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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.