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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Preparing for Beta Phase 2

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,585MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

The latest Producer's Letter for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been published. The letter reveals the fact that 100,000 players are taking part in the closed beta thus far and have been providing feedback to the team. Most notably, game pad support will be dropping into the second beta slated to kick off in early April.

Keep in mind that testing the gamepad is the focus of the second phase, so the available content will be mostly the same. In my last letter I briefly mentioned guildhests, which are based on behests from Version 1.0. After reading your feedback, we decided to adjust this system so that you can attempt them at a lower level. Guildhests are scheduled for phase 3, and I hope you'll be ready when they're finished!

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

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  • DragonantisDragonantis DublinPosts: 974Member
    Phase 1 was amazing, the game is really going places faster than the best Chocobo!
  • kabitoshinkabitoshin Posts: 758Member Uncommon
    Finally, maybe I'll get an invite this time.
  • DAOWAceDAOWAce Flanders, NJPosts: 139Member Uncommon

    And I wasn't invited to phase 1 despite being in the alpha.

     

    SE really don't like me anymore apparently.

  • DarkVagabondDarkVagabond Posts: 271Member Uncommon

    I hear from "channel 4" that its a Final Fantasy themed "wow clone" now.

    They threw out what actually wasn't bad from the original XIV and turned leveling into a solo quest marathon.

  • EtherignisEtherignis philadelphia, PAPosts: 246Member
    I cant wait until this game comeout.
  • patience13patience13 New York, NYPosts: 12Member Uncommon
    yes from channel 4 , the first 50 will be won't be too hard. However, if you read further into the board others are complaining it's hard to level up your other jobs. It's easy to get one class/job up to max...but if you want to get other jobs you'll have to do other things.
  • kabitoshinkabitoshin Posts: 758Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DarkVagabond

    I hear from "channel 4" that its a Final Fantasy themed "wow clone" now.

    They threw out what actually wasn't bad from the original XIV and turned leveling into a solo quest marathon.

    Forgot where but he talks about the features that were implemented that he really liked from other MMO's. This game will be focusing heavily on lore, story, and PvE. I'm not a big fan of PvP so I'm really looking forward to this game.

  • SkuallSkuall UnknowPosts: 1,282Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DAOWAce

    And I wasn't invited to phase 1 despite being in the alpha.

     

    SE really don't like me anymore apparently.

    if u were in alpha u are able to log in into beta , did u try to log in? all alpha testers were invited to beta

  • kabitoshinkabitoshin Posts: 758Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by patience13
    yes from channel 4 , the first 50 will be won't be too hard. However, if you read further into the board others are complaining it's hard to level up your other jobs. It's easy to get one class/job up to max...but if you want to get other jobs you'll have to do other things.

    How do they even know beta lvl cap is at 35, and the zone that was available was a 1- 15 lvl area.

  • kabitoshinkabitoshin Posts: 758Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Skuall
    Originally posted by DAOWAce

    And I wasn't invited to phase 1 despite being in the alpha.

     

    SE really don't like me anymore apparently.

    if u were in alpha u are able to log in into beta , did u try to log in? all alpha testers were invited to beta

    They specifically said that unless you're a legacy member non - legacy alpha testers must re apply.

  • SilokSilok Mascouche, QCPosts: 732Member
    Originally posted by Skuall
    Originally posted by DAOWAce

    And I wasn't invited to phase 1 despite being in the alpha.

     

    SE really don't like me anymore apparently.

    if u were in alpha u are able to log in into beta , did u try to log in? all alpha testers were invited to beta

    That not truth, only legacy where all invited, for the others alpha players, they had to be re-invited. Some did some did not.

  • SilokSilok Mascouche, QCPosts: 732Member
    Originally posted by kabitoshin
    Originally posted by Skuall
    Originally posted by DAOWAce

    And I wasn't invited to phase 1 despite being in the alpha.

     

    SE really don't like me anymore apparently.

    if u were in alpha u are able to log in into beta , did u try to log in? all alpha testers were invited to beta

    They specifically said that unless you're a legacy member non - legacy alpha testers must re apply.

     

    You didnt have to re-apply, if you where in alpha, you just needed to wait for the invite email. You have to re-aplly for the ps3 version tough.

  • nbtscannbtscan Phoenix, AZPosts: 774Member Uncommon
    With one more weekend of Phase 1 testing and two weeks of debug per the beta roadmap, Phase 2 should be starting in a few weeks.  Be on the lookout for those e-mails around then if you applied.
  • SiveriaSiveria Saint John, New BrunswickPosts: 1,200Member Uncommon
    I'm kinda hesitant to play this again, they bascally have turned the game into a wow-clone sort of. We have way to many of these types of mmorpgs as it is. Then again I suppose the quests will only help u level at best 2 jobs.

