Square Enix opens Final Fantasy XIV beta applications and releases an extended trailer
When one era ends, another begins. This has been the driving theme for Square Enix’s upcoming re-launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. To usher in the new era, Square Enix has opened Final Fantasy XIV beta applications to the public. Gamers hoping to jump in and check out all of the changes made to can now apply for the FFXIV beta phase which, as we reported here, is set to start at around mid February.
Some players won’t even have to sign up though. According to the Final Fantasy XIV Beta Application found here:
- Players who met the Legacy campaign requirements can participate in the beta test starting from phase 1 and are not required to apply. However, we ask players who wish to participate in the PlayStation 3 beta test to apply for it.
- If you applied to be a PlayStation 3 beta tester for FFXIV Version 1.0 and were selected to test the Windows version instead, you need not apply again to test the PS3 version—your original application will be reconsidered when we start selecting PS3 testers. However, if you wish to be considered as a Windows PC tester, we ask that you apply specifically for that.
- If you have a FINAL FANTASY XIII (PS3) Members code, you can enter it for a chance to receive priority access to the PS3 Beta.
UPDATE: According to the official Twitter feed, the Final Fantasy XIV beta application site has been experiencing some issues and confirmation emails may not have been sent out. If you applied already and haven’t received your confirmation email Square Enix advises you to fill out the application again just to be sure.
To announce the beta application process, Square Enix dropped another cinematic trailer for fans of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to enjoy. Well, honestly it isn’t a “full” new trailer. The video starts by showing us the previous trailer again and tacks on about 3 more minutes of impressive visuals. We see a much brighter world, the arrival of our party that was teleported out of the previous trailer’s battle, and of course chocobos in full battle armor abound.
Once again, the trailer impresses visually and does its job to get me interested in the story, but it does little to assuage my concerns for ARR‘s re-launch. I still am very eager for the coming of ARR but I also think it’s time we started seeing some gameplay with some context and some “meat” for fans of the Final Fantasy series to dive into. I can’t wait to jump into FFXIV beta soon and look forward to experiencing all of the changes the FFXIV reboot has in store, but I don’t think the trailer gives a good indication of what FFXIV beta applicants will be experiencing in game which is what I think most Final Fantasy XIV fans want to see at this point.
Does the new Final Fantasy XIV beta trailer add to your excitement or does it leave you feeling about the same as previous videos? Are we likely to see any of the trailer content in the actual beta? Leave your comments below!