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#1 Jul 24 2013 at 10:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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Found this on Reddit, thought you would all be interested to see if you haven't already:

(Translation and Credit to Tank Police on the Reddit forums)

A Japanese forum thread has appeared asking about the validity of the English forums' belief that Early Access will be the 20th of August. On the Japanese forums, this is not well-known yet. In reponse, a Japanese developer has made this post:

http://forum.square-enix.com/ARR-Test/threads/89777-%E3%82%A2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%82%A2%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BB%E3%82%B9%E3%81%AF8%E6%9C%8820%E6%97%A5%E9%96%8B%E5%A7%8B%E3%81%8B?p=1064735&viewfull=1#post1064735

Hello.

This topic has certainly become widespread on the English forums, hasn’t it? This piece of information has developed into something rather complicated, so after this the rep teams for each language will make a response as necessary, but for the time being we have not announced the date for Early Access in any region. In order to prevent confusion, we would like to make this point clear.

The current status is the same as is displayed on this page: http://jp.finalfantasyxiv.com/product/index.html

Early Access
Those who pre-order Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and register a special early-access code will be able to play FFXIV a few days prior to the official release date!

As is mentioned above.
Until we make a further announcement, please stay tuned.

<Translator’s Note: The Japanese product info page has one specific word of note for when Early Access is : 下旬. This means the last 1/3rd of a month. This may be a case of SE simply wishing to stress that they haven’t made anything official yet, or may be an attempt to refute our current knowledge. Let the speculation commence!>
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#2 Jul 24 2013 at 10:36 AM Rating: Good
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Thanks for the find. I was wondering when they'd address that rumor. People insisted it's official, but I refuse to believe until I see a dev post. Let's hope the actual dates will be better than the rumors!
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Thing is we've heard from SE in typical implied manner that Early Access would only be about a week at best and would start a few days after Phase 4 and since Yoshi appeared on a server during beta and gave some info apparently which was posted on a trusted blog for XI/XIV info, P4 would be starting 9th at the earliest, goes down the 17, Early access starts the 20th and flows into Official Launch on the 27th unless they're only releasing the game the 27th and service starts later, which means P4 can easily start anytime between 9-17th and early access still being a few days after P4 going down since we did hear 4 would only be a week which was also posted at that blog and no one can use names of SE dev/community members or even exact replicas of other game character names.

Edited, Jul 24th 2013 9:44am by Theonehio
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I just hope these PTO days i took off will line up with early access, i already turned them in :(.

Edited, Jul 24th 2013 9:19pm by IMFW
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#5 Jul 24 2013 at 12:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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PhoenixOmbre wrote:
Thanks for the find. I was wondering when they'd address that rumor. People insisted it's official, but I refuse to believe until I see a dev post. Let's hope the actual dates will be better than the rumors!

When it gets advertised for the product, I consider that pretty official.

http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=152&mid=1374174398237274911

See the image linked in LebargeX's post. Even if SE decided to change the length of early access after posting that ad, I would still consider the old information "official" -- it just got "officially" changed later.
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Theonehio wrote:
Thing is we've heard from SE in typical implied manner that Early Access would only be about a week at best and would start a few days after Phase 4 and since Yoshi appeared on a server during beta and gave some info apparently which was posted on a trusted blog for XI/XIV info, P4 would be starting 9th at the earliest, goes down the 17, Early access starts the 20th and flows into Official Launch on the 27th unless they're only releasing the game the 27th and service starts later, which means P4 can easily start anytime between 9-17th and early access still being a few days after P4 going down since we did hear 4 would only be a week which was also posted at that blog and no one can use names of SE dev/community members or even exact replicas of other game character names.

Edited, Jul 24th 2013 9:44am by Theonehio


You may be correct, and I hope that early access, and especially P4, start sooner rather then later.

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#7 Jul 24 2013 at 12:20 PM Rating: Good
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svlyons wrote:
When it gets advertised for the product, I consider that pretty official.
I consider the day I physically obtain the product as the official day of release. Even a date advertised as the release date is subject to change.
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#8 Jul 24 2013 at 12:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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svlyons wrote:
PhoenixOmbre wrote:
Thanks for the find. I was wondering when they'd address that rumor. People insisted it's official, but I refuse to believe until I see a dev post. Let's hope the actual dates will be better than the rumors!

When it gets advertised for the product, I consider that pretty official.

http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=152&mid=1374174398237274911

See the image linked in LebargeX's post. Even if SE decided to change the length of early access after posting that ad, I would still consider the old information "official" -- it just got "officially" changed later.


Not really an advertisement, more of a private email that got posted on a forum.

