Final Fantasy XIV Online beta applications begin

Square Enix opens up registration to test PC edition of next year's MMORPG; PS3 phase TBA.

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Square Enix surprised many when it announced during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo that it was at work on a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV Online. However, what gave cause for those raised eyebrows wasn't so much the online game's existence as it was the game's release date--2010.

Today, Square Enix took one more step toward delivering the game next year, announcing that it has begun accepting beta-test applications for Final Fantasy XIV Online. Those interested in testing the game prior to its full release can now register through the official Final Fantasy XIV Online Web site.

A look at the Eorzean countryside.

Currently, Square Enix is accepting beta-test applications for the Windows PC edition of the game only. As the game was formally announced at Sony's E3 press conference, Final Fantasy XIV Online has also been confirmed for the PlayStation 3. The publisher expects to have more information on the game's console testing phase in the near future. Square Enix has also indicated that it is "considering" bringing the game to Microsoft's hardware.

Final Fantasy XIV Online will be set in the realm of Eorzea, a world not seen before in any other installments in the franchise. Like in other MMORPGs, gamers will be able to explore the world after selecting from a variety of races, combat classes, and professional skills. More information on Eorzea's lore and backstory can be found on the game's site.

Discussion

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capllie5_5_5
capllie5_5_5

loooooooooool this game not going to be ff11 this game diffrent and i prefer ff11 better then ff xiv millon of people are playing ff11 and they are going to buy this game 100% they are going to buy it thanx Square Enix O_O

FPRuser
FPRuser

Has anyone gotten in yet?I just registered from my FF13 promotional code!

naheem
naheem

Just let you guys know SE just got a new bata game out called fantasy earth zero (:

Treifla
Treifla

@goldengun, you are forgetting about economies of scale, one server would be costly, but if you had a large amount you will begin saving HUGE amounts of money on all of those things.

slainta
slainta

@goldengun: 20 people for 1 server? I must have been working in the wrong organizations then, since it was 1 person for hundreds of servers. Let's say 1 hundred. Anyway it was $1.5 ml per month every 100,000 users.. $18 ml per year. It seems to me like an huge profit to charge $15/month just to connect and store some data in a server.But sure, there will be some free updates as well. Still to pass from a free PSN to $15/month is a little too much. We'll see.

deezy_f
deezy_f

now, more importantly... has anyone that's applied gotten accepted into the beta?

GoldenGun
GoldenGun

@sirkel28 Find me a dedicated server that costs $15 a month that works for 100,000 people. Even if you had a team of say 20 people, paying them pennies for about $35k a year, that's $700k. That doesn't include server costs, their technical support costs, or their boss' paycheck.

sirkel28
sirkel28

how much does it cost to keep a server running really? you paid x amount of devs for new content and that is it. At say $15 a month for even 100,000 people that is $1,500,000 a month. Should easily cover the costs, and 100,000 subs isn't much.

vecsim89
vecsim89

@wizard617, horizonwriter is correct. It would take a lot of time, stress and people to keep an MMO running what with all patches, updates and expansions (if any) and you would need heaps of cash to do it.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

You seriously don't understand why one would need to pay to play an MMO? Its all about maintainance, overhead and profit. You still have to maintain the servers and you still need to produce content and patch the game regularly which requires a team to be assigned to FFXIV for however many years the game will be around. So basically, you've got hardware/software costs and the price of man power plus you're trying to make a dime off of it all. Now granted, some MMO's are too pricey but that's a different story.

wizard617
wizard617

WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR MMOs IN THE FIRST PLACE????????

FFJunkies
FFJunkies

@MatzeEdend I won't complain if I don't get in. I've beta tested quite a few MMOs in the past... but that doesn't mean getting in wouldn't be awesome. To be honest I don't even think my computer is up to spec for the game... the least powerful CPU to choose from on the beta sign-up sheet was a core duo, and I'm still using a first generation dual core. My laptop is probably unable to play it either, (my GPU is Core2 Duo lol) but if i don't get to beta test it I hope someone puts some gameplay footage on youtube. That will give me an idea whether to try it or not. I wish everyone good luck for the beta application process.

Shinkada
Shinkada

Wow. An MMO - all of which are rubbish despite the genre's massive potential - made by Square Enix - all games from which are rubbish despite the company's massive wallet. This isn't rubbish, it's the entire tip! @atopp399: The problem isn't having low system requirements, it's about having options for those with high systems. Blizzard don't get critisized for their games being available on weak PC's, they get criticized because the games are ONLY for low end machines rather than having a large variety of graphics settings to make them scale. Look at games like Oblivion. The lowest setting looks only marginally better than Morrowind whereas the highest one was so cutting edge that it wasn't until a year AFTER it was released that a GPU could handle its max settings comfortably. Making games usable on low end systems = good. Not making them look cutting edge for high end systems = lazy. Blizzard = lazy.

atopp399
atopp399

Game Developers care more about low end systems. The crappier the system that can run the game the more copies of it they will sell. Why do you think Blizzard games always have such low system requirements.

