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FFXIV Beta May Launch This Fall?

We're still hoping to hear news about the MAG beta, but there was another PlayStation 3 exclusive MMO that debuted at Sony's E3 press conference...

And of course, it needs a beta. As noted by Massively, there are a few pieces of evidence that point towards a sooner-than-anticipated beta test for Final Fantasy XIV. The primary piece of information comes from a new fansite called Eorzeapedia, which cites various new Square-Enix job listings for "new game testers and game masters." Such applicants are asked to have "good knowledge" of Final Fantasy XI, and the work will begin in September. Secondly, the announced release date for FFXIV at the press conference was 2010 and furthermore, Square-Enix has already expressed their desire to have a longer beta test that FFXI, which clocked in at four months long. Sooo...if you put all this together, it points towards a beta launch some time later this year, and perhaps as early as autumn. Is anyone else suddenly seeing a clash of titans between MAG and FFXIV in the very near future? Thankfully, both will appeal to very different types of gamers, so one shouldn't suffer under the shadow of the other.

We'll let you know if we can dig up any official updates on the FFXIV beta, and if it does launch this year, you can bet we'll want to be part of it!

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV

6/22/2009 Ben Dutka

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killzone100
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:42:59 PM
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It dosent say anything about FFXIV. Just that they are looking for testers. I hope it is about FFXIV though.

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Scarecrow
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:45:25 PM
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meeeeh

Well at least it'll be free

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Nynja
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:50:10 PM
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Beta already? I suppose the Spring 2010 release may actually be true.

This game is likely to ruin my life again, well at least for a couple years.

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Zemus101
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 2:17:02 PM

I hear ya, although Beta's are usually (always?) PC only right? Unless of course it's a PS3 exclusive like LBP or Uncharted2. Damn, dunno how well my pc would handle it but I would LOVE to get in on this. I don't expect to see it happen by the end of this year, that's a little too good to be true, but um .. I'd take next Spring or Summer.

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Nynja
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 12:17:46 PM

PS3, PC, Xbox, Genesis, or Atari beta doesn't matter. If the opportunity arrives it's a done deal for me.

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Highlander
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:58:42 PM
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A thought just struck me because of this news. I'm wondering whether anyone else agrees. We seem to be getting a lot of game Beta releases these days. In days gone by, gamers didn't see a game until it was on the retail shelf. Reviews were based on retail games and occasionally previews that the reviewers were fortunate enough to score.

But now a lot of games have pretty wide Beta releases. Just look at Uncharted 2.

I was thinking about this and I can't help wondering whether this kind of thing ultimately hurts the game? Does a beta give detractors and potential buyers too long to focus on the deficiencies of a game (that is in Beta) so that when the release version comes around, They're all ready with reasons not to buy it?

There used to be that exclusivity of buying a game on pre-order or day 1, but now you have the beta release as well. It kinda seems to detract from the whole Day 1 purchase aura.

Well, anyway, I think it's amazingly quick for a beta release of FFXIV, but hey, whatever floats their boat. The quicker they can get their games to market the better.

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Zemus101
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 2:20:05 PM

I agree, but since Beta's always focus on the Multiplayer modes only (Resistance2 and Uncharted2) there still is plenty of game left that you didn't get to play. Demo's of the game's single player experiences have been around for a very long time though. I was buying demo discs since I got my PS1 way back when and that didn't seem to detract anyone from buying games, if anything it helps to sell a game that isn't a well known franchise like Final Fantasy or Grand Turismo.

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aaronisbla
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 6:55:20 PM

keep in mind that betas are designed for testing purposes, its not like its a extra early demo, its designed so potential problems and things being unbalanced are addressed, so in the end, it does benefit gamers

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Nynja
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 12:21:35 PM

Agreed, Zemus.

Still a good observation and probably true for a small percentage of sales. Then you have to look at the flip side where people who may never have picked up the game enjoyed the beta enough to warrant a purchase.

Ultimately I think it serves the developers and community well to continue public beta tests.

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King James
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 1:06:51 PM
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I guess I'm f'd because both MAG and FF14 appeal to me.

