Final Fantasy 14 beta starts February 25

The Final Fantasy XIV beta will begin on February 25. Producer Naoki Yoshida detailed some of the features that await testers of phase 1, which is set to last 2-4 weeks.

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Final Fantasy XIV is preparing to launch the beta of the "Realm Reborn" update, the large-scale revisions intended to fix many of the complaints regarding the original release. This is only phase one of a longer beta intended to last for several weeks.

The first phase will kick off February 25. It takes place in and around Gridania, and you'll be capped at level 15, but an instanced dungeon meant for level 30 players is available if you want to take it on. The beta will be testing a new system, called Full Active Time Events (FATE). This will also be the longest of the four beta phases, at 2-4 weeks.

This is launching slightly later than planned, as producer Naoki Yoshida acknowledged in a Letter from the Producer column (via Siliconera). "The roadmap we released has the schedule set for mid-February, so the start is about a week late,” Yoshida wrote. "However, the extra time has allowed us to prepare more system features and character options for testing. While you all enjoy the game, I hope you also provide us with tons of feedback like you did during the alpha test."

Square Enix is still accepting beta sign-ups.

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    February 15, 2013 12:15 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Final Fantasy 14 beta starts February 25.

    The Final Fantasy XIV beta will begin on February 25. Producer Naoki Yoshida detailed some of the features that await testers of phase 1, which is set to last 2-4 weeks.

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      February 15, 2013 11:00 PM

      I wonder how the sales for these are going, I get the impression downwards.

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      February 15, 2013 11:00 PM

      Open beta?

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        February 16, 2013 12:42 AM

        I might actually play this, I never tried 14 cause I heard such bad things, but I really want a FF game that's reminiscent to older FFs.

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          February 16, 2013 1:15 AM

          If it's anything like FF XI I doubt you'll get that

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          February 16, 2013 4:09 AM

          The MMO FF games are even less like older FFs than the modern mainline games.

          If you want an old school FF game, try FF Dimensions on iOS.

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        February 16, 2013 6:16 AM

        This is Phase 1. There are 3 phases of CBT and then 1 phase of OBT.

        Beta Phase 1 (PC): 2/25/2013 (Duration: 2-4 Weeks)
        - All characters created will be wiped
        - Level 35 cap
        - 5-10 worlds will be available to explore
        - Core system rebalancing

        Beta Phase 2 (PC): No Date Available (Duration: 1-3 Weeks)
        - All characters created will be wiped
        - 10-15 worlds will be available to explore
        - Level 35 cap
        - Gamepad control testing

        Beta Phase 3 (PC & PS3): No Date Available (Duration: 1-3 Weeks)
        - Character import from FFXIV; global testing
        - All characters created will be wiped
        - 20+ worlds available to explore/test
        - Level 35 cap

        Beta Phase 4 (PC & PS3): No Date Available (Duration: 1-2 Weeks)
        - Open Beta
        - No level cap
        - Characters will carry over to release

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