McTabish
McTabish

Dont QVC sell machines that can run Crysis on full settings now for about £89.95? Think they are made by V-Tek and you can let your kids learn about letters and numbers on it!

McTabish
McTabish

@ Tygraph, do you want a medal for having a hi-end PC... give it 6 months and it'll be out of date. Oh and dont forget that Crysis is nearly 2 years old... and its engine is about 4 years old so its not that good. The big question is, can you run an Excel spreadsheet and open Solitaire at the same time?... now thats power!!!

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

Considering this is coming out for 360/PS3 as well it will no doubt have the second worst interface in MMO history (FF11 being the first of course). Not only that but as far as i recall FF11 never had a trial period. Add to that the retarded subscription service and account management. I have no hopes for this game until more information is released.

painguy1
painguy1

have they sent the emails out yet? when do we get one?

Tygraph
Tygraph

I hope they are primarily looking for great PC's cause mine can run Crysis on VERY HIGH and then some! What more can they want! Oh and it runs at 60 fps too :)

Syzgygy
Syzgygy

Any European (English speaking) pre-launch guilds forming up for this?

rmj540
rmj540

@MatzeEdend Thats a crazy beta selection process. Ican't even join the beta thats how old my computer is. I'll just wait for the PS3 beta and pray I get in on that.

MatzeEdend
MatzeEdend

@FFJunkies I once heard the beta selection process described as writing all the names down and putting it in a hat, then lighting the hat on fire for several minutes. Any name still recognizable gets in. I won't complain if I don't get in. I've beta tested quite a few MMOs in the past... but that doesn't mean getting in wouldn't be awesome. To be honest I don't even think my computer is up to spec for the game... the least powerful CPU to choose from on the beta sign-up sheet was a core duo, and I'm still using a first generation dual core :(

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@10679 the articles you posted did nothing, but further support what i claim... they did admit there is a difference however, they are being fair as making that difference as small as possible... however that doesnt change the fact of what they stated intially when they were first talking about it being multiplatform, all your post shows is that they were able to make the finish product near identical. i do recall mentioning that they say because of the difference and the fact that they are porting from PS3 to 360 that the finish product MAY be effected, which to some extent it was, but as i said... they were able to keep the differences as minimal as possible. besides that it did not stop them from release FF13 in Japan on PS3 only, and having to wait a little longer for PS3 versions it to be release in other territories because they want to release both 360 & PS3 versions the same time...i'm just saying.*shrugs*

FFJunkies
FFJunkies

I hope I get accepted for the Beta. Never done a Beta test before though and I probably wont even get accepted GAAHHHH!!!

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

Looks very JRPG to me, which is a good & a bad thing depending what type of RPG your into. Personally, i can pass on it but im sure others will go head-over-heels for it.

wraithbladeuk
wraithbladeuk

My main question about FF14 is why have they taken all the FF11 races and given them daft new names? Galka, Mithra, Humes and Taru are all there, they just have really stupid new names. I thought this was gonna be set in Vana'diel when I first saw the characters, but keeping the same designs and giving them different names then calling it a totally different game world seems a bit lazy, especially when the FF11 races aren't exactly regular characters in the FF universe (in fact, they've only been in FF11)

Punkz7
Punkz7

This game looks pretty bad LOL! The trailer itself is horrible and nothing like the other FF Game Trailers.

YoungDab
YoungDab

Wow=I dont get it,the game looks ugly!! and people pay money for it? Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

Tygraph
Tygraph

I just signed up. Wish me luck!

MassacreMonk
MassacreMonk

I signed up, probably wont get in though :(

Asheileon
Asheileon

If people answered truthfully on the application(witch none did), only the ones that are really looking forward to FF XIV and want to help make it as good as possible would get a beta key. It's nice to see a game developer that's that serious about getting the right people for the beta testes by making a grueling long process of the whole application. P.S I answered truthfully :D

SaitouZero
SaitouZero

The sad thing is that many people that hate on FFXI or MMOs in general, either because they don't want to pay a monthly fee or think WoW is actually a good game are gonna sign up for this beta and take spots away from people that actually like FFXI and who want to contribute actively to the beta process. These sad people will probably play the game for 10 minutes then never give it a second thought, never giving it a chance in the process.

10679
10679

@KaizerJinn Now for those who blame the 360 version of FFXII for delaying the ps3 version or causing the ps3 to be watered down to fit the 360 power capability is highly mistaken. This is a quote from the creator of FFXIII "RPGSite: How, if at all, has the Xbox 360 version effected development? There's been some screenshots floating around that show graphics changed, in some places improved in others scaled back... Motomu Toriyama: Initial screenshots of the game may well look different to what we have now. This is part of the process of making the game - we have to get a feel for what the system can and can't handle - sometimes things are made better, sometimes things like the number of polygons on a model are reduced to make it more easy to display. Yoshinori Kitase: The important thing for us is that the game runs smoothly on both systems. We have made changes to the game, but nothing because of one system specifically - all changes have been made to get maximum performance." The link to that quote can be found here http://www.vg247.com/2009/08/20/confirmed-kitase-aiming-for-ffxiii-360-to-ship-on-3-dvds/

