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Open Beta for Final Fantasy XIV Postponed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

The open beta for the PC version of Final Fantasy XIV was slated to begin today, however Square Enix has put it on hold.

Earlier Tuesday Square Enix announced that the open beta for its upcoming MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV would begin later in the evening at 10pm EST. The news stemmed from a Twitter post that read: "The FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test begins on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 2:00 (GMT)! We hope to see everyone participate!"

However apparently plans have changed. According to the company, the open beta test has been postponed due to "a confirmation of critical bugs." A new schedule for the open beta will be released at a later date. Additionally, the issuing of registration codes for the open beta will also be postponed. Client downloads are suspended until a later date.

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 game takes place on the content of Eorzea with additional areas available to explore in Hydaelyn. Unlike Final Fantasy XI--which used experience points and level progression--Final Fantasy XIV will utilize a skill-based progression system similar to Final Fantasy II. There will also be less emphasis on group play, and weapon use will apparently alter character development.

Current players of the closed beta will be able to transfer their characters over to the open beta. The latest patch to the Final Fantasy XIV client supposedly weighs around 1.2 GB. Stay tuned to Square Enix for more updates on the open beta status.

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    Omniblivion , August 31, 2010 5:33 PM
    Looks like I'm stuck to looping the benchmark until the open beta comes out :( 
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    COLGeek , August 31, 2010 5:33 PM
    Looks like scaling up the beta from closed to open status showed a few chinks in the armor. Not surprising given the complexities of these developments. Good luck!
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    lun4tic , August 31, 2010 5:34 PM
    What can you expect from a beta? The issue is probably a recent screw up on their end. I hope they iron out the process of putting up high load servers before the 22nd.
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    Trialsking , August 31, 2010 5:35 PM
    Nooo, how am I going to get my crazy hair and ridiculously large sword welding fix now!?!?!?!?
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    NotYetRated , August 31, 2010 5:45 PM
    NNOOOOOO I had an evening of bug catching planned :(  Love Square games. Have not tried their earlier foray into MMORPG But this game simply looks far too beautiful to pass up. Hopefully they iron out the wrinkles quick! Though.... this game is just going to be a time-passer for me until KOTOR makes its way into my life. Better get some sun while I still can...
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    jomofro39 , August 31, 2010 5:52 PM
    Critical Bug: Fire dragon lives in water. Solved! Release.
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    Wolfwood_XLV , August 31, 2010 5:59 PM
    Postpwned.
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    maestintaolius , August 31, 2010 5:59 PM
    Just so long as it isn't another 'fight rabbits for 60 levels' game again. My biggest grievance with the original game was at level 5, I was fighting rabbits, and at level 55, I was fighting rabbits (and they were the same color and had the exact same abilities, just the level 55 one hit harder).
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , August 31, 2010 6:00 PM
    Dang it! I hope this does not cause the release date to get pushed back :( 
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    coleipoo , August 31, 2010 6:02 PM
    FFXIV is shaping up nicely...it's actually a good thing they are getting rid of bugs like this and postponing the beta release. Imagine the nerd rage if people could play the open beta but it turned out to be completely unplayable for a few days.

    This is what developers need to be doing, so they don't release a sloppy product. It's the essence of a beta.
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    cknobman , August 31, 2010 6:17 PM
    No problemo here. I want to play beta cause I preordered and would like to know if I should cancel before the game comes out.

    I can wait though, cause in the meantime Ill get a few more chances to finish up FFXIII.
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    antemon , August 31, 2010 6:34 PM
    I still can't believe the recommended system requirements want you to have i7 or a hexacore

    I think squeenix fails to remember that they need people to play the game, and not many have that kind of setup :|
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    compton , August 31, 2010 6:35 PM
    I played FFXI for all of two days before I just couldn't take it anymore. I never looked backed.
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    dstln , August 31, 2010 6:51 PM
    antemonI still can't believe the recommended system requirements want you to have i7 or a hexacoreI think squeenix fails to remember that they need people to play the game, and not many have that kind of setup :|


    Are you serious? Somehow I really doubt that. Considering that the benchmark program only used two cores, that makes no sense at all...
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    lothdk , August 31, 2010 7:08 PM
    dstlnAre you serious? Somehow I really doubt that. Considering that the benchmark program only used two cores, that makes no sense at all...

    I have seen several mention that, yet when I run the benchmark it taxes four cores, odd.
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    IM0001 , August 31, 2010 7:17 PM
    As a player of the closed beta, I really do not care to get the game. Pre Release version or not, the game felt like they took everything that made a GOOD mmo "Good" and left it out. Poor guidance through the game, horrible control scheme (that you cannot change), XP gain limits, odd and confusing questing system (wasn't all bad but it had its limits as well as hangups). Their are a lot of other issues like the Graphics while great at times, had a horrible blur-in/pop in style look when walking (things at a distance that you were approaching would have a visible line where it went from bad quality to good quality.

    Overall I was unimpressed with it as a MMO for todays standards. While the sounds and Animations were top notch (and a huge increase in sound quality/choice vs Aion) its not enough to have me want to give it a full swing go for a good while.

    Interesting game, interesting world, but has too many things that have already been done, proven not good, and used anyway with to little of what has been proven good integrated.

    Just my $.02
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    Honis , August 31, 2010 7:21 PM
    dstlnAre you serious? Somehow I really doubt that. Considering that the benchmark program only used two cores, that makes no sense at all...

    The benchmark used 4 cores with windows reporting 20 and 30 percent use on each one running on my AMD Phenom II X4 965... Are you sure it only uses 2 cores?

    antemonI still can't believe the recommended system requirements want you to have i7 or a hexacoreI think squeenix fails to remember that they need people to play the game, and not many have that kind of setup :|

    If you check out different bench scores you find the graphics cards are the bottleneck for most systems. A friend of mine was able to get the closed beta running and looking half decent on his laptop with only an Nvidia 8600 with 512MB of video ram. I think he has a dual core CPU but no idea which one.

    Besides, this is or should be the strategy for all PC games. Take Doom 3 for example. It raped thousand dollar rigs when it was released. Now, I can run it on a $500 (maybe less) rig on max settings. Doom 3 and other games based on its engine look good even by today's standards. If they had geared it to run on max setting for PCs back in 2004, it would have looked Ok then and look like utter poop today. (At least, this is what I hope is happening. The alternative is the game was coded by a million monkeys until something that compiled popped out).
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    cranium , August 31, 2010 8:24 PM
    Acronym for Final Fantasy = Anal Fisty Fan. I can't not hear that in my head every time
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    Ramar , August 31, 2010 8:29 PM
    I was pretty excited for this until the 8-hour a week limit was leaked. I'm not paying money to not play a game.
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    bildo123 , August 31, 2010 8:29 PM
    antemonI still can't believe the recommended system requirements want you to have i7 or a hexacoreI think squeenix fails to remember that they need people to play the game, and not many have that kind of setup :|


    *recommended*, not minimum required. TBH, it is a much better approach to have the option of cranking up the graphics than being stuck with muddy Walt Disney graphics that WoW has. Whoops, I said the W word. Also the people that play FF I would be in general on the average have a higher intelligence about computers overall and wouldn't have to worry about such issues.
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