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kevinater321
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 1:18:38 PM

Same here...

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Lenoxseer
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 1:12:40 PM
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Well, that will be pretty neat. I doubt I'll be one of the few people that will be able to BETA test it.

On another note, I'm guessing the rumor of Final Fantasy XI coming to PS3 was mistaken for Final Fantasy XIV?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 1:57:01 PM
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Wonder how they'll select the testers?

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SuMtOnE
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 2:08:17 PM
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i havent been excited for any BETA besides this one... hope i get a email from them hehe...

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Mr Bitey
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 4:12:23 PM

me too kupo

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Qwarktast1c
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 5:53:51 PM

lol kupo

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Zemus101
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 2:21:04 PM
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Yeah, I would really like to get involved in this beta if possible.

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mexgeo86
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 3:51:48 PM
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I look forward to the full release of this game. I've never done any MMORPGs; WoW didnt draw my attention when it came out, also at that time my PC then wasn't up to handle running the game.

This game however (being an FF title) does have some appeal and since it'll run on the PS3 there's no worry for video cards/ram and all the tech stuff.

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Scotchio
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 3:53:57 PM
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The job listings are for actual paid jobs with Square-Enix. Normal beta testing doesn't involve getting paid, right?

For any chance of a beta invite when it does happen. It's worth registering on the Official FFXIV site

And also registering on Square-Enix accounts site and if you have a Playonline account from playing FFXI, link that to it.

https://secure.square-enix.com/account/app/svc/Login?cont=account

The more they know you the better the chance, eh?

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Oyashiro
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 4:01:14 PM
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How awesome would it be to have that as your job title?

"Hey! What do you do for a living?"

I turn around dramatically, slowly take off my sunglasses while wearing my power glove.

"I'm a Game Master!"

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Zemus101
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 9:12:08 PM

That's awesome, I think I'll do that anyways >.>

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Banky A
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 11:25:11 PM

[GM] FTW!

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www
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 4:02:28 PM
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Wow but hope its free for all.

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aaronisbla
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 6:55:55 PM

i dont think it will be

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smileys_007
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 4:41:50 PM
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It looks like I'll be forced to use the online capabilities of my ps3 for this game! But I'm more interested on playing FFXIII than FFXIV.

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Qwarktast1c
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 5:54:51 PM
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what about versus 13????
that probably won't be released untill 2011

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NonProphet
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 6:03:35 PM
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Can anyone else remember another instance when there was talk of a beta for a game whose prequel hadn't even been released yet?

Last edited by NonProphet on 6/22/2009 6:03:50 PM

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Scarecrow
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 6:53:47 PM

lol...

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Reccaman18
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 7:21:42 PM
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I just got the beta code for pre-ordering Aion so Im gonna skip this one. I have seen my friend play Aion, and I have to say Im more excited for that over FF14.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 11:31:13 PM

But you haven't seen FF14 gameplay so how can you compare O_o

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 3:13:51 PM

FF 14 looks like 11, and I already preordered Aion, so Im not gonna pay for 2 MMOs that are subscription based. Im not comparing the gameplay, just the fact I dont feel like paying to play 2 games every month.

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JAJABOB92
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 8:22:59 PM
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the both appeal to me very heavily. i just hope that this FFMMO is free. i would assume it is because it is on the psn. but i have been wrong just once before. lol

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Reccaman18
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 9:35:20 PM

Well, FF11 was a subscription based MMO, so I expect this to be as well. The PSN may be free, but that doesnt mean the devs cant charge for their games.

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Riku994
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 10:54:40 PM
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If this beta comes to PS3 I'll be right there!

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 2:33:00 AM
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i am not sure about this one, I just know I want them to finish ff13 and v13 and release them!

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 10:44:20 AM

one thing squenix doesn't know how to do is prioritizing

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 9:50:30 AM
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No really, where is the info on FFXIII versus?

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psxd00d
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 4:21:38 PM
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This is debunked by every news site, the latest beta news is that it will start in 2010; http://www.ffxivfan.com/final-fantasy-14/beta/

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