10679
10679

@KaizerJinn "RPGSite: So would you say the Xbox 360 version is identical? Yoshinori Kitase: Where it matters, yes. Because of differences in the hardware there will be slight differences but these will likely only be noticable by comparing two identical scenes. The main difference is that the Xbox 360 version will ship on multiple discs." The above quote is another proof of how both version are identical. the link is just below this sentence http://ps3.rpgsite.net/articles/42/139/final-fantasy-xiii-gamescom-interview.html

10679
10679

@KaizerJinn "hm... it's interesting that you read somewhere that the Creator of FF14 said both games would be identical because last time i recall in a conference and articles i've read, the creator assured PS3 supporters that the fact that they are 'porting' the game to 360 will not effect the value or energy they will put into the PS3 version" I actually read the articles and watched the interview. I couldn't find the interview but i found the article and this what they said about both version of the game. “The 360 version and the PS3 version should be pretty much equal, both in terms of content and the visuals as well,” he added. “Since the hardware is different, there might be some subtle differences if you compare screenshots side by side, but the team’s being very careful about the compression of the data and the visuals, so that it’s exactly the same on both.” Isn't that enough proof for ya . The information came from the link below this sentence.The subtle differences will mostly likely will be the CG scenes where the ps3 will have it in full 1080p and the 360 at 720p. Unfortunately it won't make much difference especially if you have 46inch and below Tv. That kind of difference will only be noticeable if you have more 50inch or a 100inch projector, http://www.vg247.com/2009/08/20/confirmed-kitase-aiming-for-ffxiii-360-to-ship-on-3-dvds/

Syzgygy
Syzgygy

screenshots look amazing

rng_cougar
rng_cougar

@Jhoalot maybe you dont understand its not optional when they do the update you WILL pay for online service! any ITEMS dlc and such that were free will remain so NOT your service douche

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@SalarianChemist: Most all of those 360 "exclusive" rpgs from squenix have gotten mediocre to bad reviews. When I hear people say the 360 was used to beta test those games I find it very hard to discount it when you see all the stuff that was missing from the 360 versions, not added to the PS3 version. I find it funny you bother to mention those games M$ paid for in an attempt to win over the japanese market (and fail) when none of them are really RPGs worth mentioning.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

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Raice
Raice

FF11 was horrific trash, if this one isnt massively different then i'll be skipping it too. On the up side, really looking forward to ff13

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@SalarianChemist if you plyed any of the Final Fantasy games then that means u plyed them on playstation so show some respect 4 sony who carried Final Fantasy to many homes also who cares which system it sells more on the only thing that matter is that we enjoy the game

Oni-roku
Oni-roku

@10679 SalarianChemist was originally talking about Final Fantasy 11 being the prime factor for Square Enix releasing Final Fantasy 14 and all other future titles on the Xbox 360. Quoting my statement regarding this and then giving a rebuttal using entirely different facts is rather silly. This generation, it seems like Square Enix has given more secondary support to the Xbox 360. What you have to realize is that Square Enix is a large developing and publishing house. To help ease the financial strain of their main Final Fantasy series, they release many other games, both entries in other popular series and new original IPs. It is not necessarily safe to assume that just because they have released many other games for other consoles, they will then release Final Fantasy on those systems. Square Enix is notorious for both supporting and producing some rather poor secondary works. The quality of the Final Fantasy series is immense, but some of their side-efforts have been interesting to say the least. I feel that Square Enix has set new precedence with their decision to release a main entry in the Final Fantasy series on the same day on two different home consoles. Due to the new territory they are forging, I think it is hard to say what may happen. Anything is possible, but SalarianChemist, please . . . again . . . keep your wants, dreams, wishes, and fantasies as such, and do not tout them as proven fact. It makes you look quite silly and ridiculous.

alzeer1
alzeer1

all know best play for mmo is only on Pc my pc is grow and powerful ) am waiting for ff my love

tig1979
tig1979

I personally hate pay to play also, but it does have it's plus points, it does stop a lot of idiots playing, if you never experienced try some free mmo's sometime then play a pay to play, yes there are idiots on both but the fee cuts off a lot of them

Young_Charter
Young_Charter

I agree with Jadegogetter for the reason to the fact that square isnt the same and you can tell highly by their games they are changing. And they are planning few online games of course like XIV and the new Front Mission they are changing...but we'll see if its for the better in 2010

jadegogetter
jadegogetter

I find it funny how individuals defend the 360 with devout furor, to the point of making it obtuse. To mask their comments in an academic format to further 'prove' their opinion is fact. Any how! The 360 has Jrpgs, so does the PS3, no point in arguing about who's console has the biggest 'CPU' girth. Enix are no longer the same Square we once knew, to look at their latest games is proof enough. Mediocre and poor games. Im hoping Enix up their game for Final Fantasy XIII (I wish this console flaming would die out. Just buy both console!)

Fusion_Master
Fusion_Master

there seems to be a lot of ps3 vs 360 nonesense going on in this topic. however, as it stands the game is scheduled for ps3 and pc. suspectedly, if you 360 fans are wanting to play it, you will have to wait to see if it is ported, or play on pc.