Final Fantasy XIV 2013 beta for PS3, PC in phases

In case you have forgotten, there is still a Final Fantasy XIV game on the horizon, despite the fact that we’re still no closer to knowing a solid release date for the infamous game after the failed launch on the PC in 2010. In the meantime, Square-Enix has been dropping out regular video teases for the new ‘A Realm Reborn’ revamp and we finally have some information for those of you who are looking forward to participating in the fresh beta test for the game. An official Square-Enix roadmap has revealed that the PC beta for Final Fantasy 14 will start in the middle of February, with a beta also confirmed for PS3 users afterwards as well.

There is naturally a great deal of expectation riding on Square-Enix’ shoulders to deliver at the second time of asking, as the company can’t really afford too many more mistakes as they look to win over fans once again with their renewed effort. Combine the fact that they are still stalling on Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy X HD, we’ve even go as far to say that FFIV is probably seen as the last chance to bring the Final Fantasy brand back to its former glory.

With that reminder out of the way, the beta appears to be on good schedule, and the new version of Final Fantasy XIV will finally be ready for testing in February. Square-Enix has revealed that there will be four phases for preparation of the game’s release, with Phase 1 marking the start of the PC closed beta, Phase 2 a second closed beta for PC, Phase 3 the start of the PS3 closed beta and finally Phase 4, a public beta lasting one to two weeks before the game is finally ready for a full release.

Other information which you’ll find useful include a possible 5 to 10 worlds in the beta, a full selection of races and genders and perhaps more importantly – a level cap of 35 for the beta. You should read the full PDF document here for a full overview from what to expect from the four beta phases.

All we need now is for Square-Enix to commit to a release date for the closed PC beta in February. Unsurprisingly, we do have another epic video for you to watch now which once again gives you a preview at some of the glorious eye candy on offer – it does look rather special to be fair, but then again all Final Fantasy games usually do.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV revamp? Will you give Square-Enix a second chance to win you over again or are you done with the series for good? You can register for the beta here if you are interested.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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