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#9 Jul 24 2013 at 12:26 PM Rating: Decent
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So in other words Aug 20th...
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I think the reason that they are non-committal about it is that it depends on the issues discovered while testing internally before phase 4 starts and any bugs discovered after it begins as well. This way, they can take a few extra days of development time if they need it.
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Hairspray wrote:
svlyons wrote:
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=152&mid=1374174398237274911

See the image linked in LebargeX's post. Even if SE decided to change the length of early access after posting that ad, I would still consider the old information "official" -- it just got "officially" changed later.


Not really an advertisement, more of a private email that got posted on a forum.


I think you missed this part. It's in reference to the screen Lebarge posted showing that it specifically says 7 days for early access, straight from SE. Being that release is the 27th, it only makes sense that it would be the 20th. Would seem weird to have early access, then shut everything down before launching...
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BartelX wrote:
Hairspray wrote:
svlyons wrote:
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=152&mid=1374174398237274911

See the image linked in LebargeX's post. Even if SE decided to change the length of early access after posting that ad, I would still consider the old information "official" -- it just got "officially" changed later.


Not really an advertisement, more of a private email that got posted on a forum.


I think you missed this part. It's in reference to the screen Lebarge posted showing that it specifically says 7 days for early access, straight from SE. Being that release is the 27th, it only makes sense that it would be the 20th. Would seem weird to have early access, then shut everything down before launching...


Look man I hope I'm the one who's wrong and they are launching sooner. I'm just trying to help the community be more informed.

I wasn't trying to win an argument, in fact I don't even want to argue at all.

Let's hope that is just a sign that they intend to release it sooner than expected. Smiley: grin
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#13 Jul 24 2013 at 1:49 PM Rating: Decent
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Hairspray wrote:
BartelX wrote:
Hairspray wrote:
svlyons wrote:
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=152&mid=1374174398237274911

See the image linked in LebargeX's post. Even if SE decided to change the length of early access after posting that ad, I would still consider the old information "official" -- it just got "officially" changed later.


Not really an advertisement, more of a private email that got posted on a forum.


I think you missed this part. It's in reference to the screen Lebarge posted showing that it specifically says 7 days for early access, straight from SE. Being that release is the 27th, it only makes sense that it would be the 20th. Would seem weird to have early access, then shut everything down before launching...


Look man I hope I'm the one who's wrong and they are launching sooner. I'm just trying to help the community be more informed.

I wasn't trying to win an argument, in fact I don't even want to argue at all.

Let's hope that is just a sign that they intend to release it sooner than expected. Smiley: grin


I'm not trying to argue either. It just seemed like you missed the link in LebargeX's post, because that wasn't a private email on a forum, it was what SE displayed when purchasing the game. It could still be changed obviously, which is probably why their PR guys are covering themselves by saying it's not definitive yet.
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BartelX wrote:
Hairspray wrote:
BartelX wrote:
Hairspray wrote:
svlyons wrote:
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?forum=152&mid=1374174398237274911

See the image linked in LebargeX's post. Even if SE decided to change the length of early access after posting that ad, I would still consider the old information "official" -- it just got "officially" changed later.


Not really an advertisement, more of a private email that got posted on a forum.


I think you missed this part. It's in reference to the screen Lebarge posted showing that it specifically says 7 days for early access, straight from SE. Being that release is the 27th, it only makes sense that it would be the 20th. Would seem weird to have early access, then shut everything down before launching...


Look man I hope I'm the one who's wrong and they are launching sooner. I'm just trying to help the community be more informed.

I wasn't trying to win an argument, in fact I don't even want to argue at all.

Let's hope that is just a sign that they intend to release it sooner than expected. Smiley: grin


I'm not trying to argue either. It just seemed like you missed the link in LebargeX's post, because that wasn't a private email on a forum, it was what SE displayed when purchasing the game. It could still be changed obviously, which is probably why their PR guys are covering themselves by saying it's not definitive yet.


Yeah that could be it too.
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#15 Jul 24 2013 at 5:17 PM Rating: Default
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By the outright lack of denial, and them circumvating whether or not it was true, it leads me to believe that yes early access would be the 20th. So Im sticking by my prediction that the phase four trial period will be from the 10th through the 17th.
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I'd rather expect the dates to be much later and be pleasantly surprised than convince myself of earlier dates and be disappointed.
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The pre-order bonus page stated plain as day that you get early access 7 days before launch, however it looks like the page has since been changed. With the launch scheduled for August 27th it is fairly simple to figure it out.

After waiting on the sidelines for so long it was exciting to finally be able to know when I will get to play, now it is in up in the air again. No big deal but I don't really have anyting else in regards to FFXIV to talk about.

I would like SE to at least address this part of the confusion but I guess with things not 100% they are just playing things safe.
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After waiting on the sidelines for so long it was exciting to finally be able to know when I will get to play, now it is in up in the air again. No big deal but I don't really have anyting else in regards to FFXIV to talk about.

I would like SE to at least address this part of the confusion but I guess with things not 100% they are just playing things safe.

