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The Wait for Final Fantasy XIV Open Beta

July 26th, 2013 by Tony Garsow

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Now that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s third beta testing phase has concluded, it’s left those of us who’ve participated in something of a funk. Open beta and release day is just around the corner though, and the Final Fantasy XIV team is gearing up for another Letter from the Producer Live which will air on August 8th at 5:00am Pacific US Standard Time. Director/producer Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida and community manager Toshio “Foxclon” Murouchi will be answering questions from fans and revealing new information — likely including the Phase 4 (Open Beta) start date.

After Phase 4’s conclusion, those who pre-ordered A Realm Reborn will receive a week of early access prior to the launch proper — August 27th for both Windows PC and PlayStation 3. The Collector’s Edition for PC is quite a rare find now, but if you find yourself in desparate need of the physical items included, the PlayStation 3 version is still in limited stock at various retailers. For digital items, consider the Digital Upgrade option.

Square Enix also has some brand-new Final Fantasy XIV themes for Windows PC and PlayStation 3, available here. In addition to new CG renders, new wallpapers include the unique and colorful artwork by Kazuya Takahashi, who sets the scenes of Eorzea quite masterfully.

Those of you anticipating the upcoming open beta and release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — what are you most excited to do once back in Eorzea? Leave us a comment with your thoughts below!


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  • masterlobo

    Where was it stated that early access will be a week?

  • Daniel Masterson

    I think I’m the most excited is just see all the new areas that were cut off for the beta. I got to about level 25 in phase 3 and just started running around everywhere, it was beautiful and I can’t wait to do it again and see the other locales. I passed by a little beach town called Costa Del Sol which was a nice nod. Also I cam to a place where there were just these old ruins on top of giant crystals just floating there. It definitely gave me a Final Fantasy feel. So I can’t wait to get in there, play with my friends, level up, enjoy the storyline, play the dungeons, and kick those primals asses!

  • Tony Garsow

    @masterlobo
    Early access was confirmed to be right before launch by Yoshi-P. Seeing that Phase 4 will likely start sometime after the 8th, it leaves a very narrow window for pre-launch timing.

  • alexsam

    @Daniel Masterson Yeah, I reached level 29 and afterwards I started running around, looking at places as well. It looks like there’s so many awesome places to visit! Plus the new areas that were in the tour of Eorzea 3 trailer. I’m anxious to see how these new locations will be connected to the storyline. I also want to see the continuation of the story. It’s gonna be a bit dull to get back up to lvl 30 though. But I also want to see what “jobs” are all about. And if I can buy a house somewhere on Eorzea. And find out more about the fisherman class and how to equip a chocobo, since I found it very useful in battle. In general, the beta was but a small taste of the many things to come.