Well beyond the tentative schedule released in February
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's Director Naoki Yoshida announced Phase 3 of the MMO's beta would be delayed until "early June." At this point of time in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's development it's time, yet again, for the tough questions. Is it good that Square Enix appears to feel completely comfortable taking as much development time as necessary to get the game into condition for launch, or should player be worried about the game's continued small delays?
According to the game's beta schedule, optimally Phase 3 could have started in March -- worst case, the schedule set Phase 3 up to start in early May. Unfortunately, not only has Square Enix not met this schedule, but's seen small delays up to this point in addition to this relatively big one just announced.
Phase 3, let's be fair, is a big jump. The beta will be introducing the game to PlayStation 3 players as well as giving access to a majority of the game's early content. Up until now only a single starting city (Gridania) and three starting classes have been available. More content, more problems.
Hopefully the issue is just that Square Enix is having a tough time prepping the MMO for a beta on the PlayStation 3. After all, consoles aren't known for working well with MMOs of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's scope and structure. Or MMOs at all, for that matter. Yoshida promises open beta will, "come as soon as possible afterwards," referring to Phase 3. Our schedule says Phase 3 should take between 3-5 weeks... but the schedule hasn't been reliable yet.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn reboots the original MMO with completely new controls, gameplay, and, well... mostly everything. It's coming to PC and PS3, and will come out... eventually.
Paladin81 Says the guy in the beta. My computer doesn't have an anywhere near good enough graphics card and isn't upgradeable and I can't afford to buy another computer so I have been waiting for 3 years to play this game at all. I would have been a legacy member if the PS3 version had been released. Anyway, this delay pisses me off even more. I love FF I love MMOs and PS3 needs a decent MMO. STOP DELAYING. Gives us extended beta 3 while you fix it. JUST LET ME IN!
Apr 29, 13 at 4:19pm
If they said September, I'd still be cool with it. If I'm paying for this game monthly, I want it to be as good as it can be. So far I've been pretty pleased with my experience in beta, and if they need extra time to move it further away from 1.0 then I have no complaints.
Apr 29, 13 at 2:54pm
I'm a little bummed that I won't get to play the game for that much longer, and it's probably not helping its image at the moment, but I'm glad they're at least willing to give the game the proper time and attention it needs. The first time around they rushed to meet a deadline, and it didn't work out so well.
Besides, this is more or less the final push before what is essentially the early release phase, and they're bringing in all the big stuff. I'm probably giving SE the benefit of the doubt, but at the very least, I don't see any opportunity for more delays after this. As long as the game shows up during summer (which is apparently still the plan), I'll be happy.
Apr 29, 13 at 2:41pm
take all the time you need Yoshida-san!
Apr 29, 13 at 2:39pm
Early June sounds nice enough. Maybe I can give it a try since this is way after my classes end so I'll have time.
Apr 29, 13 at 12:28pm
It's best that they take their time. I don't mind waiting a bitv longer for them to make sure things run smoothly.
Apr 29, 13 at 12:11pm
"Please wait just a while longer"
Apr 29, 13 at 11:45am
I have not played FFXIV ver 1.0 but I always go by the edict games should be released when ready. From what I read on the first release that is not what they did.
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