Was there any relation between the FFXI beta servers and retail servers?
Yes and no
ß Chaos - Boss of FF1
ß Zande - Boss of FF3
ß Golbez - Boss of FF4
ß Xdeath - Boss of FF5
ß Glasyalabolas - The FF8 name for Doomtrain GF
ß Cactuar - Common FF mob
ß Hydra - Summon in FF5
It looks like this time around they went with all boss names. XI's live servers were all named after Summons/GFs/Eidolons.
They could keep the boss name theme when the game goes live, or they could go with something entirely different; naming the servers after characters that were in XI or old FF hero characters (Rosa, Cecil, Bartz, Terra, Locke, Zidane, Vaan) or even name them after zones in FFXIV... who knows. Edited, Aug 12th 2010 7:14pm by Mikhalia