How soon can you start playing the reboot that is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn? Probably by the end of the month if you’re in the game’s alpha test.
“There will not only be stress tests for the new servers’ coding and hardware configurations, but also tests for what will be the backbone of the game’s new system, which is why we’re being very cautious with development. Bear with us for just a while longer,” says Naoki Yoshida in the latest producer’s letter.
Yoshida also says that the dev team will likely keep the current version of FFXIV available for a time, even though no character data accumulated after November 11th will be ported to A Realm Reborn. The decision is based partly on player poll voting. Yoshida says he was “planning to keep the servers open so long as 30% of the players voted for it.”
Brace yourselves, stupid comments about how FFXIV is a failure based on what people thought of the release version and how FFXIV has lost someones trust and that they will never play it again are coming… even though SE did what no other has done, completely rebuilt the game from the ground up to satisfy their fans…
2.0 looks very interesting. SE seems to be one of the few companies that just flat out understands that they screwed up and want to make things right. They definitely realized that it sullied the Final Fantasy brand. Just wish they would move on from XIII.
What they are doing with FFXIV is unprecedented in the MMORPG genre, and possibly in gaming as a whole. Anyone else would have just made the game F2P with microtransactions and called it a day.
For that reason, as someone who never bothered with FFXIV in the first place, I am anticipating 2.0 very, very much, and SE has a lot of respect from me.
I can’t wait for more details, and an opportunity to beta test it.