Square updates the way forward for A Realm Reborn.
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The following announcement has just been made, giving those waiting for FFXIV: A Realm Reborn a new set of expectations for the game's development:
"On October 14, 2011, we released a new roadmap for the future of FINAL FANTASY XIV. In spite of several delays, we have at last—with your enduring support—met most of our major milestones. The conclusion of the Seventh Umbral Era storyline has set the stage for A Realm Reborn, and now only the beta test and official release remain. While it's extremely unfortunate that we've had to postpone our schedule, please understand that these decisions were made in order to deliver a quality, enjoyable FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn to everyone—to the fans who have supported us through the years, and to those eagerly awaiting the PlayStation 3 version.
Today we are releasing a new roadmap for the upcoming beta test. This beta test will be divided into four phases, and will initially be restricted to the Windows PC version. The PlayStation 3 beta test will begin in a later phase.
However, given the nature of beta testing (during which we work closely with our customers to improve our products), there may be a need to adjust both the commencement date and the duration of the beta test. "
(Please refer to the FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Test Roadmap below for more information.)