Square Enix Details "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn" Beta Plans

Closed beta kicks off on PC in mid-February 2013, PS3 comes later

We've been closely following the alpha version videos of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and now it's almost time for the retooled MMO to enter its beta phase. Square Enix has detailed a four-phase plan, which kicks off in mid-February 2013, with a PlayStation 3 beta test to follow later. 


The first three phases will last for a few weeks a piece, followed by 1-2 weeks of debugging after each, with a fourth phase entering open beta and lifting the non-disclosure agreement. PlayStation 3 beta testing begins in the third phase. 


While all of the details and time periods are subject to change, Square Enix released a PDF with a fairly detailed road map, as well as in-depth plans for each individual phase.



As that last panel explains, the beta tester application site opens in January. 



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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