Final Fantasy XIV relaunching in summer, PS3 beta in June

By Steve Watts, May 01, 2013 4:00pm PDT

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV will relaunch sometime this summer, after a third round of beta testing in June. The third phase will include testing on PlayStation 3, and offer cross-platform play.

Eurogamer reports that in the third phase, the city states Ul'dah and Limsa Lominsa will open as well.

Some of these details are slightly different than the roadmap that Square Enix laid out earlier this year. It was aiming for a June release of the finalized game, and the fourth phase would have been the one to include PlayStation 3 owners. But, as we noted at the time, all of that was subject to change and the phases have been lasting longer than expected.

The new game director, Naoki Yoshida, said it was a mistake to rush into launch after a flawed beta test, which is what necessitated the "Realm Reborn" relaunch in the first place. So it makes sense that he's taking his time. Beta sign-ups are available at the official site.

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