    Being a pessimist is a win-win pattern of thinking. If you're a pessimist (I'll admit that I am!) you're either:

    A. Proven right (if something bad happens)

    or

    B. Pleasantly surprised (if something good happens)

    Either way, you can't lose! Try it out sometime!

  • nbtscannbtscan Phoenix, AZPosts: 774Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Siveria
    I'm kinda hesitant to play this again, they bascally have turned the game into a wow-clone sort of. We have way to many of these types of mmorpgs as it is. Then again I suppose the quests will only help u level at best 2 jobs.

    As I tell everyone else that is hesitant to play it based on its past repetoire or uneasiness in the direction it's heading; try out the open beta and judge for yourself.  The only thing you have to lose is time spent elsewhere.

  • IllyssiaIllyssia LondonPosts: 1,524Member

    I played XIV at launch, and it had a few technical issues, though less than Sim City Always Online strangely enough, and I thought it was just way too hardcore a PvE sandbox for most gamers to take. Tremendous freedom, but way to little to guide most peeps. XIV reborn I am thinking of playing on PS3 at release. Will be a blast on console. While many like Bill and the guys here seem to be looking to jump on the Champions online rework in Neverwinter from there GW2 casual heaven, I am thinking XIV is the fantasy mmo to play untill Elder Scrolls Online eventually goes live some way off from this present point in time.

  • RalstlinRalstlin Las PalmasPosts: 234Member
    seems like level up your first Class is easy with quests and Dungeons, but second one you will have no quests, so will be more dificult because u need to go for F.A.T.E, Guildhest, Dungeons.. (maybe PvP to level up like Rift?)
  • Br3akingDawnBr3akingDawn a City, CAPosts: 1,357Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Siveria
    I'm kinda hesitant to play this again, they bascally have turned the game into a wow-clone sort of. We have way to many of these types of mmorpgs as it is. Then again I suppose the quests will only help u level at best 2 jobs.

    Final Fantasy in a wow like environment!!?? HEll yeah!

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  • YaevinduskYaevindusk Ul''dah, CAPosts: 1,537Member Uncommon

    As someone else has mentioned, it's likely that only one area is available for play, and a level cap initiated.  In addition, given that it's a true beta, it's also likely that only one form of leveling is implemented and the story turned off to prevent spoilers.  Judging from the live letters and the letters from the producers chocobo raising and combat isn't even in the game yet, as houses are still an internal thing and that's where you build a chocobo farm.  With the latest live letter from the producer Behests seem to not be in the game either at this point; I wouldn't be surprised if only quests were available and the occassional FATE to test the waters.

     

    Anyone who claims it's easy to level the first time is likely speaking out of their behinds due to the beforementioned restrictions (especially since the last letter specifically spoke of these tests targeting only a few things, just as exclusively testing gamepads in phase II).

     

    When faced with strife or discontent, the true nature of a man is brought forth. It is then when we see the character of the individual. It is then we are able to tell if he is mature enough to grin and bare it, or subject his fellow man to his complaints and woes.

  • GoldenArrowGoldenArrow TurkuPosts: 1,187Member Uncommon
    FFXIV ARR is something every MMO gamer should be excited about, along with TESO.
     
  • drivendawndrivendawn montgomery, ALPosts: 1,242Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by GoldenArrow
    FFXIV ARR is something every MMO gamer should be excited about, along with TESO.
     

    Agreed sir  ^ ^

     

  • NiremNirem StockholmPosts: 52Member
    Don't forget that there will be several starting zones, which basicly will help you once you try to lvl your second job with quests from those areas.
  • Fatality001133Fatality001133 cleveland, OHPosts: 10Member
    Wow this is amazing im a big fan of final fantasy. I hope i get invites so i can try this badass game.!

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  • egamegeekegamegeek Mahopac, NYPosts: 23Member

    Can't wait for this to go live. Especially now since I have a computer that can run it.

     

  • IllyssiaIllyssia LondonPosts: 1,524Member
    Originally posted by drivendawn
    Originally posted by GoldenArrow
    FFXIV ARR is something every MMO gamer should be excited about, along with TESO.
     

    Agreed sir  ^ ^

     

     

    It will indeed be the real deal this time. XIV was very PvE hardcore in its approach and had some technical issues. ARR is easier for Joe and Jane casual GW2 gamer to get into, and given that GW2 is aging you will get players hoping onto newer games. Similar thing with WoW, people get fed up with the lack of content at 90 and want to move on from a gear treadmill end-game onto something new.

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