So, tomorrow the open beta is due to begin! Or rather, was due to begin, read on below, complete with pictures!
UPDATE: PANIC AVERTED!! Beta is back on, a day late, means I can finally finish patching before it gets underway!
EARLIER POST:I received the following email earlier today:
In preparation for the official release of FINAL FANTASY XIV on September 30, 2010 and the early release on September 22, we will be starting an open beta test to help put the finishing touches on the game. We ask that all users who can participate in the open beta test apply from the following website.
1.Access the following URL.
* The page will become accessible starting at 2:00 on Sep. 1, 2010.
2.Log in with your Square Enix account and have a registration code issued.
* Depending on the access status, we may temporarily suspend the issuance of registration code. If you cannot have registration code issued, we ask that you please wait a little while before trying again.
3.Register the registration code you received by e-mail on the Square Enix Account Management System.
Click “Select Service” from “Services and Options” on the left menu. Select “FINAL FANTASY XIV” from the services available and then “Add a service account.” Enter the registration code you’ve been issued and proceed to the end of registration.
The Square Enix Account Management System: https://secure.square-enix.com/account/
As stated above, Open Beta Test requires a dedicated registration code and the login to Beta Test Site will become unavailable starting at 7:00 on Aug. 31, 2010 (GMT).
* Once the registration code is registered, you will be able to log in to Beta Test Site once again.
- Transferring your Character Name from the Open Beta Test to the Commercial Release
As long as the World you choose in the commercial release is the same as the World you chose in the open beta test, you will be able to transfer your character name. If you choose a different World for the commercial release, your character name will not be transferrable. For details, please refer to the beta test site.
- To PlayStation 3 Version Applicants:
This test phase will deal only with the Windows version of the software. Details regarding the test schedule for the PlayStation 3 version will be released by e-mail at a later date. If possible, we still ask and encourage you to take part in the testing on a Windows PC.
・The open beta test is being conducted on the Windows version of the game only.
・Latest news and notifications will be periodically posted on the forums of the tester site.
・The game to be tested is under development, and may differ from the commercial release.
・Please direct all inquiries regarding FINAL FANTASY XIV to the Square Enix Support Center ( http://support.eu.square-enix.com/ffxiv/ ).
FINAL FANTASY XIV Official Site
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
FINAL FANTASY XIV Beta Test Operations Department
After reading this, this was my general mood on finally having the game in Open Beta and that final step closer to launch:
And all was good in the world. Got home, stuck the patcher on, and hit the RSS pile that had built up (802 entries, waaaa!) and then the terrible, awful, horrendous news came, Hear’say are refor… no, that’s not it, ah yes… this:
FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test Postponed
FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test, which is scheduled to begin at 02:00 (GMT) on Sept. 1, 2010, will be postponed due to a confirmation of critical bugs. New schedule will be releaseｄ at a later date.
Along with the postponement of FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test, the issuing of registration code for FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test will be postponed as well. With the download of client software’s installer, it will be suspended at 02:00 (GMT) on Sept. 1, 2010.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
My face when I read this announcement:
Unconfirmed reports on Square Enix’ take on the subject:
Yes, I have an odd sense of humour, deal.
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