In his newest Letter from the Producer, Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida delivered the results of the newest Players’ Poll. The poll asked current players of Final Fantasy XIV if they would continue playing the game even after the data “cutoff” date currently set for November 1st. Servers would go down ten days later to prepare for A Realm Reborn.
The cutoff would mean any sort of progress on your character like earning XP, gil, or achievements you earn after the cutoff would not be carried over to A Realm Reborn. The reason for this is because it takes awhile to snapshot the existing player progress and port it over to the new client — the reason for the server shutdown is because no further update to 1.0 will be made, nor will player progress be saved.
By a vote of nearly two-thirds, Final Fantasy XIV players said they would not play after the cutoff date. However, by this data, the team is going to leave the servers on. If active players remain above 30% at the end of each subsequent month, the servers will stay on. They will still likely have to go down for some period of time before A Realm Reborn launches.
In regards to the next alpha testing phase (the first alpha phase has concluded, and was for Japan only), the team hopes to get that up and going before the end of this month. Yoshi-P commented that a lot of stress testing still needs to be done. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it basically tests how well the servers can handle traffic and activity so that crashes can ideally be avoided.
The full Letter from the Producer is available to read on the Lodestone.