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#1 Aug 14 2013 at 10:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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Beta Test Phase 4 Schedule and Testing Details

Thank you for your participation in the beta test for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
We would like to take this moment to go over both the testing schedule and testing details for Beta Test phase 4.
It also contains various information regarding Beta Test phase 4 so please take a look before you participate in the test.

Dates and Times

Saturday, August 17, 2:00 a.m. to Monday, August 19, 2:00 a.m. (PDT)
Saturday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. to Monday, August 19, 9:00 a.m. (GMT)

However, users who fulfill any of the following requirements are eligible to participate starting from Friday, August 16, at 2:00 a.m. (PDT) / 9:00 a.m. (GMT):
Played Version 1.0
Legacy Campaign members
Registered a Beta Test registration code by Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:59 p.m. (PDT) / Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:59 a.m. (GMT)
Received a PlayStation 3 promotion code in the days before the start of Beta 4 testing

Testing Requests

Stress Testing on the Housing Zones

"Mist," the housing area in Limsa Lominsa, will be available for players to explore. Housing samples will be placed in the area for players to take a look at, so please explore the area. The development team will be tracking the server load in the background so feedback will not be necessary.

* The "Mist" housing area is accessible from Lower La Noscea.

Testing the Basic System of PvP
The PvP content, "The Wolves' Den," will be available for players to test. Once players complete the quest "Bowl of Embers," "The Wolves' Den" will be added to the duty finder and the PvP battles will be accessible. The development team will monitor the matching precision of the packets sent between the players and see how far of a distance they can successfully attack from, as well as the server load in the background. Therefore, feedback will not be necessary.

* PvP-specific actions will be unavailable.
* Since the requirement to enter "The Wolves' Den" is level 30 and above, only the players who have transferred character data from Version 1.0 are eligible to participate.
* Please see here for more details on the testing in "The Wolves' Den."

* Housing areas and PvP content will be implemented in patch 2.1.

In the event that testers are asked to test additional content, separate notifications will be sent.

Testing Scope

Please refer to the Beta Test Scope for more information.


Test Worlds

For phase 4, the following worlds will be made available. The character data from Beta Test phase 4 will be carried over to the official release version. Once you select a world, you will be unable to change it, so if you are planning to carry over the character data from phase 4, please select the world you are planning to play on in the official release version.
Group JP (Japan Data Center)

Aegis (LEGACY) / Durandal (LEGACY) / Gungnir (LEGACY) / Masamune (LEGACY) / Ridill (LEGACY) / Atomos / Bahamut / Chocobo / Mandragora / Tiamat / Tonberry / Garuda / Ifrit / Ramuh / Titan / Alexander / Anima / Carbuncle / Fenrir / Hades

Group NA/EU (North America/Europe Data Center)

Balmung (LEGACY) / Excalibur (LEGACY) / Hyperion (LEGACY) / Sargatanas (LEGACY) / Ragnarok (LEGACY)* / Adamantoise / Behemoth / Cactuar / Cerberus(*) / Coeurl / Goblin / Malboro / Moogle(*)
Ultros / Diabolos / Gilgamesh / Leviathan / Midgardsormr / Odin(*) / Shiva(*)

* Ragnarok / Cerberus / Moogle / Odin / Shiva are recommended for players in the European time zones. Please note this is a recommendation only; players from other regions are free to play on these servers.
* Brand new characters can also be created on the LEGACY worlds.

When selecting a World after creating a character, clicking Group NA/EU at the top right of the screen will display a list of worlds available for the North America/Europe region.

Transferring Character Data from Version 1.0

After logging in, clicking World Selection at the character selection screen will now display a list of Worlds including Legacy Worlds. Selecting a World with Version 1.0 character data will display any characters available on said World. For users who have applied for a world transfer, which was held along with the establishment of the data centers in the region outside of Japan, the character data has now been transferred to your destination world.

Please try selecting your 1.0 characters and confirm your character data has been transferred correctly.

Please note that due to a number of system changes, certain items can no longer be used or their attributes may have changed. Also, the methods for obtaining certain items and unlocking certain features may have also changed. Please review the following topics for more details on these changes:
Transferring Character Data to FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn
Changes to Existing Items and the Monetary System in FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn
Should you encounter an issue with character transfer, please send a report through the support center (NA/EU).


Changing the Appearance of the Characters from Version 1.0
As announced in the past, the graphics engine has been completely redesigned in FFXIV: ARR and players from Version 1.0 will receive a one-time opportunity to change the race, appearance, Nameday, Guardian and character name of their existing character(s).

