Final Fantasy 14 open beta starts August 17

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will begin holding its open beta test from August 17-19 on both PC and PlayStation 3, Square Enix announced today. Plus, those who pre-order the game will get early access on August 24, three days before its planned August 27 release.

Those who played the original Final Fantasy 14 will be able to try out A Realm Reborn for free until September 9. A free companion app, titled "Libra Eorzea," is also planned to release about a week after the game's launch. Finally, Square Enix will be granting bonuses based on which subscription package you picked up, in increments of 30, 60, or 90 days. If you start playing with a 90 day subscription already purchased, you'll get all the bonus tiers at once. You can check out the bonuses here.

Final Fantasy 14 will be available for $29.99 on PC, and $39.99 on PlayStation 3, which includes one month of access. Afterwards, the MMO costs $12.99 per month.