TXPosts: 54Member
    Originally posted by Squeak69

    im sorry but i got nothing but contempt for this game not only do they make it badly but they got the balls to after people buy it close it down and tell em they cant play it anymore, until they fix it THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, honestly if they felt it was such crap that they had to do iot agian why didnt they notice it, why will it be any better this time

     

     

    They had the balls to admit their mistakes, change leadership, offer free playtime and services while they fix their mistake. Thumbs up imo, name one other MMORPG that has ever done that.

  • Squeak69Squeak69 Colorado Springs, COPosts: 956Member
    Originally posted by Allizar
    Originally posted by Squeak69

    im sorry but i got nothing but contempt for this game not only do they make it badly but they got the balls to after people buy it close it down and tell em they cant play it anymore, until they fix it THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, honestly if they felt it was such crap that they had to do iot agian why didnt they notice it, why will it be any better this time

     

     

    They had the balls to admit their mistakes, change leadership, offer free playtime and services while they fix their mistake. Thumbs up imo, name one other MMORPG that has ever done that.

    none

    dosunt mean i have anymore faith though

    name another company that has the resources to be able to afford doing it all over agian after screwing it up like that, and actully had to start over agian despite haveing that kinda resources

    im sorry but to put better a company that can afford that kinda money, and with that kinda history in gameing should not have made such a big mistake in the first place.

     

    of course my opinion has been scewed towards them since Square Soft Disapeared.

    F2P may be the way of the future, but ya know they dont make them like they used toimage
    Proper Grammer & spelling are extra, corrections will be LOL at.

  • pb1285npb1285n Brentwood, NYPosts: 505Member
    To feel contempt is to feel disgust and anger toward something...
  • SSJGotenx268SSJGotenx268 Freehold, NJPosts: 63Member
    Originally posted by Squeak69

    im sorry but i got nothing but contempt for this game not only do they make it badly but they got the balls to after people buy it close it down and tell em they cant play it anymore, until they fix it THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, honestly if they felt it was such crap that they had to do iot agian why didnt they notice it, why will it be any better this time

     

    You do realize that it's a new director, correct? After he took it over he realized he couldn't do much with the current version and started making 2.0. He kept it open because all of the character data would be transferred. He added content to keep people going, added a sub because without it there would be no way to support 2.0 and now we are getting an actual finished product.

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  • FlaebFlaeb Cookie, NYPosts: 91Member
    I bought the collectors edition, you saying the early supporters don't get beta invites? Oh well.
  • MuruganMurugan D, COPosts: 1,494Member
    Originally posted by Flaeb
    I bought the collectors edition, you saying the early supporters don't get beta invites? Oh well.

    You will get in as of Phase 3 which is honestly the start of a real beta.

     

    Phase 1-2 are just limited betas (Gridania area only), phase 1 is also time limited (servers only up during certain times).

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