Why is everyone extremely hoocked up on TGS. I think it doesn't matter where SE realease info on FFXIV, rather when and since GameCon is tomorrow and they have the information ready, I don't see any reason at all to withhold the information until TGS. Also people constantly forget that FF14 is an international release in 3 different regions simultainasly, and if we go by poppulation EU>US>JP. In that sence it would only be logical if they release as much info as possible at GameCom.
I'm expecting new things from tomorrow morning's presentation, but the main reason why everyone is "hoocked" on TGS is because it's in Japan. Squenix's home turf. They're making presentations in Europe to solidify their growing customer share there (especially after the acquisition of Eidos), but expect the main bulk of any announcements at TGS since they are a Japanese-based company, and the majority of their users are there. They're spreading the love around, as we got the introduction to it at E3, Europe is getting love at Gamescon, but I can guarantee you that they're saving their big guns for TGS. The end of Sept. when TGS is held is more than likely an optimal time for them to announce beta registration as well, since it will be that much closer to when they're thinking of launching it. That would give them 2-3 months for people to sign up for the beta, allowing lots of time for them to select participants from around the world, if they're going to do a world-wide beta, which is expected.
So, 2-3 months of selection puts us into Dec./Jan., when they could conceivably start a closed beta, let that run for 3-4 months, putting us into Aprilish, then run an open beta, or weekend previews for 2-3 months putting us deep into summer, and months after the release of FFXIII. They will not release XIV at the same time as XIII, in order to maximize sales. This is only my speculation, but it makes sense to me. Edited, Aug 18th 2009 5:07pm by Serielley