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Final Fantasy XIV Open Beta Begins Thursday

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 54 comments

Square Enix ironed out the Open Beta bugs.

PC gamers disappointed over Tuesday's news that the open beta for Final Fantasy XIV was delayed won't have to worry about a long wait. According to Square Enix, the MMORPG's open beta will commence on Thursday, September 2, 2010. Apparently the show-stopping bugs weren't quite that serious.

"Along with the completion on investigation and correction of the critical issue, we have decided to begin FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test on Sep. 2, 2010 at 02:00 (GMT)," the company announced. "Starting on Sep. 2, 2010 at 02:00 (GMT), acquisition of registration code required for FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test will become available on the FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test Application Site."

As previously stated, Final Fantasy XIV for the PC is slated for a worldwide release on September 30, 2010. A Collector's Edition is also planned, scheduled to hit retail shelves a week prior to the Standard release. The PlayStation 3 won't see the sci-fi/fantasy MMORPG until sometime in March 2011--the delay stems from memory issues as reported by producer Hiromichi Tanaka.

Gamers wanting to take part in the Open Beta will need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
  • CPU: Intel core 2 Duo (2.0 GHz) / AMD Athlon X2 (2.0 GHz)
  • Memory: 1.5 GB for XP / 2 GB for Vista & 7
  • Storage: Install - 15 GB / Download - 6 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9600 series with 512 MB VRAM or equivalent / AMD Radeon HD 2900 series with 512 MB VRAM or equivalent
  • Sound: DirectSound compatible (DirectX 9.0c)
  • Internet: Broadband
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 @ 32-bit
  • DirectX: 9.0c
  • Controls: Mouse, Keyboard
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    mcvf , September 1, 2010 11:26 PM
    Great, looking forward to see what new and innovative they are bringing to us.
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    FITCamaro , September 1, 2010 11:41 PM
    Is that 2 am GMT on Thursday (9 pm Wednesday EST)
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2010 11:46 PM
    It's already started on the west coast, and I'll be looking forward to trying it in a couple of hours.
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    mathiasschnell , September 1, 2010 11:51 PM
    Open beta starting Sept 2nd and releasing on Sept 30th? Isn't that a bit short for a beta period?
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    fatty21 , September 1, 2010 11:52 PM
    Woot, I love FF Series, Can't wait!
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    biao39 , September 1, 2010 11:57 PM
    Love FF series, disappointed on 13. Hope for the best on 14.
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    bpeglow , September 2, 2010 12:43 AM
    I'm a bit worried if the open beta got postponed due to critical bugs only 3 weeks before release (CE). Hopefully we'll have a finished product at launch. I'm going to beta and already have my CE preordered. *fingers crossed*
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    processthis , September 2, 2010 1:21 AM
    So you're saying I DON'T need an i7-980x (amongst other things)?
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    truehighroller , September 2, 2010 1:41 AM
    Where's the link to the beta testing area?
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    DaddyW123 , September 2, 2010 1:42 AM
    How were you disapointed on 13? I'm still playing it. I have to admit though that 10 was better. 10-2 sucked and 12 massively sucked. I still have to play 7 though. I hear it was the best. I also hear you can get it on Playstation Network on PS3 so I'm going to have to try that.

    And I only have a gforce 8800 gts, but I am running at 3ghz Core 2 with 4gb ram so hopefully that will make up for the graphics card.
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    elel , September 2, 2010 1:43 AM
    Makes me sad to see my card on the minimum requirements list :( 
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    proxy711 , September 2, 2010 1:48 AM
    At the rate the updater is going the game will be out before anyone can try the beta out....my upload speed shouldn't be ten times my download speed.
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    renami9 , September 2, 2010 2:06 AM
    elelMakes me sad to see my card on the minimum requirements list


    my card is not even on the minimum requirements list.
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    mcvf , September 2, 2010 2:07 AM
    The button to apply for beta is there!
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    kriswitak , September 2, 2010 2:18 AM
    Lol, the beta application site is getting POUNDED right now. Pages keep timing out. Hahah.
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    merloin , September 2, 2010 2:25 AM
    There wasn't much anticipation for the open beta at all was there...
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    FITCamaro , September 2, 2010 2:29 AM
    I was able to log in. Then it timed out. Still trying.
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    Cy-Kill , September 2, 2010 2:37 AM
    Funny thing is, and I am surprised that Tom's missed it...the OB has been delayed due to 'critical bugs'!
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    FITCamaro , September 2, 2010 2:50 AM
    Got my key
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    NotYetRated , September 2, 2010 3:00 AM
    YES bye bye memorial day weekend!!!
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