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#1 Feb 28 2010 at 11:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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Courtesy of andriasang.com, courtesy in turn from Famitsu:

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Final Fantasy XIV Producer Talks Alpha, Beta Tests

Company to determine length of alpha test based off player response.

Posted Mar 01, 2010 at 08:57, By Anoop Gantayat

We may at long last have some sort of idea of just what Square Enix was talking about at the VanaFest event yesterday regarding all that Final Fantasy XIV alpha and beta jive, along with some specifics on just what was shown as far as game footage goes.

A press Q&A session following the event was mostly focused on the newly announced initiatives for Final Fantasy XI, including changes in level caps and expansion contents. But Hiromichi Tanaka, producer of both FFXI and FFXIV, did share brief comments on FFXIV towards the end.

As reported at Famitsu.com, Tanaka was asked when the game's alpha test and beta test would take place. This information, he said, will be announced on March 11, when the beta tester site goes live. They're currently making adjustments which could change the date around.

Tanaka was asked about the alpha test in particular. How long will the alpha test, which of course takes place before the beta test, run? His response was that Square Enix will decide that based off user response.

We're still not entirely sure of who will be able to take part in the alpha and beta. At the event, Square Enix said that all VanaFest attendees would be able to take part in both. Famitsu.com's report says that FFXI players will also be able to take part in the alpha. The Famitsu.com report also says that the winners of the first drawing for beta testers will be announced starting March 1.

If you'll allow for some speculation, the confusion here appears to be from Square Enix's use of the term "beta tester." It's possible that they're just using this as a general term that applies to the people who take part in both the alpha and beta test programs. In other words, beta testers are also alpha testers, and the people whose names are drawn on March 1 will be the first people to try out FFXIV.

Separate from the beta information, Impress Watch also clarifies some details on just what was shown for FFXIV at the evnet. Square Enix showed the game's opening movie, which was just completed one week prior. They also showed real gameplay footage.

The Impress writer wrote that the opening movie can be thought of as a full version of the pre rendered sections from the trailer that debuted at E3. They wouldn't share details, as they were worried about spoilers. It seems that there's a little trick to the game that you'll understand after watching the movie.


Link here: http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/03/01/ffxiv_producer_on_tests/


The one thing that can be said for sure based on this, is that there will not be alpha/beta action of any kind until March 11, at the earliest. No guarantee on whether or not it'll start then, though. We'll have to just wait and hope that they make a general announcement on the 11th.

According to Famitsu, the first round of invites will be going out the 1st, but they aren't sure just who those invites will be going to. We can assume at the least that those at Vana'fest will be included in that round of emails.


Edited, Mar 1st 2010 12:23am by Eske

Edited, Mar 1st 2010 12:26am by Eske
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#2 Feb 28 2010 at 11:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Makes sense that the 11th is when the alpha testers will get to download the client etc, which will no doubt be what the site is for, will probably be a forum and whatnot there aswell.
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#3 Feb 28 2010 at 11:33 PM Rating: Decent
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I remember when I filled in the app. I put I used to play FFXI and it didn't ask for a POL. My friend put the same thing but he was able to put his POL. The option only came up for me if I put I was playing it now. Maybe it could have just been glitchy because we signed up day 1. So I'm not sure if I'm a "FFXI player" for the alpha.

For people who were able to put there POL, what option did you put?
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I'm more interested in : It seems that there's a little trick to the game that you'll understand after watching the movie.: more hidden stuff!
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#5 Feb 28 2010 at 11:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I put I used to play FFXI and it didn't ask for a POL.


I had the same option as you, you only get to put your FF11 ID in if you say your still playing the game.

Whats worse is they asked why did you stop playing and I chose "I got bored", Guess I'm on the bottom of the pile :S.
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#6 Mar 01 2010 at 12:19 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm more interested in : It seems that there's a little trick to the game that you'll understand after watching the movie.: more hidden stuff!




This. I made a topic for this specifically to prevent the derailing of this thread. :)
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=126742473635427339&num=0&page=1


Edited, Mar 1st 2010 1:28am by mithrandrk
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#7 Mar 01 2010 at 6:54 AM Rating: Good
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Diakar wrote:
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I put I used to play FFXI and it didn't ask for a POL.


I had the same option as you, you only get to put your FF11 ID in if you say your still playing the game.

Whats worse is they asked why did you stop playing and I chose "I got bored", Guess I'm on the bottom of the pile :S.


Yeah, really wishing I had put that I was still playing, although I guess they could always check. I play for over 5 years, canceled in November of 09, and now in Feb '10, they announce that preference will be given to current XI players. A little bummed, but it makes sense from a business standpoint I guess. Crossing my fingers that I get in Closed Beta but lady luck usually likes to kick me in the balls whenever possible.
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