BETA doesn't care when FFXIII is coming out, a beta isn't there for commercial purposes, it can easily be this fall (closed one of course) for 3 months, and then an open beta for 3 months, 4/5 months before FFXIV is gone gold.
We're talking about SE here, they've even gone as far as putting trailers to other games included with games before. And even for XI Beta for the 360 you had to buy a magazine to participate. Suppose the only way to Beta XIV is a bonus disc that comes with XIII, I'm sure there are those out there that will buy XIII just for this chance, and SE knows this so they do stuff like this. This is only talking about the PS3 version tho, PC users might have to sign up and get selected.
But you never kno, Sony can even go as far as adding Beta to PS-Network for download but we'll have to wait and see what they are gonna do. I'm not saying that they are gonna do this
, but just remembering SE's past history I wouldn't doubt something like this.
Yes I'm very optimistic about this lol
Sorry if I sound like a pessimist on the issue, but I'm hopeing SE doesn't do the things I've guessed and just do what we want, lol. I'm wanting what you guys want, to be able to play XIV.