Aug 31, 2010


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:

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.

- Note:
・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 ( ).


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.


  • Question now is: Do I stop my download of the client, because they will probably release a new one….or do I continue and hope this client will still work?……sigh

  • the client will work, keep the download going, patcher is awfully slow at the moment anyways.

    If you happen to have been in the closed beta, keep that installed and run that patcher, 1.2gb download and you're ready for open beta

  • at least you all got the client…i went to my account…i see zero options on the left column about getting my code issued to me.

    Hell I cant even get the client through where the link sends me…

  • Wes, I've had the client since wednesday and I've been trying to click that link ever since it went live. The first time I went through I put in my userbame/password and it was denied. I tried again and again, and I even logged into their main site to confirm that my account was working AND setup as an UK account. But still the beta-application denied there was such a user (and yes I was at the right region).

    After quite a while I decided to remake my account, but I couldnt as the username/emailaddress was already used….YES I FRIGGIN KNOW THEY ARE!! OK I let this obvious database f*ckup go, and made a new account with a new emailaddress and a new username. Finally I could log in to get my key, right? Oh no. Ever since, I have either been getting a Server Error message, or a message that applications are suspended.

    I've tried both night and day (my kid keeps me up at night atm) but nothing works. At one time I was getting real pissed, but not anymore. Now I've simply given up…

    Have fun though. I can only imagine the horror of actually being able to participate in the beta, as the login/betapplication procedure has probably already set the bar for what you might expect ;)

  • The same thing is happening to me at the moment Ffaff.

  • Actually just after posting my last comment I got the site to work and now have my beta key.

    I'll try to download the file tonight.

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