Starting from the Beta Test phase 4, players will be able to make this change when they log into the game with a character transferred from Version 1.0.
Please note that if the change has been made during the Beta Test phase 4, you will be unable to make a new change in both Early Access and the official launch.


Customer Support

Full customer support, including in-game GM support, will be available as of phase 4.


Login Restrictions

When the login server is heavily congested, testers may receive the following error message when attempting to log in to a world:

"This World is currently full. Players in queue: XX"

This message will also indicate the number of players waiting to log in. In the event you receive this error message, please wait until you are automatically logged in to the world.

Also, depending on the circumstances, we may restrict the number of players allowed to log in to a world. In the event login restrictions are put in place, testers may receive the following error message:

"This World is currently full. Please wait until an opening is available and try again."

In the event you receive this error message, please try logging in at a later time.


Submitting Bug Reports

If you encounter any bugs, please post a detailed description in the Bug Reports sub-forum.

* Please be aware that bug reports can only be filed during the indicated testing periods. For more information, read how to file a bug report.

Please note that the "/stuck" command, which was available up until Beta Test phase 3, is no longer available. If your character happens to get stuck in the landscape, please make a GM call instead.


Submitting Feedback

If you have any comments or suggestions that you would like to submit, please post them in one of the following threads in the Feedback sub-forum:
Character Creation
Graphics
Animation
Active Help Windows
Quests
Instanced Quest Battles
Hunting Log
FATE
Guildleves and Guildhests
Dungeons
Mounts and Companions
Battle System
Items, Synthesis, and Gathering
Markets and Retainers
User Interface
Gamepad
Sound
Other Game Systems
Free Companies
Duty Finder



Use of Copyrighted Material
Beginning with the start of the official launch, you may stream, upload or share the videos you record of FFXIV: ARR. However, please note that these things remain prohibited during Beta Test phase 4 and the early access period.
Please see the following for more details on the use of copyrighted materials.
NA
EU

You'll be allowed to capture video footage during phase 4, but you cannot release the footage to the public until the launch of official service.


Regarding an Issue with a Recent Windows Update
We have confirmed an issue with a recent Windows update that took place on Jul. 11, 2013. The following Windows OS versions have been impacted by this issue.

Windows® 7 / Windows® Vista / Windows® XP

If you are currently using the Windows OS and have installed the update in question, the opening cut scene of the FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (Windows ver.) will not play properly.
* Please note that the issue has no impact on the PlayStation®3 version of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Please be patient as Microsoft is currently is working on addressing the issue.

Listed below is the current situation of the OS.

Windows® 7
A new Windows update has been released by Microsoft to address the issue. If you have not installed the most recent Windows update, please do so immediately.

While the OS should automatically update itself on the default settings, if your PC is not set to automatically download and install the most recent Windows updates, please visit the following pages to obtain the update.
NA
EU

Windows® Vista /Windows® XP
Microsoft is currently working on addressing the issue. Please wait for the official announcement by Microsoft regarding the release date of the update.

We will follow-up on this announcement once more information becomes available on the matter.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


After the Beta Test Phase 4 Comes to End
Characters from Beta Test Phase 4
Unless there happens to be a critical bug, both character data and the game data from beta test phase 4 will be carried over to Early Access and the official release version.

Game Client from Beta Test Phase 4
Both the Windows PC and PlayStation®3 versions of the game client that was used in Beta Test phase 4 can be used going forward as the official release version in both Early Access and official service launch.
You do not need to uninstall the client after the end of phase 4.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Test Forum
Along with the closing of the beta test, this forum will be closed on Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:00 a.m. (PDT) / 9:00 a.m. (GMT).
Please note that you will no longer be able to access the forum once it closes.

Starting from Early Access and the official service launch, please use the FINAL FANTASY XIV Forum.


Your feedback is important to us, and we look forward to your active participation in the beta test for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.

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#2 Aug 14 2013 at 10:21 AM Rating: Good
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Good news for those who did not play Phase 3 but did get their registration for Beta 4 done before July 30th!!!

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#3 Aug 14 2013 at 10:29 AM Rating: Decent
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ok patch 2.1 for housing and pvp? i thought housing and pvp (just the wolves den not battlefronts or w/e) was suppose to bd there at launch?)

