I love how even though some of us are as hardcore, dedicated, and longstanding as they come, with many years of end game experience and having done everything there is to do in FFXI, even though we have the perfect PC's, maximum playtime, and registered with the beta site within hours of it's release, even though we should be absolutely perfect for Alpha, it seems Square Enix just doesn't love some of us </3
I really do wonder what their criteria was... This was very important to me, and I'm extremely let down and disappointed. My will to play FFXIV at all has dropped dramatically. I know people shouldn't feel like this but, when people who have deactivated accounts who didn't even care much for the Beta are getting in over some of us well, I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous but mostly it just feels like for some reason you weren't good enough for Square Enix.
Just the other day someone posted on the square enix forums that the beta testers supposedly got all their invites 2 weeks ago.
There are a couple of reasons for them to release an alpha test at this stage.
First, they need to test the initial load that a server can handle I expect.
Second, they need to check as many hardware configurations as possible. I also expect that people who build their own machines were more likely than someone who buys a dell. Why? People that build their own machines have a much higher variety of hardware for their machines.
Last, they will probably be checking to see how people use the current systems and then adjust it.
also forgot, they are probably adjusting some localizations that are in place.
So the criteria probably went something like this:
Of the current FFXI subscribers, they took as many varied hardware configurations as possible. iirc, the beta app only asked for GPU and CPU, so that's probably whats going to be tested.
Also, if you divide the US into regions, they will probably have groups from East coast, Chicago / midwest, Central texas, and Pacific areas. I think those are the major net blocks for the US, at least, that's where servers are generally hosted for online games I play. in the end, I would gander that a smaller percentage of people near california were selected as opposed to somewhere like the midwest.
I think that the selection would have been based upon having x amount from each region. That would make japan probably have the lowest percentage of eligible players selected, followed by Cali area, then East coast. I would imagine that the largest percentage of Eligible players to selected players is going to be in the midwest and central regions.
Also, going from this, People from the different euro netblocks probably had a very high rate of acceptance for the overall european population of ffxi players.
From this line of thinking, I'm sort of glad that it happened this way, as it shows a great amount of interest in making this a world wide MMO, not just an mmo that started in japan and spread out.
At any rate, don't be disappointed if you weren't chosen. This version is probably not going to be stable. Though releasing a few sound tracks may help sooth those sour toes.
Also, there will probably be another mass invite sent out by april.
i'm going to guess that the alpha is going to last maybe a little more than 3 weeks. Long enough to double check that skills and animations and everything are correct, that there are no holes in the maps. also that synth recipes are working correctly and skilling up properly, and that the ah works.
Things that they aren't going to check yet will be if skills can be abused or not, I think stuff like that will be saved for the actual beta testing. I don't imagine it will be very fun to play the alpha from a gaming standpoint. But from a game mod fan and amateur mapper for mods, I think it would be very interesting to take part in.