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#1 Apr 09 2010 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
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Andriasang, a website devoted to gaming news from Japan posted some information they found out from a FFXIV Dev Q&A held with Famitsu. Here is the article:

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Coinciding with the start of the Final Fantasy XIV alpha test, Famitsu.com was given a chance to quiz the development staff on a variety of game issues. Here's a summary of the Q&A.

The staff first shared a rough schedule for the game's alpha and beta programs.

The alpha test will take place in just one world. The world is named "Shadowlord." They'll be conducting tests three days a week, with each session lasting about four hours. These tests will be conducted in Japan, North America and Europe, each region separate from one-another.

Once they've gotten the basic functionality of the game stable and conducted tests on server load and so-forth, the'll move into phase one of the beta test. Phase 1 of the beta will use the same version of the game as the alpha, but will have multiple worlds running in parallel. There will be some adjustments made in the switch from alpha to phase 1 beta that will require them to do a data wipe.

After they've adjusted the game to fix problems and reflect the opinion of test players, they'll move to beta phase 2. From here, the game will run 24 hours. The content of the game used in this beta will have changed considerably and will be closer to that of the final game. The PS3 version of the beta test will begin here.

Phase 2 will gradually expand with additional worlds as the staff runs load tests on having hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections.

The final service-in for the game will come following a few weeks of open beta testing.

The current alpha test version of the game limits play to just the Limsa Lominsa city-state and its surroundings. This will be the case throughout the alpha and beta tests. You won't be able to access the rest of the world until the final version. Limsa Lominsa and its surroundings account for less than 1/5 of the final version's full world, according to the staff.

Other topics addressed in the Q&A:

Character Names

FFXIV lets you input both first and last names for your character. The reason for this is that each world will allows multiple players to have the same family name or same first name -- although two players can't have the same pairing of first and last names, of course. This will give players a chance to more easily play using the name of their choice. When using chat, there's a system in place that will make it so that you won't have to input the full name.

Different Starting Points

What kind of differences can you expect when starting in a different country? Each country will have a different story. Additionally, each city will have different facilities and
unique atmosphere.

Enemies

There will be combat-loving monsters who attack you. Additionally, there will be powerful enemies unrelated to the scenario for players to go after. None of this is in the alpha.
Square Enix has been allowing sites other than Famitsu to share their impressions on the alpha as well. 4gamer delivered its own set of impressions, complete with a bunch of screens (some of which you see on this page).

http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/04/10/ffxiv_alpha_beta_schedule/

Edited, Apr 9th 2010 8:05pm by EklmForever
#2 Apr 09 2010 at 6:41 PM Rating: Decent
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A data wipe with the launch of several new servers doesnt seem like it will take long to launch the Beta after the Alpha phases are done. Same thing with the Phase 2 Beta(Open i would guess, with the mention of "Hundreds of Thousands" in the article). Could we perhaps see a late summer launch of the game?
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#3 Apr 09 2010 at 7:18 PM Rating: Good
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Meraris wrote:
A data wipe with the launch of several new servers doesnt seem like it will take long to launch the Beta after the Alpha phases are done. Same thing with the Phase 2 Beta(Open i would guess, with the mention of "Hundreds of Thousands" in the article). Could we perhaps see a late summer launch of the game?

You're overlooking this part:

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Phase 2 will gradually expand with additional worlds as the staff runs load tests on having hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections.

It could potentially take them several months to get up to the full load.
#4 Apr 09 2010 at 7:29 PM Rating: Decent
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It could potentially take them several months to get up to the full load.


It could also mean that they will limit the number of servers that are open during the beta, and routinely add more as they go.

Course, Im normally wrong, but 5 months of testing doesnt seem TO bad? Right?(By late summer I ment sometime around August-ish). From what I can see in these articles about how much is actually being shown on the test servers, that game seems just about complete with just some fine tuning needed on certain aspects of the game.
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#5 Apr 09 2010 at 7:49 PM Rating: Good
I'm really loving the idea of first and last names. Its always a problem that after a while, most names you'd want are taken.
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#6 Apr 09 2010 at 8:01 PM Rating: Good
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I am a fan of the 2 names thing as well. It really helps with people getting the name they want.
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I'm still betting mid-Oct to early Nov. I'm very excited, all this info coming out now that the alpha has started is very encouraging and interesting.
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i like the two names thing as well, but lets be honest, most of it will be variations of cloud, sephiroth, legolas, drizzt and what not. only instead of "clowde" or "sephirothhhh" we'll see "cloud streyefe" and "sephi roth".

100 gil says "sephi roth" will be a lala too.
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#9 Apr 10 2010 at 12:24 AM Rating: Decent
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i like the two names thing as well, but lets be honest, most of it will be variations of cloud, sephiroth, legolas, drizzt and what not. only instead of "clowde" or "sephirothhhh" we'll see "cloud streyefe" and "sephi roth".

100 gil says "sephi roth" will be a lala too.


We all know it will happen. But it will only show that these are the people we should be ignoring. The ones with no imagination, or the brain power to put thought into a decent first and last name.
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I hope there are limits to what we can have for names to keep things clean and mature.

I don't want to see '**** Ferguson' and 'Captain Chlamydia' and 'Fu Ckyou'

running around Eorzea.
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I lol'd
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#12 Apr 10 2010 at 4:15 AM Rating: Decent
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FFXIV lets you input both first and last names for your character. The reason for this is that each world will allows multiple players to have the same family name or same first name


10 million Cloud and Sephiroth clones approves
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#13 Apr 10 2010 at 5:48 AM Rating: Good
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I hope they restrict all the Final Fantasy character names...or Cloud and Sephiroth.
No need for unintentional cameos.
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