Also i notice worlds being full and having to queue to get in DCUO did this too whats up with mmorpgs these days? (i.e what are they doing now that they didnt used too)? I mean You never had to queue to get in a world or a world was full in FFXI or older mmos
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#5 Aug 14 2013 at 10:41 AM Rating: Good
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I'm a Legacy account, but I don't have the game installed anywhere, how can I download it?
#6 Aug 14 2013 at 10:47 AM Rating: Default
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Honestly, I find that to be such a stupid move. "OH HEY, let's let everyone who's ALREADY had a chance to play, get a head start on everyone else who hasn't!"
#7 Aug 14 2013 at 11:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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Good news for those who did not play Phase 3 but did get their registration for Beta 4 done before July 30th!!!



Amen. I haven't participated in any of the tests so far, voluntarily, but once I realized the open beta would be so short, I was beginning to think I may have been too principled about that. At least I'll have one more day.
#8 Aug 14 2013 at 11:06 AM Rating: Good
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Good news for many people for sure!

Unless I'm missing something, there seems to be a potential here for 1.0 players to lose their 1.0 character name.

I vaguely recall they said somewhere that 1.0 names were available only to the original character for a certain amount of time? But with all the world transfers, this may be hectic. Hopefully with all the Surnames, no one will be completely shafted.
#9Ehllfire, Posted: Aug 14 2013 at 11:13 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I will be ****** if there is a queue on excalibur
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I will be ****** if there is a queue on excalibur


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#11 Aug 14 2013 at 12:32 PM Rating: Good
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Thankfully I found the link to the installer: http://gdl.square-enix.com/ffxiv/inst/ffxivsetup.exe

In case anyone is in my shoes! :)
#12 Aug 14 2013 at 12:56 PM Rating: Good
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Thankfully I found the link to the installer: http://gdl.square-enix.com/ffxiv/inst/ffxivsetup.exe

In case anyone is in my shoes! :)



what exactly does this install? I wasn't able to sign up for beta befor the deadline, is there any reason for me to download this?
#13 Aug 14 2013 at 2:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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It's the updater for the PC client.
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#14 Aug 14 2013 at 3:11 PM Rating: Good
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I was wondering if this means any 1.0 user who didnt put a beta code into there account could also play on the 16th? or just ones who have put beta codes in. Just seemed odd to add it to the list there.
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Not really sure, the OP didn't make it clear whether the 1.0/Legacy players needed to register for anything.
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SyniteonReflux wrote:
Not really sure, the OP didn't make it clear whether the 1.0/Legacy players needed to register for anything.

All 1.0 owners were already in the phase 3 beta. If you were in phase 3, you are already in to join phase 4 on the 16th
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#17 Aug 14 2013 at 4:51 PM Rating: Good
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Ehllfire wrote:
SyniteonReflux wrote:
Not really sure, the OP didn't make it clear whether the 1.0/Legacy players needed to register for anything.

All 1.0 owners were already in the phase 3 beta. If you were in phase 3, you are already in to join phase 4 on the 16th


well not really what if someone was in 1.0 but never registered there beta code
#18 Aug 14 2013 at 5:28 PM Rating: Decent
A little confused on this statement...

Unless there happens to be a critical bug, both character data and the game data from beta test phase 4 will be carried over to Early Access and the official release version.

Well, more like I wanted clarification. Does this mean the aside from the character creation model, the in-game items and name chosen for that character will be saved for all characters created during Phase 4 and carried into Early Access?
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A little confused on this statement...

Unless there happens to be a critical bug, both character data and the game data from beta test phase 4 will be carried over to Early Access and the official release version.

Well, more like I wanted clarification. Does this mean the aside from the character creation model, the in-game items and name chosen for that character will be saved for all characters created during Phase 4 and carried into Early Access?


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#20 Aug 14 2013 at 7:04 PM Rating: Good
Hairspray wrote:
Good news for those who did not play Phase 3 but did get their registration for Beta 4 done before July 30th!!!



We were not able to register. At least I wasn't. I was met with registration is closed.
#21 Aug 16 2013 at 8:24 PM Rating: Good
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Ehllfire wrote:
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Not really sure, the OP didn't make it clear whether the 1.0/Legacy players needed to register for anything.

All 1.0 owners were already in the phase 3 beta. If you were in phase 3, you are already in to join phase 4 on the 16th


well not really what if someone was in 1.0 but never registered there beta code



DUDE I am a Legacy Campaign 1.0 player, did not register for anything, betas/early access nada, after I quit in 2012.

I followed that link to download the beta and I was able to access the game, to my huge surprise I could access the game today!
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I am a 1.0 player and NOT legacy. Haven't participated in any Beta or registered any codes and I have been playing all day
#23 Aug 16 2013 at 11:18 PM Rating: Good
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Exactly, some people were under impression even legacy players needed to be in a beta at least to have early access. I still can't register for service though.
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