Well, they have to give the players something to talk about and keep busy waiting for Phase 4, right? ;-)
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Okay so I noticed something just now that I did not earlier.

Apparently the image everyone has been referring to with 7 days of early access was rumored to have been Photoshopped by somebody... and this announcement from the devs basically confirms this.

Again I'm just reporting to keep you all as informed as possible, please don't shoot the messenger. Smiley: cool
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#20 Jul 25 2013 at 7:36 AM Rating: Excellent
I assumed August 20th because the early access for the initial launch of 1.0 was one week before official release. Figured they would do the same thing.
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Apparently the image everyone has been referring to with 7 days of early access was rumored to have been Photoshopped by somebody... and this announcement from the devs basically confirms this.

I'm sorry, but that's not a solid conclusion.
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I don't read PR I look at what is probably really going to happen. Early access 20th games release 27th.
#23Ehllfire, Posted: Jul 25 2013 at 9:21 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) It wasnt photoshopped, You could tell because photoshop leaves a distinct grey outline and blurring of the edges. This is clearly a case of someone in advertising not sending out the preapproved message.
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[–]eosbatcat 2 points 1 day ago

Well, the only reason we assumed it was the 20th is because of the SE advertisement In the first that early access will be one week before launch; thus we concluded that it would be the 20th.



[–]wolfharte 2 points 1 day ago

I know. The original information came from SE. Someone either made a mistake in the wording of that advertisement or they made a mistake in leaking information. Either way I imagine a head will roll.



[–][First] [Last] on [Server]Sheffield178 3 points 15 hours ago

It was photoshopped, it wasn't actually from SE.


[–]Ryes Toran<ING> on Cerberusangrae 2 points 22 hours ago

That was photoshopped.



[–][First] [Last] on [Server]Adam87 2 points 19 hours ago

Source?



[–][First] [Last] on [Server]Sheffield178 4 points 16 hours ago

It was one of the top comments in the post that had the "leaked screenshot"



[–][First] [Last] on [Server]Adam87 0 points 16 hours ago

Damnit. There is a certain spot in **** for trolls and those who mislead on the internet.



[–]Ryes Toran<ING> on Cerberusangrae 3 points 11 hours ago

I need a source for a photoshop? Don't think so. How about first you find the source for it not being photoshopped?


I copied this from Reddit... please read... I'm just trying to help the Zam.com community be more informed, remind me not to post anything ever again that people don't want to hear.. talk about shooting the messenger around here. Jeesh.

Edited, Jul 25th 2013 11:37am by Hairspray
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Ehllfire wrote:
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Apparently the image everyone has been referring to with 7 days of early access was rumored to have been Photoshopped by somebody... and this announcement from the devs basically confirms this.

I'm sorry, but that's not a solid conclusion.


It wasnt photoshopped, You could tell because photoshop leaves a distinct grey outline and blurring of the edges. This is clearly a case of someone in advertising not sending out the preapproved message.


I use photoshop on a daily basis and have never had a problem with a grey outline or the blurring of edges. Do you rasterize your fonts on low quality setting or do a lot of cutting/pasting or something? If so, there are much more efficient ways to use the tools. The whole point of photoshopping something is to make it look like you DIDN'T photoshop it.
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BartelX wrote:
Ehllfire wrote:
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Hairspray wrote:
Apparently the image everyone has been referring to with 7 days of early access was rumored to have been Photoshopped by somebody... and this announcement from the devs basically confirms this.

I'm sorry, but that's not a solid conclusion.


It wasnt photoshopped, You could tell because photoshop leaves a distinct grey outline and blurring of the edges. This is clearly a case of someone in advertising not sending out the preapproved message.


I use photoshop on a daily basis and have never had a problem with a grey outline or the blurring of edges. Do you rasterize your fonts on low quality setting or do a lot of cutting/pasting or something? If so, there are much more efficient ways to use the tools. The whole point of photoshopping something is to make it look like you DIDN'T photoshop it.


In my website design classes I learned most pros don't even bother with photoshop, they consider it amateur. Now if you want to claim its altered then thats a possibility, but the pros avoid photoshop due to aforementioned issues.
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I copied this from Reddit... please read... I'm just trying to help the Zam.com community be more informed, remind me not to post anything ever again that people don't want to hear.. talk about shooting the messenger around here. Jeesh.

Edited, Jul 25th 2013 11:37am by Hairspray

No one is shooting the messenger.
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In my experience, any time a bunch of people on the internet are sure that something is photo shopped, it's never photo shopped.

Quoting some randoms on reddit arguing about whether or not it was shopped isn't useful information, IMO. Randoms also think the moon landing is fake and 9/11 is a conspiracy by the American government.

People can go their entire lives without having an insightful thought or idea, and still think they are decoding secrets that no one else understands.

Edited, Jul 26th 2013 1:52pm by KarlHungis
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